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May 22, 2020

Oklahoma: Governor Vetoes Measure Expanding Medical Cannabis Access, Reducing Possession Penalties

In his veto message, the Governor wrote: "The language in the bill makes substantial policy changes to the medical marijuana program that were not fully scrutinized through normal legislative procedures before the bill was received by my office in the middle of the night Saturday. While there is much room for improvement in the way our state’s program operates, this bill does not address those items in a way I can support.”
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."