High Hopes: The Marijuana Movement's 2014 Playbook

Keith Stroup and the NORML team at High Times Cannabis Cup Seattle 2013.

After years in the political wilderness, marijuana lobbyists find themselves in a strange position as 2014 approaches: Suddenly their power and support are growing, lawmakers are courting them, and the prospects look brighter to build on major progress the movement made in 2012. Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana, Read the full article…

Congressional Bill Introduced To Restore 2nd Amendment Rights To Cannabis Patients

HR 3483 seeks to remedy the discrimination of lawful, state-compliant medical cannabis patients of their inability to exercise their Second Amendment right to possess firearms for personal protection, sport and hunting.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Last Friday, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) introduced HR 3483, Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act. The legislation was introduced in the wake of a federal memo to licensed gun dealers circulated nationwide last year warning them not to sell guns or ammunition to customers who legally use medical cannabis with their physician’s Read the full article…

Billionaire Peter Lewis, Marijuana Legalization Advocate, Dies At 80

Lewis also had a personal reason for publicly backing marijuana.

FLORIDA:  Peter Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance, died on Saturday afternoon at his home in Coconut Grove Florida apparently due to natural causes. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday on November 11.

Study: Most Patients Prefer Herbal Cannabis Over Marijuana-Based Pharmaceuticals

Cannabis smoking, closely followed by vaporizing, scored highest for satisfaction

NETHERLANDS: Subjects who consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes prefer herbal forms of the plant to pharmaceutically produced derivatives, according to survey data published in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Investigators from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States conducted a web-based survey consisting of 21 structured questions to assess patients’ perceptions of different types of cannabinoid-based medicinal products Read the full article…

John Hanger Endorsed For PA Governor By NORML

Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

PENNSYLVANIA: Is it possible that pot will play a role in the Democratic race for governor? Hershey’s John Hanger sure hopes so. Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Hanger wants to legalize medical marijuana immediately and within a few years decriminalize its recreational use, and tax it.

John Hanger Endorsed For PA Governor By NORML

Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

PENNSYLVANIA: Is it possible that pot will play a role in the Democratic race for governor? Hershey’s John Hanger sure hopes so. Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Hanger wants to legalize medical marijuana immediately and within a few years decriminalize its recreational use, and tax it.

Dispatch From Denver: What’s Next In The Fight For Pot Legalization?

At the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Colorado, activists from all over the world celebrated recent wins and made plans for the future.

COLORADO: Halfway through the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in late October, I found myself sitting on a bus among delegates from Japan, Russia and Canada. We had been invited to a “mobile workshop,” involving visits to two of the city’s marijuana businesses. One year after Colorado passed Amendment 64, a historic ballot measure legalizing marijuana, Read the full article…

Experts: Maine, Michigan Votes Another 'Green Light' For Marijuana Legalization

While public opinion on legalization has changed drastically since the 1960s, St. Pierre notes there has been an unprecedented spike in approval ratings just in the past year, reaching 58%, according to a Gallup Poll last month. The number marks a 10% increase since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize it, "and the legal momentum shows no sign of abating,"

MAINE: Marijuana is moving on “greased tracks” toward legalization, according to the advocacy group that’s been riding the train for more than 40 years. The reason is a stark shift in public opinion, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  On Tuesday, Portland, Maine, followed Washington and Read the full article…

Seattle's Canna-Elite Meet to Celebrate NORML Women's Alliance

Marijuana awareness focusing on law reform was hosted by the Iowa NORML Women’s Alliance

WASHINGTON: I counted six attorneys, two cannabis processors, one collective garden owner, and a handful of food, wine & entertainment entrepreneurs at the NORML Women’s Alliance benefit dinner Saturday night in Seattle. Fourteen lucky supporters were treated to an eight-course feast prepared by James Beard Award Winner Chef Eric Tanaka.

Washington State To Begin Accepting Applications In November From Marijuana Retailers

The recommendations would tie medical marijuana, a largely unregulated market approved by voters in 1998, to the state’s licensed recreational marijuana system, approved last year. Rules adopted last week for licensing recreational marijuana growers and processors would apply to medical marijuana. Only licensed recreational marijuana stores with a state endorsement could accept medical marijuana authorizations and legally sell to those patients.

WASHINGTON: Washington state regulators today finalized rules to govern the state’s nascent marijuana retail market. Beginning on November 18, regulators will begin formally accepting applications from those seeking state licenses to commercially produce, process, and sell cannabis to those age 21 and over. A press release regarding the state’s forthcoming rules and the application process is Read the full article…