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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…

January 9th, 2020

Chronicle AM: MD Pot Poll, USAID Mission to Bolivia, Atlanta PD Disbands Dope Squad, More… (1/8/20)

The Atlanta Police are shutting down their dope squad to concentrate on violent crime, the Florida legislature and state attorney general try to block a…

January 8th, 2020

Chronicle AM: SD to Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Year, Mexico's Toll of Disappeared, More… (1/7/20)

The MORE Act gets another push, there will be no decriminalization of marijuana in New Jersey during the lame duck session, a South Dakota marijuana…

January 7th, 2020

Chronicle AM: CA Racial Profiling Study, VA Governor Pushes for Pot Decriminalization, More… (1/6/20)

Virginia's Democratic governor is ready to push for pot decriminalization as part of a broader criminal justice reform package, federal opioid funds will soon be…

January 4th, 2020

Chronicle AM: TX Pot Prosecutions Halved, Random Drug Tests for Truck Drivers to Double, More… (1/3/20)

New York's governor vetoes a bill easing access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction for Medicare patients, but not for patients with private insurance; Illinois…

January 3rd, 2020

Chronicle AM: IL Legal Marijuana Sales Begin, FDA Bans Flavored Vape Cartridges, More… (1/2/20)

Legal marijuana sales get underway in Illinois, the Italian Supreme Court gives the okay to personal marijuana cultivation, Colombia wants to resume aerial spraying of…

December 24th, 2019

Bad Precedent: When the Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply [FEATURE]

The Fourth Amendment should have protected suspected Indianapolis methamphetamine dealer Paul Huskisson when DEA agents without a search warrant and without any exigent circumstances, such…

December 24th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Trinidad & Tobago Frees the Weed; Trump Asserts Right to Enforce Drug Laws Against MMJ, More… (12/23/19)

No marijuana brews for Oregonians, Trinidad & Tobago legalizes pot possession and cultivation, Trump asserts the power to enforce federal drug laws in medical marijuana…

December 23rd, 2019

Chronicle AM: SD MMJ initiative Qualifies for Ballot, New Zealand Pill Testing Study, More… (12/20/19)

South Dakota voters will get to decide on okaying medical marijuana next year, Chicago legal sales are set to begin January 1, New Zealand's government…

December 21st, 2019

Scientists discover medicinal cannabis substitute for treating Parkinson's disease

A drug that provides the benefits obtained from medicinal cannabis without the ‘high’ or other side effects may help to unlock a new treatment for…

December 20th, 2019

Chronicle AM: SAFE Banking Act Challenge in Senate, FL Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming, More… (12/19/19)

A bi-partisan pair of senators file a pair of marijuana bills, a key Senate Republican is demanding changes in the House-passed SAFE Banking Act, and…

December 19th, 2019

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

As the clock ticks down toward 2020, it's worth taking a moment to look back and reflect on what has gone on in the world…

December 19th, 2019

Chronicle AM: DC MJ Sales Appear Blocked Again, RI Senate Leader Says No Legalization Next Year, More… (12/18/19)

It looks like Congress will once again block the District of Columbia from taxing and regulating legal marijuana sales, a key Rhode Island senator just…

December 18th, 2019

Chronicle AM: New Pot Polls Look Good, Pot Initiative Action, Dutch Push for Legal Ecstasy, More… (12/17/19)

Protections for state-level marijuana legalization programs gets stripped from a federal funding bill, two new polls have strong national support for legalization, a Dutch political…

December 17th, 2019

Chronicle AM: CA Initiative Would Legalize Magic Mushroom Sales, Senate GOP Cartel Bill, More… (12/16/19)

The latest version of California's psilocbyin decriminalization initiative turns it into a legalization initiative, a group of Senate Republicans file a bill to treat drug…

December 14th, 2019

Chronicle AM: NJ Marijuana Referendum Set to Advance, Dirty Detroit Narcs, MA Pot Vaping Resumes, More… (12/13/19)

Italy legalizes hemp and CBD products, Trinidad & Tobago moves toward pot decriminalization, New Jersey legislaors are busy on two fronts, and more.Marijuana…

December 13th, 2019

Is This the Worst State in America on Drug Policy? [FEATURE]

With endless miles of farmland shading into ever higher and drier terrain as one moves West, then on to the Badlands and then the Black…

December 13th, 2019

Chronicle AM: MLB Drug Testing Accord, US Charges Former Mexican Top Cop for Cartel Bribes, More… (12/12/19)

Major League Baseball and its players' union have reached a drug testing agreement, Wisconsin's GOP Senate leader kills a medical marijuana bill, and more. [image:1 align:left…

December 12th, 2019

Chronicle AM: US Afghan Opium Fiasco, New Zealand LSD Microdosing Trials, More… (12/11/19)

Expungements for past minor pot offenses are beginning in Chicago, clinical trials on LSD microdosing are about to get underway in New Zealand, Kentucky's new…

December 11th, 2019

Chronicle AM: House Resolution Condemns Racist Drug War, Prison Racial Disparities Shrink, More…. (12/10/19)

Michigan legal pot sales are off to a hot start, a House resolution demands Congress apologize for racist drug war, a new report finds declining…

December 10th, 2019

Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression

New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression…