Record Number of Scientific Papers Published About Cannabis in 2022

Researchers worldwide published a record 4,300+ scientific papers on the subject of cannabis, according to the results of a keyword search of the National Library of Medicine/ website. This exceeds the total number of papers published during all of last year, when scientists published over 4,200 papers. At the time, that total was the highest number of […]

Congress Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on Drug Policy in Federal Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today’s passage of the federal omnibus package is the latest indication of Congress’ failure to effectively address the overdose crisis. While the package includes additional funding for overdose prevention activities and passage of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, it also includes another two-year extension of the Trump-era temporary scheduling of fentanyl-related […]

The Battle for Legalization in 2023 Starts NOW

As the calendar marches into late December, most of us focus on spending time with our friends and family to celebrate each other and reflect on the passing year. However, it is also a time we look ahead and think about our aspirations for the future. If you support ending marijuana prohibition, there is much […]

No Further Movement Expected on SAFE Banking, Other Marijuana Reforms in 117th Congress

Members of the 117th Congress are unlikely to advance the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and other marijuana-related reform language before the session’s end. Congressional leaders are set to debate an omnibus spending package in the session’s final days and that package does not include provisions specific to either SAFE, the HOPE Act, […]

Kansas City: Officials Dismiss Hundreds of Marijuana Cases Following Statewide Legalization Vote

Local officials have dismissed hundreds of pending marijuana-related criminal cases following voters’ decision in November to pass Amendment 3, which regulates the adult-use cannabis market. According to statement on Twitter by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, municipal court officials have “dismissed over 500” open marijuana cases in the days since the new law took effect. […]

District of Columbia: Council Members Advance Legislation Further Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

The District of Columbia’s city council has recently approved legislation to significantly expand medical cannabis operations in Washington, DC. The Medical Cannabis Amendment Act, led by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), will:  Increase the number of licensed dispensaries that can operate in the District; Enact tax relief for operators; Codify into law the ability for […]

NORML Issues Report Highlighting 2022 State Legislative Victories

Lawmakers and voters enacted over 40 laws liberalizing cannabis policies in over a dozen states in 2022, according to a report issued today by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Three states — Maryland, Missouri, and Rhode Island — enacted laws legalizing adult-use marijuana possession and regulating retail cannabis markets. In total, […]

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales to Begin Next Month

Select cannabis retailers will begin selling cannabis products to those age 21 or older on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. According to a press release issued earlier today by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, existing medical cannabis facilities possessing hybrid licenses will be permitted to sell cannabis to adults in one month’s time. Nine operators […]

Missouri: Legalization Takes Effect on 12/8

Beginning Thursday, December 8th, adults in Missouri may legally able possess cannabis. Retail adult-use sales are anticipated to begin in February.   “December 8th is a historic date for Missourians,” said Dan Viets, co-author of Amendment 3, Missouri NORML Coordinator and Chair of the Amendment 3 Advisory Board. “Most of the 20,000 annual marijuana arrests […]

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