Tens of Thousands of Commercial Truckers Leaving the Workforce Over Outdated Marijuana Testing Requirements

Over 40,000 commercially licensed truck drivers failed federally mandated drug screens for marijuana in 2022, and many did not reapply to return to work, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, a branch of the US Department of Transportation. Federal law mandates that commercially licensed drivers must […]

I’m Interning with NORML to Join the Fight Against a Failed Policy

by Lucy Matthews — American University, Class of 2024 I’m choosing to intern at NORML this spring because the organization is committed to fighting on behalf of the rights of cannabis consumers and ending the failed experiment of marijuana prohibition.  Growing up in Texas, I was taught from a young age that marijuana was supposedly […]

Study: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Elevated Rates of Psychosis-Related Health Outcomes

State-level marijuana legalization laws are not associated with a statistically significant increase in rates of psychosis-related health outcomes, according to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. A team of Stanford University investigators evaluated the relationship between the adoption of statewide legalization laws and rates of psychosis-related health care […]

Presidential Pardons for Federal Cannabis Possession Convictions Still Unavailable

It’s time for the Department of Justice to deliver the pardon certificates that President Biden promised last fall. The President announced the issuance of marijuana-specific pardons on October 6, 2022 as part of a widely supported set of actions recognizing the folly of federal cannabis prohibition. Thousands of people with federal criminal records for simple […]

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Sales to Begin This Week

Licensed medical dispensaries are anticipated to begin selling cannabis products to qualified patients later this week. State lawmakers passed comprehensive legislation last February regulating the production and dispensing of medical cannabis products. The legislation was enacted 15 months after state voters initially passed a similar medical marijuana legalization initiative. However, the courts later struck down the state’s […]

Missouri: 3,500+ Marijuana Records Expunged

Missouri NORML is very proud and pleased to announce that more than 3.500 Missourians have had their marijuana cases expunged from all public records only a few weeks after Article XIV/“Amendment 3” became effective on December 8.  According to the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, as of January 19, 3,518 expungements have been granted […]

Why I’m Choosing to Intern at NORML

by Samantha Goldstein — University of Wisconsin at Madison, Class of 2023 There are two main reasons why I am choosing to intern with NORML this spring. First, I am a longtime proponent of marijuana legalization. Second, I have worked with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and I have seen first-hand the damage caused by criminal […]

NORML Remembers David Crosby

California NORML Deputy Director Ellen Komp and David Crosby The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was saddened to receive news of the passing of David Crosby, who joined NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018. “David Crosby was a genuine American original and an outspoken advocate for ending our nation’s failed war on […]

Virgin Islands: Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions

Virgin Islands (population: 106,000) Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has signed legislation into law regulating the adult-use cannabis market and providing relief to those with past marijuana-related convictions. “From the beginning of the Bryan-Roach Administration, we have worked towards the legalization of the adult use of cannabis, and today, with the hard work of the members […]

Why I Chose to Intern at NORML

by Bliss Davis — Columbia University, Class of 2024 I decided to spend my time interning with NORML this past fall for two reasons: 1) I believe that marijuana criminalization is a highly problematic public policy, and 2) I believe that there is a need for better information regarding responsible marijuana consumption.  I am hardly […]

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