Congressman Jerry Nadler Wins Ranking Member On Judiciary Committee

by , December 22, 2017 10:47 PM

by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

December 20, 2017


During a House Democrats meeting on Wednesday morning, the caucus elected marijuana reform supporter Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to be the party leader on the powerful Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Nadler has earned an “A+” rating on the NORML Scorecard for his support of ending the federal prohibition of marijuana, positive votes when given the opportunity, and his co-sponsorship of legislation including the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act in the previous session of Congress.

The current Chairman of the committee is Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), a longtime opponent of marijuana reform who has earned a “D” on the NORML scorecard for voting against reform amendments when given the opportunity. However, Rep. Goodlatte had announced earlier this year that he will not be running for reelection, which will leave a wide-open race on the Republican side who will be the top member in the next Congress.

Given the political climate, in order to secure hearings on legislation that would end prohibition, it is essential that the next Chairman of the Judiciary be willing to address the issue.

Steven Chabot of Ohio's 1st Congressional District questions Sessions on enforcing federal marijuana laws

by , November 14, 2017 3:21 PM

Steve Chabot, a Republican from Ohio, which is in the process of implementing its medical marijuana program, noted that while it remains illegal under federal law, many states have legalized cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes. Given that disparity, Chabot asked Sessions to clarify, “What is your department’s policy on that, relative to enforcing the law?”


The Cannabis Industry Is Green With Opportunity For Ohio Women - Featuring Alissa Baker, Deputy Director - Central Ohio NORML

by , September 22, 2017 10:38 PM

Cannabusiness has attracted women in other states, where they have stepped up as leaders in the industry. Could Ohio women follow suit?


Distorted Study On Marijuana Health Risks

by , August 23, 2017 8:39 PM

It Took Just One Distorted Study for the Media to Freak Out Over Health Risks and Marijuana

A new, widely reported study claims that marijuana poses significantly greater risks to cardiovascular health, particularly with regard to hypertension, than does cigarette smoking.

Don’t believe the hype. A careful review of the study’s methods gives reason to pause.


New Marijuana Studies Unreported By Mainstream Media

by , August 23, 2017 6:15 PM

Three New Marijuana Myth-Busting Studies That the Mainstream Media Isn't Picking up On

While ‘reefer madness’ makes headlines, scientific refutations of these claims often go unreported.

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Marijuana IQ Myth

by , August 15, 2017 1:36 PM


“Marijuana makes people retarded, especially when they’re young.” So claimed  conservative commentator Ann Coulter while speaking at Politicon last week. 

But while such inflammatory claims by culture warriors like Coulter are to be expected – and may readily be dismissed – the notion that smoking pot will have lasting negative impacts on intelligence is a longstanding one, and a claim that is all too often made by those on both sides  of the political spectrum. Yet the latest science finds little to no factual basis for this contention.

Federal bill introduced

by , August 03, 2017 3:51 PM

Federal: Bill Introduced To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, HR 1227, eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

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by , June 20, 2017 1:19 PM

Federal: Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Pending In Senate (CARERS Act)

Legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2017, to strengthen protections for those compliant with their state’s medical marijuana laws and to impose various changes to federal law. 

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Congressional Cannabis Caucus

by , February 16, 2017 10:26 PM


The bipartisan caucus, founded by Democrats Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis, along with Republicans Dana Rohrabacher and Don Young, will tackle the serious cannabis issues of the day, from respecting states’ rights to a fair tax law to helping our veterans utilize medicinal cannabis. (You can watch the press conference here.)

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