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Does Cannabis Prevent COVID Infection?

  In news that was widely reported and joked about by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, a preliminary study from Oregon State University found that cannabinoids in raw cannabis (CBGA, THCA, and CBDA) have strong affinities for binding to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Researchers used affinity selection–mass spectrometry (AS-MS), which “involves incubating a therapeutically important

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New California Cannabis Laws for 2022

Several new cannabis laws are now in effect in California for 2022. SB-311 (Hueso), aka “Ryan’s Law,” which requires certain hospitals and healthcare facilities to allow terminal patients to use medical cannabis, took effect on January 1, 2022. The law prohibits smoking or vaping cannabis, but does allow for the use of edibles, beverages, topicals, tinctures

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Newsom Pledges to Work for Cannabis Tax Reform in State Budget Proposal

Gov. Newsom has released an ambitious preliminary 2022-2023 budget proposal with billions of dollars for education, behavioral and mental health, housing, climate change response, business development and other projects, along with a call for cannabis tax reform and more local retail outlets in the state. The budget proposal states: The Administration intends to further develop a grant

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CAL NORML 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PLANS FOR 2022

Read about Cal NORML’s 2021/2022 activities. We are working for your rights!  Please donate to Cal NORML to support our advocacy work, or join as a regular or business member: Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership with Free Listing $20.00 – $100.00 / year $50/month – $500/year   Cal NORML PRIORITIES FOR 2022 Pass employment

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AG Bonta Pledges DOJ Help to Clear Past Marijuana Convictions in California

California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta has issued an information bulletin to all district attorneys, chief justices, and court executive officers across the state calling for all prosecuting agencies and courts to “prioritize implementation of the cannabis resentencing process provided under Health and Safety Code Sec. 11361.9 so Californians can promptly obtain the relief to which

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Freedom to Toke Coalition Fights Pot Smoking Ban in San Jose

In a victory for cannabis consumers, the San Jose City Council Neighborhood Services and Education Committee voted 5-0 on 12/9/2021 to exempt cannabis from a proposed Smoke-Free Housing Ordinance. The ordinance would have banned smoking and vaping of all kinds in multi-unit dwellings. California NORML joined forces with the Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance, MPP, ASA

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Cal NORML Opposes Cannabis Cultivation Tax Hike

November 22, 2021 – The California Dept. of Taxation and Fee Administration has ruled that the cultivation tax on legal cannabis be raised from $9.65 to $10.08 per dry-weight ounce of flower, from $2.87 to $3 for leaf, and from $1.35 to $1.41 for fresh material starting on January 1, 2022. California Should Be Reducing,

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Employment Rights for Marijuana Users a Priority for Cal NORML

  TAKE OUR 2-MINUTE SURVEY OF CANNABIS CONSUMERS ON EMPLOYMENT AND MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION IN CALIFORNIA CANNABIS INDUSTRY LEADERS: JOIN OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO PUSH EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS FOR CALIFORNIANS OVER THE FINISH LINE IN 2022!  UPDATE: 11/9/2021 – Oakland Public Safety Committee Votes to Prohibit Cannabis Metabolites Testing of City Employees 10/12/21 – LA COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN INTRODUCES

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Oakland Public Safety Committee Votes to Prohibit Cannabis Metabolites Testing of City Employees

Oakland, CA — Today, November 9, 2021, the Oakland Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to forward the proposed ordinance introduced by Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan (pictured) and co-authored by Council President Fortunato Bas, Councilmember Kalb, and Pro Tem Thao, creating a Prohibition Against City Employees Cannabis Metabolites Testing. Currently, the city tests employees for cannabis

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The Cannabis Inspections are Coming

By: Attorney Lauren Vázquez High Rise Law, Founder & Principal For all the bad that came with the COVID pandemic, the cannabis industry has endured relatively well. There was a collective sigh of relief when California declared cannabis businesses to be essential early in lock down, something unimaginable just a few years ago. With the

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VOTE NO ON THE NEWSOM RECALL

It’s unlikely that any possible replacement candidate will be as favorably attentive to cannabis policy as Governor Newsom.  For that reason, California NORML recommends voting NO on the gubernatorial recall and encourages cannabis supporters to make sure you are registered to vote, and do vote against the recall in the election. The sponsors of this

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Free States from Obsolete Federal Marijuana Laws

By Dale Gieringer and Geoffrey Lawrence Federal laws against marijuana are outdated and counterproductive.  Polls show that nearly seven in ten Americans favor legalizing adult use of marijuana, and 90% favor medical use.   Eighteen states have now legalized adult use of marijuana, and 36 have laws allowing medical use. Nonetheless, federal law remains stuck in

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Sha’Carrie Richardson Ban Highlights Injustices in Drug Testing

    UPDATE 7/10/21 – The LA Times editorialized, Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension was fair, but the marijuana rule isn’t, noting that, “WADA isn’t the only arena in which marijuana rules are anachronistic; the U.S. government’s attitude is practically medieval. Marijuana is legal in most states of this country, if you count medicinal use, but the federal government

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