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MPP Submits Initial Comments On Draft Manufacturer Rules

The Marijuana Policy Project has submitted our initial comments on the partial draft rules regulating medical marijuana manufacturers in Minnesota. The Department of Health is accepting public comments on these and other medical marijuana rules until further notice is published in the State Register. MPP will keep you appraised of timeline updates ...

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Can...

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that adults ought to legally be able to consume cannabis in the privacy of one's own home, according to results of a nationwide HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released late last week.

Delaware Officials Announce First Medical Marijuana Compassi...

After more than three years and numerous delays, Delaware’s first pilot medical marijuana dispensary has finally been approved! On Monday, August 11, the Department of Health and Social Services finalized a two-year agreement with the aptly named First State Compassion Center. The center will be located at an industrial park on the outskirts of Wil...

Washington: Retail Marijuana Sales Total Nearly $4 Million I...

Washington state licensed marijuana retailers sold an estimated $3.8 million in cannabis products in July, the first month during which such sales were allowed un...

The Legalization Movement Can’t Be Stopped

The political and cultural victories for the marijuana legalization movement continue to accumulate as new developments lead us closer to the ultimate goal of full legalization. Just in the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen the powerful, unambiguous endorsement of full legalization by the most influential newspaper in America: The New York Tim...

Illinois Medical Marijuana Applications Now Available

The three departments that oversee the Illinois medical cannabis program posted several important documents online on Friday, including cannabis patient applications, which are available here. Additional forms were also made available, including documents for physicians to use for recommendations, fingerprint consent forms, caregiver applications, ...

Does Medical Cannabis Legalization Impact Policy Safety?

While the US government effectively bans scientific research regarding cannabis and any potential therapeutic uses, you can help University of Dallas associate professor of Criminology Dr. Robert Morris, II conduct another in a series of cannabis policy research-related questions. Dr. Morris and associates have already published an interesting rese...

The Next States to Legalize Marijuana

What are the next states to legalize marijuana? Find out by watching this new short video, which highlights the states we believe will end marijuana prohibition within the next few years.

Teen Marijuana Use On the Decline In Colorado After Adult Le...

Rates of current and lifetime marijuana use among Colorado high school students has dropped since the state made marijuana legal in 2012, according to a press release distributed Thursday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  According to preliminary data from the state’s biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 –...

Help Us Reach the Marijuana Tipping Point

Dear NORML members and supporters, It is nearly impossible to detect the precise moment when support for a change in social policy reaches the "tipping point", but for the marijuana legalization movement, that time was likely July 26, 2014, when the editorial board of the New York Times published their editorial entitled Repeal Prohibition,...

D.C. Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

The D.C. Board of Elections has officially certified Ballot Initiative 71 for November’s general election. If passed by a majority of D.C. voters, Initiative 71 will repeal all criminal and civil penalties for the personal possession and limited, private cultivation of marijuana. Passage of this initiative will be yet another step towards sensible ...

Michigan Marijuana Victories in Hazel Park and Oak Park

If yesterday’s elections in Hazel Park and Oak Park are any indication, voters in cities and towns across Michigan will be standing up for sensible marijuana policies in November. Voters in both communities voted to make it legal under local law for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana on private property. The measures […]

Why Can’t Americans Grow Their Own Weed Without Fear?

As an old farm boy, it has always seemed strange to me that most states, and the federal government, treat someone who grows a few marijuana plants for personal use as a more serious offender than someone who buys cannabis from the black market. In practice, by penalizing personal cultivation, the government encourages a thriving black market with ...

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

On July 29, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray signed the Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014. The ordinance takes effect immediately, but it is only temporary, so another measure and Congressional approval are needed to make the compassionate changes permanent. This temporary law allows physicians to recommend marijuana for any debilita...

Minnesota Issues Draft Medical Marijuana Rules

The Minnesota Department of Health has issued draft rules governing applications and oversight for two medical marijuana manufacturers. These rules are provisional, and may be revised before becoming final. Anyone interested in commenting on these proposed rules may do so by following the department’s instructions. In addition to publishing draft m...

Maryland Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations Now Available

The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission is working hard to implement Maryland’s medical marijuana program. And it wants your help! The commission has already released draft regulations for informal feedback. Check out the proposed rules for cultivators and physicians. MPP has already submitted comments on the physician regulations and c...

Study: Legalized Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Impact Teen Use R...

Investigators from the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Oregon, and Montana State University assessed federal data on youth marijuana use and treatment episodes for the years 1993 to 2011 – a time period when 16 states authorized medical cannabis use. Authors reported, “Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the ...

Brookings Institute Report Shows Colorado Successfully Regul...

Colorado is successfully regulating marijuana, according to a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management. The report, authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies, determined that “the state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction a...

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many Sta...

From 2008 to 2012, seventeen state-level jurisdictions experienced an average annual increase in marijuana arrests, the report found. South Carolina (11.6 percent) and the District of Columbia (7.7 percent) experienced the highest overall percentage increase in arrests during this time period. By contrast, annual marijuana arrests fell nationwide b...

New Report Shows Marijuana Arrests Increasing

A report released today by Dr. Jon Gettman shows that despite increasing support for ending marijuana prohibition, arrests for possession are actually increasing in some states. The report and other information can be found on Dr. Gettman’s new site, RegulatingCannabis.com. According to a blog by Paul Armentano at NORML: From 2008 to 2012, se...

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