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October 14th, 2020

The Psychedelic Revolution is Coming to the Ballot Box–Initiatives in DC and Oregon [FEATURE]

The psychedelic renaissance that has been emerging in recent years will finally get a chance to be ratified by voters in November. On one side…

October 14th, 2020

NJ Police Chiefs Warn on Marijuana Legalization, European Drug Tends, More… (10/13/20)

Mississippi's Republican governor tries to undermine a medical marijuana initiative, the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction has a new report out, and…

October 13th, 2020

VA Bill to Limit Traffic Stops Goes to Governor, NJ Pot Poll Looking Good, More… (10/12/20)

The Arizona marijuana legalization initiative picks up a big endorsement, Michigan's governor signs a package of "clean slate" bills that includes expunging past pot offenses,…

October 12th, 2020

More young adults are abstaining from alcohol

Fewer college-age Americans drink alcohol, compared to nearly 20 years ago, according to a new study.

October 10th, 2020

Cannabis use appears to encourage, not replace, non-medical opioid use

Contrary to some claims, people in the US may not be substituting cannabis for opioids, New research examined the direction and strength of association between…

October 10th, 2020

CDC Reports on Rising Cocaine Overdose Deaths, Mexico Poppy Farmers Vow to Fight Eradication, More… (10/9/20)

South Dakota's marijuana legalization initiative picks up support from a leading state political figure, the CDC says cocaine overdose deaths nearly tripled between 2013 and…

October 9th, 2020

VT Becomes 11th State to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana Sales, ME Legal Pot Sales Start Tomorrow, More… (10/8/20)

The Virginia legislature has passed bills limiting the ability of police to use the odor of marijuana as the pretext for a warrantless search, Vermont…

October 8th, 2020

Older adults using cannabis to treat common health conditions

Researchers report that older adults are increasingly using cannabis to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like…

October 8th, 2020

Cannabis ads and store location influence youth marijuana use

States may want to consider the proximity of cannabis retailers and cannabis advertising to neighborhoods to prevent underage use of the drug, according to new…

October 8th, 2020

Oregonian Newspaper Endorses Drug Decrim Measure, Mexico Cartel Post-COVID Threat, More… (10/7/20)

Arizona may relax its past marijuana use rules for police applicants, the International Crisis Group calls out the Colombian government over the assassination of hundreds…

October 7th, 2020

OR Drug Decriminalization Initiative Gets Big Donation, DC Dems Endorse Psychedelic Initiative, More… (10/6/20)

Facebook's founder kicks in half a million dollars for Oregon drug decriminalization, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition launches a national dialog on the overdose crisis…

October 6th, 2020

VT Battle Over Marijuana Bill, Key Mexico Leader Vows Marijuana Legalization Bill Passage by December, More… (10/5/20)

Another Arizona poll muddies the waters on support for marijuana legalization, pressure is mounting on Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) to sign or veto the…

October 3rd, 2020

Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends Safe Injection Sites, Pot Busts Declined Last Year, More… (10/2/20)

The House includes marijuana banking language in its latest COVID relief bill, pot busts declined last year, an Arizona poll is looking good for marijuana…

October 2nd, 2020

Montana's Marijuana Legalization Campaign Is Set for a Big October Push [FEATURE]

Come November, Big Sky Country could be among the latest places to free the weed. As is the case in Arizona, New Jersey, and South…

October 2nd, 2020

VT Governor Hints Could Veto Marijuana Sales Bill, NY Governor Calls for Arrest of Street Drug Users, More… (10/1/20)

New Jersey's governor gets behing the marijuana legalization initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services wants to impose hair drug testing on federal employees,…

October 1st, 2020

CA Governor Signs Marijuana Appellations Bill, IL Senate Committee Takes Up Drug Penalties, More… (9/30/20)

A new federal bill uses drugs and terrorism to take aim at tech companies' liability protections, a new Wyoming bill would ban smokeable hemp and…

September 30th, 2020

AZ Poll Has Pot Legalization Initiative in Dead Heat, Psychedelic Group Releases Handbook for Organizers, More… (9/29/20)

The battle over medical marijuana in Mississippi is heating up, a proposed 2022 Oklahoma marijuana legalization initiative has to go back to the drawing board,…

September 29th, 2020

Biden Campaign Scorns Trump Demand for Pre-Debate Drug Test, NE MedMJ Advocates File for 2022, More… (9/28/20)

Medical marijuana via telemedicine could be coming soon to New Jersey, medical marijuana via the ballot box could be coming to Nebraska in 2022, and…

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…