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 1, 2020

Marijuana Legalization and the Fight for Racial Justice

On May 25th, George Floyd was killed on camera by officers affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department. As were many Americans, we were shocked and disheartened by this tragic and needless loss of life.  As the events of the past few days have unfolded, it is clear that America is […]
June 1, 2020

Louisiana: Bills Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access Sent to Governor’s Desk

House and Senate lawmakers have approved a series of bills to facilitate patients’ access to medical cannabis products. On Sunday, legislators finalized HB 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or she “considers debilitating to an individual patient […]
June 1, 2020

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year

The total number of marijuana-related marijuana arrests declined more than eight percent from 2018 to 2019, according to annual data compiled by the Virginia State Police. State law enforcement officials recorded 26,470 arrests for marijuana violations in 2019, down from 28,866 in 2018. Marijuana-related arrests comprised 57 percent of all […]
May 29, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: Tom Forcade, Michael J. Kennedy and High Times Magazine

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 fifth in a series of blogs on the history of NORML […]
May 28, 2020

Scientific Review Concludes That Cannabis Consumers Are at No Greater Risk of Occupational Injuries

Adults who consume cannabis are no more likely to experience injuries at work than are those employees who abstain from the substance, according to the findings of a new literature review published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse. A team of researchers affiliated with the University of British Columbia […]
May 27, 2020

Louisiana: Senate Passes Amended Bill Permitting Doctors to Recommend Medical Cannabis for “Any Condition”

Senators on Wednesday passed legislation to significantly expand the pool of patients eligible to qualify for medical cannabis access. Members voted 28 to 6 in favor of an amended version of House Bill 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” […]
May 26, 2020

Clinical Trial: Cannabinoid Administration Via a Metered-Dose Inhaler Is Safe and Effective for Chronic Pain Patients

The delivery of precise doses of THC via an inhaler is associated with pain mitigation in patients with neuropathy and other complex pain conditions, according to clinical trial data published in the European Journal of Pain. A team of Israeli researchers conducted a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the […]
May 22, 2020

Oklahoma: Governor Vetoes Measure Expanding Medical Cannabis Access, Reducing Possession Penalties

Republic Gov. Kevin Stitt has vetoed legislation, House Bill 3288, which sough to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis and make other amendments to the state’s marijuana laws. In his veto message, the Governor wrote: “The language in the bill makes substantial policy changes to the medical marijuana program that […]
May 22, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: The Crucial Early Support from Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation

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 fourth in a series of blogs on the history of NORML […]
May 21, 2020

Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

2020 Virginia General Assembly Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation (Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972) decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by […]
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