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  • by NORML August 13, 2019

    The American Bar Association (ABA) has passed a resolution in support of ending federal marijuana prohibition and removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

    In language that does not mince words, the proposal reads: FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act

    Commenting on the passage of the resolution, NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup said “As a young lawyer, I started NORML in 1970 because the legal case needed to be made that the criminalization of marijuana was wrong, and activist lawyers have always played a key role in the expansion of the NORML network across the country. The approval of this recent motion by the ABA, which calls for marijuana to be removed from the Controlled Substances Act altogether, is welcome vindication of the efforts of NORML and all the attorneys who fought against this unjust prohibition for the past fifty years.”


    There are various pieces of legislation pending in Congress that would remove marijuana from the CSA, including a bill that was recently introduced by the House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler entitled The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act.

    You can contact your lawmakers in support of the MORE Act with NORML’s action alert by clicking here. 

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator

    Medical marijuanaIllinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed two separate medical cannabis expansion bills into law.

    Senate Bill 2023 expands the state’s medical cannabis program by adding several new qualifying conditions, allowing physicians assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to recommend medical cannabis to their patients, allowing minor patients to have up to three caregivers instead of two, among other changes.

    The new law went into effect on August 9, 2019.

    Senate Bill 455 permits children with serious conditions for which medical marijuana has been recommended to have medical cannabis infused products administered to them while on school property. The measure also requires the State Board of Education to develop a training program for school nurses and administrators on administering medical cannabis infused products to patients at school.

    The new law will take effect on January 1,  2020.

     

  • by Josh Kasoff, Nevada NORML

    Las Vegas NORML has once again found themselves busy with many types of advocacy for patient and consumer rights, both statewide and federally. Following a rapidly successful Nevada legislative session where the historic AB 132 and AB 192 were passed, Las Vegas NORML has kept the legislative momentum moving. Seeing the sheer willpower of the advocates and people themselves to become politically involved and speaking with their representatives directly, the local NORML chapter has been collecting signatures for a significantly more monumental federal bill that could result in drastic criminal justice reform and further legalization and access to financial services for legal cannabis businesses.   

    Introduced by New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler and California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris, The MORE Act (Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act) would directly address and provide a remedy to the many troubles and difficulties still associated with cannabis, everything short of stopping Taco Bell from sounding appetizing. 

    For starters, cannabis would be decriminalized on the federal level and therefore removed from the entirety of the Controlled Substances Act. Furthermore, those convicted of cannabis charges on the federal level could apply for expungement of records and apply for re-sentencing if needed. For those who desire to work in the industry, yet have a federal felony record, and are therefore unable to in many states due to felonies being instantly prohibited, this reform may allow that desire to become a reality.  

    Any issues related to receiving public benefits due to cannabis usage will be stopped and a five percent federal tax will be implemented, the revenue of which will be directed to a program called the “Opportunity Trust Fund”. This fund would establish financial services such as grants and loans to “socially and economically-disadvantaged” communities most affected by the life-wrecking failures of the War on Drugs.

    Last Saturday at NuLeaf, Las Vegas NORML collected dozens of signatures from consumers who support such a comprehensively reformative bill. With the consumer’s information, the team will hand-deliver the pre-written letters of support to their respective representative in both Congress and the Senate during our trip to Washington, DC, and show irrefutable evidence of this bill’s popularity and need.

    Our packed August meeting went excellently and we were so thrilled with the number of fresh faces we got to see. Being able to hear Representative Neal and McCurdy’s testimonies about how they championed for the need for AB 132 and 192 spoke volumes to advocates, and Ashley Ciliberti of MA Analytics showed the absolute importance and interest in cannabis lab testing. Countless more signatures were collected in support of the MORE Act, and a good amount of funds were raised for Las Vegas NORML’s Washington DC national convention and lobbying efforts.

    “Our volunteers look forward to our annual trip to DC each year because it provides the one-on-one opportunity to interact with policy makers.” said Nevada NORML Executive Director Madisen Saglibene. “Traveling to the nation’s capital for these meetings sends a strong message to our leaders that constituents care about these developing cannabis policies.”

    Learn more at www.lvnorml.org
    Contributions being accepted at paypal.me/lasvegasnorml
  • by Representative Jerry Nadler August 12, 2019
    Jerry Nadler is the Representative of New York’s 10th Congressional District

    Last month, I introduced comprehensive legislation in Congress to once and for all end the destructive policy of federal marijuana prohibition in America and to remedy the widespread inequities and injustice this policy has brought upon tens of millions of Americans — becoming the first Judiciary Committee Chair in history to take this critical step.

    America has a moral responsibility to pass my legislation to end the prohibition of marijuana and take on the oppression at the heart of the War on Drugs.

    I’m proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy.

    Send a Message to Your Member of Congress and Tell Them to Support Reform

    My bill, The MORE Act, is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced, and it’s backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups.

    Here’s what it does:

    1. Provides much-needed relief to the communities that have been ravaged by the oppressive enforcement of marijuana prohibition.
    2. Removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which decriminalizes it at the federal level and thereby enables states to set their own policies. This also will pave the way for more scientific and medical research.
    3. Allows the existing state-legal marijuana industry to access financial services and enjoy the standard tax treatment available to all legal businesses.
    4. Gives veterans more readily available access to medical marijuana by no longer having Veterans Administration doctors risk federal prosecution for filling out state-legal medical recommendations.

    In 1977, I cast my first vote as a freshman member of the State Assembly to decriminalize marijuana in my home state of New York. Since then, I have been committed to ending the criminalization of marijuana. The criminalization of marijuana is a mistake and caused grave harm, disproportionately to those who are poor or people of color, and we must take action.

    Tell Your Member of Congress to Add Their Name

    The hysteria around marijuana is starting to lift as states across the country lead the way in reforming their marijuana laws. It is time for the federal government to follow suit.

    Marijuana is a public health and personal freedom issue, not a criminal one. We can no longer afford the moral or financial costs of the War on Drugs. That is why the introduction of The MORE Act is a critical step toward creating just laws around marijuana.

    TAKE ACTION: Support the MORE Act and critical reforms to marijuana laws!

    Yours in Reform,
    Jerry Nadler

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director August 5, 2019

    Every August, members of Congress head home from the swampland of Washington, DC back to their home districts. That can only mean one thing – town hall season is upon us.

    This provides a unique opportunity for constituents to engage face-to-face with their members of Congress and hold them accountable for their actions in Washington. We are so close to ending prohibition and it is imperative that we keep pushing forward toward a sensible marijuana policy. This means showing up and making our voices heard at every opportunity. 

    Can you commit to attending a town hall in your area this month?

    Yes, I will attend the town hall in my area.

    No, I cannot attend the town hall in my area but will contact them now via email.

    Change can only happen when concerned constituents participate in the political process and fight for what’s right. Our movement wouldn’t have made it this far without you, and NORML will keep fighting alongside you every day to end marijuana prohibition.

    Check out our town hall guide that addresses everything you need to know about getting engaged. 

    Thanks for you do!

    P.S. Have you considered coming to Washington, DC to attend the NORML Conference and Lobby Day in September? I sure hope you do! Click here to find out more.

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