Court: Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Does Not Justify Workplace Discrimination Against State-Qualified Patients | NORML HARTFORD, CT — A federal district court judge has determined that marijuana’s illicit status under federal law does not preempt statewide protections explicitly prohibiting... more
SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from... more
No One Has Applied to Grow or Sell Medical Marijuana in Arkansas (Yet) | TJ Baker LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas is halfway through the application period for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries for their fledgling medical marijuana program, and so far the total number of applications received... more
Herbal Cannabis Sales Still Dominate the Retail Marijuana Market | NORML SANTA MONICA, CA — Herbal cannabis is far more popular among consumers than are plant-derived edibles or extracts, according to an analysis of retail sales data in Washington state. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University... more
New York Medical Marijuana Program Could Expand Under DOH Proposal | Marijuana Policy Project NEW YORK, NY — The New York State Department of Health has announced the issuance of new proposed regulations that would make changes to the state’s medical marijuana program to improve access. Among other... more
Utah 2018 Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering | Marijuana Policy Project SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. After holding 10 public hearings... more
Study: Marijuana Users Have Lower Mortality Rates in Intensive Care | Paul Armentano Trauma patients who test positive for marijuana upon their admission to the intensive care unit are less likely to die during hospitalization than are age-matched controls, according to data published online ahead... more
National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled | NORML BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its... more
Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334,... more
Why Are Pot Shops Mainly in Poor Neighborhoods? | Phillip Smith Recreational marijuana retail sales outlets are disproportionately located in poor neighborhoods. That’s what the industry journal Marijuana Business Daily found when it recently analyzed the their distribution in two of the first... more
In Bid to Defend Marijuana Arrests, NYC Mayor de Blasio Attacks Drug Reformers | Phillip Smith Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were... more
American Support for Marijuana Law Reform at Record High | Paul Armentano HAMDEN, CT — A record percentage of American voters support reforming the nation’s marijuana laws, according to polling data released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-one percent of voters believe that “the use of... more
After 17 Years, Hawaii’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Finally Opens | TJ Baker It’s been 17 years since Hawaii first legalized medical marijuana, and now the Aloha State’s first dispensary is open for business. Maui Grown Therapies, located in Kahului, began dispensing medical cannabis to... more
Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act Filed in Congress | NORML Congressman James Comer (R-KY-1) and 15 co-sponsors have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp. Currently, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 labels hemp... more
Time Running Out on South Dakota’s 2018 Marijuana Signature Drives | TJ Baker Advocates hoping to place marijuana initiatives on the 2018 ballot in South Dakota have less than 90 days to collect the remaining signatures needed. New Approach South Dakota is currently circulating two petitions they... more
If You’re Going to Burning Man and Bringing Weed, Read This First | Celeste Stiles One of the largest music and arts festivals, Burning Man 2017, will take place later this month in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, a state that legalized the adult use of marijuana last year.  Retail sales of... more
Cards Against Humanity’s ‘Weed Pack’ Helping Support MPP’s Efforts in Illinois | TJ Baker CHICAGO, IL — Game maker Cards Against Humanity has teamed up with the policy makers at the Marijuana Policy Project to support their efforts to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Illinois. Last... more
National Conference of State Legislatures Urges De-Scheduling Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution Monday urging that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove marijuana from scheduling in order... more
Nearly Six in Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better” | Paul Armentano Nearly six in ten voters ages 18 and older believe that “legalizing marijuana makes societies better,” according to the results of a recently published Harvard-Harris poll. Fifty-seven percent of respondents... more
The G Pen Pro Reviewed: A Quality Herbal Vaporizer Under $100 | Scott Gacek The innovators at Grenco Science, makers of the popular G Pen series of portable wax and herb vaporizers, have just released their newest portable personal vaporizer, and it is designed for use with dry herbs.  (If you’re... more