We Need You to Help Pass the MORE Act

We have a chance to push a major marijuana legalization bill through the House of Representatives, but time is quickly running out. As of now, there are more than 100 cosponsors of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act to end federal marijuana prohibition, but your representative isn’t one of them… yet. We need […]

Louisiana Senate candidate smoking large ‘blunt’ in new campaign ad

“Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for possession of marijuana,” Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers Jr. said in an ad released on Tuesday. While this quote was on the screen candidate Gary Chambers Jr. could be seen smoking a rather large blunt in the background stunting an elegant navy suit. “Black people are four times more likely […]

1/21/22 – State Policy Update

Here is NORML’s weekly update on pending state legislation. Alaska UPDATE: A hearing on HB 246 was scheduled for 1/19/22.  Legislation has been referred to committee to allow for the expungement of certain marijuana convictions.  HB 246 seals the records of those convicted of certain low-level crimes from nine certain types of criminal history background […]

The Fight Continues for Medical Marijuana Access in Mississippi

The fight for legal medical marijuana access continues in Mississippi. Just days after the start of the 2022 legislative session, Senate members voted 47-5 in favor of legislation legalizing medical marijuana, thus sending the bill to House members for further consideration. The Senate vote took place despite Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’s ongoing threats to veto […]

Update: Ballot Initiative and Referendum Efforts

Update on ballot initiatives and referendum efforts.  Wyoming  While Wyoming activists made significant progress in collecting signatures for a ballot intuitive effort to legalize cannabis, they didn’t reach their goal in time for the 2022 ballot deadline. They are now aiming for 2024 while pushing the legislature to advance legislative reforms in the interim Bennett […]

Texas: Austin Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot, Other Texas Cities Follow

Despite over 60 percent of Texas voters supporting marijuana legalization, advocates continue to face an uphill battle in the legislature. That is why activists in Texas are now expanding their efforts to focusing on implementing reforms at the local level. Currently, four Texas cities and seven counties have established local policies limiting legal punishments for […]

Oregon: New Rules Increase the Amount of Cannabis Adults Can Purchase Per Transaction

Adults can now purchase up to two ounces of cannabis flower from licensed retailers, under amended rules issued by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. The updated purchasing rule, which increases the quantity of cannabis flower a customer can buy per transaction from one ounce to two ounces, took effect on January 1. Last year, […]

Kansas Democrats looking to put legalization on the ballot in 2022

Kansas Democrats are putting in motion a plan to legalize medical and adult-use marijuana. This legislation would be included in the 2022 ballot. Last Thursday, democratic leaders Tom Sawyer and Jason Probst held a briefing on how they are approaching this legalization issue. They explained that their constituents are urging them to legalize marijuana within […]

State Policy Update (1/7/2022)

Updates on filed and moving legislation over the last week. FLORIDA Legislation has been filed to expand eligibility to allow those with certain prior cannabis convictions to get their records cleared.  SB 1488 would allow individuals convicted of misdemeanor offenses involving the possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana to petition the court to […]

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