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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…

February 15th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Mexico Legal Pot Bill Set to Move, Los Angeles DA Clears 66,000 Pot Convictions, More… (2/14/20)

The clock is ticking on getting marijuana legalization done in Mexico, a Pennsylvania patient fights for the right to have access to public housing, the…

February 14th, 2020

Chronicle AM: NM Legal Pot Bill Shot Down; AL, OH Synthetic Urine Criminalization Bills Advance, More… (2/13/20)

Today, New Mexico is the Land of Disenchantment, a Kentucky medical marijuana bill advances, synthetic urine prohibition bills advance in Alabama and Ohio, and more.[image:1…

February 13th, 2020

Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Passes Legislature, Trump Budget Would Shift Colombia Aid Priorities, More… (2/12/20)

The Virginia legislature passes marijuana decriminalization, a Kentucky medical marijuana bill heads for a House floor vote, a South Dakota hemp bill passes the House,…

February 12th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Trump Anti-Drug Budget Released, MT and ND Legal Pot Inits See Changes, More… (2/11/20)

The president praises authoritarian governments that quickly execute drug dealers, the White House releases the annual anti-drug budget, a North Dakota pot legalization initiative extends…

February 11th, 2020

Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Passes House, Nepalese Communists Say Free the Weed, More… (2/10/20)

Colorado activists want to de-legalize weed, Nepalese communists want to re-legalize weed, the Afghan and US governments spar over opium production, and more. Marijuana…

February 10th, 2020

Study paints picture of marijuana use in pregnant women

As marijuana is increasingly being legalized in US states, daily marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, despite evidence that this could harm their babies.…

February 8th, 2020

Chronicle AM: SF to Open Street Meth Center, Filipino Top Cop Says Bloody Drug War Failed, More… (2/7/20)

Connecticut top lawmakers roll out the governor's marijuana legalization bill, San Francisco moves to open a street meth treatment facility in the Tenderloin, and more. [image:1…

February 7th, 2020

Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles

Few cannabis consumers understand what the THC numbers on packages of cannabis edibles really mean, according to a new study. The study, which surveyed nearly…

February 7th, 2020

Chronicle AM: VA Pot Decrim Bill Heads for House Floor Vote, Thai Opium Cultivation Declines, More… (2/6/20)

Marijuana decriminalization is moving in Virginia, medical marijuana home cultivation is moving in New Hampshire, a class action lawsuit goes after Detroit-area car seizures, and…

February 6th, 2020

Chronicle AM: DC Psychedelic Initiative Advances, VT Legal Pot Sales Bill Moves Again, More… (2/5/20)

Vermont's House is moving on a legal marijuana sales bill approved last year by the Senate, Rhode Island legislators yield in a fight with the…

February 6th, 2020

Republican Reefer Reactionaries: Meet America's Worst 8 Governors on Marijuana Reform [FEATURE]

The nation's most venerable marijuana legalization group, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), has just issued its 2020 Gubernatorial Scorecard grading…

February 5th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Taking Sides on Marijuana Legalization in NY, PA MMJ Wrongful Firing Court Ruling, More… (2/4/20)

Major players in New York are staking out positions on marijuana legalization, a Pennsylvania court rules in favor of a worker fired for legal medical…

February 4th, 2020

Chronicle AM: VT Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Moves, MD Kratom Ban Bill Moves, More… (2/3/20)

Vermont is moving toward full, commercial marijuana legalization, Maryland is moving toward banning — not regulating — kratom, and more.Marijuana PolicyVermont Legal Marijuana…

February 1st, 2020

Chronicle AM: MO Marijuana Initiative Campaign Launches, SD Unlawful Ingestion Bill, More… (1/31/20)

A Georgia bill would result in quasi-decriminalization of small amounts of pot, a South Dakota bill would amend the state's unique felony internal possession law…

January 31st, 2020

Chronicle AM: Drug Overdoses Declined in 2018, Bernie Sanders Marijuana Legalization Plan, More… (1/30/20)

The CDC reports that drug overdose deaths declined for the first time in decades in 2018, Colombia's coca farmers are increasingly unhappy, Bernie Sanders could…

January 30th, 2020

Chronicle AM: NM, NH Marijuana Legalization Bills Advance; Mexico Mayhem, Psychedelic Reform, More… (1/28/20)

It's getting busy, busy, busy as state legislatures get back into session; Philadelphia's DA ends prosecutions for buprenorphine possession, it was a bloody weekend in…

January 29th, 2020

Chronicle AM: IL Supreme Court Takes On Searches Based on Smell of Marijuana, Tom Steyer Drug Policy, More… (1/27/20)

