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Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill in Senate to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced a bill Wednesday that would repeal all federal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana, allowing states to establish their own marijuana laws. The bill is available online at http://www.mpp.org/sandersbill.

The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015” strikes all references to marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, but retains penalties for transporting marijuana from states or jurisdictions where it is legal to those where it is…

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Kentucky Governor-Elect Supports Allowing Medical Marijuana

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Matt Bevin

On Tuesday, Kentucky voters took to the polls and elected Matt Bevin governor. Bevin, a Republican and Tea Party favorite, has acknowledged what the vast majority of voters know: “There is unequivocal medical evidence” that medical marijuana is beneficial for certain conditions. He defeated prohibitionist Jack Conway (D) 52.5% to 43.8%.

With House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) sponsoring medical marijuana legislation, next year holds great promise for the state taking a serious, bipartisan look at a more…

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MPP Launches ‘Pledge 4 Growth’ Campaign to Build Support Among Marijuana Business Community

We’re excited to announce the Pledge 4 Growth campaign to benefit the work of the Marijuana Policy Project. The concept is simple: industry business owners can donate 0.420% of their gross revenue to MPP on a quarterly basis to help end marijuana prohibition in the U.S. We want to make it easy for you to change laws and change history!MedMen.Pledge4Growth.HorizontalLogo-01

MedMen, a marijuana consulting and management firm, is a founding partner and donor to Pledge 4 Growth.

The legal marijuana industry exists today because of the hard work of…

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MPP to Support Newly Filed CA Legalization Initiative

California voters are ready to end marijuana prohibition in 2016 and replace it with a more sensible system. That is exactly what the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will do, and that is why MPP is proud to support it.california-160550_640 We look forward to working with the initiative proponents and doing whatever we can to help pass this measure and make history in California next year.

Under the proposed initiative, marijuana will be regulated, taxed, and treated similarly to alcohol. Adults will no longer be punished simply for…

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South Dakota Medical Marijuana Campaign is Collecting Signatures for 2016 Ballot Initiative

New Approach South Dakota (NASD) is collecting signatures for a proposal to make medical marijuana legal! This ballot initiative will appear on the 2016 ballot if supporters can collect enough signatures by November 9. That’s only a week away!SouthDakota-StateSeal.svg

To help get the measure past the finish line, contact NASD’s Melissa Mentele at [email protected].

If the proposal appears on the 2016 ballot and is approved by the voters, it would:

— Legalize the medical use of marijuana for patients with a medical practitioner’s…

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New Hampshire Allowing Pre-Registration for Medical Marijuana Patients

Today, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced the opening of a pre-registration process for the therapeutic use of cannabis program.1000x100header06 The announcement, which appears on the department’s website, explains that patients and their designated caregivers may now submit their applications and that dispensaries are expected to open in the first quarter of 2016. The application forms are now available online.

Unfortunately, the department still says it will not begin issuing ID cards until the…

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Delaware Adds Autism to Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Over the weekend, the November 2015 issue of the Delaware Register of Regulations was published, expanding the legal protections of the state’s medical marijuana act to reach more individuals. The published regulations officially added “autism with self-injurious or aggressive behavior” to the list of conditions, giving doctors one more treatment option should they think it would benefit their patients.

The condition was added after a petition to do so was submitted to the Department of Health and Social…

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New Gallup Poll Shows 58% of Americans Support Making Marijuana Legal

A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows 58% of adults in the United States think marijuana should be made legal, up from 51% in October 2014. Just 40% think it should remain illegal.

The national poll of 1,015 adults was conducted October 7-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%. The full results are available at here.

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Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana is the highest Gallup has measured to date, at 58%. Given the patterns of support by age, that percentage should continue to grow in the…

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Canada, Mexico to Consider Making Marijuana Legal

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

On Monday, the Liberal Party in Canada won the national elections by wide margins, promising an impending shift in a number of policy areas, including marijuana. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that the Canadian government would quickly begin the process of making marijuana legal for adults.

USA Today reports:

Trudeau promised that under his leadership Canada would create a system to tax, regulate and sell marijuana, along with stiff penalties for anyone giving pot…

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Federal Court Ruling Is Big Win for Medical Marijuana Patients, Businesses

A federal judge ruled Monday that a budget amendment approved by Congress prevents the Department of Justice from taking action against medical marijuana patients and providers who are operating in compliance with state laws.

Northern District of California Judge Charles Breyer

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Judge Charles Breyer (Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon / The Recorder)

said that by enacting the so-called Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, “Congress dictated…that it intended to prohibit the Department of Justice from expending any funds in…

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Maryland Medical Marijuana Seminars This Week – Free for Physicians

Our allies at Patients Out of Time, in partnership with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association, pot-2015-logoare hosting two half-day seminars about medical marijuana and the endocannabinoid system this week — one in Columbia and one in La Plata. Registration is required and the events are free for physicians.

Medical Cannabis 101: The Physician’s Primer

Maryland Pharmacists Association
9115 Guilford Rd., Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046
Thursday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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MPP’s Dan Riffle Discusses Impact of Marijuana Initiatives on Presidential Election

MPP has been paying close attention to the slate of candidates running for president next year. Marijuana policy reform has been coming up more and more as the hopefuls try to adjust to increasing public support for ending prohibition, but could the issue have an impact on who is the next leader of the United States?

