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Benton Mackenzie, Iowa Cancer Patient Receives Probation

Benton Mackenzie, Iowa Cancer Patient Receives Probation

Benton Mackenzie, an Iowa man facing a prison sentence for treating his terminal condition with cannabis has been sentenced to probation instead of the minimum mandatory prison sentence of three years he was facing following his conviction this summer. His wife, Loretta, was also sentenced to probation, while their son had a prison sentence for […]

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: […]

Benton Mackenzie and Family Face Prison for Cannabis Despite Terminal Condition

Benton Mackenzie and Family Face Prison for Cannabis Despite Terminal Condition

Hot. Sticky. Just plain ick of a drive in search of answers and a need to meet the Mackenzie family face to face. Dragging my husband along on an especially muggy day, we headed to visit with Benton, his wife Loretta, their son, Cody and Benton’s parents, Dorothy and Charles Mackenzie. I honestly don’t have […]

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 […]

Getting Over Ourselves: The Future of Cannabis Activism

Getting Over Ourselves: The Future of Cannabis Activism

PHOTO: David Holt, Creative Commons “I like pot. I smoke it a lot.” In true stoner fashion and decked out in a tie-dyed t-shirt, a young man brazenly chants these words into his bullhorn while walking down Locust during the 2014 Global Marijuana March and Iowa Hemp Freedom Rally held at the Iowa State Capitol […]

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 […]