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer rolls out a progressive criminal justice platform, a Tennessee marijuana legalization bill is filed, and more.Marijuana PolicyIllinois Supreme…

January 29th, 2020

Chronicle AM: HI Bill Would De-Decriminalize Pot, IN Syringe Exchange Expansion Bill Filed, More… (1/28/20)

Some Hawaii legislators want to roll back last year's pot decriminalization, Mexico's president says a government panel will be formed to make recommendations on looming…

January 25th, 2020

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run

Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its…

January 25th, 2020

Chronicle AM: NM Pot Legalization Bill Filed, San Francisco Heroin/Fentanyl ODs Double, More… (1/24/20)

A New Mexico pot legalization bill backed by the governor has been filed, Montana activists file a second pot legalization initiative, San Francisco authorities report…

January 24th, 2020

Chronicle AM: US Revokes Visa of Philippines Drug War Chief, VT Psychedelic Decrim Bill Filed, More… (1/23/20)

Connecticut and New York begin grappling with getting marijuana legalization passed, a Vermont bill would legalize several natural psychedelics, the Mexican Senate will take up…

January 23rd, 2020

Chronicle AM: NM & NY Govs Call for MJ Legalization, NJ Gov Signs Criminal Justice Bills, More… (1/22/20)

Two Democratic governors push for marijuana legalization, another Democratic governor signs a package of criminal justice reform bills, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew Mexico Governor…

January 23rd, 2020

Taking It to the Streets: States That Could Vote on Marijuana in November [FEATURE]

Last year wasn't a great one for advancing marijuana legalization at the state level. Despite high hopes for New Jersey and New York, state legislatures…

January 22nd, 2020

Chronicle AM: Tulsi Gabbard Says Legalize All Drugs, NY Pot Poll Shows Strong Support, More… (1/21/20)

Tulsi Gabbard comes out for drug legalization, a New York poll has strong support for marijuana legalization, Dutch opinion-shapers push for a new drug policy,…

January 18th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Federal Marijuana Prosecutions Drop, Drug Czar Touts Reduced Overdoses, More… (1/17/20)

A New Mexico pot legalization bill gets filed, Rhode Island's governor calls for legalization, the drug czar touts a drop in drug overdose deaths, and…

January 17th, 2020

Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage

New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have…

January 17th, 2020

Real risks associated with cannabis exposure during pregnancy

A new study has definitively shown that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and…

January 17th, 2020

Chronicle AM: NM Governor Says Legalize Weed This Year, KY Criminal Justice Reform Push, More… (1/16/20)

New Mexico could legalize marijuana next month, Virginia activists says marijuana decriminalization is not enough, Kentucky prepares to go to work on criminal justice reforms,…

January 16th, 2020

Study sheds light on link between cannabis, anxiety and stress

A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions,…

January 16th, 2020

Chronicle AM: MI Jail Task Force Recommendations, Congress Wants Answers on Meth and Cocaine ODs, More… (1/15/20)

The Czech Pirate Party reaches for the stars, House members want answers from the administration about rising meth and cocaine deaths, and more.StimulantsCongressional…

January 15th, 2020

College students use more marijuana in states where it's legal, but they binge drink less

Marijuana use among college students has been trending upward for years, but in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, use has jumped even higher. A…

January 15th, 2020

Impaired driving — even once the high wears off

Researchers have discovered that recreational marijuana use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated. Cannabis users had more accidents, drove at higher speeds,…

January 15th, 2020

Chronicle AM: MT Legal Pot Initiatives Filed, NJ Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill, More… (1/14/20)

Montana activists have rolled out a parir of marijuana legalization initiatives, a Colorado bill aims to protect workers who use marijuana during their time away…

January 14th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Another MORE Act Vote Coming, FL Pot Initiative Effort Shifts to 2022, More… (1/13/20)

The MORE Act should get another committee vote this week, the Florida marijuana legalization initiative campaign has shifted its sights to 2020, Illinois' governor sketches…

January 11th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Decriminalize Nature Hits DC, Colombia Coca Eradication Fight, More… (1/10/20)

Vermont lawmakers begin a push to tax and regulate marijuana sales, the Decriminalize Nature movement arrives in the nation's capital, Colombia's president and governors disagree…

January 10th, 2020

The Top Ten International Drug Policy Stories of 2019 [FEATURE]

We're looking at 2019 through the rearview mirror now, but before we turn our sights to 2020, it's worth taking a few moments to look…

January 10th, 2020

Chronicle AM: MS MedMJ Initiative Qualifies for Ballot, DPA Executive Director to Step Down, More… (1/9/20)

A search for a permanent new executive director is underway at the Drug Policy Alliance, Mississippians will vote on a medical marijuana initiative this year,…

January 9th, 2020

Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles

Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22…