February 17, 2018

It Was A Big Week For Marijuana In America

Originally appeared in: Valentines Day week 2018 saw a tremendous amount of activity when it came to addressing our nations failed policy of marijuana prohibition. From new federal legislation being introduced to two federal lawsuits having hearings, plus a number of members of Congress, old allies and new stepping up […]
February 16, 2018

Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

Originally appeared in: Philadelphia officials announced today that they will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offenses. In October 2014, Philadelphia enacted a municipal ordinance reclassifying cases involving the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $25 fine – no arrest […]
February 16, 2018

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/16/18

Originally appeared in: Welcome to this week’s edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! First, I’d like to highlight a key development at the federal level pertaining to established marijuana businesses and consumers. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would basically codify the […]
February 15, 2018

New Federal Legislation To Protect Legal Marijuana States And Businesses

Originally appeared in: Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. Upon the introduction, Rep. Correa said, “To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of […]
February 15, 2018

Update: Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments In Washington, v. Sessions

Originally appeared in: Today, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, v. Sessions,, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Schedule I classification of cannabis under the Controlled […]
February 14, 2018

Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefed Congress On Marijuana Policy

Originally appeared in: Yesterday on Capitol Hill, bestselling guidebook author and travel host Rick Steves held two briefings to address marijuana prohibition to a gathering of members of Congress and their staff. Inspired by Europe’s pragmatic approach to drug policy, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration, Steves […]
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