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Marijuana Smoking Up, Marijuana Arrests Down

Marijuana Smoking Up, Marijuana Arrests Down

It's a great time to be alive if you are a marijuana smoker. We are finally working our way out of the shadows of prohibition and into the mainstream. Following the reign of terror that resulted in more than 25 million Americans being arrested on marijuana charges since 1937, the country is at last...

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Pharma Company Admits Opposing Marijuana Legalization to Protect Its Corporate Profits

Pharma Company Admits Opposing Marijuana Legalization to Protect Its Corporate Profits

Those of us involved in the marijuana legalization movement have long assumed that those companies that produce and sell competing products — especially alcohol and tobacco — were working behind the scenes to try to maintain marijuana prohibition and to protect their duopoly for legal recreational drugs. These industries have lobbyists who regularly work...

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NORML National Board Endorses Medical Cannabis Act in Arkansas

NORML National Board Endorses Medical Cannabis Act in Arkansas

The NORML board felt the Aransas Medical Cannabis Act is a more consumer-friendly proposal and elected to endorse it.

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National NORML Board of Directors Endorses Denver Social Use Ballot Initiative 300

National NORML Board of Directors Endorses Denver Social Use Ballot Initiative 300

Meeting at our board meeting in Boston this past Friday, held in conjunction with the Boston Freedom Rally, the national NORML board of Directors endorsed Denver social use Initiative 300, the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program.

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Holland-Style Marijuana Clubs Coming to America

Holland-Style Marijuana Clubs Coming to America

Either we offer a legal option for marijuana-friendly lounges, or “smoke-easies” will continue to proliferate in most major cities.

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The Reason a Record Number of States Can Vote to Legalize Weed This Fall

The Reason a Record Number of States Can Vote to Legalize Weed This Fall

The four states and the District of Columbia that have approved full legalization for all adults, and the five states that will be voting on full legalization in November, all rely on voter initiatives. These progressive procedures have worked precisely as they were intended back in the Progressive Era: They have allowed citizens to...

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America Can Learn A Lot From Portugal’s Drug Policy

America Can Learn A Lot From Portugal’s Drug Policy

Drug use and abuse is worldwide, so the solution to the destructive war on drug users must also be worldwide.

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When State Revenue and Personal Freedom Coincide

When State Revenue and Personal Freedom Coincide

Just as all states now have some form of legal gambling, within a few short years, all states will offer some form of legal marijuana. It’s the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing to do; and it’s inevitable in a democracy, when most people want it.

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Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Prosecuting State-Compliant Medical Marijuana Businesses

Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Prosecuting State-Compliant Medical Marijuana Businesses

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, covering nine western states, earlier this week ruled unanimously that the Department of Justice is barred by federal law from prosecuting medical marijuana businesses if those businesses are operating in compliance with state law.

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Why We Should Demand That Congress Reschedule Marijuana

Why We Should Demand That Congress Reschedule Marijuana

In fact, what Congress should really do, and what NORML has been arguing for some time, is to totally de-schedule marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act and treat it as we do alcohol and tobacco, thus providing states the power to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference.

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