Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Loss of an Activist, the Passing of a Friend, James Bell

The Loss of an Activist, the Passing of a Friend, James Bell

Georgia lost a key player in the reform of marijuana laws last Friday. James Bell was a part of the NORML movement in Georgia back in the 70s, and went on to form Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform, and Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.). James was dedicated, driven advocates/activist and will be sorely missed.

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to "support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other...

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2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day In Brief

2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day In Brief

By the numbers: - 140+ attendees - 21 speakers - 5 members of Congress - 150+ congressional meetings - 1 goal: End marijuana prohibition.

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Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney...

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Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues To Decline

Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues To Decline

Fewer young people today identify as current users of cannabis as compared to 2002, according to national survey data released today by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration.

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House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

Late Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis.

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An Important Message From Whoopi Goldberg

September 5, 2017
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An Important Message From Whoopi Goldberg

I’m writing to you with an urgent request: that you join me in telling Congress to protect lawful medical marijuana patients and programs from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Open Thread

September 5, 2017
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Open Thread

I’m off in San Francisco and Seattle on vacation.

— Congrats to Shaleen Title for being named to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Cannabis Control Commission ‘does not reflect the Massachusetts electorate,’ pro-marijuana group says

As Tom Angell says “As far as I know, this is the first time an advocate who helped...

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McClintock/Polis Amendment to Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

September 5, 2017
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McClintock/Polis Amendment to Limit Federal Interference of State Marijuana Laws

Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced an amendment that, if passed, would disallow the Department of Justice to use funds from Congress to enforce federal laws on activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana.

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