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No evidence found that cannabis reduces long term opioid use, study shows

A 20-year study examined the long term relationship between cannabis and illicit opioid use. Overall results were inconsistent and showed no strong link. The study…

Combined use of alcohol and THC can affect rat brains, study finds

The increased legalization of cannabis over the past several years can potentially increase its co-use with alcohol. Concerningly, very few studies have looked at the…

Cannabis exposure linked to 1.5 times higher risk of unhealthy pregnancy outcomes

In a large study of more than 9,000 pregnant people from across the U.S., researchers at University of Utah Health have found that cannabis exposure…

DC Law Protecting Pot-Smoking Workers Now in Effect; Ghana OKs Hemp, MedMJ Production, More… (7/14/23)

A Minnesota Native American reservation will have marijuana for sale on the first day of legalization (unlike most of the rest of the state), the…

Federal Drug Prisoner Population Declines, CA Psychedelic Legalization Bill Advances, More… (7/13/23)

A GOP-led House committee has killed marijuana and psychedelic reform amendments to the defense spending bill, a Mexican drug cartel uses roadside bombs against the…

RI Pot Shop Sues over Labor Agreement Requirement, Trouble in Chilpancingo, More… (7/12/23)

North Carolina will go another year without approving medical marijuana, San Francisco gets $1 million in state funding to do mobile drug checking, and more.[image:1…

MA Therapuetic Psychedelic Initiative Coming, CA Pot Companies Used Fake Unions, More… (7/11/23)

Oregon's most populous county backs away from a widely criticized harm reduction program, California pot companies tied to fake labor unions could lose their licenses,…

New Qualifying Conditions for MN MedMJ, PA Pot Poll Shows Declining Support, More… (7/10/23)

Virginia's GOP governor indicates he is not interested in legal marijuana sales, a New York city has to pay for firing a medical marijuana patient,…

Scotland Calls for Drug Decriminalization, Germany Unveils Draft Legal Weed Bill, More… (7/7/23)

Florida's governor signs a bill allowing medical marijuana patients to use telehealth, a trio of Pennyslvania medical marijuana bills is heading for a Senate floor…

THC use during pregnancy linked to changes in fetal development

Researchers showed that consuming THC while pregnant could potentially affect development of the fetus and lead to life-long health impacts for offspring.

WHO Calls Out Global Morphine Pain Relief Disparities, Vance Wants US Military Force Against Cartels, More… (7/3/23)

A British festival organizer is reaming the Home Office over its sudden requirement that pill testing efforts be licensed, another Republican politician wants to use…

DE Fentanyl/Xylazine Test Strip Pilot Program, SAFE Banking Act Could Get Committee Vote Soon, More… (7/6/23)

A bipartisan marijuana legalization bill is filed in Pennsylvania, New York puts legal weed sales at farmers markets on hold, and more.Marijuana PolicySenate…

OH Marijuana Legalization Initiative Hands in Signatures, Mexico Violence Flares in Morelos, More… (7/5/23)

Maryland saw a big opening weekend for legal marijuana sales, Oklahoma medical marijuana operators are suing regulators over a new fee schedule, and more.[image:1 align:right…

Cannabis Will Be Legal in Maryland This Saturday — Here Is What It Will Look Like [FEATURE]

On Saturday, the era of legal recreational use marijuana in Maryland begins. Here are the key things to know:[image:1 align:left]The possession of up to 1.5…

Luxembourg Passes Limited Legal Weed Bill, FL Decriminalizes Fentanyl Test Strips, More… (6/29/23)

Amsterdam wants a city district to be part of a national regulated marijuana supply experiment, Florida's attorney general challenges a marijuana legalization initiative, and more.[image:1…

CA Psychedelic Legalization Bill Advances, First Federal Marijuana Super PAC Formed, More… (6/28/23)

A bill in play in Guam would end the ban on SNAP benefits for drug felons, Ukraine's president calls for the legalizattion of medical marijuana,…

FDA Issues First Guidance on Psychedelics, Fed Ban on DC Pot Sales Advances Again, More… (6/26/23)

A pair of senators file a bill to allow Mexican troops to be trained by the US military to fight drug cartels, the FDA issues…

Aaron Rodgers Calls for Psychedelic Legalization, PA MedMJ Bill Package Advances, More… (6/22/23)

A House committee has approved a defense spending bill with a pair of drug provisions, the Maine Senate kills a safe injection site bill but…

Psychedelic Science Conference Is On in Denver, Colombia Senate Rejects Weed Legalization, More… (6/21/23)

A marijuana legalization bill is rolled out in three Australian states, Donald Trump reiterates his call for the death penalty for drug dealers, and more.[image:1…

NCAA Panel Recommends Ending Weed Testing, UK Policing Minister OK with Heroin for Addicts, More… (6/20/23)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court uses an outdated precedent to rule that the odor of marijuana is enough for a police search, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler…

AR Judge Voids Laws Altering MedMJ Law, EU Releases Annual Drug Report, More… (6/16/23)

