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Auditor General DePasquale Says Pennsylvania Cannot Afford to Lose Out on Marijuana Legalization Benefits

Auditor General DePasquale Says Pennsylvania Cannot Afford to Lose Out on Marijuana Legalization Benefits

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose out on economic and social benefits from marijuana legalization as public support grows and more states allow possession of small amounts for personal use.

Iowa State University's Push to Ban Marijuana Shirt Leads to Huge Costs

Iowa State University’s Push to Ban Marijuana Shirt Leads to Huge Costs

Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, according to a partial settlement approved Tuesday.

Board of Canvassers. NCIA joins forces with CRMLA.

National Cannabis Industry Association Joins Forces with Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Campaign

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) announced today that it has added more firepower to its growing coalition of marijuana reform advocates with the addition of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual gala & awards on October 6th at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, OR with NORML founder Keith Stroup as a featured speaker.

DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534) to protect medical patients, recreational users and businesses in states that have legalized and regulated marijuana from being prosecuted now or in the future.

You Can Now Weigh in on Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization

You Can Now Weigh in on Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana arrests in the Old Dominion State disproportionately affect black communities, but reform could be on the horizon—officials have launched a Virginia marijuana decriminalization study and they want to hear from the public.

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Vermont: Governor Rejects Marijuana Depenalization Measure

MONTPELIER, VT., May 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Republican Gov. Phil Scott today Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana.

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Georgia’s capital city is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits. According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

Atlanta Delays Marijuana Decriminalization Decision

On April 18, 2017, members of the Atlanta City Council withdrew their support from Ordinance 17-O-1152, a statute that would have decriminalized marijuana in Georgia’s captial. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the council opted to refer the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee.

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KC NORML Successfully Decriminalized Marijuana in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO., April 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In a blowout victory for sensible criminal justice policy, the voters of Kansas City, Missouri have decided to approve Question 5 and decriminalize marijuana to direct their law enforcement officers to no longer target citizens for possession of the plant and would replace current criminal penalties with just a civil fine.

World of Cannabis - Medical Marijuana State Initiatives

World of Cannabis: Medical Marijuana State Initiatives

Watch the World of Cannabis in Las Vegas tackle the details of medical marijuana state initiatives. Matthew Abel, attorney and director of Michigan NORML, covers recent medical marijuana developments in Michigan. Ari Gerstin, an attorney in Miami, and Michael C. Minardi, Senior Partner at Minardi Law, provide an update on medical marijuana in Florida.

Why Trump Could Be Good For The Cannabis Industry

Why Trump Could Be Good For The Cannabis Industry

“The Trump effect is good news for the cannabis industry,” said lawyer Lawrence Horwitz at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Diego on Monday. That comment shocked many attendees who fear that the Trump administration is going to crack down on recreational marijuana.

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NORML Responds: White House Threatens To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

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Keith Stroup Brings “NORMLization” and the Future of Marijuana to the California Cannabis Business Expo, March 5-8

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Keith Stroup, founder of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), brings his team and the group’s thoughts on the future of marijuana legalization to the California Cannabis Business Expo, March 5-8, Sheraton Marina, San Diego.

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Dana Rohrabacher to Keynote California Cannabis Business Expo March 5-8

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) will be the opening keynote at the Third Annual California Cannabis Business Expo, March 5-8 at the Sheraton Marina, San Diego. There will be an opening night reception for Rohrabacher, who has been a staunch supporter of legal cannabis.

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Nation’s Leading Cannabis and Drug Policy Reform Advocates Commend Congressional Members on Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

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NORML Forms Multi-State Workplace Drug Testing Coalition

DENVER, Feb. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The fact that 190 million Americans now live in states where marijuana has been legalized to some degree is raising a number of questions and issues about how to integrate the American workforce and marijuana consumers rights in regards to drug testing.

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

Iowa State Chapter of NORML Wins Free Speech Case Against University

On Feb. 13, 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa State University cannot prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that advocate for marijuana reform. The decision upholds a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in 2016.

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Campaigning Against Censorship, CannaSmack Announces “Free The Leaf,” Partnership with NORML

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — To date, 28 of 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, have legalized forms of medical and recreational marijuana. Enter CannaSmack, a woman-owned and operated company that manufactures all natural, cruelty free, hemp-infused lip balms and lotions plus a line of SPF products made entirely in the USA using domestic hemp sourced from Oregon.

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney General Thursday. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday with a 52-47 vote, vowing in his subsequent speech to “defend the lawful orders” of President Donald Trump. The Attorney General is known for his criticism regarding the legalization of marijuana.

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NORML Calls Marijuana Implementation Delays an “Affront to Democracy”

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Legislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of voter-initiated marijuana laws. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri strongly criticized the delays, calling them “an affront to the democratic process.”

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

Houston NORML Suggests Putting Marijuana Laws Before Texas Voters

For Texas legislators, it might be easier avoid political repercussions by placing new marijuana laws on a ballot, instead of voting themselves, Jason Miller, director of communications for the Houston office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the Houston Press for a Nov. 25, 2016, article.

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NORML says Florida City Moratoriums on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Illegal

Now that Florida voters have allowed medical marijuana with the passage of Amendment 2, some cities have placed six-month or one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana shops. But a representative of NORML says those moratoriums will be illegal when Amendment 2 becomes law on Jan. 3, 2017.

Pot Smokers Owe Last Night’s Historic Ballot Wins to This Man

Pot Smokers Owe Last Night’s Historic Ballot Wins to This Man

Yesterday, Americans handed over the keys to the White House to a thin-skinned demagogue, but in eight states, at least, they also voted to legalize a way to cope with the cataclysm they wrought.

Defendant in Opioid Kickback Case Claims Right to Smoke Pot

Defendant in Opioid Kickback Case Claims Right to Smoke Pot

A U.S. ex-pharmaceutical sales representative accused of paying kickbacks to induce doctors to write prescriptions for an opioid drug is asserting he has a constitutional right to continue smoking marijuana so he can remain clear-headed for his defense. “It is a very creative defense,” said Keith Stroup, the legal counsel and founder of NORML, a

Florida NORML Files Lawsuit Over Ballots Excluding MMJ Question

Florida NORML Files Lawsuit Over Ballots Excluding MMJ Question

On Oct. 20, 2016, the Florida chapter of NORML filed a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections after it was discovered that Amendment 2, an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, was excluded from several mail-in ballots.

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

On Oct. 4, 2016, the Memphis City Council voted to approve a city ordinance that would allow city police the discretion of issuing civil fines for the possession of marijuana, making Memphis the second city in Tennessee to decriminalize marijuana.

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Legislators in the state of Wyoming are considering reducing the penalties for simple marijuana possession. The consideration comes after legislators failed to impose penalties on those caught possessing edible marijuana products in the previous legislative session.

Activists March on Democratic Convention With 51-Foot Inflatable Joint

Activists March on Democratic Convention With 51-Foot Inflatable Joint

On July 25, 2016, activists marched down the streets of Philadelphia toward the Democratic National Convention with a 51-foot inflatable joint in tow to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.


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