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Have a NORML 4th of July

July 4, 2017
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Have a NORML 4th of July

What are your plans this Fourth of July weekend? If you are like most Americans, you are likely to be having a cookout, watching fireworks with friends and family, or engaging in some other social event that celebrates your freedom. But for the millions of Americans who consume cannabis, freedom can be fleeting.

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Odds and Ends

July 2, 2017
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Odds and Ends

Interesting legal analysis: Has the DEA painted itself into a corner on hemp based CBD? A legal analysis of the DEA’s current position.

Industrial hemp, lawfully grown in accordance with a State’s pilot research program that is itself compliant with the Farm Act, is excluded from the definition of marijuana. There is no question...

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Setting The Record Straight

July 2, 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. Since the mainstream media seldom casts a...

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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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Nevada: Licensed Adult Use Marijuana Sales Set To Begin Saturday

June 30, 2017
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Nevada: Licensed Adult Use Marijuana Sales Set To Begin Saturday

Starting at midnight tonight, specially licensed medical cannabis dispensaries will have the opportunity to engage in the retail sale of marijuana to adults.

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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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Study: Patients Report Substituting Cannabis For Opioids, Other Pain Medications

Study: Patients Report Substituting Cannabis For Opioids, Other Pain Medications

Pain patients report successfully substituting cannabis for opioids and other analgesics, according to data published online today in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Among those who acknowledged having used opioid-based pain medication within the past six months, 97 percent agreed that they were able to decrease their opiate intake with 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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Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates

Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates

The enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult use and sale of cannabis is not associated with subsequent changes in traffic fatality rates, according to an analysis of traffic safety data published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Vermont: House Blocks Marijuana Depenalization Bill From Further Consideration

Vermont: House Blocks Marijuana Depenalization Bill From Further Consideration

Members of the Vermont House of Representatives decided late last night to block a marijuana depenalization measure, H. 511, from further consideration this legislative session.

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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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Study: CBD Administration Reduces Blood Pressure

Study: CBD Administration Reduces Blood Pressure

Oral CBD administration is associated with reduced blood pressure in healthy volunteers, according to clinical trial data published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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