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May 22, 2020

A Founder Looks at 50: The Crucial Early Support from Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation

Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation ended up providing NORML's initial funding in early 1971 and subsequently became our primary funder throughout the 1970s.
May 21, 2020

Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam officially signed legislation today decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record.
May 20, 2020

Study: Adult-Use Legalization Associated with Decline in Youth Treatment Admissions

"To our knowledge, this is the first study examining the effect of recreational legalization of marijuana in the US on adolescent treatment admissions for marijuana use. Our results indicate that RML in Colorado and Washington was not associated with an increase in treatment admissions. Rather, we observe a substantial decline in admissions rates across US states."
May 19, 2020

Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform

"The current predicament of a rapidly expanding national marketplace without access to the national banking systems has resulted in an untenable situation."