March 19, 2018

Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus

Originally appeared in: With Colorado lawmakers well into their fifth legislative session since the retail sale of adult-use marijuana was enacted, the need to coordinate the various policy discussions around the issue has never been greater. Since Colorado voters approved the law change in 2012, there have been ongoing […]
March 16, 2018

Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward To Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote

Originally appeared in: Senate lawmakers this week passed legislation, Senate Bill 1120, that seeks to preemptively quash many of the provisions of State Question 788 — an expansive voter initiative that provides physicians the discretion to recommend medical marijuana to those patients for whom they believe it will therapeutically […]
March 16, 2018

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/16/18

Originally appeared in: Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! I first want to highlight some key developments happening at the state level. During a budget address on Tuesday 3/13, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy reiterated his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this […]
March 15, 2018

Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use

Originally appeared in: State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers at Washington University and the National Bureau […]
March 15, 2018

A First Timer’s Account of Testifying at the Maryland State Capitol

Originally appeared in: I’m Carly, and I’ve been a Political Associate with NORML in Washington, DC for about 7 months now. I recently testified (for my first time ever!) before the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee in favor of House Bill 1264 – a constitutional amendment that would […]
March 13, 2018

New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization

Originally appeared in: During a budget address on Tuesday, March 13th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this year. A budget overview document released in tandem with his address states that “this Administration plans to legalize adult-use marijuana […]
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