Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Federal Representative Nancy Pelosi: Tax And Regulate Marijuana

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director In an interview with the Denver Post, published this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the marijuana legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington in November. When asked, “What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that legalize marijuana and what is your view of federal policy?,” Minority Leader Pelosi expressed her support of state laws regarding marijuana and encouraged a tax and regulate policy: Q: What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that have [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
The Southern Cannabis Reform Conference

The Southern Cannabis Reform Conference will be held on March 15-16, 2013 at  Center @ Spring4th Complex in beautiful downtown Atlanta, Georgia! This conference aims to increase awareness of the failures of current marijuana laws and possible solutions; promote networking among federal, state and local marijuana law reform organizations, and empower participants with knowledge to advocate for marijuana law reform. We will accomplish this through a collaborative with Peachtree NORML, , Moms for Marijuana International, Georgia NORML, S.C. NORML, TN NORML, N.C. NORML,  AMMA,  The Silver Tour NORML, NORML Women’s Alliance, Law Enforcement [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Are Ex-DEA, Reform Opponents Profiting From Marijuana Prohibition?

A common refrain in politics is that if you want to find the root cause of certain policies or stances, simply follow the money. Last week, U.S. News & World Report did just that. Early last week, a group of former DEA administrators released a statement calling on the Department of Justice to prevent Colorado and Washington from implementing new marijuana regulations in accordance with laws passed in those states in November. In an article published later that week, the magazine explored the possibility that some of the signatories of that statement may have something [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Terminally Ill, Senior Citizen, Medical Marijuana Patients Endure Raid And Felony Charges

Continuation of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ Reign of Terror on the Ill and Infirm Is Unacceptable By Terrie Best – Court Support Coordinator, San Diego Americans for Safe Access San Diego, CA – Dennis and Deborah Little are a retired couple dealing with life-threatening illnesses who became medical cannabis patients and sought cover under California’s voter approved Proposition 215, the ballot measure which allowed ill patients to use medical cannabis without threat of prosecution. The legal cover the Littles sought from Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act was the [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Copenhagen: We Want United States Marijuana

The Copenhagen Post reports that part of the city’s proposed three-year marijuana legalization program includes importing cannabis from the United States or Great Britain. “Yes, we are looking at Colorado and Washington, but we’re also looking at places like Great Britain, where there is state-controlled production of marijuana for medical purposes,” said Copenhagen’s deputy mayor for social affairs, Mikkel Warming. “The US states of Colorado and Washington recently legalised marijuana for recreational use, so it makes sense to learn from their experiences and to explore the possibility of importing from them.” The three-year [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Marijuana Decriminalization Passes In New Mexico House

It was close, but by a vote of 37-33 the New Mexico House passed legislation removing the possibility of jail time for possession of marijuana. Next, the bill will move to the Senate where it will be assigned to a committee. It will then need to win the support of the majority of committee members, then a majority of the full Senate. If it passes in the Senate and is not vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, H.B. 465 would make the first offense for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense, punishable [...]

Mar 132013
 March 13, 2013
Cop's Free Speech Rights Violated For Supporting Cannabis Law Reform

St. Louis police officer Gary Wiegert has served over three decades protecting Missouri’s largest metropolitan area, but now his rights are under attack.  Sergeant Wiegert’s experience on the force led him to believe that Missouri should decrease penalties for marijuana possession.  A believer in small government, Wiegert has been lobbying for the St. Louis Tea Party for a few years before picking up another client, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation (SMCR).   Unfortunately, the sergeant’s higher ups decided to put the kabosh on his lobbying once they got wind of his work to reform [...]

Mar 122013
 March 12, 2013
New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, And Asian Legislative Caucus Join Community Groups To Call For An End To The Marijuana Possession Law

Marijuana possession is the number one arrest is New York City and a top arrest in New York State, leading to racial discrepancies, while costing taxpayers $600 million over last decade Today members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, together with Senator Daniel Squadron, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares, gathered to end the biased and costly practices of falsely arresting tens of thousands of people in New York for low-level marijuana possession. Joined by dozens of advocates and impacted people from [...]

Mar 122013
 March 12, 2013
Washington Prevention, Treatment, And Public Health Experts Submit Recommendations On Marijuana Rulemaking

SEATTLE – Today, a group of substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and public health advocates, in collaboration with the ACLU of Washington, submitted recommendations for marijuana rulemaking to the state Liquor Control Board. Initiative 502, passed by Washington voters last November, requires the board to finalize regulations governing marijuana production and distribution by December 1. The deadline for the public to submit input on the drafting of rules for producer licenses is March 15. “Much of the public discussion of Initiative 502 has focused on business opportunities and potential [...]