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NORML | July 24, 2021

Justin Strekal
As soon as next week, there will be a crucial vote in the US House of Representatives on an amendment to protect legal marijuana states from federal interference. This critical measure is known as the Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton-Lee amendment, after Representatives Earl Blumenauer D, and Barbara Lee D co-Chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, Tom McClintock R and Eleanor Holmes Norton D. Last Congress, House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved their amendment by a bipartisan vote of 267 to 165. Unfortunately, the language was not included in the final package. So we.... View more in new window

Bloomberg News | July 27, 2021

Vincent Del Giudice
The mayor of Denver, Colorado, wants to direct a portion of marijuana sales tax revenue toward a new $50 million loan fund to help minority investors join the citys recreational cannabis industry. Mayor Michael Hancocks proposal also includes working with the financial industry. Recreational marijuana sales commenced in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014. History exposes an amazing imbalance when it comes to this industry, Hancock said in his annual state of the city address. Many investors in the industry are White and male. At the same time, many people of color are still weighed.... View more in new window | July 26, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
A key House committee on Monday cleared a series of cannabis and psychedelics-related amendments for floor votes as part of large-scale spending legislation. That floor action could happen as soon as Tuesday. However, the panel also blocked two measures on housing protections for cannabis consumers that legalization supporters hoped to see advance. One of the most notable amendments the House Rules Committee allowed to move forward for possible attachment to appropriations legislation would remove a rider that advocates say has restricted federal funds for research into.... View more in new window

Marijuana Policy Project | Jul 01, 2021

Kate Zawidzki
Just last week Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize cannabis for adult use. Today, the law officially goes into effect. Starting today, adults can legally possess up to one and a half ounces of cannabis on their person and up to five ounces in their home, a locked container in their residence, a locked glove box, or their vehicles trunk. Additionally, the odor or smell of cannabis can no longer be used as a basis to stop or search. Lastly, the law sets aside fifty percent of the licenses for equity applicants and dedicates upwards to 60 percent of the revenue to .... View more in new window

NORML | July 1, 2021

Paul Armentano
South Dakotas voter-initiated medical cannabis law took effect today. Seventy percent of voters approved the ballot initiative, Measure 26, on Election Day. Although patients are not anticipated to begin receiving state-issued identification cards or to be able to access cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries until at least this fall, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety issued guidelines today for law enforcement requiring them to cease arresting those persons who identify as patients and meet certain qualifications. Specifically, the guidelines stipu.... View more in new window

NORML | July 1, 2021

Paul Armentano
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation, HB 1024, into law expanding the ability of patients to access medical cannabis. Under the law, which took effect upon signing, qualified patients may now legally possess up to a 90-day supply of cannabis at one time. State law previously allowed for only a 30-day supply. Patients also now have the ability to consult with authorizing physicians via video conferencing and may obtain cannabis from dispensaries via curbside pick-up. Those who act as caregivers under the law are no longer restricted to servicing five patients or.... View more in new window | Jun 27, 2021

Sean P. Thomas
The next step in New Mexicos legalized cannabis rollout likely will come in city council and county commission meetings throughout the state, when local governments must decide how and where retailers can operate. Some cities, including Albuquerque, already are embroiled in debates on the locations of such shops. Others, like Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, are only beginning those discussions. These are huge conversations, and we are just at the start of it because the state is developing the rules as we speak, and we have to figure out what that means for Santa Fe and w.... View more in new window | June 28, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
Nearly three years after Mexicos Supreme Court ruled that the nations marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional, it voted on Monday to end criminalization on its own because lawmakers failed to pass a legalization bill by a key deadline. The court in 2018 ordered the legislature to enact a policy change. But while both chambers of the Congress advanced reform legislation in varying formsand required multiple deadline extensions to do soit was ultimately unable to fulfill that obligation on time by the end of the most recent session. Minister Norma Luca Pia Hernndez, who s.... View more in new window | June 28, 2021
US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas questions the viability of fedeal marijuana prohibition. Creative Commons
US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas questions the viability of fedeal marijuana prohibition. Creative Commons
A major pharmaceutical company settles with the state of New York over opioid distribution, Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of passing policing reforms, and more. US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas questions the viability of fedeal marijuana prohibition. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Clarence Thomas Says Federal Marijuana Prohibition May No Longer Make Sense. One the Supreme Court`s most conservative justices said Monday that because marijuana is already legalized either medically or recreationally in a growing number of states, federal pot prohibition ma.... View more in new window

| June 22, 2021

Carly Wolf
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards D has signed legislation into law, House Bill 391, repealing the states ban on herbal cannabis for medically authorized patients. The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2022, will for the first time allow state-registered patients to obtain raw or crude cannabis for the purpose of inhalation. The states access program currently limits patients to non-inhaled forms of cannabis, like infused oils. Beginning next year, registered medical cannabis patients will be able to purchase up to two and a half ounces of medical cannabis flowe.... View more in new window

NORML | June 22, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont D signed legislation today, Senate Bill 1201, legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and sale. Under the law, which takes effect on July 1, adults ages 21 and older may legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flowers or an equivalent amount of cannabis concentrates in public, and up to five ounces of marijuana in their private residence. State lawmakers are to be commended for enacting model legislation that will move Connecticut forward, said NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano, a Connecticut native. This .... View more in new window | June 26, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
The GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Friday blocked an amendment to a House-passed medical marijuana bill that would have allowed registered patients to grow their own plants for personal use. Under the proposal from Sen. Sharif Street D, patients 21 and older would have been able to cultivate up to five plants. That wouldve marked a notable expansion of the states existing program through which cannabis is only legally available from dispensaries. Members tabled the amendment in a party-line vote of 29-21. The full medical marijuana legislation it would have been at.... View more in new window | June 25, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic could propel new cultivation of illegal drug crops, the UNODC reports.
The coronavirus pandemic could propel new cultivation of illegal drug crops, the UNODC reports.
Theres progress on medical marijuana this week in the South, a key Rhode Island lawmaker slams the brakes on a marijuana legalization push, and more. The coronavirus pandemic could propel new cultivation of illegal drug crops, the UNODC reports. Marijuana Policy Rhode Island Key Lawmakers Slams Brakes on Legalization Effort. On the day after the state Senate passed a marijuana legalization bill, an amended version of Senate Bill 568, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi D-Warwick signaled he was in no hurry to finish the job. He said the state could afford to wait t.... View more in new window

Washington Post | June 17, 2021

David Farber

Americas longest war has been a failure.
As declarations of war go, it was pretty low key. On June 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon held a news briefing in the West Wing of the White House. In his usual dark suit and striped tie, speaking comfortably from notes, the president branded Americans rising tide of drug abuse public enemy number one. He continued: In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive. This will be a worldwide offensive. It will be government-wide and it will be nationwide. To fund this new war, Nixon declared, he would ask Congress to appropriat.... View more in new window

NORML | June 18, 2021

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards D signed legislation into law to remove the threat of jail time for low-level marijuana possession offenses. Texas Governor Greg Abbott R signed legislation into law to expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program TCUP, the states low-THC medical cannabis program. Delaware Governor John Carney D signed legislation into law facilitating patients access to medical cannabis products by expanding the pool of health care practitioners eligible to provide authorizations. Marij.... View more in new window

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