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October 20th, 2021

Baltimore No Drug Possession Arrest Policy is Working; Naloxone Shortages, Price Hikes Amid Overdose Surge, More… (10/19/21)

The South Dakota legislature continues to tangle with marijuana policy, Pennsylvania's Republican-led legislature is dithering on making fentanyl test strips legal, and more.Marijuana…

October 19th, 2021

DEA Unveils Massive Increase in Research Quotas for Marijuana, Psychedelics, More… (10/18/21)

A leading Florida Democratic gubernatorial contender calls for marijuana legalization, a Maine law easing up on needle possession goes into effect, and more.     …

October 16th, 2021

CDC Reports Record Drug Overdose Toll, UN Report on Arbitrary Detention in War on Drugs, More… (10/15/21)

Baltimore drug arrests are down dramatically thanks to a policy shift by the local prosecutor, Virginia has sealed the records of more than 64,000 small-time…

October 15th, 2021

Book Review: The Dope [FEATURE]

The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade by Benjamin T. Smith (2021, W.W. Norton, 462 pp, $30 HB)[image:1 align:left]This past weekend, top-level…

October 14th, 2021

SD Activists Begin 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Drive, Report on Racial Disparities in State Prisons, More… (10/13/21)

A pair of GOP Ohio lawmakers prepares a marijuana legalization bill, the Sentencing Project releases a new report on differential racial incarceration rates in the…

October 13th, 2021

Booker & Warren Call on DOJ to Deschedule Marijuana; US & Mexico Meet to Forge New Relations on Crime & Drugs, More… (10/12/21)

California's governor vetoes a "contingency management" drug treatment bill, a pair of progressive senators call on the Justice Department to deschedule marijuana, and more.[image:1 align:left…

October 9th, 2021

Breast milk of marijuana users does not hurt short-term health of early premature infants, long-term effects still unknown

Researchers compared early preterm infants who were fed breast milk from THC-positive mothers to those who were fed either formula or breast milk from THC-negative…

October 9th, 2021

NY Governor Signs Package of Bills Aimed at Curbing OD Crisis, CA Governor Signs Hemp Regulation Bill, More… (10/8/21)

Another poll has two-thirds support for freeing the weed, Oklahoma activists file initative petitions to legalize marijuana, and more.Marijuana PolicyYet Another Poll Finds…

October 7th, 2021

Seattle Psychedelic Decriminalization, OH Towns to Vote on Marijuana Decrim Initiatives, More… (10/5/21)

The Philippine government tries to look like it is doing something about human rights abuses in its drug war, Bolivian coca grower factions continue to…

October 7th, 2021

DEA Agent Killed in Tucson Died Enforcing Pot Prohibition, MI Opioid Treatment Bills Get Hearing, More… (10/6/21)

A crack appears in Pennsylvania Republicans' opposition to legalizing marijuana, that DEA agent killed in Tucson on Monday died enforcing pot prohibition, and more. [image:1 align:left…

October 6th, 2021

‘The mother of all cannabinoids’: Anti-seizure compounds discovered in cannabis

Scientists have found that three rare cannabinoids reduce seizures in mice. They using the information to develop a better cannabis-based treatment for Dravet syndrome, an…

October 5th, 2021

Senators File Bill to Undo Supreme Court Decision on Crack Sentencing, CO Pot Tax Initiative, More… (10/4/21)

A bipartisan group of leading senators files a bill to ensure that low-level federal crack prisoners get the same shot at retroactive sentence reductions as…

October 2nd, 2021

NE MedMJ Initiatives Get Rolling, Temporary Fentanyl Analog Ban Extended, Ecuador Prison Riot, More… (10/1/21)

The city of Raleigh pays out to people framed and jailed on drug charges, civil rights and drug reform groups criticize inclusion of fentanyl analog…

October 1st, 2021

House Judiciary Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, SD Lawmakers Move to Ban MedMJ Home Grows, More… (9/30/21)

Mississippi's Republican governor says a special session to deal with medical marijuana is coming soon, a South Dakota medical marijuana subcommittee votes to undo the…

September 29th, 2021

DEA Warning on Counterfeit Pills Containing Meth, Fentanyl; Marijuana Arrests Drop Dramatically, More… (9/28/21)

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce a marijuana legalization bill, a top Florida Democrat introduces a psychedelic research bill, and more.Marijuana PolicyMarijuana Arrests Fall Precipitously Nationwide…

September 28th, 2021

Passage of recreational cannabis laws leads to some rise in use but not for all demographics

The U.S. is seeing an increased use of cannabis resulting from its legalization for recreational purposes. The findings showed that passage of the laws led…

September 28th, 2021

House Marijuana Legalization Bill to Get Judiciary Committee Vote This Week, Seattle Psychedelics, More… (9/27/21)

Marijuana PolicyMassachusetts lawmakers take up safe injection site and drug decriminalization bills during a virtual hearing today, Connecticut medical marijuana patients will be able to…

September 26th, 2021

Smartphone sensor data has potential to detect cannabis intoxication

A smartphone sensor, much like what is used in GPS systems, might be a way to determine whether or not someone is intoxicated after consuming…

September 25th, 2021

House Passes Defense Spending Bill With Pot Banking Provisions, AR Pot Init Campaign Gets Underway, More… (9/24/21)

Mississippians may get a medical marijuana program afterall, the House defense spending bill includes marijuana banking provisions, and more.Marijuana PolicyHouse Passes Defense Spending…

September 24th, 2021

Meth Deaths Were on Rise Before Pandemic, Scotland Moves Toward "De Facto" Drug Decriminalization, More… (9/23/21)

