Arkansas: High Court Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure for the November Ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a decision today ensuring that a statewide measure seeking to legalize the adult-use marijuana market in Arkansas, will appear on the November ballot.  After state officials verified  that proponents had gathered the requisite number of signatures from registered voters, the Board of Elections Commissioners voted to deny the measure’s proposed […]

Oklahoma: Court Rules that Voters Can’t Decide on Legalization Ballot Measure This Year

Justices on the state’s Supreme Court ruled late yesterday that voters will not have the opportunity this November to decide on a ballot initiative (State Question 820) legalizing marijuana for adults. In a unanimous decision, justices determined, “[I]t is not clear that Petitioners have a right to put SQ820 on the ballot at the next […]

House Judiciary Committee Approves Measures to Help Seal and Expunge Marijuana Arrests

Members of the United States House Judiciary Committee approved a pair of bills yesterday to help alleviate the lifelong collateral consequences associated with marijuana convictions. The committee, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), voted in a bipartisan manner to advance the Clean Slate Act and the Fresh Start Act. (Representative Nadler is also the chief […]

Recent Polls Show Support for 2022 Legalization Initiatives

Recently released polls indicate that voters intend to vote affirmatively on several statewide measures to legalize the adult-use marijuana market. “Voters’ support for repealing cannabis criminalization crosses party lines,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “That is why, historically, these ballot initiative efforts have been equally successful at the ballot box in both ‘red’ states […]

Double Your Impact This Week

It’s officially the final sprint towards Election Day and things are heating up. With four states officially voting on legalization this November and two more that are battling lawsuits to get on the ballot, we have to really come together to ensure we can take cannabis freedom to millions of more Americans. It won’t be […]

California: Governor Signs Legislation Providing Employment Protections for Cannabis Consumers

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a number of marijuana-related bills into law, including legislation protecting employees from workplace discrimination. Specifically, Assembly Bill 2188, makes “it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based […]

Massachusetts: Court Ruling May Open the Door for the Mass Expungement of Prior Marijuana Convictions

A unanimous opinion recently issued by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts may result in facilitating the expungement of criminal records for thousands of residents with marijuana convictions. The ruling in Commonwealth v. K.W. clarifies that a 2018 state law provides judges with limited leeway with respect to denying requests for cannabis-related expungements. Rather, the […]

US Court of Appeals: Federal Scheduling of Cannabis “Irrational,” But Not Unconstitutional

The federal government’s decision to classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance without accepted medical utility is arguably “irrational,” but it is not unconstitutional, according to a ruling recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Defendants in the case argued that marijuana’s scheduling in the US Controlled […]

Missouri: Legal Challenge to 2022 Legalization Initiative Dismissed

A Circuit Court Judge on Friday dismissed a legal challenge that sought to remove a marijuana legalization question from the November ballot. The Judge determined that the plaintiff in the suit, who works for the Virginia-based Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, did not have standing to challenge the initiative because she failed to provide sufficient […]

Analysis: Legal Cannabis Businesses Associated with Increased Home Values

The establishment of licensed cannabis businesses is associated with increased home values, according to a study published by Rutgers University and funded by the New Jersey State Policy Lab. Researchers reported that municipalities which licensed marijuana establishments experienced a nearly two percent increase in home sale prices as compared to properties in towns that banned […]

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