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Texas: HB 81 advances with a committee vote of 4-2!

April 4, 2017
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Texas: HB 81 advances with a committee vote of 4-2!

By Jax Finkel Texas NORML Executive Director Great news! Chairman Joe Moody’s House Bill 81, which would replace criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a simple ticket, has passed out of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-2, with one member absent. There was a committee substitute and you can read the verbiage...

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Houston Has Decriminalized Marijuana, Reveals Conflicting Attitudes and Budget Priorities of Law Enforcement

April 4, 2017
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Houston Has Decriminalized Marijuana, Reveals Conflicting Attitudes and Budget Priorities of Law Enforcement

Last month on March 1, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg decriminalized marijuana by instituting the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program. Including the city of Houston this decision in Harris County affects more than 4.5 million Texans. As a result, possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana is now punishable by up to...

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Did you see John Oliver last night?

April 3, 2017
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Did you catch it? On Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver skewered our nation’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition addressing topics ranging from a potential crackdown from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the newly formed Cannabis Caucus, and the desperate need for federal marijuana law reform.

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Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House

March 30, 2017
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Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House

Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate -- The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act -- to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference.

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Virginia: Local Focus, Nationwide Impact

March 20, 2017
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Virginia: Local Focus, Nationwide Impact

In the first quarter of 2017, the reform efforts of Virginia NORML laid a framework for exciting changes in the Commonwealth’s cannabis policies. As spring blooms, conversations are blossoming in municipalities across the state challenging the status quo of criminally prosecuting misdemeanor possession in favor of civil fines. And we’re leading the charge not...

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George Rohrbacher: Trump Administration Plans To Ramp Up Government Regulation and Stifle New Marijuana Businesses

March 1, 2017
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George Rohrbacher: Trump Administration Plans To Ramp Up Government Regulation and Stifle New Marijuana Businesses

Americans across the nation are clamoring: "Tax me, tax me, just please stop arresting me!" By George Rohrbacher, Former Washington State Senator (R), Former NORML board member

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Michigan NORML: Presidents’ Day Letter To Congress From The Front Lines

February 20, 2017
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Michigan NORML: Presidents’ Day Letter To Congress From The Front Lines

Engaging elected officials is a primary function of NORML and all its affiliates. As the Michigan Affiliate of NORML, we are pleased to participate in this and other NORML nationally-coordinated campaigns that reach out to federal representatives in a collaborative way that reinforces the strength of support for cannabis reforms.

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Iowa State University’s NORML Chapter Fought Back – and Won – in the 8th Circuit Court

February 14, 2017
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Iowa State University’s NORML Chapter Fought Back – and Won – in the 8th Circuit Court

"NORML ISU's use of the cannabis leaf does not violate ISU's trademark policies because the organization advocates for reform to marijuana laws, not the illegal use of marijuana,"

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Action Works When Action Is Taken

January 15, 2017
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Action Works When Action Is Taken

To speed up the process one only has to get involved. It is easy to sit back and watch while progress occurs, but it is rewarding to be a part of such a movement.

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NORML Responds To National Academy of Sciences’ Marijuana Report

January 12, 2017
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NORML Responds To National Academy of Sciences’ Marijuana Report

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a comprehensive report today acknowledging that “conclusive or substantial evidence” exists for cannabis’ efficacy in patients suffering from chronic pain, and sharply criticized longstanding federal regulatory barriers to marijuana research – in particular “the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance” under federal law.

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