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We Stand for Freedom

At NORML we stand for freedom, not just today, but every day. Despite all our progress, hundreds of thousands of Americans are still put in handcuffs for marijuana every year. But, together we can – and we must – unite...

House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Legal State Marijuana Programs

The House Committee on Appropriations voted today to approve an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with legal adult-use marijuana programs as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for Fiscal...

Louisiana: Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills Signed Into Law; Measures Take Effect August 1

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed multiple marijuana reform measures into law. Among them, House Bill 629 bars police from conducting a warrantless search of person’s place of residence based solely upon the odor of cannabis. Several other states...

SAFE Banking Omitted from Scaled Back Version of America COMPETES Act

Despite being previously approved by the US House of Representatives, provisions of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act — which allows banks and other financial institutions to more easily provide services to state-licensed marijuana-related businesses —...

Analyses: Drug Interdiction Efforts at US Borders Typically Yield Only Small Quantities of Marijuana

Drug interdiction efforts along the US border often involve the seizure of small quantities of marijuana and no other substances, according to a pair of recently issued reports.  The first report, published by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), analyzed Border Patrol data...

District of Columbia: Council Advances Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

Members of the DC City Council recently voted 13 to zero to advance legislation, the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022, protecting those who use cannabis from facing discrimination in the workplace. The measure now awaits action from...

DEA Reports Significant Uptick in Marijuana-Related Seizures, Arrests

Federal law enforcement agents and their partners seized over 5.5 million cultivated marijuana plants and made more than 6,600 marijuana-related arrests in 2021, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.  According to figures published in the...

Survey: Nearly Half of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Marijuana for Other Substances, Particularly Opioids and Alcohol

Nearly one in two Canadian patients authorized to access medical cannabis products say that their use of marijuana has enabled them to either reduce or cease their consumption of other controlled substances, particularly opioids and alcohol, according to data...

Analysis: Cannabis Retailers Drive Economic Growth, Are Not Magnets for Crime

Licensed cannabis businesses stimulate economic growth and are not magnets for crime, according to an analysis commissioned by the city of Sacramento, California. Researchers assessed the impact of licensed cannabis businesses in the city of Sacramento. Consistent with prior studies, investigators...

Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Cannabis Convictions

Governors in two states, Colorado and Illinois, recently signed legislation into law further facilitating the ability of those with past convictions for cannabis to have their records expunged. In Colorado, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 99 into...

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