Marijuana arrests nationwide declined 10% in 2019 from 2018, according to the FBI's crime stats. Overall, 6.8 million arrests were made from 2010-2019.
Every few years prior to the November election, TV travel host and author Rick Steves goes on a barnstorming tour of states with marijuana legalization on the ballot. Some may not know Steves is a cannabis advocate and has a seat on the NORML board. He's doing it again.
Sued in Oregon by NORML board chair Randy Quast for $1 million, defendants Leah Maurer and Travis Maurer celebrated the case's dismissal and $100,000 settlement award on September 16.
The House of Representatives floor vote for the MORE Act to legalize marijuana will not take place next week as expected and has been moved to later in the year.
It's been nothing but squabbles in the Boston cannabis community this summer, from contentious MassCann board issues to a right-wing imposter event trying to rip off the annual Freedom Rally.
As the closing speaker at the National Cannabis Policy Summit, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries focused on the MORE Act, which may be voted on in the House next week. "We will deschedule marijuana at the federal level and begin the process of legalizing it throughout the land," he predicted.
Former NORML executive director and Drug Policy Foundation co-founder Kevin Zeese passed away on September 5. "Kevin was a real player, a major pioneer in drug-policy reform," says Ethan Nadelmann.
My friend Allen Woody passed away 20 years ago today. Woody was the Allman Brothers' bass player from 1989-1997. He, ABB guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts formed Gov't Mule in 1995.
Controversial MassCann chair Samson Racioppi resigned from the board during an emergency meeting on July 1. He recently organized an anti-Black Lives Matter rally in Boston. NORML has suspended the chapter until it shows a "clear opposition to bigotry."
One day after celebrating his 92nd birthday, marijuana legalization pioneer Dr. Lester Grinspoon passed away on June 25.