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  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    We’ve got news from all levels of government this week! International, federal, state, and local law reform changes are all being considered. Click here to see if any pending reforms would affect you or your community!

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The good news is that as we gradually legalize marijuana in more and more states, we are also restoring the right of citizens in those states to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Once marijuana is no longer contraband, the smell of marijuana no longer provides probable cause for a search, whether in an automobile or in a home.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Australian lawmakers are anticipated to approve landmark legislation in the coming months allowing for the production and use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. “This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications," Health Minister Sussan Ley told Parliament this week. "[W]e want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available.”

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Cannabinoids are safe and effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, according to a review of recent clinical trials published online ahead of print in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. They concluded, “Overall, the recent literature supports the idea that currently available cannabinoids are modestly effective analgesics that provide a safe, reasonable therapeutic option for managing chronic non-cancer-related pain and possibly cancer-related pain.”

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    I am periodically amused when we receive an email or phone call at NORML from an enthusiastic, usually young, supporter, advising us he/she has found the missing link to marijuana legalization: come up with a new name for our favorite herb.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    This week we have an array of legislative updates ranging from more bills being introduced, other bills stalling, and everything in between. We have news out of Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Utah and Washington D.C.! Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform this week.

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    For almost 45 years, NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions regarding marijuana on the local, state level and federal level. Get involved today!

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    NORML's 2016 Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for May 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on The Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    Exciting news from across the country with NEW legislation being introduced and promising legislation moving forward! This week we highlight Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, New Orleans, and Vermont. Plus our lawmakers in Congress and lawmakers in Puerto Rico took action this week too! Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Michael Kennedy was an extraordinary individual who could not ignore injustice when he saw it.