Booker-Sanders-Casey Statement on CBO Score of Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following joint statement in reaction to the preliminary cost estimate of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act issued by the Congressional Budget Office: “We are glad to see the independent Congressional Budget Office recognize that the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Read the full article…

Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana

Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Last August, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the language bars the federal government from taking legal action against any individual involved in medical marijuana-related activity absent evidence that the defendant is in clear violation of state law.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) successfully offered and passed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee to protect lawful medical marijuana programs from the Department of Justice this week. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that Read the full article…

Poll: Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

NEW YORK: By a margin of more than six to one, Americans say that individual states should be autonomous with regard to laws governing the use and sale of marijuana, according to survey data compiled by Survey USA and commissioned by the advocacy group Marijuana Majority. Seventy-six percent of respondents – including supermajorities of Republicans (72 percent), Independents (78 Read the full article…

NORML: Medical Marijuana Must Be Part Of Solution To Opioid Crisis

Activists at a June 17 rally in Washington, D.C. calling on President Obama to end the War on Drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: NORML ( National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) released the following statement regarding the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis first meeting this on June 16. Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director said: “Tens of thousands of lives have been adversely impacted by the nation’s opioid epidemic. We Read the full article…

NORML Responds To Steve Cook Addressing Marijuana Policy At The Department Of Justice

cannabis has many medical benefits

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In response to the Department of Justice detailing Steve Cook to address marijuana policy, Justin Strekal, Political Director for NORML stated: “Steve Cook and Jeff Sessions are advocating for the failed policies of the “Just Say No” era — policies that resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens who possessed personal use Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Legalization Associated With Fewer Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

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CALIFORNIA: The enactment of statewide legislation permitting medical cannabis access by qualified patients is associated with a reduction in opioid-related hospitalization, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. A researcher from the University of California at San Diego assessed the association between medical cannabis laws and hospitalizations related to opioid pain Read the full article…

U.S. Legal Cannabis Market to Grow to $24.1 Billion by 2025

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis industry business intelligence firm, has refined its market projections for adult use and medical markets across the country,  according to The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook. The firm forecast the legal cannabis market to grow to $24.1 billion by 2025 with a compound annual growth Read the full article…

Statement On The Formation Of The Cannabis Caucus

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the Read the full article…

NORML Responds To Jeff Sessions Being Confirmed As Attorney General

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Despite historic opposition to a nominee for Attorney General, today Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL) has been confirmed to assume the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official. “Jeff Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws regarding marijuana in over half of Read the full article…

Mounting Support for Marijuana Banking Has Widespread Implications

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Although 28 states have already legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to label marijuana a Schedule 1 substance, along with heroin and LSD, making it illegal on a federal level. As a result, the banking industry has been slow to provide services to marijuana Read the full article…