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NORML PAC Endorses State Senator Connie Johnson for US Senate in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC — NORML PAC has announced its endorsement of Democratic State Senator Connie Johnson in her campaign to be the next United States Senator representing Oklahoma. “Sen. Johnson has been an outspoken supporter of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use during her tenure in the Oklahoma legislature,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri. “Few […]

House Approves Amendment to Allow Bankss to Work With Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC — This afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 231 to 192 in favor of the Heck-Perlmutter-Lee-Rohrabacher Amendment, which will restrict Treasury Department and SEC funds from being spent to penalize financial institutions for providing services to marijuana related business that operate according to state law. This proposal amends H.R. 5016, a spending bill […]

The Fear of Pleasure: Why CBD-Only Legislation is Not a Real Solution

Most of us were caught off-guard by the rush of states this year that approved the limited use of CBD-only marijuana extracts because these traditionally conservative states had heretofore rejected the medical use of marijuana. So it seems worth a moment to consider how this occurred, and what it means on a grander scale. But […]

Washington State Parolees Now Allowed to Consume Marijuana

OLYMPIA, WA — Parolees in Washington state may consume cannabis without facing legal repercussions, according to policy changes implemented by the Washington State Department of Corrections. Under the newly announced policy, the state’s estimated 14,000 parolees will no longer be tested for the presence of THC or its byproducts. In 2012, voters decided in favor […]

Poll: Far More Americans Prefer Legalized Marijuana to Online Gambling

TRENTON, NJ — A far greater percentage of Americans support legalizing marijuana than endorse the notion of allowing adults to legally engage in online gambling, according to national polling data compiled by Fairleigh Dickinson University. When asked to choose which of the two activities they “prefer to see legalized everywhere,” 52 percent of respondents chose […]

Illinois House Approves Bill to Allow Universities to Research Hemp

SPRINGFIELD, IL — House lawmakers have voted 70-28 in favor of House Bill 5085, legislation that would allow state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The House approved the measure earlier this month, and the bill has been assigned to the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee.  You can read the full text of the […]

Poll: Marijuana is Less Harmful to Health than Tobacco, Alcohol, or Sugar

NEW YORK, NY — Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week. Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most […]

Think Tank Issues Guidebook: "How To Regulate Cannabis"

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM – “Cannabis policy should be built on evidence of what will minimize the potential harms and maximize the potential benefits associated with the use of the drug,” according to a new book, “How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide,” published by the British think-tank Transform. The 248-page book offers market alternatives to cannabis prohibition […]

Three Michigan Cities Approve Marijuana Legalization By Large Margins

LANSING, MI – Three localities in Michigan — Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing – all voted in support of marijuana legalization today by huge margins. All three cities had similar proposals to remove criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. Ferndale won by the largest margin with 72% of voters […]

Michigan: Lansing Voters to Decide Tuesday on Marijuana Legalization

LANSING, MI — Lansing voters will decide Tuesday on a municipal initiative to amend the city charter to repeal criminal and civil penalties involving the adult possession of cannabis by adults on private property. Initiative proponents, Coalition for a Safer Lansing, collected some 7,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the 2013 November ballot. The proposed […]

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