NORML Op-ed: Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana

Those who wish to perpetuate the failed public policy of cannabis criminalization have lost the hearts and minds of the American public. And they know it. With public support for marijuana policy reform reaching super-majority status in recent years, prohibitionists and other political opponents have largely abandoned efforts to try and influence public opinion. Rather, they are […]

NORML Op-ed: Concerns Over High Potency THC Products Warrant Greater Education, Not Criminalization

Those offering dire warnings about the alleged dangers of so-called ‘highly potent THC products’ – and demanding that these products be recriminalized – are taking their cues from an age-old playbook.  From the onset of criminal cannabis prohibition, criminalization advocates have sought to rationalize their position by greatly exaggerating the supposed strength of marijuana. In […]

House Members Once Again Advance SAFE Banking Reform in Must-Pass NDAA Package, Include Cannabis Protections for Veterans

Members of the US House of Representatives have once again advanced legislation, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, to the US Senate. Members voted yesterday in favor of must-pass legislation, the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That legislative package includes SAFE Banking as an amendment. The vote marks the seventh time that […]

Governors Sign Legislation Further Facilitating the Expungement of Past Cannabis Convictions

Governors in two states, Colorado and Illinois, recently signed legislation into law further facilitating the ability of those with past convictions for cannabis to have their records expunged. In Colorado, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 99 into law. It further expands and streamlines the state’s automatic record sealing process for those convicted of […]

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023

Litigating parties have agreed to a settlement that will postpone any opportunity for voters to decide on a citizens’ initiated marijuana measure until November 2023. The measure, spearheaded by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, seeks to permit adults to possess, home cultivate, and purchase limited quantities of cannabis. Earlier this year, advocates collected a sufficient […]

Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns

Activists behind proposed citizens’ initiatives to legalize marijuana in Missouri and in South Dakota have provided officials with the requisite number of signatures to qualify their campaigns for the November ballot. In Missouri, the group Legal Missouri 2022 turned in more than 385,000 signatures on Sunday. That is more than double the total (171,592) necessary […]

Adult-Use Legislative Efforts Advance in Delaware, Maryland, and South Dakota

Legislative proposals that seek to legalize the adult-use cannabis market have advanced in several states in recent days. In Delaware, House lawmakers recently moved HB 305: the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, to the floor. The bill permits adults to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and establishes a framework for licensed businesses to […]

New York: Lawmakers Advance Legislation to Expedite Adult-Use Cannabis Production and Manufacturing

Legislation that seeks to secure a smooth and timely transition to the adult-use marijuana market has been approved by members of the New York State Assembly and Senate. The legislation, A9283/S8084-A, authorizes already licensed hemp growers to obtain temporary conditional licenses to commercially cultivate and process cannabis for the state’s forthcoming adult-use market. Under the […]

South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Legislative Efforts to Restrict Medical Cannabis Access

State lawmakers have rejected a series of legislative proposals that sought to curtail how and where patients could access and use medical cannabis. Specifically, members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4 to 2 against House Bill 1004, which sought to repeal provisions from the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law that permit qualified patients […]

Minnesota: Patients’ Access to Herbal Cannabis Products Begins March 1

Qualified patients will be able to access cannabis flowers at state-licensed dispensaries beginning on March 1, according to changes finalized yesterday by the state Department of Health. Minnesota is one of the few states that limits patients’ access to herbal formulations of cannabis — instead mandating them to obtain cannabis extracts or infused products. State […]

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