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House Judiciary Committee Approves Measures to Help Seal and Expunge Marijuana Arrests

Members of the United States House Judiciary Committee approved a pair of bills yesterday to help alleviate the lifelong collateral consequences associated with marijuana convictions. The committee, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), voted in a bipartisan manner to advance...

Recent Polls Show Support for 2022 Legalization Initiatives

Recently released polls indicate that voters intend to vote affirmatively on several statewide measures to legalize the adult-use marijuana market. “Voters’ support for repealing cannabis criminalization crosses party lines,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “That is why, historically, these...

Double Your Impact This Week

It’s officially the final sprint towards Election Day and things are heating up. With four states officially voting on legalization this November and two more that are battling lawsuits to get on the ballot, we have to really come...

California: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Employment Protections for Cannabis Consumers

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a number of marijuana-related bills into law, including legislation protecting employees from workplace discrimination. Specifically, Assembly Bill 2188, makes “it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any...

Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Open the Door for the Mass Expungement of Prior Marijuana Convictions

A unanimous opinion recently issued by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts may result in facilitating the expungement of criminal records for thousands of residents with marijuana convictions. The ruling in Commonwealth v. K.W. clarifies that a 2018 state law...

US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis “Irrational,” But Not Unconstitutional

The federal government’s decision to classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance without accepted medical utility is arguably “irrational,” but it is not unconstitutional, according to a ruling recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals...

Missouri: Legal Challenge to 2022 Legalization Initiative Dismissed

A Circuit Court Judge on Friday dismissed a legal challenge that sought to remove a marijuana legalization question from the November ballot. The Judge determined that the plaintiff in the suit, who works for the Virginia-based Community Anti-Drug Coalitions...

Analysis: Legal Cannabis Businesses Associated with Increased Home Values

The establishment of licensed cannabis businesses is associated with increased home values, according to a study published by Rutgers University and funded by the New Jersey State Policy Lab. Researchers reported that municipalities which licensed marijuana establishments experienced a nearly...

NORML Remembers Barbara Ehrenreich

NORML regrets the passing of essayist and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich. She was 81 years old. Barbara Ehrenreich – NORML Advisory Board A scholar and the author of numerous books — including Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle...

Survey: Most Voters Support Federal Banking Reforms for Licensed Marijuana Retailers

The overwhelming majority of voters believe that federal law should be amended so that state-licensed marijuana businesses can readily utilize banks and other financial services, according to national survey data compiled by Morning Consult and commissioned by the Independent...

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NORML Issues Statement Regarding President’s Plan to Pardon Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

Washington, DC: In response to President Biden’s recently announced actions with regard to federal marijuana policy, NORML’s Executive Director...
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