NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

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  • - A Founder Looks at 50: Attorney Gerry Goldstein and the Early Years of NORMLFew people contributed more to NORML and our efforts to assist the victims of marijuana prohibition during our early years than Gerry Goldstein.
  • - New York NORML Chapters: In Memory of George FloydOn the anniversary of the loss of our former colleague, activist and friend, Doug Greene - NYC NORML, Empire State NORML, Long Island NORML, & Roc NORML feels it is important to address the recent events and Developments following the death of George Floyd. 
  • - DEA Assisting “to the Maximum Extent Possible” in the Federal Law Enforcement Response to Nationwide Protests — NORML RespondsAs first reported by Buzzfeed News, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expanding its law enforcement powers so that it can better assist “to the maximum extent possible in the federal law enforcement response” to the wave of ongoing, nationwide protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis police.
  • - Marijuana Legalization and the Fight for Racial JusticeAs the events of the past few days have unfolded, it is clear that America is in the midst of a long overdue reckoning with itself. Since 1619, when the first ships arrived on the coast of Virginia with enslaved Africans in chains, our country has long had to struggle to address the inequality and structural racism embedded within our public institutions -- particularly within the criminal justice system.
  • - Louisiana: Bills Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access Sent to Governor’s Desk"Just as doctors are entrusted to make decisions with regard to the supervised use of opioids and other medicines – many of which pose far greater risks to patients than cannabis – the law should provide doctors with similar flexibility when it comes to recommending cannabis therapy to a bona fide patient.”