NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2021 State Legislative Victories

State legislators in 2021 enacted over 50 laws liberalizing marijuana policies in more than 25 states, according to a report issued today by the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “State lawmakers took unprecedented steps this year to repeal marijuana prohibition laws and to provide relief to those millions of Americans who […]

South Dakota: Supreme Court Strikes Down Adult-Use Marijuana Vote

In a 4 to 1 opinion issued today, justices of the South Dakota Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved initiative (Constitutional Amendment A) legalizing the adult-use possession and sale of cannabis. “Legalization opponents cannot succeed in the court of public opinion or at the ballot box,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Thus, they are now […]

Indica vs. Sativa: Is there really a difference?

Indica equals “In Da Couch” and Sativa gets your mind stimulated. That, along with earthy aromas for indica and a sweeter smell for sativa, is how the thinking goes. But this may be an extreme simplification that just doesn’t hold up when analyzed. A team of researchers at Dalhousie University went deep, studying hundreds of […]

South Carolina Republicans come out against Federal Legalization effort

So maybe federal legalization isn’t as bipartisan as we previously thought… As soon as Republican Representative Nancy Mace announced her legalization bill, GOP lawmakers from her hometown of South Carolina released a statement against the effort. “Unequivocally, the South Carolina Republican Party is against any effort to legalize, decriminalize the use of controlled substances, and […]

Republican Representative Introduces Legislation to Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Today, Republican Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced the States Reform Act, a comprehensive bill that repeals the federal prohibition of marijuana, expunges federal non-violent marijuana crimes, promotes local ownership in the emerging regulated industry, and places certain restrictions on the advertising of regulated cannabis products, among other federal reforms.  “Representative Mace, along with multiple other […]

Medical Cannabis Sales Finally Set to Begin in West Virginia

After years of delays, qualified patients in West Virginia may finally begin accessing medical cannabis products at licensed retail facilities. According to the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis webpage, West Virginia’s first licensed dispensary is now open to registered patients. A second dispensary is scheduled to open on Monday, November 15. (A complete list of […]

Veterans consume marijuana illegally everyday – here’s how you can change that

Twenty-two percent of veterans consume cannabis to “to treat a mental or physical condition” according to the American Legion, yet these individuals who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation are viewed as criminals by the same federal government whose uniform they wore.  Despite medical marijuana programs being passed or enacted in […]

Federal Housing Authority to Continue Taking Punitive Actions Against Marijuana Consumers

A representative with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have affirmed that the agency will continue to discriminate against those who use cannabis, including those who do so in compliance with state and local laws. In a letter addressed to Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, the agency says that it will continue to enforce […]

93% of Pain Patients stop Opioid Use after Access to Marijuana

A study in Israel came out that shows the strong ability of marijuana to curb the use of opioids before it becomes an addiction. Published in the Journal of Addictive Disorders, investigators at Tel Aviv University prescribed medical cannabis to non-cancer specific chronic pain patients, and of those who began their treatment with opioids, 93% […]

California Celebrates 25 Years of Medical Cannabis Access

Twenty-five years ago today, California enacted first-in-the-nation legislation legalizing the use and cultivation of medical cannabis. Fifty-six percent of California voters decided on November 4, 1996 in favor of the ballot measure Proposition 215: The California Compassionate Use Act. It took effect the following day. The measure’s enactment met with immediate pushback from state and […]

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