Last night, MPP’s Dan Riffle spoke with Fox News about how marijuana initiatives could affect the 2016 presidential election.

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Work Group Issues Report Urging Swift Legislative Action

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Rep. Dave Reed

At the beginning of the summer, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Dave Reed appointed a work group to develop recommendations for House medical cannabis legislation. Late last month, the group sent its recommendations to Leader Reed, and a bill is being drafted that incorporates them.

The work group recommendations included several favorable provisions such as vaporization for all patients, a minimum of 65 dispensaries, and a broad list of conditions including PTSD and chronic pain. While the…

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Marijuana pushes the limits in the inexact science of DUID | News21: America’s Weed Rush

Here’s another interesting article from News 21’s cannabis legalization project:

One of the biggest struggles for legalization regulation is how to…

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American Indian tribes plan to make marijuana a cash crop

From The Telegraph​, “American Indian tribes plan to make marijuana a cash crop”.

Due to tribal land’s unique legal status, many Native American…

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Case Report: Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Cannabis

Case Report: Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Cannabis:

RESEARCH UPDATE:

Paul Armentano, NORML’s Deputy Director, just posted to the NORML Blog about a new medical cannabis case study!

Read Paul’s blog post at the link above!

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Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana

From NBC News​ and News 21, “Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana”

In 2004, the medical marijuana industry in Montana was booming, with…

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East New York: It's still law enforcement target for marijuana possession | News21: America’s Weed Rush

Another article out of News 21’s cannabis project: “East New York: It’s still law enforcement target for marijuana possession”.

New York City Mayor…

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Pro-legalization groups prepare for marijuana measures in 2016

Check out this terrific article from News 21’s ‘America’s Weed Rush’ project!

Journalists from News 21 compiled this extremely thorough and…

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Make Medical Marijuana Legal In Wyoming

More good news from Wyoming!

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle​ has come out in support of NORML Wyoming​’s medical marijuana initiative. The paper had…

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Final update from the NORML Nation Chapter Contest!Here are your…

Final update from the NORML Nation Chapter Contest!

Here are your winners:

1st – Virginia NORML​ ($1,000)
2nd – Peachtree NORML​ ($500)
3rd – PhillyNORML​ ($250)

Thanks to all of our hardworking chapters for making the #NORMLnation Membership Drive a success! We’ll be working on getting the membership orders fulfilled in the coming weeks!

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Colombia decriminalizes private marijuana cultivation

Here’s #MondayMotivation from #NORML!

Last Tuesday, Colombia’s Supreme Court decided that growing up to 20 cannabis plants in Colombia is no longer a…

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America’s Weed Rush

Good morning cannabis activists!

“‘America’s Weed Rush’ is the 2015 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. 27 journalism students from 19…

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Colorado pot sales spike in June, top $50M for first time

ECONOMIC UPDATE:

Great results out of Colorado! Cannabis sales spiked in June, breaking $50 million for the first time in the industry’s existence!…

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#NORML Nation Chapter Contest Update! Here is the…

#NORML Nation Chapter Contest Update! Here is the leaderboard:

1st – Virginia NORML (36)
2nd – Peachtree NORML (28)
3rd – Purdue NORML (15) and Philly NORML (15)
Runner Ups – Pittsburgh NORML (14), Roanoke Valley NORML (11), Northern WI NORML (8), San Antonio NORML (7), California NORML (6), Texas NORML (6), Waco NORML (5), and Kentucky NORML (5)

Remember, the #NORMLnation Membership Drive ends TONIGHT at 11:59pm PST! Less than 12 hours left to help your…

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Medical marijuana initiative launches in Wyoming | WyoFile

Good news out of Wyoming, thanks to NORML Wyoming​!

This week, cannabis activists with Wyoming NORML will start collecting signatures for a medical…

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Do you follow #NORML on Periscope? If not, you should! Periscope…

Do you follow #NORML on Periscope? If not, you should!

Periscope is a live-streaming app, available for free on your smartphone or tablet! We have three great livestreams scheduled today, follow @NORML on Periscope to tune in!

Danielle’s First Livestream from the DC office     –    3pm EST
PeriToke Q&A with Chris in the Denver office      –    5pm EST
Live “Puff, Pass, and Paint” Class with Chris       –    9pm EST

Check out NORML’s…

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TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THE NORML NATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!The…

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THE NORML NATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!

The drive will close TONIGHT at 11:59PM PST! (Of course you can join NORML anytime, but this will be your last chance to get all of the cool #NORMLnation stuff!)

Join the #NORMLnation before it’s too late: norml.org/normlnation

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Thanks again to the great sponsors from the cannabis industry,…

Thanks again to the great sponsors from the cannabis industry, the NORML Nation Membership Drive wouldn’t be possible without them!

Preferred Organic Therapy,​ MassRoots​, HempWick,​ Spliffin,​ 420goodybox,​ Freedom Leaf, and​ Weedmaps​!

Join the #NORMLnation: norml.org/normlnation

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Philly420: Marijuana arrests down 73 percent

Good news out of Philadelphia from PhillyNORML​!

Cannabis-related arrests are down 73% in Philly, compared to the first six months of last year. Chris…

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These amazing membership packages are only available until…

These amazing membership packages are only available until Friday at 11:59PM PST!

Join the #NORMLnation TODAY: norml.org/normlnation

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