I’m Interning at NORML to Fight Against the War on Drugs

The so-called ‘war on drugs’ has never been about reducing drug use; rather, it has always been about criminalizing our most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. I am at interning at NORML this summer to push back against policies that harm millions of people, and to fight for policies that empower those who have previously been […]

Minnesota Becomes the 23rd Legal Marijuana State

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation into law today making Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize and regulate the adult-use marijuana market. “This victory is especially satisfying,” said NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “The passage of this law is the result of years of grassroots activism by consumers and stakeholders, including Minnesota NORML and its founder […]

Study: No Correlation Between THC Detection and Driving Impairment

Neither the detection of THC nor its metabolites in subjects’ blood, breath, or oral fluid is correlated with psychomotor performance, according to the results of a state-funded study conducted by researchers affiliated with the University of California, San Diego. Investigators assessed participants’ driving simulator performance at multiple points in time following their inhalation of cigarettes […]

NORML Legal Committee Submits Amicus Brief in Federal Case Challenging Government’s Gun Ban for Medical Cannabis Consumers

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has accepted the ‘friend of the court’ amicus brief submitted by the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws in a case that seeks to protect the Second Amendment rights of state-authorized medical cannabis patients.  Appellants in Vera Cooper et. al. v. Attorney General of the United States et. […]

DEA Reports More Marijuana Seizures, Fewer Arrests in 2022

Federal law enforcement agents and their partners seized nearly 5.7 million cultivated marijuana plants in 2022, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.  According to figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program Statistical Report, agents and their partners confiscated approximately 5.7 million cultivated cannabis plants last year – a slight […]

Study: Neither Current nor Lifetime Cannabis Use Linked with COPD

Cannabis use is not associated with an elevated risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), even among those possessing a clinically high risk for developing the disease, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases. A team of investigators led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles assessed the […]

Michigan: Officials Accepting Public Comments on Plan to Halt Cannabis Pre-Employment Testing for State Workers

Members of the Michigan Civil Service Commission are accepting comments from the public on proposed changes to the state’s drug testing regulations. Officials have proposed amending regulations so that most public employees no longer have to undergo pre-employment testing for marijuana. Officials are also considering adopting a new rule permitting those who previously failed their […]

Survey: Over Half of Consumers in Legal States Obtain Their Cannabis From Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Most consumers residing in jurisdictions in the United States where the adult use of cannabis is legal report obtaining their marijuana primarily from brick-and-mortal retailers, according to new survey data compiled by New Frontier Data. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that they primarily sourced their cannabis products from brick-and-mortal establishments. By contrast, only six percent […]

Minnesota: Lawmakers Finalize Adult-Use Legalization Language, Prepare to Send It to Governor’s Desk

Lawmakers have resolved differences between House-backed and Senate-backed marijuana legalization measures. The finalized measure now goes back to both chambers for floor votes, which could take place as soon as tomorrow. Lawmakers will need to act quickly as the legislative session is set to end later this week. Once re-approved by both chambers, the bill […]

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