Virginia: Oversight Committee Urges Lawmakers to Expedite Launch of Retail Cannabis Sales

Members of Virginia’s Joint Commission on Cannabis Oversight decided this week in favor expediting the timeline for the launch of adult-use marijuana sales. By a margin of 7 to 1, members voted to recommend allowing state-licensed sales to begin on January 1, 2023 — one-year ahead of schedule. Facilities currently serving the medical-use market would […]

President Biden and VP Harris under fire from republican senators over silence on marijuana reform

Multiple Republican lawmakers have been very vocal towards President Biden and VP Harris about their “lack of action” and “Continued silence” on marijuana reform. According to Marijuanamoment, Reps. Dave Joyce (OH) and Don Young (AK) asked president Biden to take steps to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act this July. As of December, they […]

Baltimore: City Officials Move to Abolish Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees

City officials approved municipal provisions this week suspending pre-employment drug screenings for public employees in non-safety sensitive positions. The policy change — which took immediate effect — was campaigned for by Baltimore’s mayor, Brandon M. Scott, who said: “[O]utdated and costly pre-employment drug and alcohol screenings only served to block qualified and passionate residents from […]

Government-Funded Study Shows Unprecedented Decline in Marijuana Use By Young People

Data released today from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey shows an unprecedented year-over-year decline in young people’s use of marijuana and other controlled substances. Authors reported, “The percentage of students who reported using marijuana (in all forms, including smoking and vaping) within the past year decreased significantly for eighth, 10th, and […]

Tell Us What You Think – Take the NORML Survey

This has been a year for the history books. Together, we will make 2022 even better. In 2021, five additional states — Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Virginia — legalized cannabis for adults. That means that an additional 42 million Americans were liberated from the oppressive and failed policy of marijuana prohibition. […]

Missouri: St.Louis Lawmakers Repeal Local Marijuana Possession Laws

The mayor of St. Louis (population 308,000) has signed municipal legislation into law eliminating local penalties for activities involving the possession of marijuana for personal use. Under the newly signed law, the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis by adults will no longer be subject to civil penalties. Furthermore, police may no longer […]

More than 400 towns in New York have “opt-out” of marijuana dispensaries

With New York legalizing marijuana early this year, many were excited for the coming wave of dispensaries littered around the state. As of legalization, local towns and villages were given the option to opt-out of hosting dispensaries or on-site consumption lounges. These towns within the state were given until December 31st to decide whether they […]

New Jersey: Regulators Approve Provisional Licenses for 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After months of delay, state regulators on Tuesday provided provisional licenses to 30 applicants seeking to operate medical cannabis facilities. Currently, only 23 medical cannabis facilities are operational in the state. That low total has led high prices and low supplies for the state’s estimated 120,000 registered medical cannabis patients. Under the state’s medical marijuana […]

CBD Products Commonly Flagged by FDA for Making Unsubstantiated Claims About Treating COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration has sent numerous warning letters to companies for misrepresenting their CBD products as treatment options for patients. According to an analysis published in the Journal of Cannabis Research, cannabidiol products were among those most frequently cited by the FDA for violations. Authors […]

SAFE Banking Language Not Included In Final NDAA Package

Despite being previously approved by the US House of Representatives, provisions of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act — which allows state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions — will not be included in the final version of the NDAA funding package. NORML previously sent a […]

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