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July 20th, 2019
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More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds

The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use…

July 20th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: First Step Sentence Cut Prisoners Walk Free, Drug Czar Touts OD Decline, More… (7/19/19)

More than 2,000 federal drug prisoners walk free today under First Step Act reforms, the drug czar touts [declining drug overdose numbers and blames Obama,…

July 19th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: CDC Says Drug ODs Declined Last Year, El Chapo Gets Life in Prison, More… (7/18/19)

The CDC reports that the overdose crisis may have peaked in 2017, El Chapo is sentenced to life in prison for exporting tons of cocaine…

July 18th, 2019
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Legalized recreational marijuana a substitute for alcohol, but not tobacco

The recent wave of recreational cannabis legalization across the US could generate $22 billion in sales per year, but not everyone is happy about it.…

July 18th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Senate Committee to Take Up Pot Banking Bill, Berkeley Psychedelic Decrim Push, More… (7/17/19)

In a sign of marijuana's momentum, a Senate committee will take up a pot banking bill next week, Ohio backs away from barring drug felons…

July 18th, 2019
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Oregon's Pot Glut: Great for Consumers, Not So Much for Producers [FEATURE]

Drivers heading north on I-5 in southern Oregon not only enjoy the region's towering mountains and evergreen forests, they are also treated to the occasional…

July 17th, 2019
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Marijuana use may not make parents more 'chill'

Sorry, marijuana moms and dads: Using pot may not make you a more relaxed parent, at least when it comes to how you discipline your…

July 17th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: MI Pot Expungement Bill Filed, Sri Lanka President Blames Drug Gangs for Terror Attacks, More… (7/16/19)

Columbus, Ohio, is moving to decriminalize up to seven ounces of weed, an expungement bill could clear the records of 235,000 Michigan pot offenders, Sri…

July 16th, 2019
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Cannabis treatment counters addiction: First study of its kind

An Australian study has demonstrated that cannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabis, one of the most widely used drugs globally. A new article provides…

July 16th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: ND Pot Legalization Initiative Filed, UK Pot Poll, NH Expungement Law, More… (7/15/19)

It's an all-marijuana Monday, with New Hampshire's Republican governor signing an expungement bill, North Dakota activists filing a legalization initiative petition, a poll showing near…

July 13th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: UN Will Probe Philippines Drug War Killings, PA MedMJ Expansion, More… (7/12/19)

The UN will probe drug war killings in the Philippines, murders in Mexico hit a monthly high, the North Carolina Opioid Epidemic Response Act is…

July 12th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: House OKs Housing Loans for Vets in Pot Industry, HI Governor Vetoes Hemp Bill, More… (7/11/19)

Hawaii's governor wields the veto pen, the House votes to allow home loans for vets working in the marijuana industry, and more.Marijuana PolicyHouse…

July 11th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Congressional Hearing on Marijuana, HI Governor Vetoes Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill, More… (7/10/19)

Congress heard testimony today challenging marijuana's criminalization, a Democratic House rising star and Senate presidential contender team up on a federal housing bill, Hawaii's governor…

July 10th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Justice Coalition Speaks, Trump Administration Split on Fentanyl Analogues, More… (7/9/19)

Hawaii decriminalizes up to three grams of pot as of today, the Marijuana Justice Coalition lays down some principles for reform, the Trump administration is…

July 9th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: AR, MT 2020 Pot Initiatives Get Underway, Amnesty Int'l. on Philippines Drug War, More… (7/8/19)

Marijuana legalization initiative campaigns are gearing up in Arkansas and Montana, a Missouri legislative committee will study asset forfeiture and racial profiling, Amnesty International calls…

July 6th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Call for UN Query on Philippines Drug War Deaths, TX Hemp-Pot Conundrum, More… (7/5/19)

There's good news on two fronts in the drug war in South and Southeast Asia, a new Texas hemp law is screwing up pot possession…

July 4th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: AZ 2020 Pot Initiative Campaign Gearing Up, Land Mines in the Coca Fields, More… (7/3/19)

Arizona pot legalization supporters prepare to try again, New Jersey is set for a big medical marijuana expansion, tension in Colombia's coca fields, and more. [image:1…

July 3rd, 2019
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Could marijuana be an effective pain alternative to prescription medications?

