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May 15th, 2021

MN House Votes to Legalize Marijuana, AZ Bill Legalizing Fentanyl Test-Strips Goes to Governor, More… (5/14/21)

A Mississippi appeals court upholds a life sentence for a man busted with 1.5 ounces of marijuana, the Minnesota House votes to legalize marijuana, a…

May 14th, 2021

WA Governor Signs Misdemeanor Drug Possession Bill, VT Senate Approves Buprenorphine Bill, More… (5/13/21)

Look for a Nebraska medical marijuana initiative next year after the legislature killed a bill this week, a Pennsylvania poll finds broad support for criminal…

May 13th, 2021

Peptide could allow medical marijuana to relieve pain without side effects

Many people live with chronic pain, and in some cases, cannabis can provide relief. But the drug also can significantly impact memory and other cognitive…

May 13th, 2021

Rio de Janeiro Drug Raid Massacre, AZ Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill, More… (5/7/21)

Medical marijuana bills are moving in several states, a Minnesota marijuana legalization bill has just won its 11th committee vote (!), the Texas House passes…

May 13th, 2021

LA House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana, Vancouver Drug Decriminalization Battle, More… (5/12/21)

The Louisiana House votes to decriminalize pot possession, a Connecticut marijuana legalization effort may require a legislative special session, and more.Marijuana PolicyCongress Must…

May 12th, 2021

MO House Approves Needle Exchange Programs, NE MedMJ Bill Gets Hearing This Week, More… (5/11/21)

A Rhode Island superior court judge throws out a traffic stop and search based on the odor of marijuana, the Missouri House passes a needle…

May 11th, 2021

MN Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads for House Floor Vote, Hawaii Pot Poll Shows State Evenly Split, More… (5/10/21/)

A proposed Mississippi marijuana legalization initiative hits a small bump, a Minnesota marijuana legalization bill heads for a House floor vote, and more.Marijuana PolicyHawaii…

May 7th, 2021

Making Marijuana Green [FEATURE]

Your cannabis consumption has a carbon footprint, and when everybody's cannabis consumption is added up, that carbon footprint gets mighty big. But most of that…

May 6th, 2021

Supreme Court Hears Crack Sentencing Case, Afghan Opium Cultivation Jumps, More… (5/5/21)

An Alabama medical marijuana bill struggles to get past final obstacles, a watered-down Tennessee medical marijuana bill is moving, a Swiss parliamentary committee votes to…

May 5th, 2021

Ecstasy Shown to Help with PTSD When Paired with Therapy, LA Smokable MedMJ Bill Advances, More… (5/4/21)

The Maryland Court of Appeals rules that the smell of marijuana is not sufficient probable cause to justify an officer stop, the DC city council…

April 30th, 2021

AZ Civil Asset Forfeiture Ban Bill Passes Legislature, MI THC Limit Impaired Driving Bill Filed, More… (4/29/21)

Federal bills to reform asset forfeiture and study the impact of marijuana legalization get filed, a Tennessee push for medical marijuana dies for the year,…

April 29th, 2021

Biden FDA Set to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Louisiana MJ Legalization Advances, More… (4/28/21)

A Montana bill to implement voter-approved marijuana legalization heads to the governor's desk, the South Dakota Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging…

April 28th, 2021

White House Removes Buprenorphine Restrictions, BC Formally Requests Drug Decrim, More… (4/27/21)

A new poll has recored support for marijuana legaization in Pennsylvania, House Republicans file a bill to protect gun rights of state-legal marijuana users, House…

April 27th, 2021

WA to Make Drug Possession a Misdemeanor, FL Supreme Court Throws Out Legal Pot Initiative, More… (4/26/21)

The Philadelphia City Council votes to bar most pre-employment drug testing for marijuana, leading Democratic senators call on the attorney general to undo a Trump-era…

April 24th, 2021

NC Black Man Killed By Cops Died Fleeing Drug Raid, CA Senate Approves Safe Injection Sites, More… (4/23/21)

US-Mexico law enforcement cooperation in battling Mexican drug cartels is at a standstill, a Montana marijuana legalization implementation bill is heading for House and Senate…

April 23rd, 2021

VA Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Into Law, IL House Approves Drug Defelonization Bill, More… (4/22/21)

The House votes to temporarily keep fentanyl as a Schedule I drug, the Minnesota pot legalization bill wins an eighth (!) committee vote,…

April 22nd, 2021

Biden Won't Commit On Marijuana Legalization Bill, AL Asset Forfeiture Reform Advances, More… (4/21/21)

Asset forfeiture reform stalls in Hawaii but advances in Alabama, the Denver city council votes to approve marijuana deliveries and consumption lounges, and more.[image:1 align:left…

April 22nd, 2021

Will the SAFE Marijuana Banking Act Break Through to the Senate? [FEATURE]

For the second time in as many years, the House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1996) on Monday.…

April 21st, 2021

House Passes SAFE Banking Act, NJ AG Orders End to Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Drug Offenders, More… (4/20/21)

Dallas police will no longer arrest people possessing small amounts of pot, a North Carolina bill seeks to restrict needle exchange programs, and hemp is…

April 20th, 2021

SAFE Banking Act House Floor Vote Today, Texas Gov. Wants Cartels Designated as Terrorists, More… (4/19/21)

