NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer And Young

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML-PAC) has announced their endorsements of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) in their reelection campaigns. Blumenauer and Young serve as lead co-chairs of the Cannabis Caucus in the House of Representatives. “Representative Earl Blumenauer has been supporting Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Could Come To These 12 States This Year

By Eric Weisbrot Despite strong efforts to maintain the criminalization of marijuana use in the United States, many individuals and lawmakers have taken a step in the direction of legalization over the last several years. Currently, there are 29 states that allow for medical marijuana use, under particular limitations, and a smaller percentage that give residents Read the full article…

Studies: Marijuana Legalization Laws Correlated With Reduced Opioid Prescribing Trends

KENTUCKY: The enactment of statewide marijuana legalization laws is associated with a reduction in the number of opioids prescribed and filled, according to a pair of studies published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid Read the full article…

New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support For Making Marijuana Legal In U.S. – 64%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011. This year’s national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority Read the full article…

New Measure Eligible for California’s November 2016 Ballot

CALIFORNIA: Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced that an initiative is eligible for the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot. In order to become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures, which is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 General Election. An Read the full article…

MILegalize Extends Deadline For Petition Signatures

MICHIGAN: A Lansing-based group collecting signatures to get a marijuana-legalization question on statewide ballots next year says it’s extending its petition campaign past a previous deadline of Dec. 21 that its leaders had set. “For a variety of reasons, MILegalize is extending its campaign,”  Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank, chair of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, said Read the full article…

Americans Are High On Weed Approximately 288 Million Hours A Week

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  How much do Americans love weed? According to Jonathan Caulkins, a professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Americans spend about 15 billion hours a year high on marijuana. He doesn’t believe this is a good number to have arrived at. Caulkins, author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know,” which will Read the full article…

Votes Signal Growing Support In Congress For Legalized Marijuana Protections

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Congress‘ openness toward marijuana use continues to grow, with the House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug and signaling growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot. The chamber voted to lay off medical marijuana, 242-186, for the second year in Read the full article…

Libertarians, Green Party Oppose ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Plan

OHIO: ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization — the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio. The two groups join grassroots pro-pot groups in opposing ResponsibleOhio’s proposed constitutional amendment, which would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use but limit commercial growing to10 Read the full article…

Bill To Limit Medical Marijuana Growers Gets Strong 29-1 Vote In Oregon Senate

OREGON:  The Oregon Senate delivered a powerful message in support of tightening regulation on medical marijuana Wednesday by voting 29-1 for a bill aimed at curbing diversions to the black market. Although the measure has drawn intense opposition among many patients and growers, lawmakers said that the success of the state’s new recreational pot market depends Read the full article…