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NORML | September 19, 2017
 Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Justin Strekal
Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other culturally accepted commodities. The resolution was drafted by Derek Rosenzweig, long-time cannabis activist from Pennsylvania and former board member of PhillyNORML. This change in party policy comes as Pennsylvania A....
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The Joint Blog | September 18, 2017
Legislation to end mandatory minimum sentences for all drug offenses has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 Federal Bill Introduced to Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences for all Drug Offenses

Anthony Martinelli
The legislation H.R. 3800 was introduced by Representative Maxine Walters, a Democrat from Californias 43rd legislative district. It would end the practice of applying mandatory minimum sentences to offenses involving illegal substances. Mandatory minimum sentences require judges to give offenders a specific and typically harsh sentence regardless of extenuating circumstances. Mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes was greatly scaled back under President Obamas terms as president. However, current President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently reve....
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The Joint Blog | September 17, 2017
The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has had no impact on road fatality rates, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health.
 Study Finds Road Fatalities Unaffected by Marijuana Legalization

Anthony Martinelli
Researchers at the University of Texas evaluated motor vehicle crash fatality rates in the first 2 states with recreational marijuana legalization and compared them with motor vehicle crash fatality rates in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization. They used the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System to determine the annual numbers of motor vehicle crash fatalities between 2009 and 2015 in Washington, Colorado, and 8 control states. They compared year-over-year changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates per billion vehicle miles traveled before and aft....
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Smell the Truth | September 18, 2017
 California lawmakers call to federally reschedule marijuana

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Oscar Pascual
California will soon begin to regulate a voter-approved initiative to legalize recreational pot use in 2018, and is likely the reason why state lawmakers are now calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana. A joint resolution approved by the California Assembly on Thursday presses the U.S. Congress to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act CSA, reports Forbes Tom Angell. The Senate resolution passed with a 60-10 vote, and also implores the feds to amend restrictions on scientific research, open more banking options for businesses, and expand....
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NORML | August 29, 2017
 FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

Justin Strekal
On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration FDA is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol CBD. The agency will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing the substances within their international drug scheduling code. Now, to be frank, its a little silly that the FDA is seeking public comment on a topic that would normally be judged based on the merits of evidence....
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Smell the Truth | August 24, 2017
 Largest veterans group urges Trump, VA to allow medical marijuana

Oscar Pascual
SMELL THE TRUTH BUSINESS HEALTH LIFESTYLE LEGAL ACTIVISM SCIENCE REVIEWS Largest veterans group urges Trump, VA to allow medical marijuana By Oscar Pascual on August 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM Americas largest group of war veterans are pushing for safe, legal access to cannabis for medical use. The American Legion, which represents 2.3 million members, voted on Thursday in favor of urging the Trump administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow patients to discuss medical marijuana and receive recommendations from VA doctors, reports Vice News. U.S. veterans ten....
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Rolling Stone | 8/28/2017
RICO laws were written to combat organized crime kingpins but now they`re being used against state-legal marijuana businesses
 How Anti-Mafia Laws Could Bring Down Legal Pot
A 10th-Circuit court ruling could provide a road map for people who hate marijuana to initiate the collapse of legal weed in America.
A 10th-Circuit court ruling could provide a road map for people who hate marijuana to initiate the collapse of legal weed in America.
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Amanda Chicago Lewis
Most people have strong feelings about marijuana`s distinctive dank odor. Suspicious landlords sniff for it. High-school hot-boxers roll down all the windows of their cars and drive around for hours trying to get rid of it. Mainstream candle and soap companies seek to recreate it for high-end, non-psychoactive mood settings. And now, it`s quietly becoming clear that the powerful smell of legal cannabis could become its ultimate undoing the thing that causes the entire legalization experiment to disappear in a poof of smoke. RELATED How Booming Israeli Weed Industry Is....
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DemocracyNow.Org | AUG 03, 2017
 Senate Bill Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition, Offer Reparations

On Capitol Hill, a newly proposed bill would legalize marijuana on the federal level while withholding federal funds for prisons to states whose marijuana laws disproportionately incarcerate people of color. New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker unveiled the bill in a Facebook Live video, warning of the harsh long-term penalties faced by people convicted on marijuana possession charges. Sen. Cory Booker ``Its so hard to find a job. You cant get business licenses. You cant get Pell Grants. You cant get public housing or even food stamps. So many things are cut off to yo....
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NORML | August 16, 2017
 Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017

Representatives Andy Harris, M.D. R-MD-01, Earl Blumenauer D-OR-03, H. Morgan Griffith R-VA-09, and Zoe Lofgren D-CA-19 introduced H.R. 3391: The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017. This Act amends the federal law to facilitate clinical investigations involving the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products. As you may know, there are many benefits to medical cannabis. Those suffering from PTSD, Tourettes Syndrome, Parkinsons Disease, and many other debilitating conditions have found relief because of medical marijuana. But, despite the fact that over 200 millio....
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The Oregonian | August 16, 2017 | SALEM, Ore.
 Oregon makes drug possession a misdemeanor

The Associated Press
A bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon joined just a handful of other U.S. states in defelonizing drugs under the new law, which was supported by law enforcement groups and takes effect immediately. Jo Meza, owner of Amazing Treatment, a rehab center in Salem, applauded the move. She has seen the damage caused by drug addiction in her 30 years in the field. ``There`s a huge crisis out there, and locking people up is not going to work,`` Meza s....
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The Joint Blog | August 17, 2017
A federal report has determined that there is currently no evidence-based method of detecting marijuana-impaired driving, despite numerous states having laws in place that find someone guilty of a DUID if they test above a certain THC level.
 Federal Report: No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving

Anthony Martinelli
A number of states have set a THC limit in their laws indicating that if a suspects THC concentration is above that level typically 5 ng/ml of blood, then the suspect is to be considered impaired, states the report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA . This per se limit appears to have been based on something other than scientific evidence. Some recent studies demonstrate that such per se limits are not evidence-based. In addition the report also calls into question sweat, hair, saliva and urine testing, stating that there are currently no ....
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The Joint Blog | August 17, 2017
Marijuana is often effective in treating the symptoms of both Parkinsons disease and multiple sclerosis, and can help those with these conditions reduce their use of prescription drugs.
 Study: Marijuana Often Effective at Treating Symptoms of Parkinsons Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Anthony Martinelli
This is according to a new study published by the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. Cannabis has been used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years; however the positive and negative effects of cannabis use in Parkinsons disease PD and Multiple Sclerosis MS are mostly unknown, begins the studys abstract. Our aim was to assess cannabis use in PD and MS and compare results of self-reported assessments of neurological disability between current cannabis users and non-users. For the study; An anonymou....
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