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June 2nd, 2020

Congressional Resolution Condemns Police Brutality, War on Drugs; West Coast Pot Shops Trashed, More… (6/1/20)

West Coast pot shops get trashed in the upheaval gripping the land, a dozen members of Congress file a resolution calling for an end to…

May 30th, 2020

Fixing the Federal Criminal Justice System: The Establishment Weighs In [FEATURE]

In a just issued report on reforming the federal criminal justice system, a blue-ribbon task force of the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice calls for…

May 30th, 2020

COVID-19 Impacts the Cocaine Trade, COVID-19 Sparks Jump in Dark Web Drug Sales Offerings, More… (5/28/20)

Coronavirus is having differential impacts on the illicit drug trade, Michigan groups push to end the state's drug felon foodstamp ban, Colombian rebels call for…

May 29th, 2020

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems

Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency…

May 29th, 2020

US Army Unit Heads to Colombia to Fight Drugs, LA Senate Approves MedMJ Expansion Bill, More… (5/28/20)

One Arkansas marijuana legalization campaign calls it quits for this year, the Louisiana Senate has passed a medical marijuana expansion bill, Tyson Timbs finally gets…

May 28th, 2020

Call for Independent Investigation of Fatal Louisville Drug Raid, LA MedMJ Expansion Bill Advances, More… (5/27/20)

Nearly four dozen members of Congress want an independent investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville drug police, a high-profile…

May 27th, 2020

OR Psilocybin and Decriminalization Initiatives Hand in Signatures, MA Pot Shops Re-Open, More… (5/26/20)

Massachusetts pot shops see long lines as they do a limited reopening, two Oregon initiative campaigns handed in signatures last Friday, the Harris County DA…

May 23rd, 2020

Federal Marijuana Prisoner Killed by COVID-19, AL Mayor Candidate Wants to Hang Drug Dealers, More… (5/22/20)

Ohio local decriminalization initiative campaigns can do electronic signature-gathering, an Alabama mayoral candidate draws attention with a call to hang drug dealers, and more.[image:1 align:left…

May 22nd, 2020

"Deaths of Despair" Plateaued in 2018, Study Finds; No COVID Shutdown for Colombia's Coca Eradicators, More… (5/21/20)

Virginia has now decriminalized small-time pot possession, a marijuana legalization bill is moving again in the US Virgin Islands, "deaths of despair" have leveled off,…

May 21st, 2020

Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain

Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal…

May 21st, 2020

State Attorneys General Press for SAFE Banking Act, Singapore Drug Death Sentence Via Zoom, More… (5/20/20)

Illinois is spending tens of millions of marijuana tax dollars to help communities impacted by the drug war, the DEA gets a new acting administrator,…

May 21st, 2020

House HEROES Act COVID Relief Bill Calls for Prisoner Releases, Marijuana Banking [FEATURE]

When, in mid-May, House Democrats rolled out the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, H.R. 6800, the latest congressional response to the…

May 20th, 2020

MA Pot Shops Can Begin Curbside Delivery Next Week, LA House Advances MedMJ Expansion Bills, More… (5/19/20)

The Louisiana House votes to expand the state's medical marijuana program, the Georgia Department of Revenue gets caught mishandled seized asset forfeiture funds, and more.[image:1…

May 19th, 2020

ME Loses Federal Student Mental Health Aid Over Medical Marijuana, MA Safe Injection Site Bill Moves, More… (5/18/20)

Missouri lawmakers cast a baleful eye on medical marijuana gummies, a safe injection site bill is moving in Massachusetts, and more. Medical MarijuanaMaine Loses…

May 16th, 2020

Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests

The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.

May 16th, 2020

Pot Industry Group Seeks Joint Action from Northeast Governors, HEROES Act Vote Looms, More… (5/15/20)

El Paso moves to reduce small-time pot possession arrests, the Drug Policy Alliance calls on the House to pass the latest coronavirus relief bill, and…

May 15th, 2020

McConnell, GOP Criticize COVID Relief Bill Pot Provisions, Honduran Congress Head Tied to Traffickers, More… (5/14/20)

It looks like there will be a fight over marijuana provisions in the HEROES Act coronavirus relief bill, an Oklahoma pot breathalyzer pilot project bill…

May 14th, 2020

Amnesty International on Cambodia Drug War Abuses, Deadly Botched Drug Raid in Louisville, More…. (5/13/20)

Coronavirus hobbles yet another drug reform initiative, Amnesty International goes after Cambodia's drug war human rights abuses, and more.Marijuana PolicyOhio Marijuana Legalization Initiative…

May 13th, 2020

House Includes Relief for Marijuana Businesses in COVID Bill, Mexico Soldiers to Stay on Streets, More… (5/12/20)

A Mexican cartel leader is struck down by the coronavirus, the House leadership is including help for state-legal marijuana businesses in the latest coronavirus relief…

May 12th, 2020

Push to Help Pot Businesses in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill, Coca and Conflict in Bolivia and Colombia, More… (5/11/20)

Marijuana advocacy groups are pushing for pot businesses to be included in the next coronavirus relief bill, a pair of Oregon drug reform initiatives are…

