Louisiana: Changes in State’s Marijuana Laws Take Effect

Several laws amending the state’s marijuana policies take effect today. Among them, House Bill 629 (now Act 473) bars police from conducting a warrantless search of person’s place of residence based solely upon the odor of cannabis. Several other states that have either legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana by adults have enacted similar prohibitions on […]

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda: July 29th, 2022 Update

Voters in several states will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand.  Arkansas The group Responsible Growth Arkansas, led by former Arkansas Democratic House minority leader Eddie Armstrong, has reportedly submitted more than double the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. The proposed […]

NORML Remembers Tom McCain

With profound sadness, Peachtree NORML announced the passing of Tom McCain, the Executive Director Emeritus and long-time board member. After witnessing the devastating injustices of cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs, Tom became a tireless advocate for legalization. He served as the Executive Director of Peachtree NORML for many years, retiring in 2019. Tom […]

House Members Advance Fast-Tracked Legislation to Amend Cannabis Research Rules

Members of the US House of Representatives voted last night in favor of legislation, “The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act,” that seeks to facilitate cannabis-specific scientific research and potential drug development. Two-hundred and sixteen Democrats voted in support of the bill, as did 109 Republicans. Ninety-five Republicans voted against advancing the bill. It […]

DEA Stops Plans to Ban New Psychedelic Compounds

Oh how far we’ve come. 5 new tryptamines have begun circulating in the US, and with that circulation comes interest from the DEA. After an initial report by the Department of Health and Human Services, the DEA found that the tryptamines (4-OH-DiPT, 5-MeO-AMT, 5-MeO-MiPT, 5-MeO-DET, and DiPT) had no medical use and a high chance […]

Federal Lawmakers Fast-Tracking Legislation That Seeks to Further Facilitate Cannabis Research

Members of Congress are fast-tracking legislation, “The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act,” which seeks to facilitate cannabis-specific scientific research and potential drug development. The House bill, which is scheduled for floor action this week, contains language that is similar to Senate Bill 253 — which Senate members unanimously passed in April. The Act provides […]

Senate Leadership Introduces Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Washington, DC: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), today introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). The legislation repeals the federal criminal prohibition of cannabis, provides deference to states’ cannabis policies, and establishes mechanisms to help repair the harms associated with the racially […]

District of Columbia: Mayor Signs Legislation Prohibiting Most Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed legislation, the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022, protecting those who use cannabis from facing discrimination in the workplace. Prior to the law’s enactment, it must undergo a Congressional review — as is the case with all legislation passed by the DC City Council. If Congress takes no […]

House Members Once Again Advance SAFE Banking Reform in Must-Pass NDAA Package, Include Cannabis Protections for Veterans

Members of the US House of Representatives have once again advanced legislation, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, to the US Senate. Members voted yesterday in favor of must-pass legislation, the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That legislative package includes SAFE Banking as an amendment. The vote marks the seventh time that […]

Marijuana-Related Ballot Initiatives and Referendums: July 2022 Update

Voters in several states will decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where these efforts currently stand.  Arkansas The group Responsible Growth Arkansas, led by former Arkansas Democratic House minority leader Eddie Armstrong, has submitted more than double the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. The proposed constitutional […]

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