In the first quarter of 2017, the reform efforts of Virginia NORML laid a framework for exciting changes in the Commonwealth’s cannabis policies. As spring blooms, conversations are blossoming in municipalities across the state challenging the status quo of criminally prosecuting misdemeanor possession in favor of civil fines. And we’re leading the charge not only at home in Virginia, but in Congress as well. As Virginia NORML continues its mission to reform marijuana laws, our efforts must target all three fronts, federal, state and local.
Colorado NORML is pleased to announce the 2017 Hunter S. Thompson Scholarship to the Aspen Legal Seminar June 1-3, 2017!
At the state level, it is quite a different story. We have continued to see a marked rise in the number of bills introduced pertaining to marijuana, crossing the 1,500 mark. From hearings on marijuana legalization in Maryland to social clubs passing the Senate in Colorado to hemp passing the both chambers in the New Mexico statehouse, at every level we are making progress.
At the end of the day, when the Attorney General of the United States publicly contemplates the federal prosecution of those in the adult use marijuana industry, we should take these threats seriously.
Marijuana social consumption bill advances in the Colorado Legislature! Join Denver NORML as they continue their push to normalize the social consumption of marijuana across Colorado!
At the state level, we have updated or added 23 Action Alerts this week as the total number of pieces of legislation introduced nationwide that pertain to marijuana has now topped 1,400.
Americans across the nation are clamoring: “Tax me, tax me, just please stop arresting me!”
By George Rohrbacher, Former Washington State Senator (R), Former NORML board member