New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

New Jersey courts have either dismissed or vacated an estimated 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1, according to data provided by the state Judiciary and reported by The actions come just months after the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order providing for the automatic dismissal and expungement of certain marijuana offenses from people’s […]

California: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

Members of the California Assembly and Senate have advanced legislation to the Governor’s desk permitting for the use of medical cannabis products within hospitals and other eligible health care facilities. Senate Bill 311 (a/k/a Ryan’s Law) provides for “a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within [a] health care facility.” The proposal prohibits patients […]

South Dakota: Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Vote Permitting Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

Lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to remove provisions from the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law that permit qualified patients to home-cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis. Nearly 70 percent of voters decided in favor of the ballot Measure (Measure 26) last November. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem campaigned against the measure in the months immediately […]

Texas: Expansions to Medical Cannabis Access Law Take Effect

Legislative changes to the state’s limited medical access law went into effect on Wednesday, September 1. The changes permit physicians to recommend low-THC, high-CBD formulations of cannabis to patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and with cancer. The new provisions also increase the percent of THC available in the products from 0.5 percent to one percent. […]

California: State NORML Affiliate Recommends Voting ‘No’ on Gubernatorial Recall

California voters will decide next week on whether to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will ask voters if they wish to remove the governor from office. If a majority of voters decide ‘yes’ on the question, the replacement candidate with the most votes will be declared […]

Colorado: State NORML Affiliate Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Proposal to Increase Retail Taxes on Adult-Use Marijuana Sales

Voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot proposal that seeks to increase taxes on adult-use cannabis sales. Officials with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office confirmed last week that proponents of the measure, Ballot Initiative #25 (a/k/a the LEAP initiative), gathered the requisite number of signatures from registered voters to qualify it for […]

Gallup: Nearly Half of US Adults Have Tried Cannabis

Just under half of Americans ages 18 or older acknowledge having tried cannabis, according to survey data compiled by Gallup. Forty-nine percent of respondents said that they have consumed cannabis – up from one-in-three Americans two decades ago. Twelve percent of respondents identify as current consumers of marijuana. That percentage has remained stable over recent […]

These States Possess the Highest Number of Cannabis Consumers Per Capita

Oregon possesses more cannabis consumers per capita than does any other state, according to data compiled by the online news outlet BestLife. Authors collected data on the percentage of adults in each state who acknowledged having used cannabis within the last year, as compiled by They then cross-referenced those percentages with the most recent population […]

New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions

Members of the New Orleans city council approved a municipal ordinance late last night effectively eliminating local penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses. In a separate action, city officials also moved to vacate thousands of past marijuana-related convictions. Under the city’s previous policy, police issued summons for minor marijuana possession offenses. Those issued summons were […]

Puerto Rico: Law Signed Protecting Medical Cannabis Patients from Employment Discrimination

Puerto Rico’s Governor has signed legislation into law protecting qualified medical cannabis patients from workplace discrimination. The legislation amends Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana access law so that registered patients are now classified as members of a protected class under the US territory’s employment protection laws. Under the expanded law, employers may not discriminate against authorized […]

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