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Eric Holder “Cautiously Optimistic” in Regards to Legal Mari...

According to CNN, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is “cautiously optimistic” when it comes to Colorado and Washington’s implementation of regulated and legal adult marijuana control systems. “We don’t want to put into the federal system, low level people who are simply there for possessory offenses,” Hold...

MPP to Introduce Three New Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas

As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislative campaign in Texas, we are developing bill proposals to address decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults. According to Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director fo...

Study: Cannabis Use Not Associated With Deficits In Intellig...

Investigators at the University College of London analyzed data from 2,612 subjects who had their IQ tested at the age of eight and again at age 15. They reported no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15 when confounding factors such as alcohol use and cigarette use were taken into account....

Making Marijuana Legal in Washington D.C. is the Better Choi...

Supporting Washington, D.C.’s ballot initiative 71, which would make marijuana legal in the nation’s capital, makes sense in terms of economics, safety, and fairness, according to Economics21. If the initiative passes on November 4, it would eliminate the criminal and civil penalties associated with personal possession, pri...

Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Targeting Large Numbers of Minor...

As reported by The Huffington Post, Bill de Blasio, a candidate for New York City mayor last year, promised to end marijuana arrests, noting that they have “disastrous consequences for individuals and their families.” As mayor, however, de Blasio is not living up to his promise. According to a report released yesterday by t...

Florida Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Showdown in the South

On November 4, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution, Amendment 2, to establish a medical marijuana program in that state. This vote is especially important as it would be the first southern state to legalize medical use, and would likely encourage other states in the r...

Federal District Court Judge Asks: Should Federal Law Classi...

Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. This is the first ...

NORML PAC Endorses Senator Cory Booker for US Senate

NORML PAC has endorsed Senator Cory Booker (NJ) for re-election the the United States Senate representing New Jersey. “We endorsed Cory Booker during his election campaign in 2013 and we are honored to do so again,” stated NORML PAC manager Erik Altieri, “Senator Booker kept the promises he made to champio...

Majority of Delawareans Support Legalizing Marijuana

According to a poll released this morning by the University of Delaware, an strong majority of residents favor legalizing and regulating the adult use of marijuana. The poll revealed that 56% of Delawareans support legalizing marijuana while just 39% were opposed. Individuals over the age of 60 and self-identified conservat...

Overwhelming Majority of Delaware Voters Support Making Mari...

A new poll conducted by the University of Delaware finds 56% support for legalizing marijuana, with just 39% opposed. Earlier this year, Rep. Helene Keeley, Sen. Bryan Townsend, and Sen. Margaret Rose Henry sponsored legislation to reduce the penalty for simple possession of marijuana from a criminal charge to a civil fine....

Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Law Makes the Substance Legal to Po...

As reported by Iowa Watchdog, in May, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law the Medical Cannabidiol Act. The law allows for residents of Iowa to possess small amounts of cannabidiol if a neurologist certifies that the non-psychoactive oil derived from marijuana plants is necessary for the treatment of a child with intract...

NORML PAC Endorses Representative Blumenauer for Congress

NORML PAC has endorsed Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) in his campaign to be re-elected to the US House of Representatives. “Rep. Blumenauer has been a supporter and proponent of marijuana law reform since his days in the Oregon State Legislature decades ago,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “...

Marijuana Ordinance Debate Scheduled in South Portland Maine

The Current reported that a debate on the ordinance to make marijuana legal in South Portland will be held next week on Wednesday, October 22, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the South Portland High School, 637 Highland Avenue. The South Portland School Department and Social Studies Department have arranged the eve...

State Department’s Top Drug Warrior William Brownfield Says ...

According to Reason, William Brownfield, the assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, called for flexibility in interpreting anti-drug treaties. “How could I, a representative of the government of the United States of America, be intolerant of a government that permits any experi...

Afroman Remakes “Because I Got High” to Support Legalization

Afroman recently teamed up with NORML and Weedmaps to launch a remake of his hit song "Because I Got High," turning the hip hop classic into a positive legalization anthem for the 2014 elections.

Obama’s Nominee to Lead the Justice Department’s Civil Right...

According to the Washington Post, President Obama plans to nominate top lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union, Vanita Gupta, to head to the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Gupta is a longtime civil rights lawyer and deputy legal director of the ACLU, as well as the director of the Union’s Center...

South Portland and Lewiston Referenda Highlight Conflicting ...

Bangor Daily News reported that South Portland and Lewiston, Maine voters, on November 4, will decide whether to make marijuana legal for the use and possession of up to an ounce for citizens 21 years of age and older. David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said he believes South Portland wi...

Arizona Republican Rep. Ethan Orr Suggests Making Marijuana ...

According to the Tucson Weekly, Arizona Rep. Ethan Orr is looking at Colorado’s recent marijuana venture and the taxes, licenses, and fees that have brought the state more than $7 million so far. As reported by the Arizona Republic, the Arizona revenue projections released last Tuesday to the legislature’s Finance Advisory ...

Great Uncertainty Ahead of Alaska Measure 2 Vote

In what may be the most difficult ballot initiative to evaluate in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections, the voters in Alaska will decide on November 4 whether to approve full marijuana legalization for all adults, including retail sales. For most of us, Alaska, the largest state in the Union by area, and the least de...

Israeli Researchers To Study Anti-Tumor Effects of CBD In Ca...

Israeli investigators intend to evaluate the potential anti-tumoral effects of the canabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in select cancer patients.

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