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

“Given that Sessions has recently reiterated that the Cole Memo is valid, Steve Cook would be wise to maintain the current interpretation and not interfere with the right of states to set and enforce their own marijuana policies," concluded Justin Strekal, Political Director of NORML.

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…

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition New York Boasts Strong Attendance

Curved Papers Interviewed By NY Crain's Business

NEW YORK: For three days, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) at the Javits Center in New York, was a hotbed of business activity when nearly 4,000 attendees (almost double attendance from last year) came to learn, network and build relationships in the country’s fastest growing industry.  The leading event for medical marijuana and Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Reflections On An East Coast Pot Show

Rheins at CWCBExpo

By David Rheins Summertime is tradeshow season for the cannabis industry, and like all industry participants, I spend a fair amount of my time on the road, carefully choosing from all the events that fill every available weekend between May and October. This month, I made my way to the sprawling Jacob Javits Convention Center Read the full article…

NORML Founder Keith Stroup To Keynote Cannabis World Congress In New York

Keith Stroup will keynote the CWCBexpo in New York in June

NEW YORK:  Keith Stroup and his National Organization For The Reform Of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been  leading the fight against the forces of federal prohibition since 197o.   After more than 40 years in the trenches, the outspoken lawyer is in a unique position to offer his perspective on why America has finally grown Read the full article…

The Fiasco In Denver: Putting The Cart Before The Horse

There is no valid reason for such a limitation, and it really reflects the remaining stigma many non-smoking Americans still associate with the use of marijuana – that it may be tolerated in the home, but is somehow an offense to society to permit smoking in a public venue.

By Keith Stroup COLORADO:  The embarrassing episode this week in Denver, when the sponsors of a city-wide initiative to legalize marijuana smoking in some bars and lounges withdrew their initiative, even after qualifying for the ballot, reminds us of the need to thoroughly vet these types of projects – especially those with the potential to set-back the Read the full article…

Want To Make A Difference? Get To D.C. In May

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

by Keith Stroup NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22, to lobby Congress on a number of pieces of pending legislation of interest to marijuana users. Please hold those dates and make plans now to join us this year. Registration for the Fly-In, along with the Read the full article…

My Best Guess on Outcomes of Marijuana Initiatives

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

BY Keith Stroup  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This column is being written a couple of days prior to the November 4th election, and will be published on Monday, Nov. 3, election eve. So it only seems appropriate to offer my prognosis on the four statewide marijuana-related voter initiatives, as well as a number of municipal voter initiatives in Read the full article…

The Importance Of Getting Stoners To Vote On Nov. 4

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

by Keith Stroup Legalization Initiatives on the 2014 Ballot As we approach the midterm elections this November 4th, it is important that everyone understand the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility of citizenship that should not be overlooked. Not only do we have federal, state and local candidates on the ballot, but even Read the full article…

A Badge Of Honor: Busted On The Boston Common

49,825 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges in 2012 (the latest arrest figures that are available), and approximately 87% of those arrests (658,231) were for simple possession for personal use; they were just marijuana smokers, not traffickers. Another marijuana smoker is arrested every 48 seconds in this country!

by Keith Stroup As we approach the annual Boston Freedom Rally in mid-September, held on the historic Boston Common, I thought it might be a good time for me to share with the readers the details of a bust I experienced, along with High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick, for sharing a joint at the combined Read the full article…

It’s A Carnival, But It’s Our Carnival: 2014 Seattle Hempfest

At the NORML booth with Keith Stroup, Kevin Oliver and David Rheins

By Keith Stroup I just returned a few days ago from the annual Seattle Hempfest, the 24th version of this extravaganza, and I thought I might share some of my reflections on this extraordinary and unique event. First and foremost, Hempfest is truly an enormous undertaking that requires several days of long hours to assemble the Read the full article…