Medical Marijuana News

Peruse the headlines as they are told, keep abreast of the issues as they unfold. Keep up with the ever-changing policies that govern our regions, and the political directives that affect our lives.

June 18, 2020

New Jersey: Assembly Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

On Thursday, members of the New Jersey state Assembly approved a substitute version of A1897 by a 63-10 vote, with five abstentions. As currently written, the measure decriminalizes the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults — making these activities punishable by a $50 fine. […]
June 17, 2020

Nevada: Officials Approve Unconditional Pardons for Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

State officials today moved to grant unconditional pardons to thousands of Nevadans with low-level marijuana convictions. The move comes one week after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak initially proposed the idea of issuing blanket pardons for persons convicted of minor marijuana possession offenses. Members of the Nevada Board of Pardons unanimously […]
June 17, 2020

Ending Cannabis Criminalization Is Police Reform

Today, members of the House Judiciary Committee marked up the Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to amend federal guidance over certain law enforcement activities.  Many of the bill’s components are steps in a positive direction, such as banning “No-Knock” drug raids by law enforcement. This is a recommendation that […]
June 16, 2020

Colorado: Pending Legislation Provides Governor Expanded Authority to Pardon Marijuana Offenders

Legislation before Democratic Gov. Jared Polis provides the office with expanded powers to pardon those with past marijuana convictions. Language in House Bill 1424, which seeks to facilitate greater diversity and social equity within the retail cannabis industry, permits the office of the Governor to “grant pardons to a class […]
June 15, 2020

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a series of bills into law greatly expanding patients’ ability to access medical cannabis products. Late last week, the Governor signed House Bill 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or […]
June 10, 2020

CDC Still Soliciting Comments Regarding Chronic Pain Management Solutions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms. The deadline to submit comments to the agency is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The agency’s call for comments, initially posted on April 17 at regulations.gov here, states: […]
June 10, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: The Important Role of Medical Experts in Support of Legalization

NORML Founder Keith Stroup For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate. This is the seventh in a series of blogs on the history of NORML […]
June 9, 2020

A Monumental May for Nevada NORML

Even in the continually uncertain world that Nevadans find themselves in, Nevada NORML is continuing to advocate for cannabis reform despite the strange corona-world of 2020. While in-person meetings are on hold, Nevada NORML has found a cyber-way to continue to provide that education and cannabis advocacy that the chapter […]
June 8, 2020

NORML Pens Open Letter to NIDA Demanding that Marijuana Prohibition Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself

NORML leadership today sent an open letter to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asking her to recognize the detrimental impact that racially-discriminatory marijuana law enforcement has had on the public health of communities of color. NORML’s letter was written in response […]
June 5, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Attorney Gerry Goldstein and the Early Years

NORML Founder Keith Stroup For NORML’s 50th anniversary, every Friday we will be posting a blog from NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup as he reflects back on a lifetime as America’s foremost marijuana smoker and legalization advocate. This is the sixth in a series of blogs on the history of NORML […]
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