Friday, October 7, 2022

Politics

San Francisco is the next city in line to decriminalize psychedelics

Which city up or down the coast of California is next? For now, it’s San Francisco, whose Board of Supervisors have voted unanimously to decriminalize plant-based psychedelic drugs. This would include psilocybin, peyote (a controversial one), and ayahuasca, and leave out...

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...

County in Alabama is jailing Pregnant Women for Marijuana-Use

Alabama is a state that takes its drug policy very seriously. That’s apparent in one county in particular that has an extremely harsh policy on pregnant women. In Etowah County, any pregnant or postpartum woman who is charged with endangering...

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...

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...

NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana

Those who wish to perpetuate the failed public policy of cannabis criminalization have lost the hearts and minds of the American public. And they know it. With public support for marijuana policy reform reaching super-majority status in recent years, prohibitionists and other...

Biden Administration Meets With Fetterman To Discuss Marijuana Legalization

Recently, John Fetterman called upon President Joe Biden to federally legalize marijuana for all. After a recent meeting on Labor Day, the Biden Administration released a response for the proposal.  In this response, the Administration said they are working...

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...

California: Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Doctors from Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Patients

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed anti-discrimination legislation today, Assembly Bill 1954, prohibiting physicians and surgeons from automatically denying either treatments or medications to patients solely because they consume medical cannabis or because they have tested a positive for THC...
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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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