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Vote Expected Tomorrow On Medical Marijuana

Vote Expected Tomorrow On Medical Marijuana

Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have to decide: Will they protect our nation’s over 2 million lawful medical marijuana patients or subject them to the wrath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?

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House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the amendments lead sponsor, testified before the committee that it was “a critical area of literally life and death.”

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WATCH: Marijuana in the Halls of Congress!

Yesterday, NORML moderated a Facebook Congressional Conversation on marijuana law reform with Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Tom Garrett, Beto O’Rourke, and Justin Amash. We discussed a wide range of issues including the needless burden of the federal driver's license suspension mandate, access to medical marijuana, racial injustice, and pending bipartisan legislation to remove cannabis from the...

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Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans.

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Weekly Legislative Update 7/1/17

Weekly Legislative Update 7/1/17

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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Will the House of Representatives Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana?

Will the House of Representatives Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana?

This week, the House Appropriations Committee released its 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which determines the funding levels for numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Justice. Predictably, the bill does not include language -- known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment -- limiting the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis...

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The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence

The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence

Too often we hear of violence being perpetrated by officers of the state against our fellow citizens on the basis of similarly irrational claims. Philando Castile is the name we must speak today, but sadly there are countless others, particularly people of color, who have fallen victims to or as a result of this...

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The Smell Of Marijuana Shouldn’t Be A Death Sentence

The Smell Of Marijuana Shouldn’t Be A Death Sentence

Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last year. This week we learned that the officer rationalized his actions by claiming that the alleged smell of "burnt marijuana” made him fear for his own life.

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Weekly Legislative Update 6/17/17

Weekly Legislative Update 6/17/17

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. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and at the federal level.

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First Meeting Of Trump’s Opioid Commission: Will It Be Effective?

First Meeting Of Trump’s Opioid Commission: Will It Be Effective?

Today, the Office of National Drug Control Policy convened it’s first meeting of President Trump’s “Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.” The Commission is tasked with making recommendations for improving the Federal response to opioid misuse and abuse.

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