Medical Marijuana News

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced HR 493: The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act, which would codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/11/19

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! As the first full week of the 116th Congress comes to a close, we have another new federal bill introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). HR 420 (yes, you read

HR 420: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

This week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer reserved HR 420 for his legislation, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. A decades-long champion of cannabis reform, this marks the first time that Blumenauer has staked out the specific bill number 420. His focus

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Announced

Today, the rollout of the new leadership team of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus was announced, with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) joining founding members Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK). First founded in 2017, the Caucus

Cities Across Michigan Ban Legal Marijuana Sales

Since the passage of Proposition 1, officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, which legalized the sale, possession, consumption and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and up last November, members of Michigan NORML have encountered

Washington Governor Moves To Pardon Past Marijuana Offenders

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee today announced his intent to provide an expedited process in order to grant pardons to those with past criminal misdemeanor marijuana-related convictions on their record. It is estimated that some 3,500 individuals will have their criminal

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Weekly Legislative Roundup of 2019! The new Congress was just sworn in yesterday, and they are not wasting any time. U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate

Nevada NORML: A Year in Review

With a new year on the horizon, members of Nevada and Las Vegas NORML wanted to take time to shine light on 18 of our most memorable moments from 2018. (It was hard to choose just 18!) January 2018: Protested

Chicago NORML Continues Push for Diversity in Pot Industry

  As Illinois lawmakers continue to consider input from various stakeholders for legislation that would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 and up in 2019, some advocates are feeling left out of the process. This is

NORML Chapters Prioritize a Wide Range of Reforms for 2019

Looking back at 2018, it was another productive year for marijuana law reform advocates. In addition to advancing legislation in state houses around the country, NORML chapters played a significant role in passing marijuana law reform initiatives in Michigan and

2018 Year In Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy

Read the ten biggest stories that shaped marijuana policy in 2018. #1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal. An October

Iowa Senator Quashes Floor Debate On Marijuana STATES Act

Washington, DC: Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) yesterday blocked lawmakers from considering an amendment on the floor of the US Senate that sought to permanently remove the threat of federal intervention in states that regulate marijuana sales. The amendment, offered by Colorado

Virginia Delegate Files Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Use at Schools

Virginia State Delegate Chris L. Hurst (D-12) has filed HB 1720 to allow students registered with Virginia’s medical cannabis program to use their medicine at school and school-sponsored activities. If passed, the bill would prohibit a school board from suspending or

Farm Bill Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban Become Law

President Donald Trump today signed legislation into law that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. The provisions were included within The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which takes effect on

Weekly Legislative Roundup 12/21/18

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! History has been made at the federal level this week! President Donald Trump signed The Farm Bill into law on Thursday that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on

Say Happy Birthday to NORML’s Founder

Today, 10 states and Washington, DC have legalized marijuana, 22 states have decriminalized marijuana, and 33 states have passed medical marijuana laws. 50 years ago, when Keith Stroup founded NORML, those numbers were all ZERO. This Thursday is Keith’s birthday

FDA Weighs In On Legal Status of Commercially Available ‘Hemp-Derived’ CBD Products

Following yesterday’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottleib issued a statement with regard to the agency’s oversight of products commercially marketed as ‘hemp-derived’ CBD. The FDA states: “We’re aware of the growing

Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Moves Forward with Marijuana Expungement Initiative

While lawmakers in Albany continue to explore the intricacies of legalizing and regulating adult-use marijuana in New York, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced a plan to expunge low-level marijuana convictions from criminal records. In a recent interview with CBS

Marijuana Tax Dollars Support Anti-Bullying Program in Colorado

As marijuana sales in Colorado exceed $1 billion, residents are seeing marijuana tax revenues being put to work in their communities. From funding local projects to restore historic sites and construct a new irrigation system in Denver, to providing college

NIH: Teen Marijuana Use Not Increasing Despite Legalization

Rockville, MD: Self-reported marijuana use by adolescents has failed to increase in recent years despite the majority of states legalizing it for either medical or adult use, according to the latest data compiled by the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey,