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The 5 Worst States to Get Busted With Pot

May 23rd, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Even a minor pot bust can be life-altering for people unlucky enough to be arrested in one of these five states.
Police prosecute over 800,000 Americans annually for violating state marijuana laws. The penalties for those busted and convicted vary greatly, ranging from the imposition of small fines to license revocation to [...]

Many States Moving Forward With Medical Marijuana Plans — Despite Recent Federal Warnings

May 7th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Much has been made in the mainstream media in recent weeks regarding the federal government’s attempts to intimidate states into dropping their medical marijuana programs. But much less media attention has been paid to the reality that in several states, lawmakers are continuing to move forward with medical cannabis legalization efforts despite [...]

Obama Administration Steps Up Its Rhetoric In Medical Marijuana States

May 5th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

The Obama administration’s position on medical marijuana, circa 2009 (via the Ogden memo to all United States attorneys):
“The prosecution of significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana, and the disruption of illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking networks continues to be a core priority in the Department’s efforts against narcotics and dangerous [...]

A Centennial Anniversary That’s Hardly Worth Celebrating

April 29th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Marijuana prohibition ‘celebrates’ its centennial anniversary today. That’s right, the government’s war on cannabis consumers is now officially 100-years-old.
Self-evidently, cannabis has won.
Although many credit the passage of the federal Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 with the initiation of pot prohibition, the reality is that one hundred years ago today, Massachusetts Governor Eugene Foss [...]

Medical Marijuana Rules Finalized In Arizona, Washington, DC

April 8th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Regulations have been finalized to allow for the sanctioned-use and dispensing of medical cannabis in two more regions of the country: Arizona and in the nation’s capitol, Washington, DC.
In Arizona, representatives from the Arizona Department of Health Services have approved rules governing the state’s soon-to-be-implemented Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. Voters directed the [...]

Pot For Pain: The Verdict Is In

March 29th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from this week’s forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s media advisories and legislative updates delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for ‘NORML News’ here.]
Cannabis inhalation and the administration of cannabinoids are both associated with “significant analgesic effects” in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, [...]

The Feds Finally Recognize The Anti-Cancer Potential Of Cannabis - 36 Years Too Late!

March 25th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Scientific trials have for decades documented the anti-cancer properties of cannabis and its constituents. Yet it took until this week for the website of the National Institute of Cancer, a component of the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, to finally acknowledged the herb’s therapeutic utility for patients living with disease [...]

Cannabis Inhalation Associated With Spontaneous Tumor Regression, Study Says

March 22nd, 2011 by Paul Armentano

[Editor's note: This post is excerpted from this week's forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML's media advisories and legislative updates delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for 'NORML News' here. To read more about the anticancer properties of cannabinoids, please see NORML's literature review here.]
Cannabis inhalation is associated with spontaneous brain tumor [...]

Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform?

March 4th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

The northeast has historically been a hotbed for marijuana use — with five of the six New England states self-reporting some of the highest percentages of marijuana consumption in the nation. But recently New England has also become a regional leader in marijuana law reform.
Lawmakers in every New England state are now debating [...]

DEA Enacts Federal Ban On ‘Marijuana-Like’ Herbal Products Sold Over The Counter

March 2nd, 2011 by Paul Armentano

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today, as anticipated, exercised its ‘emergency scheduling authority’ to criminally prohibit the possession and sale of chemical agents contained in so-called ‘fake’ herbal marijuana products, commonly sold over the counter under the brand names ‘K2’ and ‘Spice.’ The agency had initially announced its intent to [...]