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September 26th, 2020

Study Finds Drug Use Rose During Pandemic, San Francisco Sues to Block Dealers from Tenderloin, More… (9/25/20)

The Michigan legislature is moving forward on a couple of front, San Francisco prosecutors try an innovative tactic against Tenderloing drug dealers, and more.[image:1 align:right…

September 25th, 2020

Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Weed? [FEATURE]

New Jersey looks set to be the next state to legalize marijuana. It's on the ballot come election day, the polls are looking good, and…

September 24th, 2020

No Indictments for Killing Breonna Taylor, Vermont MJ Commerce Bill Goes to Governor, More… (9/23/20)

A Vermont legal marijuana commerce bill goes to the governor, Michael Bloomberg has paid the fines of 32,000 Floridians with felony records so they can…

September 23rd, 2020

South Dakota Pot Poll Has Good News, UC Berkeley to Open Psychedelic Research Center, More… (9/22/20)

A Texas jump has temporarily lifted a ban on smokable hemp, the Ann Arbor city ciuncil approves a resolution effectively decriminalizing plant-based psychedelics, and more.[image:1…

September 22nd, 2020

It is time to embrace cannabis for medicinal use, say experts

Attitudes towards cannabis products for medicinal use need to change with much greater appropriate use of such products to help alleviate patients’ pain, suggests new…

September 22nd, 2020

New Coalition Unveils Plan to Legalize Interstate Marijuana Commerce, Colombia Cocaine Regulation Bill, More… (9/21/20)

People with small-time pot possession convictions in New York state can not move to get them expunged, Secretary of State Pompeo promises more anti-drug aid…

September 19th, 2020

AZ Poll Has Pot Initiative With Bare Majority, White House Releases Annual Drug Certification List, More… (9/16/20)

A new poll has the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative at 51%, the natural psychedelic decriminalization movememnt comes to Ann Arbor, and more.Marijuana PolicyArizona…

September 18th, 2020

Book Review: Hell in the Heartland [FEATURE]

Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls by Jax Miller (2020, Berkley Books, (319 pp., $27.00 HB)[image:1 align:left]Early on…

September 18th, 2020

House Postpones Marijuana Legalization Vote Until After Election Day, BC Expands "Safe Supply" of Drugs, More… (9/17/20)

There will be no House voe on marijuana legalization until after the election, Vermont lawmakers reach agreement on regulated legal marijuana sales, British Columbia moves…

September 17th, 2020

Settlement in Breonna Taylor Drug Raid Killing, UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes Philippines Drug War, More… (9/15/20)

There is a landmark settlement in the killing of Breonna Taylor, the federal government hints at a move toward the use of hair follicle testing…

September 17th, 2020

Marijuana Legalization Appeal Garners Broad Amicus Support, Pending Singapore Drug Execution Slammed, More… (9/16/20)

Despite marijuana legalization, Black DC residents still make up 90% of pot arrestees; human rights groups challenge a pending drug execution, and more.Marijuana…

September 15th, 2020

VT House Passes Marijuana Expungement, House Methamphetamine Emergency Bill Filed, More… (9/14/20)

Montana's marijuana legalizers are now facing organized opposition, House members have filed a law enforcement-supported meth bill, and more.Marijuana PolicyMontana Marijuana Legalization Initiatives…

September 12th, 2020

Study of siblings finds moderate cannabis use impacts cognitive functioning

A new study compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function. This study contrasts with previous…

September 12th, 2020

NE Supreme Court Throws Out MedMJ Initiative, Bipartisan Federal Drug Bail Reform Bill Filed, More… (9/11/20)

The Nebraska Supreme Court blocks the state from voting on a medical marijuana initiative, both houses of the Virginia legislature pass marijuana expungement bills, and…

September 11th, 2020

Federal Marijuana Research Bill Wins House Committee Vote, MA Report on Racial Sentencing Disparities, More… (9/10/20)

The federal Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019 is heading for the House floor, New Jersey Republican party leaders come out hard against marijuana legalization,…

September 10th, 2020

Pain tolerance among cannabis users

A recent study examining pain among cannabis users suggests that — unlike long-term opioid use — regular cannabis use does not appear to increase pain…

September 10th, 2020

Mass Murder at Illicit California Marijuana Grow; Meth, Other Drug Use Up Amidst Pandemic, More… (9/9/20)

Maine finally issues its first adult-use marijuana business licenses, a mass killing at an illegal California marijuana grow leaves seven dead, and more.Marijuana…

September 9th, 2020

Biden Calls for Mandatory Treatment for Drug Offenders, VT Lawmakers Get Closer to Okaying Legal Pot Sales, More… (9/8/20)

Joe Biden's approach to drug policy appears still rooted in the last century, the Trump administration releases mandatory guidelines for hair follicle testing for truck…

September 8th, 2020

Drug Reform Pioneer Kevin Zeese Dies at Age 64

The American drug reform movement lost one of its pioneers on Sunday. Attorney Kevin Zeese died of a heart attack at home after going to…

September 5th, 2020

MN Asset Forfeiture Report Released, PA GOP Legislators Continue to Block Pot Legalization, More… (9/4/20)

The Nebraska Supreme Court hears a challenge to the state's medical marijuana initiative, Minnesota releases an audit of asset forfeiture practices in the state, and…

