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…

Iowa Women’s Group Pushes For Marijuana Reform

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

IOWA:  West Liberty resident Dawn King says legalized medical marijuana could make a big difference in helping her treat chronic pain from spinal stenosis. King attended an awareness event focused on Iowa’s marijuana laws that was hosted by the Iowa NORML Women’s Alliance today and said she experiences a great deal of pain from spinal Read the full article…

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States

1) The American public no longer supports cannabis prohibition (58%

support legalization according to Gallup).

Former NORML director and Shenandoah University professor Jon Gettman, Ph.D has just published a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of cannabis arrests in the United States. The report highlights some upward trends in marijuana-related arrests, and lots of interesting charts that help activists, media, policy makers and general public know about the huge scope and expense of Read the full article…

10 Things To Know About D.C.’s Decriminalization Of Marijuana

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Afforded Workplace Protections

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense in the District as of midnight Thursday — but that doesn’t mean pot will be legal, either. Here are 10 important things you need to know about pot decriminalization in D.C.: 1. What exactly does “decriminalization” mean? Typically, decriminalization means that there Read the full article…

NORML Launches Better Business Bureau Of Marijuana

NORML has announced the launch of the marijuana industry’s equivalent of the Better Business Bureau -- it is called the NORML Business Network.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With the advent of the commercial cannabis market in Colorado and Washington, it is readily apparent that the business of marijuana, which has grown from the black market streets of America into a legitimate and thriving community-oriented industry, is bound only by the limitations designated by the federal government. In just seven months, regulated pot commerce Read the full article…

DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

"For 13 of the 14 years I have worked on this issue, when the DEA came to a hearing, committee members jumped over themselves to cheerlead," said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. "Now the lawmakers are not just asking tough questions, but also getting aggressive with their arguments."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs. Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of Read the full article…

Marijuana Backers Seek Reforms In Ohio

Oklahoma judge dismissed 30 drug cases in a single day because employees of a private company helped arrest the defendants.

OHIO:  Rob Ryan isn’t shy about the medicine he said has helped him tremendously — even though it’s illegal. After a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago, Mr. Ryan, now 60, began a regimen of the usual suspects. Chemotherapy and pills led to pain and weight loss. Then he added marijuana to the mix. He Read the full article…

Infighting Plagues Medical-Marijuana Advocacy Groups

When the legislature held its first public hearing last week for a bill concerning medical-marijuana regulations, people representing at least eight medical-marijuana advocacy organizations testified, voicing opinions on the measure that ranged from solid support to angry opposition.

COLORADO: When it comes to medical-marijuana advocacy groups at the state Capitol this year, it takes a program to keep them straight.  When it comes to medical-marijuana advocacy groups at the state Capitol this year, it takes a program to keep them straight.There are the Medical Marijuana Industry Group and the Association of Cannabis Trades Read the full article…

Marijuana Activist Shocked By His Own Arrest

Marijuana Activist is shocked my his own arrest

PENNSYLVANIA:  Chris Goldstein sees momentum in the battle to legalize marijuana. As a paid blogger with NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and an activist who later worked on New Jersey’s medical-marijuana law and Philadelphia’s decriminalization bill, he has been caught up in a swirl of hearings, media conferences, and street Read the full article…