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We Stand for Freedom

Mon, 07/04/2022 - 05:00

Before you head to today's barbecue, community event, or rally, whether today's a day of work, reflection, or celebration, please take a moment to stand with us in our fight to let freedom ring.

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State Policy Weekly Update 7/1/2022

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 09:48

This week's update highlights legislative developments in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. 

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Virginia: Changes to Marijuana Laws Take Effect July 1

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 04:00

Today, marks the one year anniversary of legalization in Virginia, and multiple changes to marijuana laws will take effect. 

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Nevada: Cannabis Consumption Lounge Regulations Approved, Licensing to Start in the Fall

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:49

Yesterday, the NV Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) voted unanimously to approve regulations for the licensing and operation of cannabis consumption lounges. Regulators said they expect to open the first round of licensing for consumption lounges this fall, with the first lounges opening as soon as the end of the year.

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Legal State Marijuana Programs

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 12:21

The House Committee on Appropriations voted today to approve an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with legal adult-use marijuana programs as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2023.

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State Policy Weekly Update 6/24/2022

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 10:14

This week's update highlights legislative developments in Arizona, California, Louisiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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Louisiana: Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills Signed Into Law; Measures Take Effect August 1

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 06:31

“These are common sense reforms provide further and sorely needed protections and freedoms for patients and others. Lawmakers are to be commended for putting politics aside and taking these important steps forward."

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SAFE Banking Omitted from Scaled Back Version of America COMPETES Act

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 10:14

"This narrowly tailored, incremental, and necessary legislation has broad bipartisan support in both chambers, and it is incredibly disappointing that politics continue to get in the way. If there is a legislative version of the Twilight Zone, the SAFE Banking Act seems to be stuck in it at this point."

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Analyses: Drug Interdiction Efforts at US Borders Typically Yield Only Small Quantities of Marijuana

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 10:04

Drug interdiction efforts along the US border often involve the seizure of small quantities of marijuana and no other substances, according to a pair of recently issued reports.

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District of Columbia: Council Advances Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 10:44

“Suspicionless workplace drug testing policies for cannabis were never evidence-based and they have always been discriminatory. They are relics of the failed ‘war on drugs’ policies of the 1980s and it is time that we move beyond them.”

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DEA Reports Significant Uptick in Marijuana-Related Seizures, Arrests

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 12:13

The totals are the highest reported by the agency since 2011, when it reported making an estimated 8,500 marijuana-related arrests and seized some 6.7 million plants via its domestic eradication program.

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Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, Particularly Opioids and Alcohol

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 10:19

"As legal access continues to expand, one would expect the cannabis substitution effect to grow even more pronounced in the future."

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Analysis: Cannabis Retailers Drive Economic Growth, Are Not Magnets for Crime

Mon, 06/13/2022 - 09:25

"Licensed cannabis retailers are good neighbors, drive economic growth, and redirect tax dollars back into the local community. It makes no sense from either an economic perspective or from a public health perspective to prohibit these businesses or to relegate cannabis commerce solely to those operating in the unregulated marketplace.”

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Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Cannabis Convictions

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 09:58

"Adults should no longer be stigmatized and disenfranchised because of convictions for marijuana-related activities that are no longer defined as crimes under the law."

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Oklahoma: Governor Signs Legislation Temporarily Halting Any Further Expansion of State’s Medical Cannabis Industry

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 08:30

"Rather than embracing Oklahoma's robust medical cannabis industry, politicians have instead sought to abruptly tap the breaks. This legislation is largely a solution in search of a problem and it is directly in conflict with the 'free market' principles so often espoused by those elected officials on the right side of the aisle."

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State Policy Weekly Update 6/10/2022

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 07:49

This week's update highlights legislative developments in California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and North Carolina. 

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California: Multiple Reform Bills Continue to Advance

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 06:37

Several pieces of reform-friendly legislation have advanced out of their chambers of origin and are now awaiting hearings in their second chambers.

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Rick Steves: Let’s Make 2022 the Best Year for Marijuana Yet

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 07:00

I’d like to challenge you to help out with a donation to NORML, which I’ll match, dollar-to-dollar, up to $100,000.

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Delaware: Lawmakers Decline to Overturn Cannabis Legalization Veto

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 06:17

“I feel exasperated that lawmakers have failed to enact this common sense policy reform,” said Delaware NORML's Executive Director Laura Sharer. “While we the people are committed to ending prohibition in Delaware, it’s clear that our process and some of our lawmakers aren’t up to the task.”

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Louisiana: Series of Marijuana Law Reform Bills Advanced to Governor’s Desk

Tue, 06/07/2022 - 15:51

NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano praised lawmakers for advancing these measures to the Governor’s desk. “These are common sense reforms that will provide further protections and freedoms to patients and others and they ought to be enacted swiftly by Gov. John Bel Edwards,” he said.

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