September 4th, 2020

CA Safe Injection Site Bill Killed, Good Polls on MS MedMJ and DC Natural Psychedelic Initiatives, More… (9/3/20)

There are good polling results for medical marijuana in Mississippi and a natural psychedelic initiative in Washington, DC; Pennsylvania's top elected officials call for marijuana…

September 4th, 2020

One State is About to Vote on Radical Drug Policy Reform [FEATURE]

Oregon residents will have a chance in November to approve the most far-reaching drug reform measure ever to make the ballot in this country when…

September 3rd, 2020

House to Vote on Legal Marijuana This Month, NE MedMJ Initiative Qualifies for Ballot, Overcomes Challenge, More… (9/2/20)

A bill to ban police searches based soley on the odor of marijuana is moving in Virginia, Pennsylvania's governor wants to legalize marijuana to help…

August 26th, 2020

Rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use not associated with vaping-related lung injuries, study finds

Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new…

August 22nd, 2020

AZ Legal Pot Initiative Clears Final Hurdle, Oakland Cops Raid Magic Mushroom "Church," More… (8/21/20)

A British prescription heroin pilot program gets extended after promising first year results, police in Oakland raid a magic mushroom "church," and more.Marijuana…

August 21st, 2020

DEA Loses Bid to Kill Pot Rescheduling Lawsuit, Canada to Not Prosecute Most Drug Possession Cases, More… (8/20/20)

A new poll shows bipartisan support for marijuana legalization, Colombian coca eradication goes into high gear amidst the pandemic, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew Poll…

August 20th, 2020

Border Meth Seizures Surge, VT Lawmakers Aim for Accord on Legal Marijuana Sales, More… (8/19/20)

Vermont legislators look to reconcile House and Senate legal marijuana sales bills, UN officials in Colombia denounce an increasing number of massacres, and more.[image:1 align:left…

August 19th, 2020

State Treasurers Lobby for Marijuana Banking in Coronavirus Bill, Journalists Harassed in Colombia, More… (8/18/20)

A coalition of state treasurers is urging Congress to pass marijuaan banking reforms as part of any coronavirus relief package, Arizona's Maricopa County improves the…

August 18th, 2020

Maine Marijuana Stores to Finally Open, KY "Breonna's Law" Banning No-Knock Raids Filed, More… (8/17/20)

After years of delay, Maine regulators say retail marijuana outlets will be open in October, eight people were killed in a Colombian region where different…

August 15th, 2020

Drug Reform, Social Justice Groups Demand Action on MORE Act; MT Legal Marijuana Inits Qualify for Ballot, More… (8/14/20)

More than a hundred social justice and drug reform groups call on Congress to move the marijuana legalizing MORE Act next month, researchers at Johns…

August 14th, 2020

DC MJ Sales Init Filed, Filipino Drug Cops Face Murder Charges, More… (8/13/20)

DC activists have filed a legal marijuana sales initiative and hope to get it on this year's ballot, the Bahamas extends the mandate of a…

August 14th, 2020

Can Marijuana Win Over Voters in This High Plains Red State? [FEATURE]

Marijuana is on the ballot in South Dakota this year. This is a state that has the dubious distinction of being the only one to…

August 13th, 2020

MA MJ Industry Unionization Battles, Bolivian Coca Growers Mobilize, More… (8/12/20)

A former crime-fighting prosecutor and attorney general who now wants to legalize marijuana is Joe Biden's vice-presidential pick, a Wyoming judge frees some hemp farmers…

August 12th, 2020

AZ Legalization Initiative Qualifies, Canada to Allow Psilocbyin for Terminal Patients, More… (8/11/20)

One more state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, Canadian authorities have granted four terminally ill patients the right to use psilocybin for…

August 11th, 2020

DC Natural Psychedelic Initiative Qualifies, DPA Federal Drug Decrim Push, More… (8/10/20)

Residents in the nation's capital will vote on whether to effectively decriminalize natural psychedelics, the Arizona pot legalization initiative survives a legal challenge, the Drug…

August 5th, 2020

Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals

Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to researchers. They published information that could help medical professionals make safe prescribing choices…

August 4th, 2020

New Federal Pot Legalization Bill, Houston Narcs Indicted, Peru Coca Production Up (Maybe), More… (8/3/20)

Peru and the US are in dispute over how much coca and cocaine is produced there, Houston narcs involved in a deadly botched drug raid…

August 1st, 2020

SD Medical Association Opposes Marijuana Initiatives, ONDCP Touts Mexico Opium Reduction, More… (7/31/20)

Rhode Island's governor is once again pushing for pot legalization, the South Dakota state medical association comes out against both medical marijuana and marijuana legalization…

July 31st, 2020

House Passes Bill to Block DOJ Meddling in State Marijuana Programs, Scots Want Safe Injection Sites, More… (7/30/20)

The House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with state-legal marijuana programs, a populous Maryland county moves to end no-knock raids for…

July 30th, 2020

House to Vote on Protecting All State-Legal Marijuana Programs, Bolivia Coca Cultivation Up, More… (7/29/20)

An amendment to block the Justice Department from using its funds to go after state-legal marijuana programs is headed for a House vote, Maryland's Supreme…