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September 17th, 2019

Chronicle AM: House MJ Banking Bill to Get Floor Vote, Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy, More… (9/16/19)

A bill to open up financial services for the marijuana industry will get a House floor vote this month, the maker of OxyContin files for…

September 14th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Joe Biden's Muddy Message on Pot Policy, Peru Coca Eradication Gearing Up, More… (9/13/19)

Joe Biden muddies the waters on his marijuana policy, Copenhagen is moving toward a pilot progeram of legal marijuana sales, Peru prepares to go after…

September 13th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Tentative Oxycontin Settlement, Philippines Says No to UN Investigators, More… (9/12/19)

It looks like the thousands of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over Oxycontin are about to be settled, a new audit finds California's unlicensed pot shops…

September 13th, 2019

Help Us Respond to the Crises and the Opportunities

Dear friend,  David BordenAs I've written recently, this is a good time and a bad time in drug policy reform. Marijuana reform continues to have 2019…

September 12th, 2019

Chronicle AM: DEA Proposes Big Cuts in Opioid Production, Increase in Research Marijuana, More… (9/11/18)

The DEA has come out with proposed quotas for marijuana and prescription opioids for 2020, a Florida legalization initiative has already raised a million dollars,…

September 11th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: OR Drug Decriminalization Initiative Filed, CA Pot Banking Bill Dead for This Year, More… (9/10/19)

A drug decriminalization initiative could make its way to Oregon's 2020 ballot, South Dakota's Republican governor vows to veto any hemp bill again next year,…

September 10th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: OR Psilocybin Initiative Advances, Kamala Harris Rolls Out Criminal Justice Platform, More… (9/9/19)

An Oregon initiative to allow the therapeutic use of magic mushrooms is set to begin signature gathering, an Arizona initiative to legalize marijuana is going…

September 7th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: MS MedMJ Campaign Hands in Signatures, NY Inmates Sue Over Pain Meds, More… (9/6/19)

A broad coalition of civil rights and other groups are calling for marijuana legalization and more, Mississippi activists hand in signatures for a medical marijuana…

September 6th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Johns Hopkins Gets Psychedelic Center, Guatemala State of Siege, More… (9/5/19)

Johns Hopkins University will open a new center on psychedelic research, hemp cultivation in the US quadruples over last year, Guatemala declares a state of…

September 6th, 2019
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Hemp Legalization Is Wreaking Havoc with Marijuana Prosecutions in Prohibition States [FEATURE]

After passage of the 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, states scrambled to pass their own laws legalizing hemp and CBD. But in doing…

September 5th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: AZ Marijuana Legalization Poll, Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill, More… (9/4/19)

A new poll finds that half of Arizonans are ready to legalize marijuana, a Mexican senator has just filed a marijuana legalization bill ahead of…

September 4th, 2019
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Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals

Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily…

September 4th, 2019
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Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use

As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by…

September 4th, 2019
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The Drug War Isn't Waiting, So We Can't Either

Dear friend,The drug war isn't waiting — so we can't either. That goes for the opportunities and it goes for the crises.Marijuana reform…

September 4th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Trump Stays States' Rights on Pot, Massive DEA Florida Opioid Bust, More… (9/3/19)

The president reiterates his states' rights approach to marijuana legalization, the DEA goes massively after opioids in a Florida operation, Thailand okays hemp and cannabis…

August 31st, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Feds Warn on Marijuana Health Risks, Philly Drug Test Backlog, More… (8/30/19)

Federal officials issue a warning on marijuana for teens and pregnant women, the Philadelphia DA deals with a drug sample testing crisis, Colombian FARC dissidents…

August 30th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: NY Governor Faces Protest over Lack of Progress on NYC Safe Injection Sites, More… (8/29/19)

New York's reformed marijuana decriminalization, which will end arrests for public possession or smoking, is now in effect, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew York's Marijuana…

August 29th, 2019
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Campus Reefer Gladness: The Top 10 Most Marijuana-Friendly Colleges and Universities [FEATURE]

