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, [...]

What Makes Illinois’ Marijuana Legalization Bill So Progressive

By Ramenda Cyrus, Inthesetimes.com -

On May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed what is perhaps the most progressive recreational marijuana usage bill in the United States, by a margin of 66-47. The bill passed in the [...]

80,000 Chileans March To Legalize Medical Marijuana, Regulate Recreational Use

By Staff, Telesurenglish.net -

Thousands of Chileans demonstrated Saturday in the center of Santiago to demand immediate changes to the way medical and recreational cannabis is regulated and accessed. The fifteenth "Cultivate [...]

Millions March For Legal And Fair Access To Marijuana

By Carlie Green, 420 Intel -

On Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, cannabis advocates around the world participated in the Global Marijuana March as the event enters its 21st year. Also known as the Million Marijuana March, [...]

Adult Use Legalization Associated With Increased Home Values

By Staff, Norml.org -

St. Louis, MO: The passage of statewide adult use marijuana laws is associated with an immediate uptick in housing prices, according to an assessment published by the online service Clever Real [...]

Washington: Most Teens Not Using More Marijuana Following Legalization

By Staff, Norml.org -

Spokane, WA: The enactment of adult use marijuana sales in Washington state is not associated with upticks in self-reported marijuana use by most teens, according to data published in The Journal [...]

Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted For Doctor Recommended Therapy

By Kevin Mahmalji, NORML. -

Up until a few years ago low-income housing that received federal subsidies were required to maintain a “drug-free” environment. This meant that if anyone living in subsidized housing was caught [...]