DOJ Task Force: Maintain ‘Hands Off’ Approach To States’ Marijuana Laws

DOJ Task Force: Maintain 'Hands Off' Approach To States' Marijuana Laws

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 State of the Session Report (Part 2)

M. Bailey Hirschburg is a long time advocate of justice reform with expertise in drug policy and a focus on marijuana law. He is director of Thurston County NORML and was the south sound volunteer organizer for 2012's Initiative 502 which legalized and regulated adult marijuana use statewide.

What we lobbied for, What we got, and Will we be able to do it again? By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: For the first time Washington NORML had a regular lobbyist in Olympia this year. The truth is NORML has almost always been staffed by volunteer activists. That’s what I was, at a NORML chapter in Read the full article…

National Conference Of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling For Marijuana To Be Descheduled

The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act.

MASSACHUSETTS: The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I controlled substance – the most restrictive categorization available. Over three-quarters of legislators participating in this week’s legislative summit Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 State Of The Session Report

State of the Session

By Bailey Hirschburg While the special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee wrapped up on July 20th, the majority of Washington NORML’s lobby work was completed in early May. The best summary of our WA NORML’s legislative impact and agenda process is that it was appropriately ambitious. While several goals, personal cultivation for adults and Read the full article…

2017 NORML Conference & Congressional Lobby Day Is Sept 10-12

2017 NORML Conference and Congressional Lobby Day is Sept 10-12

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: NORML‘s 2017 Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC and Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for September 10th-12th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on the Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their Read the full article…

New Poll: Nearly Six In Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better”

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MASSACHUSETTS: Nearly six in ten voters ages 18 and older believe that “legalizing marijuana makes societies better,” according to the results of a nationwide Harvard-Harris poll. Fifty-seven percent of respondents answered the question affirmatively. Forty-three percent of respondents said that marijuana legalization makes societies “worse.” Only 14 percent of poll respondents believe that cannabis should not be legal Read the full article…

Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

Since the late 1990s, both youth use of marijuana and the prevalence of cannabis use disorder by young people have declined significantly.

NEW YORK:  Over half of all young people entered into drug treatment for marijuana are placed there by the criminal justice system and this percentage is increasing, according to data published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of researchers from Binghamton University in New York and the University of Iowa reviewed youth marijuana treatment admission data Read the full article…

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Afforded Workplace Protections

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Afforded Workplace Protections

MASSACHUSETTS: State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued Monday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make exceptions to Read the full article…

Case Reports: Cannabis Smoking Associated With Spontaneous Remission Of Restless Legs Syndrome

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FRANCE: Cannabis inhalation alleviates symptoms in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to a series of case reportspublished in the journal Sleep Medicine. Up to ten percent of the US population is estimated to suffer from RLS. French researchers reported on the experience of six patients with treatment-resistant RLS following cannabis inhalation. All patients reported “total relief of RLS Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Dispensaries Deter Crime

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CALIFORNIA: The forced closure of medical cannabis retail facilities is associated with an uptick in crime, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. University of Southern California researchers assessed the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators analyzed crime data in the days immediately prior to and then immediately Read the full article…