New Jersey Governor Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Reforms

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New Jersey Governor Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Reforms | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced a package of reforms to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis products. Among the reforms taking immediate effect: Patients diagnosed with the following conditions – anxiety, migraine, Tourette’s syndrome, and chronic and/or visceral pain – are now eligible for cannabis therapy. Physicians will no longer be mandated to […] New Jersey Governor Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Reforms | The Daily Chronic … Read More

Trump Expected to Propose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses in Response to Overdose Crisis

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Trump Expected to Propose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses in Response to Overdose Crisis | Drug Policy Alliance On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce a plan for his administration’s response to opioid addiction and overdose. Instead of focusing on overdose response measures that are known to work, the administration is reportedly planning to call for the death penalty for people who sell drugs. The plan also calls for ramping up the already extremely […] Trump Expected to Propose Death Penalty … Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus

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Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus | NORML DENVER, CO — With Colorado lawmakers well into their fifth legislative session since the retail sale of adult-use marijuana was enacted, the need to coordinate the various policy discussions around the issue has never been greater. Since Colorado voters approved the law change in 2012, there have been ongoing debates surrounding various aspects of the […] Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus | The Daily Chronic The Daily … Read More

ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections

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ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections | Erik Altieri One development in our federal government that got a bit lost in the flurry of other headlines this week is that House and Senate leaders are putting the last minute touches on an omnibus appropriations package that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. Something that many in the marijuana policy […] ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections | The Daily … Read More

NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission

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NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler to remove Rep. Patrick Abrami as the chair of the state’s marijuana legalization study commission. The group was created last year, despite advocates’ concerns regarding the makeup of the commission, to examine how regulating and taxing marijuana for adults would […] NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission … Read More

Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased From Legalizing Marijuana, Study Finds

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Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased From Legalizing Marijuana, Study Finds | Paul Armentano The enactment of adult use marijuana regulation in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident outcomes in Colorado and Washington following legalization to other states with similar pre-legalization […] Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased From Legalizing Marijuana, Study Finds | … Read More

New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

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New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the newly proposed appropriations package known as an omnibus bill, a spending restriction upon the Department of Justice from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana programs will remain in place through the end of September. Known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly states that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own […] New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | The Daily Chronic The … Read More

Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures | NORML COLUMBIA, MO — Proponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have surpassed 200,000 signatures. Advocates must collect a total of 160,000 qualified signatures in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts by May 6, 2018 in order to qualify the measure for the 2018 electoral ballot. The initiative permits […] Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures | The Daily Chronic The Daily … Read More

Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

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Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | NORML AUGUSTA, ME — Maine state lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which still has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially voted last year […] Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law … Read More

Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program

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Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program | NORML ST. PAUL,  MN — Patients with intractable pain reduce their use of prescription opioids following cannabis therapy, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known to be taking opiates for pain […] Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program … Read More

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