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 19, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Willie Nelson — America’s Favorite Marijuana Smoker

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 eighth in a series of blogs on the history of NORML […]
June 19, 2020

Study: Cannabis Associated with Reduced Opioid Use, Prolonged Benefits in Pain Patients

The daily use of cannabis by patients with chronic pain conditions is associated with prolonged improvements in pain management and subjects’ overall quality of life, as well as sustained reductions in the use of opioids, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Pain Medicine. A team of Canadian researchers […]
June 18, 2020

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court Rules That Medical Cannabis Use Is Permissible While on Probation

Justices for the Supreme Court of the state of Pennsylvania have struck down a countywide policy that barred those on probation from accessing medical cannabis. The ruling determined that the local (Lebanon County) ban was in conflict with the state’s medical marijuana access law, which states that Pennsylvanians registered with […]
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 […]
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