Coloradans Still Support Legal Marijuana Sales, Poll Finds

DENVER, CO -- Since Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012, and after the historic first sales of recreational marijuana began in January 2014, a majority of state residents still support legal marijuana sales. A new NBC News/Marist Poll demonstrates that 55 percent of adult Colorado residents back the law that made the regulated use, possession, and sale of marijuana by adults legal, as opposed to the 41 percent that do not support the law, including 8 percent who said they are actively trying to overturn the current legislation. The majority that are supportive of the law includes the 27 percent of adult Coloradans who actively support the law, as well as the 28 percent who are in favor of the law but do not actively support it. Among registered voters, 52 percent said they favor the law, with 26 percent actively supporting it and 26 percent that favor but do not actively support it. “This is just the latest of several polls that reflect the successful implementation of Amendment 64, “ said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project and key figure in the campaign to legalize marijuana.  “Hopefully the folks fighting to maintain prohibition will stop using bogus talking

NFL May Finally Change its Outdated Drug Policy

It appears as though the NFL is finally progressing towards changing its controversial drug policy. According to NBC Sports, the NFLPA plans to vote tonight on proposed changes to the NFL’s existing drug policy. The changes, if ratified, may include an increased threshold for which players are allowed to test

Philly Mayor Agrees to Compromise, Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that he had agreed to sign a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in Philadelphia, with one small tweak. In June, the City Council voted 13-3 to replace the current penalties of a $200 fine and an arrest record for possessing up to

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

PHILADELPHIA, PA — City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by

San Diego Padres Shortstop Everth Cabrera Arrested for Marijuana DUI

SAN DIEGO, CA — San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who cried while apologizing last year for taking a banned substance that led to a 50-game suspension, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. Cabrera was arrested early Wednesday after

New Mexico: Albuquerque Considers Marijuana Decriminalization

New Mexico: Albuquerque Considers Marijuana Decriminalization

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The city of Albuquerque may eliminate jail time for offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana after a city councilor proposed giving only small fines to those caught with less than an ounce of pot. City Councilor Rey Garduno says the legislation he introduced at a…

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

WASHINGTON, DC — As of midnight Wednesday, misdemeanor criminal charges for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Washington, DC have been replaced by a civil violation resulting in a $25 fine. While our nation’s capital now has some of the least punitive marijuana laws in the…

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, DC — A far-reaching marijuana decriminalization law takes effect in the District of Columbia Thursday that replaces jail time with a $25 fine for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, ending a year-long effort in the nation’s capital to reduce severe racial disparities in marijuana…

DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

WASHINGTON, DC — A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25.00 fine-only violation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Washington, DC City Council members overwhelmingly approved the legislation, entitled “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act,” this past spring. The measure amends…

House Republicans to DC Residents: Guns are OK, Pot is Dangerous

House Republicans to DC Residents: Guns are OK, Pot is Dangerous

WASHINGTON, DC — If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won’t be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle. The GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill Wednesday that would undo the District’s…

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Controversial California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies

Controversial California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies

SACRAMENTO, CA — A controversial bill that would have imposed statewide regulations on California’s multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry died yesterday in Sacramento. The bill, Senate Bill 1262, was blocked by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the effort to impose some order on the industry is now dead for…

Jeb Bush Joins Opposition to Medical Marijuana Amendment in Florida

Jeb Bush Joins Opposition to Medical Marijuana Amendment in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is siding with opponents of an initiative on Florida’s November election ballot to make medical marijuana legal in the Sunshine State, despite strong public support for its use as an effective treatment for debilitating illnesses. Bush, the former Republican governor who is…

An Updated Look at Medical Marijuana in the United States

An Updated Look at Medical Marijuana in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC — NORML has updated its homepage’s medical cannabis section, including a newly designed national map of medical marijuana states to reflect the recent surge in states that have passed so-called ‘CBD-only’ legislation. Currently in the United States, 35 states have reformed their laws via legislation or binding…

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

WASHINGTON, DC — On July 29, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray signed the Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014.  The bill was unanimously approved by the D.C. Council on July 14th. The ordinance takes effect immediately, but it is only temporary, so another measure and Congressional approval are needed…

Minnesota Issues Draft Medical Marijuana Rules; Public Meetings Scheduled

Minnesota Issues Draft Medical Marijuana Rules; Public Meetings Scheduled

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Health has issued draft rules governing applications and oversight for the two medical marijuana manufacturers that will be allowed in the state under a bill passed earlier this year. The complete draft regulations can be read here.  These rules are provisional, and may…

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Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

WASHINGTON, DC — A Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania will introduce a bill to Congress that would make cannabidiol legal under federal law.  Also known as CBD oil, the marijuana-based oil has been shown to reduce seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy. US Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) announced the bill at a press conference…

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate…

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department‘s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific to cannabis commerce. The amendment, offered…

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory Wednesday when Congress voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from “being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws.” The amendment…

House Votes to Let Banks to Accept Deposits from Marijuana Businesses

House Votes to Let Banks to Accept Deposits from Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC — In a historic vote Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) preventing the Treasury Department from spending any funding to penalize financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under state…

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