Analysis: Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Becoming More Pronounced in Prohibition States

States that have failed to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession have experienced increased arrest rate disparities over the past two decades, according to data published in the journal JAMA Health Forum. A team of researchers affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and with Saint Louis University in Missouri assessed marijuana possession arrest […]

Gallup: Those with First-Hand Experience with Cannabis Likely to Perceive It Positively

The overwhelming majority of Americans who acknowledge having ever used cannabis view it positively, according to nationwide polling data provided by Gallup. Among the nearly one-half of American adults who have tried marijuana, 70 percent say that it impacts most consumers in a manner that is either “very positive” or “somewhat positive.” Similarly, 66 percent […]

Majority of Texans Support Recreational Marijuana

Texas continues its purple transformation. A new poll shows that 55% of Texans either support or strongly support the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. This is more evidence that marijuana is transcending its place in politics and becoming a no-brainer for either party. In terms of medical use, the number of Texans in […]

North Dakota: Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved for the Ballot

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced today that a measure to legalize the private possession and retail sale of marijuana has met the requirements to appear on the November ballot. New Approach ND, the campaign organizers behind the effort, announced in July that they had turned in 25,762 signatures to the Secretary of […]

Massachusetts: Governor Signs Bill Creating “Social Equity Trust Fund” For Aspiring Marijuana Businesses

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation (S. 3096) into law that seeks to promote greater diversity among those participating in the state’s licensed cannabis industry and that lays the groundwork for the establishment of on-site cannabis consumption facilities. Specifically, the measure creates a “Cannabis Social Equity Trust Fund to encourage the full participation … […]

Missouri Legalization Measure Officially Approved for Ballot

Secretary of State John Ashcroft issued a certificate of sufficiency to the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, formally placing the adult-use legalization initiative on the November ballot. Missouri voters will join voters in Maryland and South Dakota, where similar adult-use measures will appear on the ballot. “Recent polling reveals that a majority of Missouri residents are […]

Study: Use of Unregulated Synthetic Cannabinoid Products Falls Following Marijuana Legalization

Jurisdictions that legalize adult-use marijuana access experience a sharp decline in the public’s use of unregulated synthetic cannabinoid products, such as Spice and K2, according to newly published data in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology. NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano found the study’s results to be unsurprising. “The limited popularity of these products is a […]

Arkansas: Election Officials Deny Certification of Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment

Advocates behind proposed ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana sales were dealt a significant setback on Wednesday when Arkansas election officials rejected certifying the measure for the November ballot.  In July, the group Responsible Growth Arkansas submitted over 190,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office in support of the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment. On Friday, state […]

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