The Princeton Review has released its annual compendium of rankings and ratings of institutions of higher learning across the land, The Best 385 Colleges 2020 Edition,…

August 29th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Steny Hoyer Cites Gateway Theory to Oppose Legal Pot, Louisville Ends Pot Busts, More… (8/28/19)

Steny Hoyer goes last century with his embrace of the gateway theory, Louisville ends small-time pot busts, and more. [image:1 align:left]Top House Democrat Uses Gateway Theory…

August 28th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Opioid Maker Ordered to Pay $572 Million, Purdue Pharma Offers Billions to Settle, More… (8/27/19)

Big Pharma companies that dealt in opoids are taking a hit, California moves to get rid of a vestige of the dope squad days, and…

August 27th, 2019
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New breathalyzer can detect marijuana

A team has developed a breathalyzer device that can measure the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, in the user’s breath. The…

August 27th, 2019
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Gene linked to autism undergoes changes in men's sperm after pot use

A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change…

August 27th, 2019
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Teens are using a highly potent form of marijuana

Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly…

August 27th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Houston Narc Charged With Murder in Bogus Drug Raid, DEA Moves on Pot Research, More… (8/26/19)

The DEA finally moves on expanding marijuana research opportunites, a former Houston cop who led a lethal bogus drug raid is charged with murder, a…

August 24th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: CA Pot Party Bus Bill Advances, Bolivia Coca Cultivation Decline, More… (8/23/19)

Top White House drug officials signal a laissez-faire stance toward marijuana legalization in the states, a bill to allow pot smoking and vaping on party…

August 24th, 2019
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APPEAL: Help Us Respond to the Opportunities and the Crises

Dear reader,David Borden As I wrote last week, this is a good time and a bad time in drug policy. Marijuana reform continues to have…

August 23rd, 2019
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Chronicle AM: No CBDs for Military Members, Hawaii Decriminalizes Pot Possession, More… (9/22/19)

The Defense Department makes it crystal clear that service members can't use CBD products, Hawaii's governor fails to veto a decriminalization bill, thus allowing it…

August 22nd, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Mexico Court Okays Recreational Cocaine Use, Elizabeth Warren Criminal Justice Policy, More… (9/21/19)

Elizabeth Warren rolls out her criminal justice and drug policy platform, a Mexico City court rules that two petitioners can legally possess and use cocaine,…

August 21st, 2019
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Cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain

Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence…

August 20th, 2019
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Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually

Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each…

August 20th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Bernie Sanders Criminal Justice Proposals, British Drug Deaths at All-Time High, More… (8/19/19)

Bernie Sanders rolls out a radical criminal justice reform package, marijuana legalization initiatives get moving in Arizona and South Dakota, Atlanta rejects expansion of drug-free…

August 16th, 2019
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Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized

After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation.

August 13th, 2019
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Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol

Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to…

August 12th, 2019
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Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression

Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms,…

August 10th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Outside Lands Festival to Allow Pot, Colombia Cocaine Conflicts Creating Refugees, More… (8/9/19)

There will be legal pot smoking at Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend, the Trump administration moves forward with plans to allow drug testing…

August 9th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Bernie Sanders Would Legalize Weed by Executive Order, CDC on Naloxone Availability, More… (8/8/19)

That New Jersey pot legalization bill may yet rise from the dead, the CDC warns on naloxone access in rural areas, Ohio's largest city just…

August 8th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Luxembourg Set to Be First in Europe to Legalize Marijuana, Honduras "Narco" President Protests, More… (8/7/19)

Luxembourg is moving to be the first European country to legalize marijuana, Hondurans take to the streets to protest their "narco" president, a New Mexico…

August 7th, 2019
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Cannabis' effects on brain neurochemistry

A new study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain’s prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk…

August 7th, 2019
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Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths

A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.

August 7th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Florida Decrim Bill Filed, Louisiana MedMJ Sales to Begin, More… (8/6/19)

A key Republican senator signals an openness to marijuana banking reforms, a Florida state rep files a decriminalization bill, the first shipments of medical marijuana…