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Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Content Note: This article discusses excessive force by a police officer regarding two handcuffed minors. Alton, Illinois – Police officer Vince Warlick is on administrative leave, as he should be. Last week, video of Warlick pepper spraying two teenagers who were restrained and not resisting him in any way surfaced on the internet. Of course, […]

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

Federal Legislation: Federal: Congress Attempts to Undermine District of Columbia’s Decriminalization Law Federal: Measure Introduced to Form National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Federal: Senate: Vote Remains Pending On House Approved Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids Federal: Measure Introduced to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Federal: Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Introduce ‘Respect State Marijuana […]

Illinois Medical Marijuana Registration Begins Today

Illinois Medical Marijuana Registration Begins Today

If you live in the state of Illinois, have one of the state’s recognized qualifying conditions, and have a last name that begins with a letter that falls between A and L, then Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, is the first day you can register with the state for the new Illinois medical marijuana program. In […]

NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

In response to the flood of cannabis, hemp, and medical marijuana bills proposed this year, NORML has compiled a massive Take Action list to help cannabis enthusiasts and activists ensure they are being heard on measures in their area! Current Action Alerts Federal Legislation: Federal: Congress Attempts to Undermine District of Columbia’s Decriminalization Law Federal: […]

Illinois Adds Epilepsy to List of Qualifying Conditions

Illinois Adds Epilepsy to List of Qualifying Conditions

This week has already seen two more medical cannabis stories coming from Illinois, and they’re both positive pieces of news. Last week, Ladybud covered the story of the establishment of rules for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program in the state, which should allow for medical sales of cannabis by early 2015. This week, there have […]

Illinois Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois lawmakers have heard the people’s mandate on cannabis and they are actually doing their jobs! Things have been progressing nicely for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Rules have been approved and will  be set in place for the state’s medical marijuana program that will allow patients to begin applying for cards this fall. If […]

Find Your State Cannabis Laws & Take Action

Find Your State Cannabis Laws & Take Action

PHOTO: K. Garbutt At the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws website, one can find state-by-state bills, laws, legal representation, current polls, research and other data. Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to […]

Why No Parent Should Support CBD-only Legislation

Why No Parent Should Support CBD-only Legislation

There has been an explosion of newly proposed legislation on CBD-rich cannabis extracts, the type of medical marijuana featured as a treatment for epilepsy in Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” special in the summer of 2013. Parents fighting for the lives of their epileptic children are desperate for treatment that works, and the power with which these […]

What A Difference 24 Hours Makes In Marijuana Policy Reform

What A Difference 24 Hours Makes In Marijuana Policy Reform

PHOTO: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signing the medical marijuana legislation into law this week. It’s been quite a 24-hour period for marijuana policy reform. On both the national and international level, marijuana prohibition is being slowly chipped away. Today, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed HB1 into law, making Illinois the 20th U.S. state, plus Washington, D.C. […]