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Posted: 2020-06-18 17:48:09
The Court opined: "The federal Controlled Substances Act does not (and could not) require states to enforce it. ... While the circumstances are certainly uneasy -- since possession and use of...
Posted: 2020-06-18 16:37:59
On Thursday, members of the New Jersey state Assmebly approved legislation to decriminalize the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults.
Posted: 2020-06-17 21:45:57
"The Governor and the other members of the Board are to be commended for taking this proactive stance. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials move swiftly to...
Posted: 2020-06-17 21:27:48
Ending Cannabis Criminalization Is Police Reform
While lawmakers focus largely on police behaviors, we at NORML also wish to raise questions about police powers. Over the years, law enforcement in this country have been granted extraordinary...
Posted: 2020-06-16 18:14:03
Colorado: Pending Legislation Provides Governor Expanded Authority to Pardon Marijuana Offenders
While the Governor's office already possesses the authority to issue pardons in certain circumstances, this measure expands those powers so that the Governor can do so unilaterally for persons...
Posted: 2020-06-15 23:34:52
Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients
“This is common sense legislation that provides physicians, not lawmakers, the ability and discretion to decide what treatment options are best for their patients."
Posted: 2020-06-12 16:00:45
A Founder Looks at 50: The Important Role of Medical Experts in Support of Legalization
When I started NORML in late 1970 I realized that our movement would need the support of some courageous doctors and other health experts to overcome the widely-held perception that existed at...
Posted: 2020-06-10 21:49:28
CDC Still Soliciting Comments Regarding Chronic Pain Management Solutions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms. The deadline to submit comments to...
Posted: 2020-06-09 15:39:39
A Monumental May for Nevada NORML
Even in the continually uncertain world that Nevadans find themselves in, Nevada NORML is continuing to advocate for cannabis reform despite the strange corona-world of 2020.
Posted: 2020-06-08 20:59:32
NORML Letter to NIDA: Prohibition Must Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself
NORML leadership today sent an open letter to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asking her to recognize the detrimental impact that racially-discriminatory...

Posted: 2020-05-04 20:39:53
Colorado officials are weighing allowing curbside pick-ups after the pandemic ends.
Posted: 2020-05-04 14:00:00
An Ohio crime lab has new equipment to help law enforcement distinguish cannabis from hemp.
Posted: 2020-05-01 23:44:52
Another medical cannabis bill is being considered in North Carolina.
Posted: 2020-05-01 20:29:48
New Study Suggests Cannabis May Reduce Opioid Use For Pain Patients
The theory that cannabis can help reduce opioid dependency is getting more support.
Posted: 2020-04-30 23:32:08
Maryland Allows Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Remain Open
Maryland is ensuring patient access.
Posted: 2020-04-30 19:10:33
COVID-19 Delays Illinois Cannabis Licenses
State officials announced the delays this week.
Posted: 2020-04-29 21:18:39
Federal Judge Denies Cali Drug Cartel Kingpin Early Release
81-year-old Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela will continue to serve his 30-year prison sentence.
Posted: 2020-04-29 20:06:38
City of Denver, Colorado Launches Cannabis Licensing Work Group
Their goal is to make recommendations on laws that will benefit everyone involved.
Posted: 2020-04-29 18:51:03
Video Footage Shows California Cop Assaulting 14-Year-Old Over Suspected Marijuana Use
A police officer in Rancho Cordova, California was caught on camera punching a child suspected of illicit marijuana use.
Posted: 2020-04-29 16:00:00
Psychedelic Company Reportedly Develops LSD Antidote
Could this new compound serve as an "off-switch" for a bad trip?

Posted: 2020-05-22 20:51:36
In a surprising turn of events, a Canadian study has found promising evidence suggesting the potential for a CBD coronavirus treatment. The post Study Finds Potential for CBD Coronavirus Treatment...
Posted: 2020-04-17 23:17:15
Charlotte Figi, the amazing girl who brought national attention to the issue of medical cannabis passed away on Tuesday, April 7th at the age of 13. The post Remembering The Incredible Life of...
Posted: 2020-03-20 22:11:06
The new collective bargaining agreement will drastically reshape NFL cannabis policy for the foreseeable future, making players less likely to be punished. The post NFL Cannabis Policy Will Change...
Posted: 2020-03-13 22:38:48
California Cannabis Tax Revenue Reaches $1 Billion In Last Two Years
California revealed that cannabis tax revenue has totaled more than $1 billion dollars in the state since January of 2018. The post California Cannabis Tax Revenue Reaches $1 Billion In Last...
Posted: 2020-03-03 23:05:10
First Utah Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open
The first Utah medical cannabis dispensary will open on Monday, March 2nd, 2020. It is a major step forward for the state's new legal cannabis program. The post First Utah Medical Cannabis Dispensary...
Posted: 2020-02-27 23:22:00
Senior Cannabis Use Nearly Doubles, Study Finds
A recently released study reports that cannabis use among those aged 65 and older nearly doubled from 2.4% to 4.2% between 2015 and 2018. The post Senior Cannabis Use Nearly Doubles, Study Finds...
Posted: 2020-02-19 20:05:34
66,000 Cannabis Convictions To Be Dismissed in Los Angeles County
In an effort to rectify some of the evils of the past, Los Angeles County will soon dismiss nearly 66,000 cannabis convictions. The post 66,000 Cannabis Convictions To Be Dismissed in Los Angeles...

