Study: Cannabis May Be Protective Against Liver Disease | NORML MARSEILLE, FRANCE — Cannabis may be protective against liver disease in subjects infected with both the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. French investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use […]

Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids | Justin Strekal On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis in America. In his testimony, the Congressman makes the case for medical cannabis as […]

DEA Report: Uptick In Marijuana Seizures In 2016 | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops reported by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, law enforcement confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in […]

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | NORML ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation amending citywide marijuana possession penalties. Members of the Atlanta city council unanimously approved municipal legislation last week decriminalizing cannabis possession offenses. Ordinance 17-0-1152 amends local law so that possession offenses involving up to one ounce of cannabis are punished by a civil fine […]

Legal Marijuana in Colorado Has Helped Reduce Opioid Related Deaths, Study Finds | Paul Armentano Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of […]

In Pennsylvania, Blacks Are 8 Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession | Justin Strekal African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU […]

Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — On Tuesday, the inaugural meeting of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission will take place in Concord. The commission, which was created by the passage of HB 215, is tasked with studying the potential impacts of legalizing, regulating, […]

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016 | Paul Armentano Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide […]

VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research | NORML The American Legion has been calling on the federal government for over a year – specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans have said […]

Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana” | Justin Strekal In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice […]