Monthly Archives: November 2017

Talk About Marijuana At Thanksgiving This Year

November 22, 2017
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We have much to be thankful for this year. Lawmakers in 26 states have passed legislation to advance cannabis reform, including New Hampshire becoming the 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana and West Virginia becoming the 30th state to pass a medical marijuana program.

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Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot

Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot

Proponents of a Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis today turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.

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Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants

Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis access program are significantly more likely to either reduce or cease their use of opioids as compared to non-enrolled patients suffering from similar pain conditions, according to data published online in the journal PLOS One.

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Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

November 17, 2017
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Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

Of course, we all know that you can be a pot smoker and still be very good at any profession you could do if you weren’t, but there’s still the big-business drug testing industry trying to claim that you can’t, and for some jobs, merely admitting to past use could still disqualify you.

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Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate

Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor's race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and...

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Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. “he disparities in the number of marijuana possession arrests cannot be explained by a higher use among black or...

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We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions

We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs.

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Women Who Weed

Women Who Weed

In the era of increasing acceptance and outright legalization of cannabis use, cannabis-centric television keeps getting better and better. From comedies like The Lucas Bros Moving Co (Fox) to documentaries like Weediquette (Viceland) and dramas like High Maintenance (HBO), you will never be at a loss for something to zone out to. Unless, of...

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NORML France Conference: Think Change or Change The Bandage?

NORML France Conference: Think Change or Change The Bandage?

Fresh off of an organizational restructuring, NORML France will be hosting their conference entitled "Cannabis: Think Change or Change the Bandage?" about the failure of French cannabis prohibition at Université la Sorbonne in Paris.

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Election: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana

November 8, 2017
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Election: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO" – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent.

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