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 […]

New Poll Shows Majority of Voters Continue to Support Oregon’s Drug Decriminalization & Addiction Services Measure Nearly Two Years After its Passage

Portland, OR – According to a new poll released by Data for Progress, a strong majority of voters continue to support Measure 110—the voter approved ballot referendum that made Oregon the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize drug possession and greatly expand addiction services—by a +22-point margin, nearly two years after its passage. Majority […]

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 […]

NORML Remembers Barbara Ehrenreich

NORML regrets the passing of essayist and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich. She was 81 years old. Barbara Ehrenreich – NORML Advisory Board A scholar and the author of numerous books — including Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), and Bait […]

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 […]

Biden Administration Meets With Fetterman To Discuss Marijuana Legalization

Recently, John Fetterman called upon President Joe Biden to federally legalize marijuana for all. After a recent meeting on Labor Day, the Biden Administration released a response for the proposal.  In this response, the Administration said they are working towards bringing marijuana down from a schedule 1 drug to a schedule 2 drug. Doing so […]

Survey: Most Voters Support Federal Banking Reforms for Licensed Marijuana Retailers

The overwhelming majority of voters believe that federal law should be amended so that state-licensed marijuana businesses can readily utilize banks and other financial services, according to national survey data compiled by Morning Consult and commissioned by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Consistent with prior survey data, 65 percent of respondents “support allowing cannabis-related […]

California: Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Doctors from Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Patients

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed anti-discrimination legislation today, Assembly Bill 1954, prohibiting physicians and surgeons from automatically denying either treatments or medications to patients solely because they consume medical cannabis or because they have tested a positive for THC on a drug screen. Previously, medical professionals possessed the ability to discriminate against those using medical […]

Fetterman Calls Out Biden on lack of Marijuana Movement

President Biden is making a trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and PA Governor candidate John Fetterman took to twitter to make some requests. “The president needs to use his executive authority to begin descheduling marijuana, I would love to see him do this prior to his visit to Pittsburgh. This is just common sense and Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly […]

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