Another poll reaffirms marijuana's popularity, the push for marijuana legalization in Connecticut has hit a roadblock over social equity, a bill to allow smokable medical…

April 17th, 2021

MedMJ for Vets Bill Filed in Congress, Pfizer to Donate One Million Doses of Naloxone, More… (4/16/21)

A medical marijuana bill moves in Tennessee, Idaho lawmakers defeat an anti-drug legalization constitutional amendment, and more.Medical MarijuanaBipartisan Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana…

April 17th, 2021

Biden's Drug Policy Priorities Are a Small Step in the Right Direction, But Old Attitudes Linger [FEATURE]

On April 1, the Biden administration gave us the first big hint of what its drug policy will look like as it released the congressionally-mandated…

April 17th, 2021

Record Support for MJ Legalization in Quinnipiac Poll, CA Psychedelic Decrim Bill Advances, More… (4/15/21)

A Minnesota marijuana legalization bill continues to move in the House, the acting drug czar pledges more funds for drug treatment and greater access to…

April 15th, 2021

Genetic predisposition to schizophrenia may increase risk of psychosis from cannabis use

New research shows that while cannabis users had higher rates of psychotic experiences than non-users across the board, the difference was especially pronounced among those…

April 15th, 2021

Drug OD Deaths Hit Record High During Pandemic, Campaign to End Crack Cocaine Sentence Disparity, More… (4/14/21)

Washington's governor commutes some drug possession sentences after the state's Supreme Court voids its felony drug possession law, the St, Louis County Council votes to…

April 14th, 2021

NM Legalizes Marijuana, Criminal Justice Reformer Named DEA Chief, More… (4/13/21)

A simple policy change causes a massive drop in pot arrests in San Antonio, the Maryland legislature has approved the legalization of drug paraphernalia, Vancouver…

April 14th, 2021

Marijuana Activist and Strategist Steve Fox Dead at 53

Longtime marijuana legalization activist and strategic thinker Steve Fox has died way too young. Below, we reprint verbatim the following notice from his colleagues at…

April 13th, 2021

MD Lawmakers Pass Major Police Reforms Through Veto Override, Tijuana Travel Warning Issued, More… (4/12/21)

An American citizen in Dubai faces three years in prison after testing positive for marijuana, Delaware marijuana legalization activists urge boycott of dispensaries that testified…

April 12th, 2021

Early cannabis use linked to heart disease

Smoking cannabis when you’re young may increase your risk of developing heart disease later, according to a recent study.

April 10th, 2021

Mexico MJ Legalization Hits Senate Snag, CDC OKs Fed Funds for Fentanyl Test Strips, More… (4/9/21)

A bill to decriminalize buprenorphine is heading for the Vermont Senate, New Zealand makes a pilot pill testing program permanent, and more.Harm ReductionBiden…

April 9th, 2021

VA Legalizes Marijuana, CA Safe Injection Site Bill Advances, More… (4/8/21)

Medical marijuana bills advance in several states, Virginia legalizes marijuana, a West Virginia bill to continue mandatory drug screening and testing of welfare recipients passed…

April 8th, 2021

Cannabis legalization and link to increase in fatal collisions

Legalization of recreational cannabis may be associated with an increase in fatal motor vehicle collisions based on data from the United States.

April 8th, 2021

CA Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill Advances, CT Legal Pot Bill Advances, More… (4/7/21)

New York police will no longer be able to search vehicles based solely on the smell of marijuana, the Montana House passes a trio of…

April 7th, 2021

Mexico Legal Pot Bill Nears Final Vote, National Institute of Justice on Pot Impairment Tests, More… (4/6/21)

A Louisiana Republican state representative has filed a marijuana legaization bill, an effort to advance even minor asset forfeiture reforms hits law enforcement opposition, and…

April 6th, 2021

Federal Drug Cases Continue to Decline, Schumer Ready to Move Ahead With Legalization, More… (4/5/21)

DC's mayor is ready to move ahead with legalizing marijuana sales, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is ready to move ahead with federal marijuana legalization,…

April 3rd, 2021

ONDCP Says Drug Overdoses Spiked During Pandemic, Poll Has 75% Opposed to Pot Prohibition, More… (4/2/21)

North Dakota lawmakers reject a bid to let voters decide on marijuana legalization, a West Virginia medical marijuana expansion bill remains alive, drug overdose deaths…

April 2nd, 2021

NY Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization into Law, Biden White House Sets Drug Policy Priorities, More… (4/1/21)

The Biden administration has filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting an effort to expand sentencing reductions under the 2018 First Step Act, the…

April 2nd, 2021

New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization, Governor Will Sign Bill [FEATURE]

New Mexico has become the second state in as many days to see lawmakers approve marijuana legalization. New York did it on March 30, and…

April 1st, 2021

NY Legalizes Marijuana, US-Mexico Anti-Drug Cooperation at Standstill, WA Drug Decrim Bill Filed, More… (3/31/21)

The New York legislature approved marijuana legalization last night and the governor says he will sign the bill, a drug decriminalization bill has been filed…

April 1st, 2021

New York Legalizes Marijuana! [FEATURE]

After hours of debate Tuesday, the state Senate voted 40-23 to approve the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act (MRTA) (Senate Bill 854), which would immediately…