Violence continues in Colombia's coca producing regions, marijuana researchers appeal a US 9th Circuit Court dismissal of their rescheduling petition, and more.Medical MarijuanaMarijuana…

September 23rd, 2021

Congress to Temporarily Extend Fentanyl Analogue Ban, House to Vote on Pot Banking Protections, More… (9/22/21)

Protections for banks dealing with state-legal marijuana businesses will get a House floor vote as part of a defense spending bill, the Congress is poised…

September 22nd, 2021

Vancouver Clinic Offers Take-Home Prescription Heroin, Nepal Marijuana Protest, More… (9/20/21)

Violence linked to cartel in-fighting continues to rock Mexico's state of Michoacan, a Vancouver clinic is now offering take-home prescription heroin to a small number…

September 22nd, 2021

Houston Narc, Suspect Killed in Drug Raid; FL Marijuana Legalization Init Can Gather Signatures, More… (9/21/21)

A Houston drug raid proved deadly Monday, mass killings are on the rise in one of Colombia's cocaine conflict zones, and more.Marijuana PolicyFlorida…

September 18th, 2021

CA Psilocybin Legalization Initiative Cleared for Signature Gathering, DE Supreme Court on Pot Odor, More… (9/17/21)

Supporters of a proposed Philadelphia safe injection site have asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision blocking it, the Delaware Supreme Cout…

September 17th, 2021

White House Releases Annual List of Drug Producing, Transit Countrie; WA Drug Decrim Initiative Coming, More… (9/16/21)

Granite State lawmakers are looking at a voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana, Washington activists are laying the groundwork for a 2022 drug decriminalization initiative,…

September 15th, 2021

NJ Sees a Summer of Marijuana Expungements, Finnish Green League Endorses Pot Legalization, More… (9/14/21)

The Flint, Michigan, city council punts on a chance to do some drug war virtual signaling, South Dakota legislators balk on some of the governor's…

September 14th, 2021

BOP Tells Certain Drug Prisoners to Apply for Clemency, Italy Pot Decrim Referendum Campaign Underway, More… (9/13/21)

Italian activists and political parties are pushing a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana cultivation and possession, the Biden administration asks prisoners with certain drug offenses to…

September 11th, 2021

CT Legal Pot Sales Could Be Delayed, CA Hemp Bill Goes to Governor's Desk, More… (9/10/21)

There are signs South Dakota is moving away from harsh drug sentencing, GOP conservatives stick up for mandatory minimum fentanyl analog sentences, and more.Marijuana Policy[image:1…

September 10th, 2021

MD House Marijuana Legalization Working Group Meets, Italy Moves To Allow Home Pot Grows, More… (9/9/21)

A fire at an overcrowded Indonesian prison kills at least 41, mostly drug offenders; a Maryland House of Delegates working group is moving forward with…

September 9th, 2021

Marijuana Use at All-Time High Among Young Adults, Cartel Violence Sparks Protests in Mexico's Michoacan, More… (9/8/21)

The latest Monitoring the Future survey finds marijuana use is at an all-time high among young adults; Georgia's Tybee Island, home of the state's largest…

September 8th, 2021

NYC Pot Arrests Hit Single Digits, MI Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill Filed, More… (9/7/21)

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds marijuana legalization has little impact on youth use rates, the number of marijuana…

August 26th, 2021

Thai Parliament Approves Drug Reform Bill, US Reform Groups Urge DOJ to End Fentanyl Analog Scheduling

Drug reform, civil rights, and other groups urge the Justice Department to end the punitive emergency scheduling of fentanyl and its analogs, a North Carolina…

August 25th, 2021

NJ Regulators Approve Rules for Recreational Pot Market, Mexico President Could Free Aged Killer Drug Lord, More….(8/24/21)

A Mississippi legislative special session to pass a medical marijuana bill is still possible, New Jersey moves one step closer to legal recreational marijuana sales,…

August 24th, 2021

OH Marijuana Legalization Measure Takes Small Step Forward, Portland Psychedelic Push, More… (8/23/21)

An Ohio effort to legalize marijuana cleared an initiial hurdle last Friday, Wyoming marijuana legalization and medical marijuana advocates will begin signature gathering next month,…

August 20th, 2021

Chronicle Book Review: "This Is Your Mind on Plants" by Michael Pollan

Chronicle Book Review:This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan (2021, Penguin Press, 274 pp., $28.00 HB)[image:1 align:left]A long time ago, in the days…

August 20th, 2021

Taliban Say No More Opium Production Under Their Rule, CA Psychedelic Decrim Bill Advances, More… (8/19/21)

The harm reduction group DanceSafe releases new test kits for cocaine and ketamine, a North Carolina medical marijuana bil is moving, and more.Medical…

August 19th, 2021

Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby

Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a…

August 19th, 2021

September Will Be Psychedelic Awareness Month in Ann Arbor, US Afghan Opium Fiasco, More… (8/18/21)

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board rejects five potential qualifying conditions, it will be Psychedelic Awareness Month next month in Ann Arbor, and more.Medical…

August 18th, 2021

Gallup Says Nearly Half of US Adults Have Smoked Pot, Sri Lanka Drug War Abuses Called Out, More… (8/17/21)

Washington state's governor is moving to commute hundreds of drug possession sentences, a new Gallup poll has the number of Americans who admit ever using…

August 17th, 2021

Magic Mushroom Shops Sprout in Vancouver, OH Activists Resubmit Marijuana Legalization Petition, More… (8/16/21)

California's Supreme Court says no pot for prisoners, the Philippine Justice Department makes an announcement but sheds no light, and more.Marijuana PolicyCalifornia Supreme…