Congress Adopts Significant Drug Policy Reforms In New Spending Bill

Congress passed a must-pass spending bill this morning that includes language that stops the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice from spending money to block the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. The amendment was passed last year on a temporary basis and must be renewed this year. “The renewal of…

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Uruguay To Sell Three Different Strains Of Marijuana At Pharmacies Next Year

Uruguay voted to legalize marijuana in 2013. They were the first country in the world to do so. There were almost instantly reports that there would be grams for as low as one dollar in Uruguay, and that sales would occur very quickly. Time has shown that launching legal sales…

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Criminal Justice Referrals Still Driving Marijuana ‘Treatment’ Admissions

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Over half of all people admitted to drug treatment programs for marijuana-related issues over the past decade were referred there by a criminal justice source, according to a report published this month by the US Department of Health and Human Services. In the years…

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Terminally Ill New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Patient To Visit Maine Dispensary Friday

A terminally ill woman who successfully sued the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the state’s first medical marijuana patient ID card will visit a medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Maine on Friday. Linda Horan of Alstead, who suffers from Stage 4 lung cancer, will hold…

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Annual Study Shows Marijuana Legalization Not Increasing Teen Use

By Phillip Smith The University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of teen drug use was released today and shows that softening attitudes toward marijuana and actual marijuana legalization in four states and Washington, DC, are not translating into increased teen pot smoking. The survey also had generally…

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NJ Senate To Hold Hearing On Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients From Job Discrimination

The New Jersey Legislature is poised to hold the first-ever hearing on legislation clarifying employment protections for medical marijuana patients.  The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 21st at 1PM in the New Jersey State House Annex Committee Room 1. The Legislation,…

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Congress Includes Marijuana Riders In Omnibus Spending Bill

Late last night I received an e-mail from Tom Angell (who by the way doesn’t seem to sleep!) regarding the federal omnibus spending bill. The spending bill includes riders pertaining to marijuana. Some of the provisions include (provided by Tom and Marijuana Majority): * Prevent the Department of Justice and…

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