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July 27th, 2021

ME Pioneers Texts Alert to Warn of Overdose Spikes, AR Pot Legalization Initiative Underway, More… (7/26/21)

Yet another study takes aim at the discredited "gateway theory," the Filipino president remains unrepentant and defiant over his record of drug war killings, and…

July 23rd, 2021

US Prison, Parole, Probation Population Continues Slow Decline; $26 Billion Opioid Settlement, More… (7/22/21)

Florida's Republican establishment may not be ready for marijuana legalization but the public is, the Justice Department drops an effort to send some First Step…

July 22nd, 2021

DEA Agent Arrested for Role in US Capitol Riot, NC MedMJ Bill Advances, More… (7/21/21)

A new Republican bill would bar food stamp recipients from using their cards for any marijuana purchases–even medical, a Mississippi city reaches a settlement in…

July 21st, 2021

CO Releases Annual Report on Marijuana Legalization, SC Governor Candidate Says Legalize It, More… (7/20/21)

A biill to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of state-legal marijuana users languishes in the House Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Democratic guberatorial candidate Joe Cunningham…

July 20th, 2021

Surgeon General Say Don't Jail People for Pot, ME Law Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture, More… (7/19/21)

The AMA Advocacy Update chronicles one doctor's problems trying to prescribe for chronic pain and addicted patients, Maine becomes the fourth state to end civil…

July 17th, 2021

CA Psilocybin Legalization Initiative Gets Underway, House Spending Bill Includes Needle Exchange Funding, More…7/16/21)

Maryland legislative leaders are lining up to support a voter referendum on marijuana legalization next year, the House Appropriations Committee is passing spending bills that…

July 16th, 2021

Study shows strong association between perceived risk, availability and past-year cannabis use

Combined perceptions of the risk and availability of cannabis influence the risk of cannabis use more than perceived risk and perceived availability alone, according to…

July 16th, 2021

Senate Democrats Roll Out Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition [FEATURE]

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and his colleagues Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) rolled out an initial…

July 16th, 2021

Free Drugs Handed Out in Vancouver, NJ Dismisses Nearly 88,000 Marijuana Cases with More to Come, More… (7/15/21)

Ohio sees its first full-fledged marijuana legalization bill, Mississippi is moving toward a legislative special session to address medical marijuana, Israeli pot legalization gets stalled,…

July 15th, 2021

Fatal Drug ODs Hit Record Last Year, Senate Majority Leader Rolls Out Draft Marijuana Legalization Bill, More… (7/14/21)

There is now a marijuana legalization bill from the Senate majority leader, New York prisons face a second lawsuit over their crackdown on pain pill…

July 14th, 2021

British Columbia Set to Begin "Safe Supply" of Drugs for Street Users, Biden Nominates New Drug Czar, More… (7/13/21)

Marijuana protections are advancing in congressional appropriations bills, former Drug Police Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelman starts a provocative new podcast on drugs, and more.[image:1…

July 13th, 2021

US Seeks Meeting with WADA on Athletes' Marijuana Bans, Ukraine to Vote on MedMJ, More… (7/12/21)

South Dakota's attorney general flip-flops on the validity of tribal medical marijuana cards, a Tennessee lawmaker files a bill to put marijuana ballot questions before…

July 10th, 2021

Chicago to Take Drug Diversion Program Citywide, ACLU Sues AZ County over Coercing Drug Defendants, More… (7/9/21)

A group of US senators is seeking some help for state-legal marijuana businesses, Chicago moves to expand a program that diverts drug arrestees into treatment…

July 9th, 2021

RI Becomes First State to Approve Safe Injection Sites, Federal Pot Prosecutions Plummet, More… (7/8/21)

The Congressional Black Caucus wants some justice for marijuana deportees, South Dakota's state governmnt is at war with itself over medical marijuana cards from a…

July 8th, 2021

Novel study of high-potency cannabis shows some memory effects

Researchers observed participants over Zoom as they used high-potency cannabis they purchased themselves from dispensaries in Washington state, where recreational cannabis is legal. After administering…

July 8th, 2021

CA Safe Injection Site Bill Delayed to Next Year, Drug Czar's Office Seeks Input on Harms of Drug Policies, More… (7/7/21)

The punishment of Olypmic athlete Sha'carri Richardson for testing positive for marijuana draw intense interest and criticism, New Mexico drug dogs are getting laid off…

July 7th, 2021

NJ Governor Signs MedMJ Telehealth Bill, SD Activists Prepare 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives, More… (7/6/21)

A Rhode Island marijuana legalization bill gets a hearing but appears doomed this year, a South Dakota Native American reservation opens the state's first medical…

July 3rd, 2021

RI Legislature Passes Safe Injection Site Bill, CA Coerced Treatment Bill Advances More… (7/2/21)

The Mississippi Supreme Court continues to smack down the will of the people on medical marijuana, a coerced drug treatment bill advances in California to…

July 2nd, 2021

ME Senate Defeats Drug Decriminalization Bill, House Approves Marijuana Research Language, More… (7/1/21)

Medical marijuana is now legal in South Dakota, Austin activists roll out a municipal marijuana decriminalization initiative, and more.Marijuana PolicyHouse Passes Bill to…

July 1st, 2021

CA Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill Advances, Pot Becomes Legal in Three States This Week, More… (6/30/21)

The Rhode island legislature is on the verge of passing a bill allowing drug checking and safe consuption sites, Mexico's Supreme Court again declares marijuana…

