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Brookings Institution on Colorado's Legalization of Marijuana: 'Resounding Success'

Brookings Institution on Colorado's Legalization of Marijuana: 'Resounding Success'

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana is Succeeding

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New York Times Editors Opine In Favor Of Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition

New York Times Editors Opine In Favor Of Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The opinion of the New York Times editorial board mimics the opinion of the majority of Americans nationwide.

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Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States

Despite doubling in annual marijuana arrests, there has not been any significant reduction in marijuana consumption.

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Oregon: Marijuana Regulation Measure Qualifies For 2014 Ballot

Oregon: Marijuana Regulation Measure Qualifies For 2014 Ballot

Petitioners submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure...

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  • Read more by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

    Earlier today, the Democratic Party of Oregon came out in support of Measure 91, which would legalize and regulate the adult use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana in the state. These endorsements were made by a “voting body comprised of the State Central Committee delegates, alternates, and associates.” A measure required a two-thirds vote for or against for the Party to take an official position. In a press release highlighting their supportive position, the Democratic Party of Oregon stated that “a majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    As I prepared to leave for the Seattle Hempfest, a lovely celebration of all things related to marijuana, I could not help but think about what a wonderful time it is right now for those of us who smoke marijuana. We have the best quality marijuana in the world grown right here in the US, and even in those regions of the country that do not yet offer legal marijuana, the selection of different strains on the black market is outstanding. Of course, in those states with some version of […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The administration of a single dose of whole-plant cannabis via a thermal-metered inhaler is effective and well tolerated among patients suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Nearly seven out of ten Pennsylvania voters believe that marijuana should be legal for either medicinal or recreational use, according to the results of a statewide survey released by Keystone Analytics.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that adults ought to legally be able to consume cannabis in the privacy of one's own home, according to results of a nationwide HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released late last week.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Washington state licensed marijuana retailers sold an estimated $3.8 million in cannabis products in July, the first month during which such sales were allowed under state law. The sales are estimated to have already generated more than $1 million in tax revenue.

  • Read more by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

    While the US government effectively bans scientific research regarding cannabis and any potential therapeutic uses, you can help University of Texas at Dallas associate professor of Criminology Dr. Robert Morris, II conduct another in a series of cannabis policy research-related questions. Dr. Morris and associates have already published an interesting research article earlier this year at PLoS One, answering the question: Does Legalizing Medical Cannabis Reduce Violent Crimes?* This time around Dr. Morris and his colleagues are asking the sensible question public policy question: ‘Does Medical Cannabis Legalization Impact Police […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The political and cultural victories for the marijuana legalization movement continue to accumulate as new developments lead us closer to the ultimate goal of full legalization. Just in the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen the powerful, unambiguous endorsement of full legalization by the most influential newspaper in America: The New York Times. That endorsement was followed by a series of six follow-up editorials explaining in more detail precisely why the Times decided to join the fight to end prohibition. Additionally, The Brookings Institution, a highly respected Washington, DC think […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Dear NORML members and supporters, It is nearly impossible to detect the precise moment when support for a change in social policy reaches the "tipping point", but for the marijuana legalization movement, that time was likely July 26, 2014, when the editorial board of the New York Times published their editorial entitled Repeal Prohibition, Again. For those who may have missed it, here an excerpt; it is one of the strongest endorsements I have ever read. "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana." … "The social costs of […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    As an old farm boy, it has always seemed strange to me that most states, and the federal government, treat someone who grows a few marijuana plants for personal use as a more serious offender than someone who buys cannabis from the black market. In practice, by penalizing personal cultivation, the government encourages a thriving black market with absolutely no controls over age, potency or purity. At least if one grows their own marijuana, they can be assured it includes no pesticide residue or other harmful additives. This is an […]







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