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 […]

CBD in the NFL, what comes next?

Using CBD products has always been a controversial topic in major sports up until the last few years. With cannabis, CBD, and hemp legalization happening all over the US, more sports organizations are allowing players to use substances like CBD. According to Yahoo News, in the year 2022, CBD is now a legal substance for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Longtime Cannabis Policy Expert Morgan Fox Hired to Oversee NORML’s Federal Advocacy Efforts

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is pleased to announce the addition of Morgan Fox to its national staff. Morgan Fox will serve as NORML’s Political Director, taking over the position from outgoing NORML staffer Justin Strekal. Mr. Fox will work out of NORML’s Washington, DC headquarters. Morgan Fox has worked professionally […]

Marijuana and Psychedelic News to look out for in 2022

Welcome to our third year in what is turning out to be a quite hellish-feeling decade! However, my more optimistic side sees these last couple years as transformative, opening up a world that embraces change and turns its eye toward the future. So with that more pleasant, much healthier side of ourselves, let’s take a […]

Several States to Usher In the New Year with Cannabis Liberalization Laws

New state and local laws amending marijuana policies will take effect on the first day of the new year. MONTANA: Licensed retailers can begin providing marijuana products to adults on January 1. Voters initially passed a pair of initiatives legalizing the adult-use market in November, 2020. Provisions permitting adults to possess and grow personal use […]

Ohio: Citizens’ Petition Seeks to Compel Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Vote

Advocates with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol have turned in over 200,000 signatures from registered voters in an effort to compel state lawmakers to decide on a proposal that would allow adults to possess, grow, and purchase marijuana and marijuana-related products. Following the validation of 132,887 signatures by state officials, lawmakers will have […]

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 […]

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