#ACT: Medical Marijuana Could Be On The Line

Protections for the medical marijuana markets that are now legal in 30 states are set to expire on December 8th. After that, over 2 million registered patients’ continued access to their medication will rely on the prohibitionist whims of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been lobbying aggressively for the ability to use the...

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Setting the Record Straight

October 23, 2017
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Setting the Record Straight

One of NORML’s primary missions is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults. One of the ways we successfully achieve this goal is by debunking marijuana myths and half-truths via the publication of timely op-eds in online and print media.

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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One. “Active marijuana use provided a protective effect against NAFLD independent of known metabolic risk factors,” authors...

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The opioid ‘crisis’

October 17, 2017
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The opioid ‘crisis’

In Scientific American: People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids by Carl L. Hart

I am concerned that declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency will serve primarily to increase law-enforcement budgets, precipitating an escalation of this same sort of routine racial discrimination.

It is certainly possible to die from...

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ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Open Thread

October 14, 2017
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Open Thread

Apologies to all my fellow couch friends. Catching up after moving and a long trip took me away from this site for too long and the comments section expired, temporarily preventing people from commenting.

I’ve extended the settings so this won’t happen again. Thanks for your patience.

I’ll try to have some more new...

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Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. Authors reported: "Colorado's legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a...

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis in America.

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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions' views on marijuana, saying "The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that's put the Justice Department in this strange place" in regards to potential changes in...

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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

October 8, 2017
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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

All of these stakeholders have an interest in treating legal marijuana as a disaster to be delayed and restricted as much as possible. But the voters didn’t vote for a disaster, they voted for an opportunity: new jobs, new revenue, safer communities, better community-police relations. We want you to respect the will of the...

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual gala & awards on October 6th at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, OR with NORML founder Keith Stroup as a featured speaker.

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VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

The Legion recently ramped up their efforts to convince VA Secretary Shulkin to expand research into the therapeutic and medicinal effects of cannabis by sending him a letter demanding for his direct involvement in making sure the medical marijuana study meets its goals. That letter was sent on September 19th. 17 days ago.

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