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April 9th, 2020

Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three…

April 9th, 2020

Charlotte's Web Girl Dies of COVID-19 Complications, Mexican Cartels Provide Food in Pandemic, More… (4/8/20)

The young girl behind Charlotte's Web and the CBD movement has died of COVID-19, Mexican drug cartels are handing out food to the poor in…

April 8th, 2020

Vaping Illness More Rare in Legal Recreational Pot States, DEA Adjusts Drug Quotas for COVID-19 Care, More… (4/7/20)

The DEA takes positive steps on a couple of fronts, and more. Medical MarijuanaDEA Relaxes Rules for Only Federally Approved Drug Derived from Marijuana.…

April 7th, 2020

Mexico's Drug Wars Set Bloody Record, ND Legal Pot Initiative Suspends Campaign Due to COVID-19, More… (4/6/20)

The coronavirus pandemic continue to have a deleterious impact on state-level efforts to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot, Mexico's prohibition-related violence sees a…

April 5th, 2020

Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers

Those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits.…

April 4th, 2020

ID Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Suspends, House Move to Quash Vaping, More… (4/3/20)

A group of US senators is seeking to include marijuana businesses in an emergency loan program, Idaho activists suspend signature gathering for their medical marijuana…

April 3rd, 2020

Marijuana may impair female fertility

Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result…

April 3rd, 2020

Philippines Drug War Rages Despite Pandemic, NORML Issues Pot Policy Guidance for the Crisis, More… (4/2/20)

President Trump showily announces a ramping up of the drug war in the Caribbean, NORML issues pot policy guidance for lawmakers during the coronavirus pandemic,…

April 2nd, 2020

NY Governor Says No Legal Pot in State Budget, First Federal Prisoner COVID-19 Death, More… (4/1/20)

It looks like coronavirus has killed marijuana legalization in New York this year, a new nonprofit focused on psychedelic education has emerged, a nonviolent drug…

April 1st, 2020

NY Legal Pot Bid Could Fall Victim to Coronavirus, Dutch Cannabis Cafes Open for Carryouts, More… (3/31/20)

Marijuana legalization didn't make into New York's draft budget proposal, Netherlands cannabis cafes reopen for carryout only, DC psychedelic decriminalization activists find creative ways to…

March 31st, 2020

Chronicle AM: MO, OK Pot Initiatives Could Fall Victim to Pandemic, COVID-19 Spreads Behind Bars, More… (3/30/20)

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on state-level marijuana legalization initiatives, Pennsylvanis says needle exchanges are "life-sustaining" during the pandemic, Vancouver moves to allow…

March 30th, 2020

New research sheds light on potentially negative effects of cannabis

Coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia are three of the most common adverse reactions to cannabis, according to a recent study.

March 28th, 2020

Chronicle AM: OR Drug Reform Initiatives Seek Signatures Online, French Pot Prices Rise Fast, More… (3/27/20)

Mexico is unlikely to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize marijuana as its Senate is suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, Oregon drug decriminalization…

March 27th, 2020

Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief

More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for…

March 27th, 2020

Chronicle AM: US Indicts Venezuela's Maduro for "Narco-Terrorism," Call to End Pot Arrests, Jailings, More… (3/26/20)

The US indicts a leftist Latin American leader for drug trafficking (but not a rightist one), a Michigan prosecutor gets nailed for embezzling asset forfeiture…

March 26th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Denver Pot Shop Ban Reversed, Amsterdam Cannabis Cafes Reopen, More… (3/25/20)

Marijuana retail outlets stay open in Denver and Amsterdam after pandemic-inspired efforts to shut them down inspire long lines, drug reform and public health groups…

March 25th, 2020

Editorial: Drug Policy During the Crisis

Dear Reformer:David Borden In this time of crisis, all of us are figuring out how to adapt our lives, take care of our needs, and…

March 25th, 2020

Mexico Illicit Drug Prices Rising, OR Regulators Allow Curbside Pot Sales, More… (3/24/20)

States grapple with marijuana sales during a time of crisis, Ghana legalizes hemp and CBD, Mexican traffickers facing chemical shortages are raising prices, and more.[image:1…

March 24th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Baltimore, Philadelphia to End Drug Arrests, SAMSHA Eases Opioid Treatment Rules, More…(3/23/20)

Baltimore and Philadelphia stop drug arrests in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, SAMSHA eases opioid maintenance treatment rules for the same…

March 13th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Vets' MedMJ Bills Advance in House, OR Psilocybin Init Looking Good on Signatures, More… (3/12/20)

The Pine Ridge Reservation votes to legalize weed, a pair of veterans' medical marijauna bills move in the House, signature gathering for the Oregon Psychedelic…

March 12th, 2020

Chronicle AM: AZ Pot Legalization Initiative Consolidates, MO Senate Votes to Ban MedMJ Candies, More… (3/11/20)

An Ohio marijuana legalization initiative hits a roadblock, an Arizona marijuana legalization initiative sees the field clear, and more. Marijuana PolicyArizona Legalization Initiative Bid Fails,…

