• Why Pot Smokers Owe a Lot to the Progressive Era

    While it may not be apparent to casual observers of the current drive to legalize marijuana in America, we are truly the beneficiaries of political reforms adopted during what is generally referred to as the Progressive Era. This period of social activism and political reform in America is generally defined as beginning in 1890 and running through 1920. The principal objective of the Progressive movement was eliminating corruption in government, and to accomplish that goal, proponents sought ways to take down the powerful and corrupt political bosses and to provide […]

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  • Poll: 55 Percent of Likely California Voters Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

    Fifty-five percent of likely California voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to the results of a statewide PPIC poll released yesterday. The percentage in favor of legalization is the highest level of support ever recorded in the statewide poll.

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  • A Tale of Two Cities: Why DC and NY are Worlds Apart

    http://news.marijuana.com/news/2015/03/a-tale-of-two-cities-why-dc-and-nyc-are-worlds-apart/ Washington, DC and New York City are only 225 miles apart, a four-hour drive up I-95, or a 3½ hour train ride on Amtrak. And both jurisdictions have taken positive steps over the last couple of years to stop arresting marijuana smokers. But in other ways, they are in parallel universes. In one city the police chief is embracing marijuana legalization, and touting it as a helpful step in building community relations. And in the other, the police commissioner is saying marijuana has caused an increase in homicides and […]

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  • Now Is The Time To Support Marijuana Law Reform In Your State

    Marijuana law reform legislation is presently pending in states over 30 states. Is your state one of them? Visit NORML’s online ‘Take Action Center’ here to find out.

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  • Nevada: Voters To Decide In 2016 On Statewide Measure Regulating Marijuana Sales

    Nevada voters will decide next November on ballot language that seeks to regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. It states, “The People of the State of Nevada find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older, and its cultivation and sale should be regulated similar to other businesses.”

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  • Obama: Marijuana Legalization Is a Low Priority

    In an interview with Vice, Pres. Obama is predictably pro-marijuana decriminalization but not so hot about legalizing it. He says pot should be “at the bottom” of important issues after “climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace.”

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  • 2015 NORML Legislative Fly-In

    Please join NORML on May 20/21 in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for passage of cannabis law reform legislation pending before it. You’ve probably seen by now the historically important bill to reform medical cannabis laws introduced in the U.S. Senate. There has never been a more exciting and receptive time to be a cannabis law reform activist in America with this political backdrop: 35 states have passed medical cannabis-related legislation (in 23 of these states patients have functional access to the medicine and legal protections) 17 states have decriminalized […]

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  • The Loss of Innocence: Follow the Money

    I wrote about the effect of big money on the legalization movement a few weeks ago, but feel the topic deserves additional discussion. The basic problem we are dealing with is the need to raise significant amounts of money to gather the required number of signatures to qualify a legalization proposal for the ballot, and then to run a professional campaign. At one time, those states that provide voters the opportunity to bypass the state legislature and enact new laws by a vote of the people, intended this to be […]

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  • Poll: More Than Six In Ten Connecticut Voters Say Legalize Marijuana

    More than six out of ten Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana use by adults, according to statewide polling conducted by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favored permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. Only 34 percent of voters opposed this idea. Legislation, House Bill 6703, is presently pending in the state, “to allow marijuana use for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and to regulate the sale, possession, use and growth of marijuana.” Connecticut residents can contact their lawmakers in support of […]

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