New Jersey Cannabis Policy Update

Vivian Wilson is truly ill.  The Wilsons are explaining clearly how this program can be improved to assist them in caring for Vivian. This bill is a reasonable and straightforward solution to the Wilsons’ problem.

By Michael Chazukow, Outreach Director NJ NORML NEW JERSEY: Cannabis activists are getting many exciting gifts this December.  Uruguay became the first nation ever to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the votes that legalized recreational MJ in Washington and Colorado.  New York representatives announced the introduction Read the full article…

Nearly Every State Addressing Medical Marijuana Legislation

PENNSYLVANIA: As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use. Numerous polls have indicated that a growing majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana should be legal throughout Read the full article…

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…