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business networkThe mission of the NORML Business Network (NBN) is to encourage the development of responsible, sustainable enterprises that seek to serve their community and set a positive example for the growing cannabis industry. The NBN highlights new and growing marijuana-related business partners that have shown a commitment to responsible consumer engagement, environmental protection, and to using their business as a platform for social change.
 
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Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Those of us involved in the marijuana legalization movement have long assumed that those companies that produce and sell competing products — especially alcohol and tobacco — were working behind the scenes to try to maintain marijuana prohibition and to protect their duopoly for legal recreational drugs. These industries have lobbyists who regularly work with state and federal elected officials to keep legal marijuana off the market. But we now see the pharmaceutical companies are also getting directly involved in political efforts to maintain marijuana prohibition, worried that legal marijuana will undermine their bottom line. Pharmaceutical company joins the war on marijuana smokers. Recently, we saw the first direct evidence that pharmaceutical companies are now working to defeat marijuana legalization... Read More

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    Next Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day and NORML will be releasing an updated and revised 2016 Congressional Scorecard. The Scorecard is an all-encompassing database that assigns a letter grade 'A' through 'F' to members of Congress based on their marijuana-related comments and voting records.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The NORML board felt the Aransas Medical Cannabis Act is a more consumer-friendly proposal and elected to endorse it.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Meeting at our board meeting in Boston this past Friday, held in conjunction with the Boston Freedom Rally, the national NORML board of Directors endorsed Denver social use Initiative 300, the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program.

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    With five states voting to legalize the adult use of marijuana, and four states voting to legalize medical marijuana, it’s imperative that we focus our attention on utilizing our strength in numbers to mobilize support.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The implementation of medical marijuana programs is associated with a decrease in the prevalence of opioids detected among fatally injured drivers, according to data published in the American Journal of Public Health.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    In this week’s Legislative Round Up you’ll learn about a national call to action to renew federal legislation protecting hundreds of thousands of patients and providers. In other news, the marijuana movement received support from two leading national veterans groups and several important bills were signed into law at the state level. Click here for the latest news in marijuana law reform.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Either we offer a legal option for marijuana-friendly lounges, or “smoke-easies” will continue to proliferate in most major cities.