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A Founder Looks at 50: “You Bet I Did, and I Enjoyed It”

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 17:57

Only when marijuana is finally legalized in New York state, hopefully very soon, will we see the end results of our efforts to convince New Yorkers that “It’s NORML to Smoke Pot."

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States’ Legalization Laws Have Had “Little Effect on Marijuana Prevalence Among Adolescents”

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 15:10

"Taken as a whole, these studies suggest that marijuana legalization has not had much overall effect on marijuana use by children and adolescents, at least during the past two decades."

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Montana: Adult-Use Legalization Initiatives Qualify for November 2020 Ballot

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 21:08

Montana voters will decide this November on two complimentary ballot measures seeking to legalize marijuana for adults in the state.

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Tokin’ Woman: Kamala Harris Gets VP Nod

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:05

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has named California Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick.

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Virginia: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney Calls for Marijuana Legalization

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:27

Mayor Stoney calls for legalization in advance of the Virginia General Assembly Special Session convening August 18

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Study: Most Americans in Legal States Express “Positive Perceptions” of the Cannabis Marketplace

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:31

Investigators concluded, "The current findings suggest generally positive perceptions of the legal cannabis market."

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Senator Kamala Harris, Senate Sponsor of the MORE Act, Chosen to be VP Candidate

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 00:49

Kamala Harris is the lead Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

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Arizona: Adult-Use Legalization Initiative Qualifies for 2020 Ballot

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 16:16

The Act permits those age 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and directs revenue from retail cannabis sales to fund various public education and safety programs.

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A Founder Looks at 50: What Happened to Our Right to a Speedy Trial by a Jury of Our Peers?

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 18:45

The harsh reality is that when one is arrested in this country, there is a strong likelihood of a conviction, and usually without the benefit of a trial.

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McConnell Misleads on Marijuana

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 22:19

Some opponents of marijuana policy reform have manipulated the Speaker’s comments to imply that she was opining that cannabis therapy has been proven specifically to be successful for the treatment of COVID-19.

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Montana: Legalization Initiative Proponents Announce That They Have Qualified for 2020 Ballot

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 20:07

In a July 20 e-mail update, proponents New Approach Montana posted: “The campaign to legalize marijuana ... has cleared the signature hurdles to see its two initiatives on the ballot in Montana’s general election.”

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A Founder Looks at 50: The Importance of the “Grow America” Movement

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 17:02

Without marijuana there would be no marijuana smokers and without marijuana smokers there would be no marijuana legalization movement.

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SIGN: Tell Biden and Trump to Support an End to Marijuana Prohibition

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 18:03

Both Trump and Biden want your vote in November. but neither have sought to earn your vote by pledging to end marijuana prohibition. Sign the petition to tell them to support legalization.

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Survey: Majority of Health Care Professionals Endorse Cannabis Use Instead of Opioids in Chronic Pain Patients

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 21:49

Of eligible respondents, 72 percent agreed with the statement, “Medical marijuana should be used to reduce the use of opioids for non-cancer pain.” Sixty-three percent of respondents also agreed, “The DEA should reclassify marijuana so that it is no longer a schedule I drug."

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Cannabis Use Rising Among Chronic Pain Patients

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 23:35

“Over the course of our study, … we identified a significant and progressive increase in the number of patients using cannabis. In patients with chronic pain, cannabis use more than doubled during this period.”

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Study: Cumulative Use of Cannabis Not Associated with Heart Abnormalities at Middle Age

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 19:29

"Our finding that occasional marijuana was not associated with ECG abnormalities adds to the growing body of evidence that this level of marijuana use and CVD events and markers of subclinical atherosclerosis are not associated."

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Missouri: Kansas City Council Eliminates Local Penalties for Marijuana Possession Offenses

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 16:24

City council members in Kansas City, Missouri approved a municipal ordinance repealing all local penalties specific to activities involving the personal possession of marijuana.

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A Founder Looks at 50: NORML and the Carter Administration

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 16:20

Jimmy Carter was the first US President ever to endorse the decriminalization of marijuana, first during his 1976 campaign and again in 1977 in a statement to Congress — which I helped to draft

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Biden’s Marijuana Plan Is out of Step with Public Opinion, Would Do Little to Mitigate the Failed Policy of Federal Prohibition

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:00

NORML is skeptical that this proposed recommendation will bring about the sort of tangible marijuana policy changes that voters have consistently demanded — in national polls and at the ballot box.

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California: Nevada County District Attorney to Dismiss Decades’ Worth of Marijuana Convictions

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 17:40

State officials have identified nearly 200,000 Californians eligible to have their marijuana-related convictions either dismissed or resentenced.

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