There are signals that a federal marijuana rescheduling decision will be reached this year, a Senate bill to crack down on drug cartel use of…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Advances in House, RI House Passes Psilocybin Decriminalization, More… (6/15/23)

Oklahoma's governor vetoes a medical marijuana regulation bill, Texas's governor signs into law a bill allowing murder prosecutions for fentanyl overdose deaths, and more.[image:1 align:left…

Washington State to Pay Out Millions to People Busted for Drug Possession [FEATURE]

The Washington Supreme Court's 2021 ruling in Washington v. Blake continues to reverberate. In Blake, the court threw out the state's drug possession law as…

MA Natural Psychedelic Bills Get Hearing, Big Rise in Psychedelic Use in Young Adults, More… (5/14/23)

Alabama issues its first medical marijuana licenses, the British Home Office is messing with festival drug checking, and more.Medical MarijuanaAlabama Awards First Medical…

NV Lawmakers Approve Legal Pot Reform Bill, Peru Blows Up Cocaine Air Strips, More… (6/13/23)

Missouri NORML is threatening recalcitrant rural counties with court orders over their failure to get expungements done, a pair of senators file a bill to…

Call for Clemency for Crack Cocaine Prisoners, US Citizen Arrested on Drug Charges in Moscow, More… (6/12/23)

Florida's attorney general has a couple more weeks to try to take down a marijuana legalization initiative, Jammu & Kashmir cracks down on opium cultivation,…

NY Crackdown on Unlicensed Weed Sales, Video Captures Mexican Soldiers Killing Drug Suspects, More… (6/9/23)

American truckers are fed up with marijuana prohibition and testing policies, Rhode Island expunges 23,000 pot possession records, and more. Marijuana PolicyAmid Industry Labor…

SAFE Banking Act to Get Committee Vote Soon, Study Finds Opioid Busts Could Increase ODs, More… (6/8/23)

A federal bill to fund university research on medical maerijuana gets filed, a federal asset forfeiture reform bill moves, and more.Marijuana PolicySAFE Banking…

Chronicle Book Review: Can Legal Weed Win?

Can Legal Weed Win? The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economicsby Robin Goldstein and Daniel Sumner (2022, University of California Press, 211 pp., $24.95 HB)[image:1 align:left]California…

Seattle Rejects New Drug War Bill, Colombia One Vote Away from Legalizing Weed, More… (6/7/23)

British Colombia is reviewing its safe supply drug policy with an eye toward expansion, Berlin officially launches a drug checking program, and more. Drug…

Taliban Opium Ban is Working, New Coalition Pushes for Weed Rescheduling, More… (6/6/23)

White House holds summit on reducing overdose toll, Nevada psychedelic study bill goes to governor, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew Coalition of Major Marijuana Groups…

PA Makes Xylazine a Controlled Substance, Swiss Capital Wants Pilot Cocaine Sales Program, More… (6/5/23)

A Louisiana pot poll shows strong support for legalization, a California bill to allow pot shops to sell food and drink as well is moving…

FL Legal Pot Initiative Has Enough Signatures, Federal Military Psychedelic Research Bill Filed, More… (6/2/23)

A New Hampshire bill legalizing fentanyl and xylazine testing materials goes to the governor, Antigua and Barbuda decriminalizes marijuana and grants Rastafarians sacramental rights, and…

CA Marijuana Employment Protection Bill Advances, AZ Court Expands Pot Expungements, More… (6/1/23)

Expungement moves are happening in Arizona and Louisiana, Mexico's president says he could get behind peace agreements with drug cartels, and more.[image:1 align:right: caption:true]Marijuana PolicyArizona…

NH Marijuana Legalization Measure Deferred, NV Psychedelic Working Group Bill Advances, More… (5/31/23)

Health experts are speaking out about the dangers of criminalizing drug use during pregnancy, a North Carolina medical marijuana bill gets a hearing, and more.[image:1…

MN Becomes 23rd Legal Marijuana State, OH Court Rules on Drug-Using Pregnant Women, More… (5/30/23)

A bid to condemn Canada's safe supply drug policy in British Columbia fails in Parliament, Vermont's governor signs an overdose prevention omnibus bill into law,…

House Passage of HALT Fentanyl Act Slammed, DEA Jerks Opioid Distributor's License, More… (5/26/23)

The Louisiana House votes to radically quicken expungements for pot possession offenses, a Texas medical marijuana bill is dead in the water in the state…

Minnesota Set to Become 23rd State to Legalize Marijuana [FEATURE]

With final votes approving the House File 100 marijuana legalization bill in the House and Senate last week, Minnesota is only a governor's signature away…

House Passes HALT Fentanyl Act, CA Senate Passes Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill. More… (5/25/23)

No more pot smoking on the streets of Amsterdam's red light district, a bipartisan marijuana legalization bill gets filed in Ohio, and more.Marijuana…

NH Residents Ready for Legal Weed, NY Safe Injection Site Bill Advances, More… (5/24/23)

San Francisco's mayor is ready to roll out a pilot program to arrest public drug users, yet another federal bill aimed at the fentanyl trade…