March 11th, 2020

Chronicle AM: NJ Supreme Court Protects MedMJ Patients' Employment Rights, SD Hemp Bill Deal, More… (3/10/20)

The New Jersey Supreme Court strikes a blow for medical marijuana patients' employment rights, South Dakota's governor and legislature reach a deal to legalize hemp,…

March 10th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Colombian Cocaine Production Jumps, VA Pot Decrim Bill Heads to Governor, More… (3/9/20)

Colombian cocaine production is way up, the US says as it pushes for forced and aerial eradication, NJ pot legalization supporters organize for victory, WVA…

March 7th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Mexico Legal Marijuana Bill Advancing, OR Drug Decriminalization Init Moving, More… (3/6/20)

Boston's first pot shop is set to open Monday, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs again postpones a vote on classifying marijuana, and more.[image:1 align:right…

March 6th, 2020

Chronicle AM: DEA Proposes Mobile Methadone Programs, Honduran President Took Drug Bribes, More…(3/5/20)

The DEA proposes allowing mobile methadone treatment programs, US prosecutors say the Honduran president took bribes from drug traffickers, Major League Baseball loosens up on…

March 5th, 2020

Two Takes on the Global Drug War and Global Drug Cultures [FEATURE]

Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands byNiko Vorobyov (2019, Hodder, 414 pp., £18.99)Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugsby Anthony Lowenstein (2019, Macmillan,…

March 5th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Drug Policy Alliance Names New Leader, HI House Passes Drug Defelonization Bill, More… (3/4/20)

The Drug Policy Alliance has a new executive director, Mexico's effort to legalize marijuana stalls in the Senate, the Oklahoma House moves to regulate kratom,…

March 4th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Trump Says Colombia Must Restart Spraying Coca Crop, UT Gets First Dispensary, More… (3/3/20)

Connecticut lawmakers hold a hearing on marijuana legalization, Mexican lawmakers prepare to debate a marijuana legalization bill, President Trump says Colombia must restart aerial spraying…

March 3rd, 2020

Chronicle AM: OR Drug Decriminalization Initiative Launches, Colombia Coca Conflict, More… (3/2/20)

Utah's medical marijuana program rolled out today, an Oregon initiative would decriminalize the possession of personal amounts of all drugs, Nepalese Communist lawmakers move toward…

March 1st, 2020

Artisanal CBD not as effective as pharmaceutical CBD for reducing seizures

Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD,…

February 29th, 2020

Chronicle AM: INCB Head Suggests UN Drug Treaties Are Out of Date, Houston Dope Squad Reforms, More… (2/28/20)

A top UN drug official suggests international drug treaties are out of step with the times, a hemp bill is moving in Idaho, Malawi legalizes…

February 28th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Philly Safe Injection Site Could Open Soon, VT House Approves Pot Sales Bill, More… (2/27/20)

The Vermont House has passed that bill to allow taxed and regulated marijuana sales, a California bill would allow paying meth users not to use,…

February 27th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Philly Safe Injection Site Gets Favorable Final Ruling, San Diego to Dismiss Pot Convictions, More… (2/26/20)

A federal judge has issued a final order saying a proposed Philadelphia safe injection site does not violate federal law, Kansas lawmakers vote to keep…

February 26th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Colombia Coca Moves, VT Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Advances, More… (2/25/20)

A Vermont bill to tax and regulate marijuana sales heads for a House floor vote, a potential Ohio marijuana legalization initiative campaign emerges, Israel's embattled…

February 25th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Liz Warren Releases Marijuana Plan, WVA Bill Would Hike Meth Sentences, More… (2/24/20)

Elizabeth Warren rolls out a plan for a just and equitable marijuana industry, a Hawaii bill would protect medical marijuana patients from being fired or…

February 22nd, 2020

Chronicle AM: KY House Passes MedMJ Bill, DEA Announces New Anti-Meth Operation, More… (2/21/20)

A new poll shows Florida voters strongly support marijuana legalization, the DEA announces Operation Crystal Shield, the drug czar announces this year's version of a…

February 21st, 2020

Chronicle AM: NH House Approves Legal Pot Bill, DC Psychedelic Decrim Init Advances, More… (2/20/20)

New Hampshire could be the next state to legalize marijuana after the House approves it, an Alabama medical marijuana bill advances, and so does the…

February 20th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Bloomberg Says Decriminalize Weed, GA Hemp/Marijuana Bill, AZ MedMJ THC Limits Bill, More… (2/19/20)

Michael Bloomberg goes as far as calling for marijuana decriminalization, a Georgia bill would let police anyone for possession of green leafy substances even if…

February 19th, 2020

Chronicle AM: OK Bills Would Legalize Needle Exchanges, HI Defelonization Bill Advances, More… (2/18/20)

Rhode Island sees marijuana expungement and drug possession expungement bills filed, a Vermont poll shows strong support for legalizing and regulating marijuana sales as the…

February 15th, 2020

Preclinical study links human gene variant to THC reward in adolescent females

A common variation in a human gene that affects the brain’s reward processing circuit increases vulnerability to the rewarding effects of the main psychoactive ingredient…