Luke Scarmazzo, California’s Last Federal Medical Marijuana Prisoner

 UPDATE 6/26/21: A judge has scheduled oral arguments via zoom regarding Luke’s release motion on June 30th at 10am PST. There is a telephonic link for the public to listen to the proceedings: 1-877-402-9757, Access Code 6966236# then press #. Each attorney gets 15 mins. Luke’s hearing is scheduled last of five hearings. A decision could come within days of the hearing.  On September 27, 2006, the DEA raided California Healthcare Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Modesto that had been operating and paying taxes for more than a year. A 2007 Fresno Bee story revealed that the focus

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Cal NORML Calls for Drug Peace Day on June 17

  This June 17th marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s declaration of the War on Drugs.  The evidence is clear that the drug war has failed; 83% of Americans say so in a recent ACLU poll. Cal NORML is declaring a day of peace on June 17 in support of more effective, equitable, and humane policies towards drugs. PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO TELL THEM TO END THE UNJUST AND INEQUITABLE 50-YEAR WAR ON DRUGS.  The War on Drugs is a war on people. Since 1971, California has recorded over 10 million felony drug arrests, including 1

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Opponents Falsely Claim Marijuana Use is Up Significantly Among California Teens

  May 4, 2021 – Last week, opponents to a California bill pushing back against a proposed ban on billboard ads for licensed cannabis businesses touted a study they say claimed marijuana use is up significantly among youth in the state following legalization. On closer look, however, the study they cite is an an analysis of the CA Dept. of Education’s Health Kids Survey which found no such rise in use, only a slight rise in self-reported use in the past 30 days by 7th graders that could be the result of a change in the survey question to clarify

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California NORML Legal Seminar – June 1 & 2, 2021

Join us on June 1 & 2 for Cal NORML’s Fourth Legal Seminar covering criminal and business law in California with top cannabis attorneys. This year’s seminar will be held virtually via Zoom. Attorneys can earn up to 8.5 hours CLE (pending) by attending the full seminar ($250) or attend individual sessions ($50 each). Members of the cannabis industry and the general public are welcome, and can purchase tickets (without CLE credits) for individual sessions for $25 each or full days for $75. Signing up early gives you early access to presentation materials from the speakers. Proceeds benefit Cal NORML’s

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New Medical Cannabis Clinical Training Curriculum from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians

By Sarah Russo The Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), the first and oldest medical organization in the USA to advocate for the therapeutic use of cannabis, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Medical Cannabis Clinical Training Curriculum. This curriculum will enable clinicians to provide the best possible treatment to their patients while bridging the education gap between healthcare providers and the communities they serve. These courses provide the most comprehensive cannabinoid education for medical professionals to date. Interest in cannabis is growing worldwide. A common denominator is a lack of clinical education and access to the latest

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ALERT: USPS, Other Shippers to Cease Sending Cannabis Oil Vape Products

March 31, 2021 – Consumers wishing to buy products to vape cannabis oils may want to make their purchases ASAP before vape companies and shippers move to comply with a new US law banning shipment of certain vaporizer products. We have heard from one company that will cease shipping to certain CA zip codes as of noon tomorrow (April 1 – no fooling). The law should not affect devices used to vape dry herb or waxes, only oils. According to a recent article in MJ Biz Daily: The legislation takes effect in late March, after which the USPS has 120

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April 7 Cal NORML Meeting Addresses Expungement of Past Marijuana Convictions in California

Hear a recording of the meeting.  Our special guest at Cal NORML’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 7 at 4 PM (PST) was Alia Toran-Burrell, Associate Program Director, Criminal Justice at Code for America, worked with half of California’s counties to identify cases that qualify for expungement, and developed an app called “Clear My Record” that Californians in some counties can use to find public defenders or legal aid to ensure that their past marijuana convictions are erased or resentenced under AB 1793 (Bonta, 2017).  Cal NORML Legal Committee attorneys can also help with expungements; most will give a free

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CHP Impaired Driving Report Released

  The California Highway Patrol has released its long-awaited report addressing drug-impaired driving, including driving under the influence of cannabis. The report contains numerous recommendations on improving DUI detection and prevention, data collection, public education, etc., but does not recommend adopting per se drug DUI thresholds like those used for alcohol. The report is the work of the Impaired Driving Task Force (IDTF), in which California NORML and other interest groups participated, that was convened in the wake of the state’s 2016 law legalizing adult use of cannabis. The task force was charged under state law SB 94 (2017) with developing, “…recommendations for best practices, protocols, proposed legislation, and other policies that

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California’s 2021 Legislative Session: Employment Rights, Hospice Care, Pets’ Rights, and More

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 UPDATE 5/4/2021 – Asm. Quirk’s bill AB 1302 allowing for restricted cannabis billboard ads advanced out of committee last week, while a competing bill from Asm. Jacqui Irwin to effectively ban them did not advance, despite opponents false claims that marijuana use is up significantly among teens following legalization.  SB 59, to extend provisional licenses for cannabis businesses, is heading for a Senate Appropriations Committee

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TOP 20 CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA STORIES FOR 2020

Please donate to Cal NORML or join as a regular or business member to help us move forward in 2021.  Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership $30.00 – $100.00 $42 – $420 TOP 20 CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA STORIES FOR 2020 1. MORE Act Passes House with California Support In a historic moment, the US House of Representatives voted for the first time ever to end federal marijuana prohibition via the MORE Act, a bill co-sponsored by 22 California congresspersons. Also, an appropriation package approved by Congress repeals the longstanding federal ban on providing student aid eligibility to those with certain drug

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A MOMENTOUS WEEK FOR MARIJUANA REFORM – PLEASE HELP CALIFORNIA NORML FINISH THE WORK IN 2021!

House votes to end marijuana prohibition San Francisco pot smoking ban defeated UN votes to reschedule medical cannabis  Victory is within reach, but we need your support to carry on. Please donate to Cal NORML or join as a regular or business member:  Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership $15.00 – $100.00 $42 – $420 Last week was huge for marijuana reform. On Friday Dec 4th, the U.S. House approved an historic bill to end federal marijuana prohibition, the MORE Act (The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act) by a vote of 228-164. The MORE Act would deschedule and remove

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California NORML Opposes Proposed San Francisco Ban on Cannabis Smoking and Vaping in Residential Apartments

UPDATE December 1, 2020 – After San Francisco residents and activists mobilized, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve an ordinance that bans tobacco smoking but allows cannabis smoking inside multi-unit apartment buildings in the city. The amendment to remove cannabis smoking and vaping from the ban passed by an 8-3 vote, with Supervisors Mar, Safai and Yee opposing.  San Francisco is now the largest city in the country to ban tobacco smoking in apartment buildings, and to specifically allow cannabis smoking. West Hollywood took a similar step this year.  Thanks to our SF supporters who took

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