Tens of Thousands of Commercial Truckers Leaving the Workforce Over Outdated Marijuana Testing Requirements

Over 40,000 commercially licensed truck drivers failed federally mandated drug screens for marijuana in 2022, and many did not reapply to return to work, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, a branch of the US Department of Transportation. Federal law mandates that commercially licensed drivers must […]

I’m Interning with NORML to Join the Fight Against a Failed Policy

by Lucy Matthews — American University, Class of 2024 I’m choosing to intern at NORML this spring because the organization is committed to fighting on behalf of the rights of cannabis consumers and ending the failed experiment of marijuana prohibition.  Growing up in Texas, I was taught from a young age that marijuana was supposedly […]

Study: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Elevated Rates of Psychosis-Related Health Outcomes

State-level marijuana legalization laws are not associated with a statistically significant increase in rates of psychosis-related health outcomes, according to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. A team of Stanford University investigators evaluated the relationship between the adoption of statewide legalization laws and rates of psychosis-related health care […]

State Policy Weekly Update 1/24/2023

Lawmakers in many states have started pre-filing marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.  CONNECTICUT The sales of legal marijuana flower and marijuana […]

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Sales to Begin This Week

Licensed medical dispensaries are anticipated to begin selling cannabis products to qualified patients later this week. State lawmakers passed comprehensive legislation last February regulating the production and dispensing of medical cannabis products. The legislation was enacted 15 months after state voters initially passed a similar medical marijuana legalization initiative. However, the courts later struck down the state’s […]

Missouri: 3,500+ Marijuana Records Expunged

Missouri NORML is very proud and pleased to announce that more than 3.500 Missourians have had their marijuana cases expunged from all public records only a few weeks after Article XIV/“Amendment 3” became effective on December 8.  According to the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, as of January 19, 3,518 expungements have been granted […]

Virgin Islands: Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions

Virgin Islands (population: 106,000) Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has signed legislation into law regulating the adult-use cannabis market and providing relief to those with past marijuana-related convictions. “From the beginning of the Bryan-Roach Administration, we have worked towards the legalization of the adult use of cannabis, and today, with the hard work of the members […]

State Policy Weekly Update 1/17/2023

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  ALASKA House Bill 28 seeks “to reduce barriers to employment for […]

Why I Chose to Intern at NORML

by Bliss Davis — Columbia University, Class of 2024 I decided to spend my time interning with NORML this past fall for two reasons: 1) I believe that marijuana criminalization is a highly problematic public policy, and 2) I believe that there is a need for better information regarding responsible marijuana consumption.  I am hardly […]

New Study Raises Concerns Over Inhalation of THC-O

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology raises safety concerns about the inhalation of THC-O acetate. THC-O acetate, commonly known as THC-O, is a potent intoxicating cannabinoid that is produced following the chemical synthesis of hemp-derived CBD. The product is becoming increasingly marketed  on the internet and in unlicensed stores.  The study’s […]

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