Maine: Medical Cannabis Is Now State’s Third Largest Economic Market

By Staff, Norml.org -

Augusta, Maine: Patients purchased an estimated $112 million worth of medical cannabis-related products in 2019, according to newly released Maine tax data. The annual revenues related to medical [...]

Big Pharma Losing Money As Patients Switch From Opioids To Cannabis

By Matt Weeks, Rxleaf.com -

The news that cannabis is effective in treating most types of pain is shaking business and political institutions. Politicians and investors must come to grips with Big Pharma losing money due to [...]

Kansas Man Facing 25 Years For Cannabis That Stopped Chronic Seizures

By Daniel Davis, Citizentruth.org -

“No seizure medication helped. In fact, my seizures got progressively worse over time. It was terrible. Terrible. At my lowest I contemplated suicide,” Burgess told KCTV5 News. At one point, he [...]

11 States Where You Might Be Voting On Major Marijuana Reforms This November

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute, Drug Reporter -

Last year wasn’t a great one for advancing marijuana legalization at the state level. Despite high hopes for New Jersey and New York, state legislatures in Trenton and Albany couldn’t quite get [...]

Alaska Becomes First State To Allow Public Use Establishments

By Staff, Norml.org -

Juneau, AK: Officials with the Alaska's Marijuana Control Board have issued their first-ever permits to retailers who wish to allow customers to consume cannabis on the premises. While a handful [...]

Marijuana Reform Advances Around The World

By Phillip Smith, Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute -

As we have welcomed a new year, it’s worth taking a look back at last year to ponder how far the world has come on marijuana law reform – and how far it has to go. The wall of marijuana [...]

House Committee Holds Hearing: Cannabis Policies For The Next Decade

By David Amián Valle, Norml.org -

Washington, DC: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday held a legislative hearing, "Cannabis Policies for the New Decade," during which they [...]

‘Just The Beginning’: Illinois Gov. Pardons Over 11,000 On Eve Of Recreational Cannabis Legalization

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"This is just the first wave of Illinoisans who will see a new world of opportunities emerge as they shed the burden of their nonviolent cannabis-related convictions and records." On Tuesday, [...]

California Illegal Pot Seizures Top $1.5 Billion In Value

By Staff, Huffpost.com -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities seized more than $1.5 billion worth of illegally grown marijuana plants in California this year — an amount an industry expert said is roughly equal to the state’s [...]

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Year In A Row, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes

By Staff, Norml.org -

Washington, DC: The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the US Federal Bureau of [...]

Marijuana Goes To House Floor With Landslide Victory For SAFE Banking Act

By Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance -

For the first time since the war on marijuana was declared by President Richard Nixon, progressive marijuana law reform was considered on the Floor of the House of Representatives, and won by a [...]

More Financial Institutions Are Working With The Marijuana Industry

By Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment -

Banks and credit unions have been accepting significantly more marijuana businesses in 2019, according to new federal data. At the end of the last quarter of 2018, there were 438 banks and 113 [...]

State By State, The War On Cannabis Is Ending

By Paul Armentano, Otherwords.org -

Judging by its first six months, 2019 has been a banner year for marijuana policy reform. Most notably, lawmakers in Illinois legalized the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to [...]

Colorado Surpasses $1 Billion In Marijuana Tax Revenue

By Carina Julig, The Denver Post. -

Colorado has surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales since recreational use was legalized in 2014. Marijuana tax, license and fee revenue has reached $1.02 billion, [...]