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  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    East Lansing voters on Tuesday approved a municipal ballot measure removing criminal and civil penalties for minor marijuana offenses. East Lansing is the seventeenth Michigan city to approve a municipal ballot initiative depenalizing marijuana related activities.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro J. García Padilla signed an executive order on Sunday to allow for the therapeutic use of cannabis and cannabinoids in the US territory. The Governor acknowledged that several US states have already legalized the plant for therapeutic purposes and that Puerto Rican patients would similarly benefit from a change in law.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The “gateway” theory is still hanging around after all these years. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in one of his many ill-informed public statements, recently proclaimed that were he elected president in 2016, he would “crack down and not permit” states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, calling tax revenue from marijuana “blood money”. Christie added “Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.” Fortunately I do not anticipate we will have to endure a Christie […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, along with five other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced legislation to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to marijuana. To learn more about HR 1940, or to contact your elected officials in support of this or other pending legislation, please visit NORML's 'Take Action Center' here.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    There have been a number of national surveys released over the last few months measuring the public’s support for marijuana legalization, confirming a majority of Americans continue to favor ending prohibition by legalizing and regulating marijuana. While one of those polls (Gallup) did register an unexpected decline in support for legalization between 2013 and 2014 (a decline within the survey’s statistical margin of error, meaning it may not reflect an actual drop in support), the poll still found 51 percent support; and several other polls continue to find an increasing […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed. She is expected to leave the agency in mid-May.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News. Fifty-three percent of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should marijuana use be legal?” That is the highest level of support ever recorded by CBS pollsters since they began posing the question in 1979.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Authors reported that 57 percent of subjects showed some level of improvement in seizure control while 33 percent reported a greater than 50 percent reduction in seizure frequency.

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

    Our friends at High Times have launched a new campaign to call national attention to the next logical step in the country’s progression towards marijuana legalization: Freeing America’s Pot Prisoners

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    As Joe Cocker famously pleaded in 1969 at Woodstock, "Let’s go get stoned." Happy 4/20 to marijuana smokers throughout the land. Today is our annual holiday, an occasion to celebrate all things related to marijuana and marijuana smoking. I am delighted to be spending my day at the High Times Denver Cannabis Cup, the largest of all the cannabis celebrations each April 20th, where NORML has a booth each year, and where we have the opportunity to meet and greet thousands of other marijuana aficionados. If you are in Denver, […]