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July 2nd, 2020

OR Therapeutic Psilocbyin Init Looks Set to Make Ballot, Atlanta Cops Quit Drug Arrests During Sickout, More… (6/30/20)

UN human rights experts keep up the pressure on the Philippines, the Oregon therapeutic psilocbyin initiative looks set to make the November ballot, and more. [image:1…

July 2nd, 2020

OR Drug Decriminalization Will Go to Voters, VA Pot Decriminalization Now in Effect, More… (7/1/20)

The Old Dominion decriminalizes pot possession, Oregon will vote on decriminalizing all drugs, drug overdoses are jumping during the pandemic, and more. Marijuana PolicyVirginia…

June 27th, 2020

NYPD Spent Almost $100 Million on Drug Enforcement Last Year, Mexico Cartel Violence, More… (6/26/20)

Mexico City's police chief narrowly escapes a cartel assassination attempt, the NYPD spent nearly $100 million enforcing the drug laws last year, and more.[image:1 align:right…

June 26th, 2020

Colombia After the Peace Accords: A Conversation with Vanda Felbab-Brown [FEATURE]

Four years ago, Colombia's decades-long civil war officially came to an end when the leftist rebels of the FARC signed a peace agreement with then-President…

June 26th, 2020

DOJ Whistleblower Accuses Barr of Anti-Pot Bias, Marijuana Reform Pioneer Dr. Lester Grinspoon Dies, More… (6/25/20)

Bill Barr is accused of improperly pushing probes of legal marijuana companies, DARPA is funding research into psychedelic-inspired drugs for military purposes, Virginia's Black Legislative…

June 25th, 2020

SF Supes Approve Safe Injection Site Measure, OK Pot Init Can Start Collecting Signatures, More… (6/24/20)

The Kansas City and Los Angeles city councils advance marijuana measures, San Francisco supervisors approve a measure to allow safe injection sites, marijuana legalization is…

June 24th, 2020

Dem Congresswomen File COVID Decarceration Bill, Vancouver Activists Rally for Safe Drug Supply, More… (6/23/20)

Iowa's capital and largest city moves toward marijuana law reform, Vancouver activists march to demand a safe drug supply, progressive Democratic congresswomen roll out a…

June 23rd, 2020

US Deploys Air Force Planes to Curacao in Anti-Drug Effort, Israel Moves Closer to Pot Legalization, More… (6/22/20)

Georgia Senate Democrats have filed a police reform bill that includes marijuana decriminalization, the US is ramping up anti-drug operations near Venezuela, Israel takes a…

June 20th, 2020

NJ Assembly Passes Criminal Justice Reform Package, MT Pot Legalization Campaign Hands in Signatures, More… (6/19/20)

Montana campaigners handed in what should be enough signatures to get marijuana legalization measures on the ballot, the New Jersey Assembly quickly passed a package…

June 19th, 2020

NV Mass Marijuana Pardons, Colombia Cocaine Surge, NJ Pot Decrim Bill Advances, More… (6/18/20)

Fifteen thousand Nevada pot offenders just got automatic pardons, the UN says Colombian potential cocaine production was up last year, Kansas City moves toward pot…

June 19th, 2020

Is the Era of the No-Knock Drug Raid Coming to an End? [FEATURE]

In the mass protests over out-of-control and racially biased law enforcement ignited by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin, Floyd's…

June 18th, 2020

Senate GOP Unveils Policing Reform Bill, Seattle Moves to End Drug-Related Loitering Charges, More… (6/17/20)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarifies that state officials can't order drug tests as part of child welfare investigations, Senate Republicans roll out their version of…

June 17th, 2020

Legal Pot Linked to Declining Youth Drug Treatment Admissions, LA MedMJ Expansion Bill Signed, More…. (6/16/20)

Louisiana's governor signs a medical marijuana expansion bill into law, Colorado's legislature passes a bill giving the governor the ability expunge past small-time marijuana convictions,…

June 16th, 2020

Biden's Criminal Justice Task Force Gets Ahead of Him, Rio Drug Gangs Address COVID in the Favelas, More… (6/15/20)

Pot decriminalization bills are popping up in New Jersey, hemp is now legal in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Rio's drug gangs get…

June 13th, 2020

US Rep Calls for Drug Decriminalization, Prohibition-Related Violence in Colombia and Mexico, More… (6/11/20)

South Dakota marijuana activists launch their election campaign this week, Nevada's governor proposes mass pardons for small time pot possession charges, Michigan's governor signs a…

June 13th, 2020

Amid the Tumult, Congressional Democrats Take on Policing Run Amok [FEATURE]

With mass protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin now morphing into demands to grapple with racism and to…

June 11th, 2020

Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment

A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while…

June 11th, 2020

Congressional Dems File Justice in Policing Act, CO Police Accountability Bill Passes Senate, More… (6/10/20)

Police accountability is the topic of the day in Congress and in Colorado, a Nebraska medical marijuana initiative campaign is in a final sprint for…

June 10th, 2020

Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests

People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term,…

June 10th, 2020

NBA Foregoes Recreational Drug Testing, DC Psychedelic Init Gets Signature Boost During Protests, More… (6/9/20)

