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July 24th, 2020

Reform Groups Call for Marijuana Legalization Amidst COVID Crisis, DEA Part of Federal Anti-Crime Surge, More… (7/23/20)

The initial draft of the Democratic platform calls for not interfering with state marijuana laws but doesn't call for legalization, a North Dakota legalization campaign…

July 23rd, 2020

Legal marijuana may be slowing reductions in teen marijuana use

A longitudinal study of more than 230 teens and young adults in Washington state finds that teens may be more likely to use marijuana following…

July 23rd, 2020

AZ Pot Foes File Suit to Block Initiative, House Votes to Allow Military Members to Use Hemp and CBD, More… (7/22/20)

The organized opposition makes a move in Arizona, a Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to jumpstart a stalled marijuana legalization bill, and more.[image:1 align:left]Marijuana PolicyArizona Pot…

July 22nd, 2020

AZ Poll Has Strong Support for Pot Legalization, BC Premier Asks for Canada Drug Decriminalization, More… (7/21/20)

The city of Chicago will pay out big time for seizing the vehicles of people in small-time drug busts, a California bill would undo some…

July 21st, 2020

MT Legalization Activists Say They've Qualified for Ballot, Mexican Cartel Shows Off Its Firepower, More… (7/20/20)

New Approach Montana says county-level data shows it has qualified a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot but the results aren't official yet, Canada's…

July 18th, 2020

CA Pot Arrests Decline But Racial Disparities Persist, AR MedMJ Growers Sue to Block Competition, More… (7/17/20)

California marijuana felonies are at the lowest level since 1954, Argentina moves to make its medical marijuana program more patient-friendly, and more. Marijuana PolicyCalifornia…

July 16th, 2020

CDC Says Fatal Drug ODs Up Last Year, FL Supreme Court Orders Rare Second Hearing in MedMJ Case, More… (7/15/20)

After the first decline in drug ODs in decades in 2018, the number jumped again last year, the CDC says; Canadian psychotherapists want the ability…

July 15th, 2020

Drug Reform Initiatives Already on the November Ballot and Those That Could Still Make the Cut [FEATURE]

With signature-gathering deadlines now past nearly everywhere, the picture of where voters will have a chance to vote on drug reform initiatives becomes clearer –…

July 15th, 2020

ID MedMJ Initiative Campaign Threatens to Sue Over Signature-Gathering, Colombia to Spray Coca Crops, More…(7/14/20)

The Idaho Cannabis Coalition threatens to sue if state officials don't allow it to use electronic signature-gathering in the midst of the pandemic, a drug…

July 14th, 2020

Democratic Platform to Call for Rescheduling and Decriminalizing Marijuana But Not Legalizing, Canada Police Chiefs Want Drug Decrim, More… (7/13/20)

Democratic task forces working on the party platform have settled on rescheduling and decriminalizing marijuana but not legalizing it, the Justice Department rips a Massachusetts…

July 8th, 2020

House Spending Bills Include MedMJ Protections, DC Psychedelic Initiative Hands in Signatures, More… (7/7/20)

Mexico once again looks set to move forward with medical marijuana, House funding bills include protections for medical marijuana–but not recreational marijuana–and more. Medical…

July 7th, 2020

Arkansas Marijuana Legalization Initiative Won't Make Ballot, More Mexico Mayhem, More… (7/6/20)

Nevada's governor pushes for wholesale marijuana possession pardons, prohibition-related violence flares in Mexico, and more.Marijuana PolicyArkansas Marijuana Legalization Initiative Won't Qualify for Ballot.…

July 4th, 2020

Austin Police to End Minor Pot Busts, Southern CA DAs Let 100,000 Pot Convictions Be Cleared, More… (7/3/20)

The capital of Texas gives up on enforcing minor marijuana possession offenses, Virginia Democratic lawmakers are eying legalization next year, and more.Marijuana PolicySouthern…

July 3rd, 2020

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But…

July 3rd, 2020

Nashville to End Small-Time Pot Prosecutions, More Cops Charged in Wake of Fatal Houston Drug Raid, More… (7/2/20)

Drug reform initiative campaigns are handing in signatures as deadlines approach, Nashville's DA says no more petty pot prosecutions, Mexican gunmen kill 24 in a…

July 2nd, 2020

OR Therapeutic Psilocbyin Init Looks Set to Make Ballot, Atlanta Cops Quit Drug Arrests During Sickout, More… (6/30/20)

UN human rights experts keep up the pressure on the Philippines, the Oregon therapeutic psilocbyin initiative looks set to make the November ballot, and more. [image:1…

July 2nd, 2020

OR Drug Decriminalization Will Go to Voters, VA Pot Decriminalization Now in Effect, More… (7/1/20)

The Old Dominion decriminalizes pot possession, Oregon will vote on decriminalizing all drugs, drug overdoses are jumping during the pandemic, and more. Marijuana PolicyVirginia…

June 27th, 2020

NYPD Spent Almost $100 Million on Drug Enforcement Last Year, Mexico Cartel Violence, More… (6/26/20)

Mexico City's police chief narrowly escapes a cartel assassination attempt, the NYPD spent nearly $100 million enforcing the drug laws last year, and more.[image:1 align:right…

June 26th, 2020

Colombia After the Peace Accords: A Conversation with Vanda Felbab-Brown [FEATURE]

Four years ago, Colombia's decades-long civil war officially came to an end when the leftist rebels of the FARC signed a peace agreement with then-President…

