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Oh, Cann-abis! Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by next July

In a movement led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Cannabis could be completely legal in Canada starting July 1, 2018. That also just so happens to be Canada Day, what a way to celebrate! Cannabis...

New NFF Group Plans to Add Millions to Bolster NCIA DC Push

Acknowledging the need for a more aggressive response to possible Justice Department action, and the need to push for IRS changes to 280e, a well-heeled select group of mostly-Colorado-based recreational marijuana interests has formed a new...

Federal cannabis convictions fall fifth year in a row

This week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s release of 2016 Federal Crime Statistics showed continuing good news for cannabis users. Since 2012, annual federal cannabis convictions have dropped by almost half. For the fifth straight year,...

Fifty-one bills and counting …

Hats off to Scott Liles, the courageous reporter from rural Baxter County, Arkansas (about 30 miles south and east of Branson, Missouri). Liles must have spent the past months locked in the basement at...

Sessions assails marihuana for “Life-Wrecking Dependency,” and other unspecified harms

Appearing at a Richmond, VA law enforcement conference on March 15, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made new pronouncements on cannabis and again blasted the "hyped" benefits of medical marijuana, but added he did value...

Montanans welcome back medical marijuana by tacking on new taxes

The saga of Montana’s much bedeviled medical marijuana program took yet another turn this week when news came that Great Falls Democrat Tom Jacobson’s bill, HB529, would begin hearings in the House Taxation Committee...

The March NORML Report

It's now month three of the 2017 legislative sessions around the country and NORML activists are still at state capitols fighting for cannabis rights. This month’s national NORML chapters conference call featured updates from...

The Congressional Cannabis Caucus takes on DC

Last month in partisan Washington DC, two members of opposing political parties of the United States House of Representatives, Dana Rohrabacher and Earl Blumenauer, gathered like-minded colleagues and formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Both...

5 federal bills that could change cannabis in America

Despite strong suggestions of a coming cannabis crackdown by embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions, pro-cannabis Congressmen and women filed several bills this session to protect citizens from civil forfeiture, defend state-sanctioned cannabis programs, and...

“New” states’ efforts to decriminalize marijuana

Though they are physically nowhere near each other, both New Hampshire and New Mexico are near to passing major decriminalization bills at their state capitols. New Hampshire’s  HB640, decriminalizes possession of up to one...

CO battles its black market by slashing homegrown marijuana

Colorado’s medical patient homegrow allowance has been a continuing sore spot for the state. With medical card patients allowed to legally grow 99 plants, many have set up cottage operations supplying the black market with literal...

Florida statehouse mulling over numerous medical marijuana bills

Unlike other state legislatures around the country, Florida’s statehouse is just getting under way and cannabis is near the top on most people’s minds. The Sun-Sentinel recently listed implementing the voter-approved program as one...