Ending Cannabis Criminalization Is Police Reform

While lawmakers focus largely on police behaviors, we at NORML also wish to raise questions about police powers. Over the years, law enforcement in this country have been granted extraordinary powers — powers that often provide them with the ability to interact with citizens whenever and wherever they please. In many cases, the rationale for these ever-expanding police powers has been to enforce the so-called war on drugs. 

Ending Cannabis Criminalization Is Police Reform

Over the years, law enforcement in this country have been granted extraordinary powers — powers that often provide them with the ability to interact with citizens whenever and wherever they please. In many cases, the rationale for these ever expanding police powers has been to enforce the so-called war on drugs.
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DEA Assisting “to the Maximum Extent Possible” in the Federal Law Enforcement Response to Nationwide Protests — NORML Responds

As first reported by Buzzfeed News, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expanding its law enforcement powers so that it can better assist “to the maximum extent possible in the federal law enforcement response” to the wave of ongoing, nationwide protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis police.

NORML Joins Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Groups To Support Small Cannabis Businesses

In a letter to House leadership, the Marijuana Justice Coalition, which is made up by groups including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, and others, sent a letter to Congressional Leadership requesting that small marijuana businesses be able to access the emergency relief funds being administered by the Small Business Administration. The Coalition letter focuses on the need for small business access to the SBA relief funds as an avenue to protect the progress that has been made by minority entrepreneurs in the emerging legal cannabis marketplaces. “Now more than ever, if we are to provide pathways of opportunity and ownership for communities that have been historically targeted… Read More

New Legislation For Marijuana Businesses Access To COVID-19 Relief

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses to apply for COVID-19 benefits through the Small Business Administration. Currently, the SBA is prohibited from engaging with cannabis businesses due to federal marijuana criminalization. In the majority of jurisdictions that regulate cannabis marketplaces, state policymakers have designated these operations to be ‘essential’ to the health and well-being of the patient community. In others, regulators have either relaxed protocols or moved forward with new, emergency rules to facilitate expanded access – such as permitting patients to seek telemedicine appointments and allowing dispensaries to permit curbside pick-up and home delivery. The new legislation would create an exemption for the SBA to allow it and it’s employees to facilitate… Read More

Action Alert: Tell Congressional Leadership To Support Small Cannabis Businesses

Right now, the majority of states that regulate cannabis commerce have deemed the industry to be “essential” to the health and welfare of the community. Many of these establishments are small-to-medium size operators, and their employees are keeping their doors open without access to the support systems in place for other businesses, thus depriving them of much-needed resources in this time of crisis.

11 Senators Ask For SBA Support To Small Cannabis Businesses

Today, a letter sent last week regarding the state-legal cannabis industry and the prohibition of access to the services of the Small Business by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Michael Bennett (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I/D-VT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) additional signers became public

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