June 26th, 2020

DOJ Whistleblower Accuses Barr of Anti-Pot Bias, Marijuana Reform Pioneer Dr. Lester Grinspoon Dies, More… (6/25/20)

Bill Barr is accused of improperly pushing probes of legal marijuana companies, DARPA is funding research into psychedelic-inspired drugs for military purposes, Virginia's Black Legislative…

June 25th, 2020

SF Supes Approve Safe Injection Site Measure, OK Pot Init Can Start Collecting Signatures, More… (6/24/20)

The Kansas City and Los Angeles city councils advance marijuana measures, San Francisco supervisors approve a measure to allow safe injection sites, marijuana legalization is…

June 24th, 2020

Dem Congresswomen File COVID Decarceration Bill, Vancouver Activists Rally for Safe Drug Supply, More… (6/23/20)

Iowa's capital and largest city moves toward marijuana law reform, Vancouver activists march to demand a safe drug supply, progressive Democratic congresswomen roll out a…

June 23rd, 2020

US Deploys Air Force Planes to Curacao in Anti-Drug Effort, Israel Moves Closer to Pot Legalization, More… (6/22/20)

Georgia Senate Democrats have filed a police reform bill that includes marijuana decriminalization, the US is ramping up anti-drug operations near Venezuela, Israel takes a…

June 20th, 2020

NJ Assembly Passes Criminal Justice Reform Package, MT Pot Legalization Campaign Hands in Signatures, More… (6/19/20)

Montana campaigners handed in what should be enough signatures to get marijuana legalization measures on the ballot, the New Jersey Assembly quickly passed a package…

June 19th, 2020

NV Mass Marijuana Pardons, Colombia Cocaine Surge, NJ Pot Decrim Bill Advances, More… (6/18/20)

Fifteen thousand Nevada pot offenders just got automatic pardons, the UN says Colombian potential cocaine production was up last year, Kansas City moves toward pot…

June 19th, 2020

Is the Era of the No-Knock Drug Raid Coming to an End? [FEATURE]

In the mass protests over out-of-control and racially biased law enforcement ignited by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin, Floyd's…

June 18th, 2020

Senate GOP Unveils Policing Reform Bill, Seattle Moves to End Drug-Related Loitering Charges, More… (6/17/20)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarifies that state officials can't order drug tests as part of child welfare investigations, Senate Republicans roll out their version of…

June 17th, 2020

Legal Pot Linked to Declining Youth Drug Treatment Admissions, LA MedMJ Expansion Bill Signed, More…. (6/16/20)

Louisiana's governor signs a medical marijuana expansion bill into law, Colorado's legislature passes a bill giving the governor the ability expunge past small-time marijuana convictions,…

June 16th, 2020

Biden's Criminal Justice Task Force Gets Ahead of Him, Rio Drug Gangs Address COVID in the Favelas, More… (6/15/20)

Pot decriminalization bills are popping up in New Jersey, hemp is now legal in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Rio's drug gangs get…

June 13th, 2020

US Rep Calls for Drug Decriminalization, Prohibition-Related Violence in Colombia and Mexico, More… (6/11/20)

South Dakota marijuana activists launch their election campaign this week, Nevada's governor proposes mass pardons for small time pot possession charges, Michigan's governor signs a…

June 13th, 2020

Amid the Tumult, Congressional Democrats Take on Policing Run Amok [FEATURE]

With mass protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin now morphing into demands to grapple with racism and to…

June 11th, 2020

Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment

A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while…

June 11th, 2020

Congressional Dems File Justice in Policing Act, CO Police Accountability Bill Passes Senate, More… (6/10/20)

Police accountability is the topic of the day in Congress and in Colorado, a Nebraska medical marijuana initiative campaign is in a final sprint for…

June 10th, 2020

Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests

People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term,…

June 10th, 2020

NBA Foregoes Recreational Drug Testing, DC Psychedelic Init Gets Signature Boost During Protests, More… (6/9/20)

As a California psilocybin initiative bites the dust, a DC natural psychedelic initative gets a boost; the NBA gives up on recreational drug testing of…

June 9th, 2020

Mexico Plan to Decriminalize Drugs, House Drug War/Police Brutality Resolution Gaining Cosponsors, More… (6/8/20)

A pair of Democratic House leaders is pressing Attorney General Barr on marijuana legalization and drug rescheduling, a House resolution linking the war on drugs…

June 6th, 2020

Feds Claim Presence of "Drug Traffickers" Created Need for "Escalated Force" Against George Floyd Protestors, More…(6/5/20)

Medical marijuana is moving in the Heartland, a New Jersey decriminalizaion bill gets filed, Colorado lawmakers are moving a police reform bill, and more. [image:1 align:right…

June 5th, 2020

NM Primary Voters Remove Anti-Pot Lawmakers, UN Report Scorches Philippines Drug War Killings, More… (6/4/20)

A Democratic infrastructure bill includes language requiring legal marijuana states to consider impaired driving policies, Switzerland is set to move ahead with marijuana legalization pilot…

June 4th, 2020

ACLU Report on Racial Bias in Pot Arrests, DEA Okayed to Spy on George Floyd Protestors, More… (6/3/20)

The ACLU issues a timely report, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International call for reforms of Cambodia's drug detention centers, and more. Marijuana PolicyNew…

June 3rd, 2020

AZ Poll Bodes Well for Marijuana Legalization Initiative, China Anti-Drug Crackdown, More… (6/2/20)

An Arizona poll shows strong support for a marijuana legalization initiative there, a Connecticut panel approves adding two new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, and…