Today, the House appropriations committee for the first time heard and passed language, known as the Joyce amendment, to restrict funding for the Department of Justice to prosecute state-legal medical marijuana programs.
by David Holland, Executive Director of Empire State NORML
In a surprise joint press conference, Cyrus Vance Jr. and Eric Gonzalez, the respective District Attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, both announced that with limited exception low-level marijuana-related offenses would no longer be prosecuted.
In testimony before Congress last week, by DEA acting administrator Robert Patterson opined that the medicalization of cannabis is exacerbating opioid abuse. But when prompted to provide evidence in support of the agency’s position, he acknowledged that he could not.
by Matthew Maulding, Executive Director, NORML of Catawba Valley
NORML chapters and other pro-cannabis organizations in North Carolina recently joined forces to host one of the state's largest pro-cannabis rallies in recent memory. Those in attendance expressed their support for cannabis law reform efforts and called on state representatives to take action.
by Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML Development Director
NORML's Aspen Legal Seminar is just a few weeks away. Get expert advice from the best and the brightest in cannabis law while enjoying the sweet taste of freedom. Attorneys earn CLEs. You don't want to miss this!
Today, California's junior Senator Kamala Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden on the Marijuana Justice Act.