Posted: 2020-06-18 14:00:43
In prior blog posts (see here, here, and here), I described how we have been fielding regular inquiries regarding international cannabis, both from companies inside the U.S. looking internationally...
Posted: 2020-06-17 14:00:07
Racism in America is not confined to the criminal justice system, it is embedded in all aspects of our society, but the continued killing of Black men and women by police and law enforcement...
Posted: 2020-06-16 14:00:21
Nationwide protests in the wake of the police killing George Floyd have reignited a public debate over police brutality in the United States. People are demanding police forces be defunded or...
Posted: 2020-06-15 14:00:32
FREE Webinar: Ketamine, Psilocybin and New Drug Therapies
Register HERE for our upcoming FREE webinar! For the last 10 years, Harris Bricken attorneys have counseled countless domestic and international businesses and entrepreneurs on rapidly evolving...
Posted: 2020-06-14 14:00:22
Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Wisconsin
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and...
Posted: 2020-06-13 14:00:06
You Ask, We Answer (Part 1): Questions From the California Cannabis Webinar
I recently teamed up with my colleagues Hilary Bricken and Griffen Thorne to put on a free webinar answering all of your pressing questions about cannabis legal issues in California. (Check out...
Posted: 2020-06-12 14:00:48
An Anti-Climactic End to the First Cannabis Patent Litigation?
Our last update on the first-ever cannabis patent case, United Cannabis Corporation (“UCANN”) v. Pure Hemp Collective, Inc. (“Pure Hemp”) was back in July 2019. A lot has changed in the...
Posted: 2020-06-11 14:00:52
Ketamine Clinics and the DEA
Recently, we’ve been writing about ketamine-infusion clinics, which are increasingly popping up across the country (see a list of our past coverage at the end of this post). Over the coming...
Posted: 2020-06-10 14:00:19
Why We Love the Harborside IRC § 280E Appeal
  Recently, I mentioned that except for Champ v. Commissioner, no cannabis company has ever won an Internal Revenue Code § 280E case. One of the more famous setbacks was a 2018 case known...
Posted: 2020-06-09 14:00:23
California Cannabis Q&A: The Webinar Video Replay
On May 28th, California attorneys Alison Malsbury, Griffen Thorne, and Hilary Bricken hosted an interactive webinar to answer questions on all aspects of the licensed cannabis industry in California,...

Posted: 2020-06-19 09:00:00
The rally will be a safe space for the president—physically, psychologically, and politically.  
Posted: 2020-06-19 04:30:00
Continued burials of coronavirus victims in Chile, dinosaur art in Shanghai, ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism worldwide, workout pods in California, a horse named...
Posted: 2020-06-19 00:10:27
This year’s Juneteenth celebrations are inflected with a renewed sense of urgency.
Posted: 2020-06-18 21:02:37
Insecure Is Finally Growing Up
Four seasons in, Issa Rae’s HBO show is becoming the friendship study it was always trying to be.
Posted: 2020-06-18 20:46:57
Trump Is Losing Credit Where He May Soon Need It Most
The president is not wrong to feel a personal sting in the Supreme Court’s decision.
Posted: 2020-06-18 20:04:13
The Trump Administration’s Incompetence Was the Saving Grace of 700,000 Dreamers
But the Supreme Court refused to say that rescinding DACA won’t occur in the future.
Posted: 2020-06-18 19:53:50
Roberts Wanted Minimal Competence, but Trump Couldn’t Deliver
The chief justice expects the federal government to adhere to basic standards of honesty and fidelity to the public interest.
Posted: 2020-06-18 19:32:00
Listen: Serenity Now
As the virus continues to spread, how do we reckon with the reality of ongoing death and disruption?
Posted: 2020-06-18 18:43:00
My Soccer Fandom Is Out of Shape
A lifelong fan took in yesterday’s Manchester City–Arsenal game, and struggled to connect with his onetime obsession.
Posted: 2020-06-18 18:32:21
The Books Briefing: The Possibilities and Limits of Freedom
Juneteenth and emancipation in America: Your weekly guide to the best in books