Monthly Archives: September 2017

On The Passing of Hugh Hefner

On The Passing of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner, or "Hef" as he preferred to be called, played a crucial role in the early days of NORML. At a time when most Americans were accepting the government's "reefer madness" propaganda, Hef, through the Playboy Foundation, provided NORML with our initial funding in early 1971, and became our primary funder all during...

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Let’s Get Registered! #WeCannaVote

Let’s Get Registered! #WeCannaVote

2018 is a critical midterm election year, and NORML is partnering with the National Cannabis Festival and HeadCount for the #WeCannaVote Voter Registration Drive. The goal is to register thousands of new voters before the 2018 National Cannabis Festival on April 21 & to educate those in and beyond the cannabis community about their...

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College Medical Marijuana Policy Leaves Many Students Unable to Legally Consume

College Medical Marijuana Policy Leaves Many Students Unable to Legally Consume

What’s a medical marijuana card-holding college student to do when they are required to live in on-campus housing but their medicine is banned from the premises?

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Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report. But unpublished data provided by the agency upon request shows the first increase in nearly a decade in marijuana-related arrests.

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Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Attorneys Steven Epstein and Marvin Cable filed an amicus curiae brief in the case on behalf of national NORML.

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How to Win a War on Drugs

September 22, 2017
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How to Win a War on Drugs

That’s the title of Nicholas Kristof’s investigative article in the New York Times (it’s this Sunday’s Times, but they’ve put it online early)

Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating...

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Washington State Releases Update On Legalization Findings – High Hopes Are Rewarded

Washington State Releases Update On Legalization Findings – High Hopes Are Rewarded

In their second formal assessment on the impact of legalization in the wake of the implementation of I-502, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) issued the next regularly scheduled report - and suffice to say, the news was very positive, unless you are still relying on tired and debunked prohibitionist talking points.

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Study: Perceived Marijuana Access Declining Among Youth

Study: Perceived Marijuana Access Declining Among Youth

Authors reported: “e observed a 27 percent overall reduction in the relative proportion of adolescents ages 12 to 17 and a 42 percent reduction among those ages 12 to 14 reporting that it would be 'very easy' to obtain marijuana. This pattern was uniformly observed among youth in all sociodemographic subgroups.”

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NORML Canada Testifies In Parliament On Impending Legalization

NORML Canada Testifies In Parliament On Impending Legalization

So what brought Trudeau to his decision to repeal prohibition? You know what they say: behind every great man there’s even greater, weed-loving woman.

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American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Now, the Legion is ramping up their efforts to convince VA Secretary Shulkin to expand research into...

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