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NORML | November 24, 2021

Legalization opponents cannot succeed in the court of public opinion or at the ballot box, NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. Thus, they are now petitioning the courts to overturn the will of the people. Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be deeply concerned by this trend and by the outcome of this case. Fifty-four percent of South Dakota voters decided on Election Day in favor of the ballot measure. However, shortly following the vote, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem facilitated litigation seeking to strike down the law as unconstitu.... View more in new window | November 25, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
The federal government has generally taken a hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement in states that have chosen to legalize the plant. So why did a federal agency recently raid a small, home cannabis garden of a medical cannabis patient living on Indian territory in New Mexico? Thats a question that officials with the Pueblo of Picuris are asking following the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA raid in September. And the response from the agency, which falls under the Department of the Interior, has done little to clear things up. Why is Picuris being discriminated against .... View more in new window | 11/26/21

Pennsylvania medical marijuana regulators take aim at vape products, Mexican cartel violence flares in Sonora and Zacatecas, and more. Marijuana Policy Massachusetts Poll Finds Majority Think Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Good Thing. Five years after voters approved legal weed, a new University of Massachusetts Amherst/WCVB poll shows strong continuing support for marijuana legalization in the Bay State. The poll found 61 percent of respondents said legalization has been a net positive for the state, 25 percent said it was neither positive nor negative, and only 13 .... View more in new window

NORML | November 12, 2021
After years of delays, qualified patients in West Virginia may finally begin accessing medical cannabis products at licensed retail facilities. According to the states Office of Medical Cannabis webpage, West Virginias first licensed dispensary is now open to registered patients. A second dispensary is scheduled to open on Monday, November 15. A complete list of licensed facilities is available online here. The states initial dispensary opening is nearly five years after lawmakers approved medical cannabis access. Advocates had consistently criticized regulators slow roll.... View more in new window | November 12, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
President Joe Biden announced on Friday that he intends to nominate a new Food and Drug Administration FDA commissioner who has acknowledged the potential medical benefits of marijuana and says he actually prescribed a cannabinoid drug as a doctor. Robert Califf, who previously served a short stint as the FDA head under the Obama administration, hasnt been especially vocal about marijuana issues. But at a 2016 federally hosted research summit on cannabis, he recognized various therapeutic applications for the plant and its components and emphasized that the agency is inter.... View more in new window | 11/12/21
Colorado tightens its medical marijuana rules, mainly around concerns about youth, dabs, and wax.
Colorado tightens its medical marijuana rules, mainly around concerns about youth, dabs, and wax.
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A New Jersey judge`s ruling keeps an Atlantic City needle exchange program alive for now, the Scottish government is trying to find a way to open a safe injection site in Glasgow, and more. Colorado tightens its medical marijuana rules, mainly around concerns about youth, dabs, and wax. Creative Commons Medical Marijuana Colorado Announces New, Stricter Medical Marijuana Rules. As of January 1, the rules for purchasing medical marijuana will be tightened. Among the changes: daily purchases of marijuana flower will be limited to two ounces and eight grams of concentrates, .... View more in new window

NORML | October 29, 2021

Paul Armentano
The marijuana provided by the University of Mississippi for clinical research purposes is genetically dissimilar to cannabis strains commercially available at retail markets in legal states, according to an analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science. Since 1968, the University of Mississippis farm, which is governed by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been the only legal source of cannabis for use in FDA-approved research. A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Northern California performed genetic analyses on NIDA-provided re.... View more in new window | 10/28/21
New York medical marijuana patients can now buy and smoke buds like his one.
New York medical marijuana patients can now buy and smoke buds like his one.
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An asset forfeiture battle pits Kansas deputies and federal prosecutors against Missouri medical marijuana companies, a South Dakota legislative panel recommends the state legalize marijuana after voters already did so last year with an initiative now tangled up in court, and more. Marijuana Policy South Dakota Legislative Panel Recommends Marijuana Legalization. As the state awaits for the state Supreme Court to decide whether or not voters legalized marijuana at the polls last November, the legislature`s Marijuana Interim Study Committee on Wednesday wrapped up its w.... View more in new window

CTV News | October 22, 2021

Eleanor Pickston and Rob Picheta
Luxembourg is set to become the first European nation to legalize the growing and use of cannabis, the government announced in a statement on Friday. Under the new legislation, adults over 18 in Luxembourg will be allowed to use cannabis, and to grow up to four plants per household, which would make it the first country in Europe to fully legalize the production and consumption Decriminalization will also dramatically lower the current fines for possession of the drug to between US$29 and $581 for possession of three grams or less, down from the current fines of $291 to .... View more in new window

| Oct. 23, 2021

The Associated Press MassLive
A lottery to select the operators of five new medical cannabis dispensaries in Rhode Island has been scheduled for next week, state officials said Friday. To ensure a fair process, the lottery scheduled for Oct. 29 will be public and livestreamed, using numbered balls from the state Lottery, and picked by a blindfolded former FBI agent from a transparent tumbler borrowed from Twin River Casino, according to the Department of Business Regulations Office of Cannabis Regulation.Twenty-three pre-approved companies have submitted 37 applications for the right to open a dispensa.... View more in new window | October 25, 2021

The National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA told Congress in a report obtained by Marijuana Moment that the Schedule I status of controlled substances like cannabis is preventing or discouraging research into their potential risks and benefits. It also said that current restrictions that block scientists from studying the actual cannabinoid products that consumers can purchase at dispensaries is impeding research to an extent that constitutes a public health concern. In a document that was submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as requested under previo.... View more in new window | October 22, 2021

Kyle Jaeger
Top Democratic senators filed a new spending bill report that calls out the federal government over the failures of the drug war and asks the State Department to account for the billions of dollars in funding for international counternarcotics programs across Latin America that havent produced results. In a draft Appropriations Committee report proposed to be attached to fiscal year 2022 spending legislation for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs that was released this week, the panel said that, after investing tens of billions of dollars in .... View more in new window | 10/20/21

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is confronting drug policy issues as he visits Latin America this week, New York tells employers it can`t test workers for marijuana use, and more. Colombian peasants don`t wand to be sprayed with coca-killing herbicides. DEA Museum Marijuana Policy Senate Democrats Move to Let DC Legalize Marijuana Sales. In a package of spending bills unveiled Monday, Senate Democrats have removed a long-standing rider that has blocked the city of Washington, DC, from implemented legal marijuana sales for the past six years. The House took similar a.... View more in new window

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