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Illinois Governor Signs Bill That Decriminalizes Marijuana

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine. The new law is effective immediately. SB 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), makes possession of up to 10 grams of […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape. The booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and […]

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Massachusetts: Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies For November Ballot

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Massachusetts voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis. The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number […]

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Republican VP Pick Mike Pence Is Bad News On Marijuana Policy

By Phillip Smith The Republican nominee’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate means Trump has selected a man who is the very embodiment of last century’s “tough on drugs” prohibitionist attitudes. Pence’s anti-drug reform stances are part and parcel of his overall social conservative, Tea Party […]

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Marijuana Activism – Looking Past The Party Conventions

by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel With the country so divided right now along party lines, as well as within each of the two major parties, it would be easy for voters to say “The hell with them all,” and sit this election out. Both of the major party candidates […]

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Survey: Military Veterans Strongly Support Medical Marijuana Access

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director More than two in three military veterans say that medical cannabis should be legal, and 75 percent believe that VA physicians should be able to recommend marijuana therapy to eligible patients, according to the results of the 7th annual membership survey of Iraq and […]