A new study has shown how cannabis could be an effective treatment option for both pain relief and insomnia, for those looking to avoid prescription…

July 3rd, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Senate Fight Over Fentanyl Analogues Bill, New Laws Now in Effect, More… (7/2/19)

A battle over fentanyl analogues is brewing on Capitol Hill, various new drug laws went into effect yesterday, North Dakota pot advocates plan another initiative,…

June 29th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Malaysia Moves Toward Drug Decriminalization, Cocaine Production at Record High, More… (6/28/19)

In a dramatic change of course, Malaysia is moving toward drug decriminalization; the UN says cocaine production hit an all-time high in 2017; Cory Booker…

June 28th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Afghan Opium Down, Colombian Coca Leveling Off, More… (6/29/19)

The UN says Afghan opium production is down, the US says Colombian coca production has leveled off but is still at high levels, Louisville passes…

June 27th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: MD Task Force Begins Studying Pot Legalization, ID MedMJ Initiative Gets Underway, More… (6/26/19)

Maryland legislators begin studying the path to pot legalization, New York legalization advocates look to next year, an Idaho medical marijuana initiative campaign gets underway,…

June 26th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: IL Becomes 11th Legal Marijuana State, Iran Says Sanctions Hinder Drug Fight, More… (6/25/19)

With the governor's signature, Illinois becomes the 11th legal marijuana state; Hawaii's governor wields the veto pen against hemp and asset forfeiture bills, Iran says…

June 25th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Maine Legal MJ Sales (Finally), House Blocks Forfeiture Loophole, More… (6/24/19)

Soon, Mainers will finally be able to buy and sell legal marijuana, the House passes an amendment to block an asset forfeiture end-run for local…

June 22nd, 2019
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House Votes to Protect Legal Marijuana States from Federal Interference [FEATURE]

In a history-making vote Thursday, the House voted 267-165 to approve a bipartisan measure aimed at protecting state marijuana policies from federal interference.The…

June 22nd, 2019
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Chronicle AM: House Moves to Protect State-Legal Marijuana, Canada OKs Pot Expungements, More… (6/21/19)

The House has passed an historic amendment to protect legal marijuana states from federal interference, the polls numbers are looking good in Florida, Canada moves…

June 21st, 2019
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Early-and-regular cannabis use by youth is associated with alteration in brain circuits that support cognitive control

The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors — specifically the…

June 21st, 2019
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Most Heroin Addicts Didn't Start By Being Prescribed Pain Pills, Despite Drug Czar's Claims [FEATURE]

As part of its campaign to stem opioid addiction and overdoses, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP — the drug czar's…

June 21st, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Cory Booker Plans Mass Drug Prisoner Clemencies, CA Safe Injection Site Bill Delayed, More… (6/20/19)

Cory Booker wants to grant clemency to thousands of federal drug prisoners, a pair of drug reform amendments pass the House, the Russians move to…

June 20th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: NY Legal Pot Push Fails, Colombia to Resume Aerial Spraying of Coca Crops, More… 6/19/19)

The House could vote on a series of marijuana amendments soon, New York's bid to legalize marijuana this year runs out of time, Colombia's president…

June 19th, 2019
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Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market

A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and…

June 19th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Clock Ticking on New York Legalization Bill, Psychedelic Reform Hopes Spread, More… (6/18/19)

New York lawmakers only have until tomorrow to pass a marijuana legalization bill, China gripes about legalization in the US and Canada, the movement to…

June 18th, 2019
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Gene linked to cannabis abuse

New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine…

June 18th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: CA Acts to Boost Struggling Cannabis Industry, WV Students Face Drug Tests, More… (6/17/09)

California officials are cutting legal operators some slack in a bid to boost the marijuana industry, Virginia's attorney general calls for marijuana decriminalization, West Virginia…

June 15th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: NY Pot Legalization Effort Continues, Brazil Drug Survey Suppressed, More… (6/14/19)

The New York legislature has less than a week to get pot legalization done, a bid to open research on Schedule I drugs dies in…

June 14th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: Drug ODs May Have Peaked, New Gallup Marijuana Poll, More… (6/12/19)

New data from the CDC suggests the overdose epidemic may have peaked, a new Gallup poll shows support for marijuana legalization remains strong, Oregon passes…

June 14th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: CO Hits $1 Billion in Cannabis Taxes, Pompeo Doubles Down on Colombia Crop Spraying, More… (6/13/18)

Colorado has raked in a billion dollars in cannabis tax revenues, Cincinnati decriminalizes, Bonaroo harm reduction protest, Pompeo pushes Colombia coca crop spraying, and more.[image:1…

June 13th, 2019
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Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction

A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren’t,…

June 12th, 2019
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Chronicle AM: NJ Lawmakers Pass Pot Expungement Bill, Psychedelic Research Proposal Advances, More… (6/11/19)

Nevada is going to pilot a digital banking program for pot businesses, Alabama's governor signs a medical marijuana study bill, chain pharmacies make recommendations on…

June 12th, 2019
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Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths

Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, according to researchers.