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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Las Vegas NORML Ramps up Advocacy Efforts

Las Vegas NORML Ramps up Advocacy Efforts

Members of Las Vegas NORML focus on home cultivation, social consumption and protections for medical marijuana patients. Pending legislation would re-establishing patient cultivation rights, permit medical marijuana research facilities, and add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/20/17

Weekly Legislative Update 5/20/17

This year, it seems that multiple states are vying for the honor of becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process and four of them had movement this week. Following are the bills from around the country that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending...

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Montana Special Election: Rob Quist’s Marijuana Use is NORML

Montana Special Election: Rob Quist’s Marijuana Use is NORML

I think Quist’s opponents may be surprised by the reaction this “revelation” will evoke from most Montana residents, and Americans across the spectrum. That reaction can largely be summed up as: “So what?”

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Inhaled cannabis is effective and well-tolerated in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. They concluded: “Overall, these study participants experienced substantial improvements in their symptoms. This is particularly striking given that almost all participants had failed at...

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Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

African Americans in Virginia are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at more than three times the rates of whites and this disparity is rising, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from the years 2010 through...

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Social Consumption of Marijuana off to a Slow Start in Colorado

Social Consumption of Marijuana off to a Slow Start in Colorado

For more than a year, members of Denver NORML have advocated for the social consumption of marijuana in Colorado. In Denver, city officials were able to publish draft rules for I-300, but SB-184, a statewide effort to regulate social consumption died in committee.

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AG Sessions’ move, while despicable, isn’t the real problem

May 15, 2017
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AG Sessions’ move, while despicable, isn’t the real problem

In the last post, Sessions’ Justice Department goes all-in on sentencing, we learned that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has mandated a revival of the discredited “tough-on-crime” charging and sentencing approaches.

And, as comforting as it is to blame Sessions, there’s a more important point.

Sessions is only able to do this because horrendous laws...

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

Here are the bills from around the country that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending in your state.

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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

May 12, 2017
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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

"Governor Christie has 0% credibility on drug policy, or any other policy, for that matter. When it comes to cannabis' relationship to opioids from real-world experience, not bluster and rhetoric, states that have medicinal and recreational cannabis laws on the books see lower rates of overdose, lower rates of use, and lower rates of...

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Sessions’ Justice Department goes all-in on sentencing

May 12, 2017
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Sessions’ Justice Department goes all-in on sentencing

Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek ‘Most Serious’ Charges, Stricter Sentences

In a memo to staff, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” — a move that marks a significant reversal of Obama-era policies on low-level drug crimes.

Holder had asked prosecutors to...

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