As a California psilocybin initiative bites the dust, a DC natural psychedelic initative gets a boost; the NBA gives up on recreational drug testing of…

June 9th, 2020

Mexico Plan to Decriminalize Drugs, House Drug War/Police Brutality Resolution Gaining Cosponsors, More… (6/8/20)

A pair of Democratic House leaders is pressing Attorney General Barr on marijuana legalization and drug rescheduling, a House resolution linking the war on drugs…

June 6th, 2020

Feds Claim Presence of "Drug Traffickers" Created Need for "Escalated Force" Against George Floyd Protestors, More…(6/5/20)

Medical marijuana is moving in the Heartland, a New Jersey decriminalizaion bill gets filed, Colorado lawmakers are moving a police reform bill, and more. [image:1 align:right…

June 5th, 2020

NM Primary Voters Remove Anti-Pot Lawmakers, UN Report Scorches Philippines Drug War Killings, More… (6/4/20)

A Democratic infrastructure bill includes language requiring legal marijuana states to consider impaired driving policies, Switzerland is set to move ahead with marijuana legalization pilot…

June 4th, 2020

ACLU Report on Racial Bias in Pot Arrests, DEA Okayed to Spy on George Floyd Protestors, More… (6/3/20)

The ACLU issues a timely report, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International call for reforms of Cambodia's drug detention centers, and more. Marijuana PolicyNew…

June 3rd, 2020

AZ Poll Bodes Well for Marijuana Legalization Initiative, China Anti-Drug Crackdown, More… (6/2/20)

An Arizona poll shows strong support for a marijuana legalization initiative there, a Connecticut panel approves adding two new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, and…

June 2nd, 2020

Congressional Resolution Condemns Police Brutality, War on Drugs; West Coast Pot Shops Trashed, More… (6/1/20)

West Coast pot shops get trashed in the upheaval gripping the land, a dozen members of Congress file a resolution calling for an end to…

May 30th, 2020

Fixing the Federal Criminal Justice System: The Establishment Weighs In [FEATURE]

In a just issued report on reforming the federal criminal justice system, a blue-ribbon task force of the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice calls for…

May 30th, 2020

COVID-19 Impacts the Cocaine Trade, COVID-19 Sparks Jump in Dark Web Drug Sales Offerings, More… (5/28/20)

Coronavirus is having differential impacts on the illicit drug trade, Michigan groups push to end the state's drug felon foodstamp ban, Colombian rebels call for…

May 29th, 2020

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems

Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency…

May 29th, 2020

US Army Unit Heads to Colombia to Fight Drugs, LA Senate Approves MedMJ Expansion Bill, More… (5/28/20)

One Arkansas marijuana legalization campaign calls it quits for this year, the Louisiana Senate has passed a medical marijuana expansion bill, Tyson Timbs finally gets…

May 28th, 2020

Call for Independent Investigation of Fatal Louisville Drug Raid, LA MedMJ Expansion Bill Advances, More… (5/27/20)

Nearly four dozen members of Congress want an independent investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville drug police, a high-profile…

May 27th, 2020

OR Psilocybin and Decriminalization Initiatives Hand in Signatures, MA Pot Shops Re-Open, More… (5/26/20)

Massachusetts pot shops see long lines as they do a limited reopening, two Oregon initiative campaigns handed in signatures last Friday, the Harris County DA…

May 23rd, 2020

Federal Marijuana Prisoner Killed by COVID-19, AL Mayor Candidate Wants to Hang Drug Dealers, More… (5/22/20)

Ohio local decriminalization initiative campaigns can do electronic signature-gathering, an Alabama mayoral candidate draws attention with a call to hang drug dealers, and more.[image:1 align:left…

May 22nd, 2020

"Deaths of Despair" Plateaued in 2018, Study Finds; No COVID Shutdown for Colombia's Coca Eradicators, More… (5/21/20)

Virginia has now decriminalized small-time pot possession, a marijuana legalization bill is moving again in the US Virgin Islands, "deaths of despair" have leveled off,…

May 21st, 2020

Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain

Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal…

May 21st, 2020

State Attorneys General Press for SAFE Banking Act, Singapore Drug Death Sentence Via Zoom, More… (5/20/20)

Illinois is spending tens of millions of marijuana tax dollars to help communities impacted by the drug war, the DEA gets a new acting administrator,…

May 21st, 2020

House HEROES Act COVID Relief Bill Calls for Prisoner Releases, Marijuana Banking [FEATURE]

When, in mid-May, House Democrats rolled out the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, H.R. 6800, the latest congressional response to the…

May 20th, 2020

MA Pot Shops Can Begin Curbside Delivery Next Week, LA House Advances MedMJ Expansion Bills, More… (5/19/20)

The Louisiana House votes to expand the state's medical marijuana program, the Georgia Department of Revenue gets caught mishandled seized asset forfeiture funds, and more.[image:1…

May 19th, 2020

ME Loses Federal Student Mental Health Aid Over Medical Marijuana, MA Safe Injection Site Bill Moves, More… (5/18/20)

Missouri lawmakers cast a baleful eye on medical marijuana gummies, a safe injection site bill is moving in Massachusetts, and more. Medical MarijuanaMaine Loses…

May 16th, 2020

Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests

The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.