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Las Vegas Review Journal: Legislative panel votes 9-3 to request bill to amend per se THC traffic safety limits

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the panel there is no scientific correlation between the amount of the active ingredients of marijuana in a person’s system and impairment.

Patients can become tolerant to the effects of THC over time, compared to a new user, he said.

“Cannabinoids’ absorption patterns and effects on performance vary widely from person to person, raising concerns that imposed limits are unlikely to be consistently applicable to individual subjects,” Armentano said.

If adopted by the 2015 Legislature and signed by the governor, DUI marijuana would no longer be based solely on how much THC is in someone’s system.

Colleagues,

I testified before this legislative advisory Committee for over an hour yesterday. You can read the full text of my testimony, some of which is also cited in the LVRJ story below, here:

http://norml.org/pdf_files/testimony/NORML_Testimony_NV_Medical_Marijuana_Use.pdf.

It was… Continue reading

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Depenalize Marijuana This Fall

 

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Decrim Pot This Fall

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Decrim Pot This Fall

AlterNet / By Paul Armentano

In Michigan, voters in over a dozen municipalities, including Saginaw (population 51,000), East Lansing (population 49,000), Port Huron (population 30,000) and Oak Park (population 29,000), will decide on local measures to eliminate citywide penalties that prohibit the possession, transfer or use of cannabis on private property by adults for non-medical purposes. Voters in another Michigan city, Utica (population 5,000), will also decide on separate language seeking to deprioritize the enforcement of minor marijuana offenses by local police.

All of the measures are sponsored by the Safer Michigan Coalition and are part of the group’s long-term strategy to incrementally change the state’s marijuana laws, city by city, if necessary. In past years, voters in several of the state’s largest cities, including Detroit (population 700,00), Grand Rapids (population 191,000) and Lansing (population 114,000) enacted similar… Continue reading

House Votes to Allow Marijuana-Related Banking

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/house-votes-allow-marijuana-related-banking-n157846

Getting Ready To Visit The Legislature, Jan 2014?

NORMLTN Oct. 6, 2013 Meeting Notes.

The monthly meeting of NORMLTN at the Sunset Grill,  2001 Belcourt Ave, Nashville TN 37212 was well attended with a crisp agenda and several notable speakers.

NORMLTN President Doak Turner spoke about an initiative to lower the priority of pot busts in Nashville, Francis updated the audience about the success of our Facebook page likes, Colleen spoke on an industrial hemp progress towards the legislature, Alex spoke on plans to have a NORMLTN benefit concert, Bernie spoke on parts of Tennessee’s medical marijuana bill being successfully utilized by several states and the country of Uruguay. John spoke on NORMLTN’s upcoming meeting with MMJ bill sponsor, Legislator Sherry Jones. Katrina spoke on working with a TN doctor’s cannabis advocacy education efforts.

These are exciting days for NORMLTN and we need your help in convincing all Tennessee State Senators that it’s… Continue reading

A Cry For Help

Dear NORMLTN:

Man Writing LetterI am writing on behalf of Seth Green’s Petition in East Tn. People are working very hard to get Medical Marijuana Legalized in Tn. from our side of the state. It would help VERY much if you all could help us out. Myself I have Crohn’s & getting my Cannabis off the street & would LOVE to get it Legally, because without the Cannabis I can’t eat don’t feel like doing anything. It is amazing what a difference it makes in so many people’s lives. IF there is any way you can help us out we would be VERY grateful.!~!~!~! Thank You for taking the time to read this.!~!~!~!~!~!~!

Rita.

Dear Rita,

You are not alone.  Many people across the State of Tennessee are in the same position.  We need to band together to solve this problem. One of the most effective things you can… Continue reading

Should Grandma Smoke Pot?

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At our last June NORMLTN monthly meeting, we learned about an excellent program and movement called “The Silver Tour.”

It teaches seniors about the benefits of medical cannabis. It includes a video called “Should Grandma Smoke Pot” which makes numerous points about why and how to lobby for change.

Take a look  at the link, scroll down to the video and enjoy. Please share it with as many people as you can, it’s also available on Youtube and builds a solid, logical case to help us convince TN legislators that it’s time to change the laws.

A simple way to do it, is search this site for your representative’s email and send the link with a short note that states you’re in their district and why you think this is important to look at this and change the law.

We’re making progress but every letter and email we send… Continue reading

Current 2013 legislative session the busiest in recent memory.

Colleagues,

It is not hyperbole to state that the 2013 legislative session has been the busiest in recent memory for marijuana law reform legislation. Below is a brief summary of some of the more significant statewide reform bills that have: a) been enacted into law, b) are awaiting final passage from the Governor’s office, or c) are pending floor votes within the coming days.

A full summary of pending state and federal reform measures is available at: http://www.norml.org/act.

ENACTED LAWS:

Colorado – HB 1317, HB 1318 Summary: Establishes regulations regarding the commercial production and retail sales of cannabis to those over age 21; proposes excise tax and sales tax rates for commercial production and retail sales of cannabis; tax rates must be approved by voters Status: Both measures signed into law on May 28 http://blog.norml.org/2013/05/31/colorado-governor-signs-historic-measures-creating-legal-and-regulated-marijuana-market/

Kentucky – SB 50 Summary: Encourages state-sponsored hemp research; establishes regulations regarding the licensed… Continue reading

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