World Health Organization Calls for Drug Decriminalization to Prevent Spread of HIV

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 10:17 am

To advance the goals of public health, mainly preventing the spread of HIV, the World Health Organization is calling for the decriminalization of drugs in a new set of guidelines.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Keith Stroup, It’s NORML to Smoke Pot: The 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 1:59 pm

This book tells three stories at the same time: the life of Keith Stroup (founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), the story of NORML’s history, and the story of the last 45 years of marijuana policy. As you soon discover, the three stories are at times inseparable.

And the stories! This is a book full of anecdotes.

The Eight Most Promising Marijuana Reform Bills for 2013

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 1:58 pm

The big advances for marijuana reform still tend to come during election years when initiatives are put on the ballot, but there are already some promising signs for possible legislative victories in 2013. Across the country several marijuana reform bills have been introduced in the state legislatures that either stand a decent chance of becoming law this year or will at least significantly advance the issue of reform. Hopefully, the fact the voters in Colorado and Washington State recently came out so strongly for full legalization will convince politicians across the country that the electorate wants change.

Two-Thirds of Canadians Think Marijuana Should be Decriminalized

By: Monday July 2, 2012 1:55 pm

The overwhelming majority of Canadians think that marijuana should be fully decriminalized, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll for Postmedia News and Global TV.

Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 3:12 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change.

NJ Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Approved Unanimously in Committee

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 10:20 am

A bill to reduce the penalties for minor marijuana possession in New Jersey won unanimous bipartisan approval in the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday. The vote on A1465 was 7-0, with five Democrats and two Republican on the committee voting to move the bill forward. Having cleared the committee, the bill could get a vote before the whole Assembly as early as Thursday.

Connecticut Shows Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization – Change in Law Could Come Soon

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 5:48 pm

This poll should be a helpful boost to Governor Dan Malloy (D), who is actively pushing both to legalize medical marijuana and reduce the penalty for minor cannabis possession to a small fine. With a state legislature also controlled by Democrats, there is a good chance both reforms will happen during Malloy’s first term.

Strong Signs Massachusetts Voters Are Ready to Embrace Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday November 5, 2010 8:41 am

Are the voters in Massachusetts ready to embrace marijuana legalization in 2012? Analysis of the vote on local marijuana legalization advisory ballot question strongly points to yes.

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