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House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

A majority of the US House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, or H.R. 3617, in a floor vote on Friday. The MORE Act removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby allowing states to legalize cannabis markets free from federal interference.  The Act also provides for the expungement or […]

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Government-Funded Study Shows Unprecedented Decline in Marijuana Use By Young People

Data released today from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey shows an unprecedented year-over-year decline in young people’s use of marijuana and other controlled substances. Authors reported, “The percentage of students who reported using marijuana (in all forms, including smoking and vaping) within the past year decreased significantly for eighth, 10th, and […]

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Cal NORML Denounces Cannabis Tax Hike

November 25, 2019 – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has announced two cannabis tax hikes effective January 1, 2020.  The perverse effect of this move will be to make legal, regulated cannabis even less economically competitive with the untaxed, unregulated legacy market. Cal NORML regards the moves as steps precisely in the wrong direction, […]

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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

Washington, DC February 28, 2019 – Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) along with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA), introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers. NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said: “The Marijuana […]

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New Federal Spending Bill Maintains Protections For Medical Marijuana

Washington, DC, March 22, 2018 –  In a blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana agenda, Congressional leadership included in the omnibus spending package language that was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to prohibit the Department of Justice and its affiliated agencies from prosecuting state-lawful and compliant medical marijuana systems, businesses, and patients. “We […]

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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 1, 2017 – On Tuesday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers. “Not only is it imperative we end our failed experiment of marijuana prohibition, we must also […]

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Cannabis, Drug Policy Reform Advocates Commend Congressional Members on Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 16, 2017— Joint statement below from The National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Americans for Safe Access, Marijuana Policy Project, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Clergy for a New Drug Policy. […]

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Studies: Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status Not Associated With Increased Use By Young People

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Changes in marijuana’s legal status under state law is not associated with increased cannabis use or access by young people, according to pair of recently published studies. In the first study, published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, researchers at Columbia University in New York surveyed […]

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Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults

BERKELEY, CA, Aug. 25, 2016 – Nearly two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults […]

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