Study: Adult Use Retail Customers Frequently Substitute Cannabis for Opioids, Other Prescription Drugs

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Adults who purchase retail cannabis typically report using it to mitigate pain and to improve sleep, and often use it in place of conventional medications, according to data published online today in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. A team of investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and the University of […]

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New York: Lawmakers Advance Measure Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties, Expunging Past Convictions

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State lawmakers late last week advanced legislation to the Governor’s desk amending marijuana possession penalties and establishing procedures for the automatic expungement of prior, low-level cannabis convictions. The legislation, Assembly Bill 8420-A, reduces the penalty for minor marijuana possession violations (up to one ounce) to a $50 fine. It also amends penalties for offenses involving the possession of […]

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale. Illinois is now the eleventh state to legalize adult-use marijuana, and it is the second state to legalize marijuana use via legislative action rather than by voter initiative. The Prairie State is the first […]

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Studies: Medical Cannabis Enrollees Typically Reduce Their Use of Opioids

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Patients diagnosed with chronic pain and other debilitating conditions typically reduce, or in some cases, eliminate their use of opioids following their enrollment in state-sanctioned medical cannabis access programs. Several peer-reviewed studies now document this trend. In contrast to observational, population-based studies — which only seek to identify whether an association exists between the passage […]

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Cannabis Excelsior: Remembering Doug Greene

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Photo: Buck Ennis/Crain’s New York Business NORML is deeply saddened to report the untimely and tragic loss of longtime member and activist, Doug Greene. Doug served as Empire State NORML’s Legislative Director, and worked tirelessly to reform marijuana laws in the state of New York. “Doug was a passionate advocate for ending America’s failed war on cannabis […]

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