June 29th, 2021

Clarence Thomas Questions Federal Pot Prohibition, ONDCP Reports on Colombia Coca, More… (6/28/21)

A major pharmaceutical company settles with the state of New York over opioid distribution, Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of passing policing reforms, and…

June 26th, 2021

People with fibromyalgia are substituting CBD for opioids to manage pain

As the ravages of the opioid epidemic lead many to avoid these powerful painkillers, a significant number of people with fibromyalgia are finding an effective…

June 26th, 2021

House Democrats Advance Marijuana Banking, DC Pot Sales Bill, NC MedMJ Bill Advances, More… (6/24/21)

The Veterans Administration comes out against a medical marijuana research bill for veterans, House Democrats move a bill that would provide protection to banks doing…

June 26th, 2021

RI Marijuana Legalization Push Hits Bump, UN Warns Pandemic Could Propel Drug Use, Cultivation, More… (6/25/21)

There's progress on medical marijuana this week in the South, a key Rhode Island lawmaker slams the brakes on a marijuana legalization push, and more.[image:1…

June 25th, 2021

Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic

Adolescent marijuana use and binge drinking did not significantly change during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite record decreases in the substances’ perceived availability, according to a…

June 24th, 2021

CT Becomes Latest State to Legalize Marijuana, DEA Denies FL Church's Ayahuasca Exemption, More… (6/23/21)

House Democrats look to end the ban on legal marijuana sales in the nation's capital, the Rhode Island Senate approves a marijuana legalization bill, and…

June 23rd, 2021

White House Supports Bill Ending Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity, Mexico Marijuana Mess, More… (6/22/21)

A New York City DA drops thousands of pending marijuana cases, an Ohio's judge's courtroom temper tantrum will get him off the bench for a…

June 23rd, 2021

FL Supreme Court Strikes Down Second Pot Initiative, ME Legislature Passes Drug Trafficking Reform Bill, More… (6/21/21)

Possession of more than two grams of heroin or fentanyl would no longer be considered prima facie evidence of drug trafficking in Maine after the…

June 19th, 2021

CT Set to Become 19th Marijuana Legalization State, Another Filipino "Narco Politician" Gunned Down, More… (6/17/21)

A minor civil asset forfeiture bill advances in Michigan, another new poll has strong support for drug decriminalization, and more.Marijuana PolicyConnecticut Marijuana Legalization…

June 19th, 2021

Marijuana Equity Advocates Propose Changes in MORE Act, CT Governor Ready To Sign Legal Pot Law, More… (6/18/21)

Legislation to make it easier for scientists to get access to marijuana for research purposes is moving in Congress, marijuana equity advocates suggest changes in…

June 17th, 2021

CT Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill, CA Bill to End Drug Mandatory Minimums Advances, More… (6/16/21)

Connecticut edges ever closer to marijuana legalization, Texas sees a modest expansion in its medical marijuana program, and more.Marijuana PolicyConnecticut Senate Approves Marijuana…

June 16th, 2021

Historic Federal Drug Decriminalization Bill Introduced [FEATURE]

As Richard Nixon's self-declared "war on drugs" reaches its 50th birthday—he declared drugs "public enemy number one" and pledged to "fight and defeat that enemy"…

June 16th, 2021

Federal Drug Decriminalization Bill Filed, LA Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, More… (6/15/21)

An historic federal drug decriminalization bill is filed, the AMA speaks out for better drug treatment access in jails and prisons, and more.Marijuana…

June 15th, 2021

Supreme Court Rejects Reduced Charges for Low-Level Crack Offenders, ICC to Investigate Philippines Drug War Abuses, More… (6/14/21)

Connecticut lawmakers will meet in special session this week in a bid to get marijuana legalization done, Wyoming activists began initiative campaigns for marijuana decriminalization…

June 12th, 2021

ID Activists Ponder Two Marijuana Initiatives for 2022, Asian Meth Boomed During Pandemic, More… (6/11/21)

Brazil's lower chamber of parliament approves a hemp and medical marijuana bill, a federal appeals court hears arguments in marijuana rescheduling case, and more.[image:1 align:right…

June 11th, 2021

NY Syringe Legalization Bill Passes Senate, Portugal Ponders Legalizing Marijuana, More… (6/10/21)

Marijuana legalization bills in Delaware and Rhode Island get delayed, Morocco's parliament has approved the legalization of hemp and medical marijuana, and more.Marijuana…

June 10th, 2021

National Poll Find Majority Supports Drug Decriminalization, CT Legal Pot Bill Delayed, More… (6/9/21)

Connecticut's marijuana legalization bill gets bumped to a special session later this month, Washington state marijuana regulators allow pot shops to hand out free joints…

June 9th, 2021

CT Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana, VT Governor Signs Marijuana Social Equity Bill, More… (6/8/21)

Louisiana is one signature away from marijuana decriminalization, Coloraod's governor signs a bill tightening up medical marijuana regulations, and more.Marijuana PolicyConnecticut Senate Approves…

June 8th, 2021

CT Marijuana Legalization Vote Coming This Week, British MPs Call for Festival Pill Testing, More… (6/7/21)

Connecticut is poised to become the fourth state to legalize marijuana this year, Mississippi's governor calls on the legislature to create a medical marijuana program,…

June 5th, 2021

VT Legalizes Limited Buprenorphine Possession, Human Rights Watch Supports MORE Act, More… (6/4/21)

A leading international human rights group gets behind the MORE Act, a psychedelic research bill goes to the governor in Texas and another is filed…