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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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Texas: Austin Police to Cease Making Arrests, Issuing Citations for Minor Marijuana Offenses

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 22:45

“APD will no longer cite or arrest individuals with sufficient identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor ‘possession of marijuana’ offenses."

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Nebraska: Activists Submit Over 182,000 Signatures to Qualify Proposed 2020 Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 17:18

Activists gathered at the state capitol in Lincoln to turn in over 182,000 signatures from registered voters in an effort to qualify a medical cannabis legalization measure for the 2020 ballot.

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Nashville: District Attorney Ceasing Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:54

"Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety."

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Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Proponents Turn In Nearly Twice The Signatures Required to Qualify for 2020 Ballot

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 21:49

The Act permits those 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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Ohio: Senate Overwhelmingly Advances Measure to Expand Decriminalization Policies

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 20:49

Members of the Ohio senate advanced a measure expanding the state’s long-standing decriminalization policies.

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Colorado: Legislation Signed into Law Providing Governor Expanded Authority to Pardon Marijuana Offenders

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 01:44

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation into law which provides the office with expanded powers to pardon those with past marijuana convictions.

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 20:39

Legislation passed this spring decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and seals the records of past convictions from public view.

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A Founder Looks at 50: The Early Legalization Movement – From LeMar to Amorphia to NORML

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:48

That enormous challenge of reversing marijuana prohibition would not have been possible without the earlier work of LeMar, Amorphia and those pot-head jazz musicians and hip poets.

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