May 9th, 2020

Traffic Searches Decline After Pot Legalization, But Racial Disparities Persist, More… (5/8/20)

A new study reports that driving while black is still a thing even in legal marijuana states, Joe Biden touts some coercive, but non-carceral approaches…

May 8th, 2020

San Francisco Providing Booze, Buds, Butts to Quarantined Drug Users; Cartel COVID Curfew in Culiacan, More… (5/7/20)

The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc with global drug markets, the Sinaloa Cartel has imposed a coronavirus curfew on a city of nearly a million…

May 7th, 2020

MN House Leader Files Marijuana Legalization Bill, DC Psychedelic Decrim Campaign Catches Break, More… (5/6/20)

A Republican pollster in Pennsyvania calls on GOP legislators to consider supporting pot legalization, new New York City drug testing rules go into effect next…

May 6th, 2020

Researchers develop chemistry needed to create marijuana breathalyzer

Chemists report the key chemical discovery necessary for the creation of a small, electronic marijuana breathalyzer.

May 6th, 2020

Kansas Weed Warriors Pay for Bad Raid, NY Psolocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Bill Filed, More… (5/5/20)

A psilocybin mushrrom decriminalization bill has been filed, Joe Biden again calls for marijuana decriminalization, and more.Marijuana PolicyJoe Biden Includes Marijuana Decriminalization—Not Legalization—In…

May 5th, 2020

Trump Authorizes Pentagon to Call Up Reserves to Fight Cartels, Murder Spike in Ciudad Juarez, More… (5/4/20)

President Trump has authorized the Defense Department to call up military reserves as he ramps up a campaign against the cartels, a Nebraska medical marijuana…

May 2nd, 2020

MT Judge Blocks E-Signatures for Pot Initiative, Europe Flooded With Cocaine Despite Pandemic, More… (5/1/20)

No electronic signature-gathering for the Montana marijuana legalization initiatives, a Canadian psychedelic decriminalization petition has enough signatures to send it to the House of Commons,…

May 1st, 2020

US Imprisonment At Lowest Rate Since 1996, Dr. Bronner's Kicks In $1 Million for OR Psilocybin Initiative, More… (4/30/20)

The former Honduran National Police chief just got indicted on drug charges in New York City, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps just bestowed a huge gift…

May 1st, 2020

With Psychedelic Legalization on the Horizon, How Should We Get There from Here? [FEATURE]

At this point, it's almost a commonplace to say that a psychedelic renaissance is underway. Microdosing has been a thing for years now, scientists around…

April 30th, 2020

Coronavirus Doesn't Halt Colombia Coca Offensive, MT Court Hears Pleas for Electronic Signature-Gathering, More… (4/29/20)

Whether Montana marijuana legalization campaigns can use electronic signature-gathering is now in the hands of a state judge, an Indiana judge orders the return of…

April 29th, 2020

USVI Governor Urges Passage of Legal Pot Bill, Call for Pandemic Relief for Marijuana Businesses, More… (4/28/20)

The clamor grows for including state-legal marijuana businesses in coronavirus pandemic in federal economic relief packages, Arkansas medical marijuana patients are heading to Oklahoma for…

April 28th, 2020

Peru Coca Price Plunges Amid Pandemic Lockdown, LA Pot Poll Shows State Not There Yet, More… (4/27/20)

A Navy destoryer on an anti-drug mission is forced to return to port, Peruvian coca growers are taking a financial hit during a pandemic lockdown,…

April 25th, 2020

DEA Pot Scheduling Lawsuit Plaintiffs Seek Supreme Court Ruling, NJ Voters Ready to Approve Legal Pot, More… (4/24/20)

A New Jersey poll shows strong support for approving a November marijuana legalization initiative, California state government agencies are moving to ease the pandemic burden…

April 24th, 2020

How much does it cost California cannabis growers to safety test?

The high cost of testing cannabis in California leads to higher prices for the consumer, which could drive consumers to unlicensed markets. A new study…

April 24th, 2020

Push to Let Legal Pot Businesses Get Pandemic Aid, Bloody Gun Battles in Mexico, More… (4/23/20)

A push is on in Congress to secure coronavirus pandemic relief aid for the legal marijuana industry, a poll suggests that a DC psychedelic decriminalization…

April 23rd, 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Wreaking Havoc With Drug Reform Initiative Campaigns [FEATURE]

The novel coronavirus pandemic is not just striking down Americans by the tens of thousands and jobs by the tens of millions, it is also…

April 23rd, 2020

Poll Finds Legalizing Marijuana is Good Policy, WA Drug Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Gets Underway, More… (4/22/20)

A new poll finds most of us think marijuana legalization has been a success, Lebanon's parliament approves medical marijuana and hemp cultivation, and more.[image:1 align:right…

April 22nd, 2020

NYC 4/20 Pot Party Busted Over Social Distancing, Mexican President Acknowledges Cartel Aid-Giving, More… (4/21/20)

Mexico's president acknowledges cartels have been handing out coronavirus relief packages and implore them to knock it off, a New York City 4/20 pot party…

April 21st, 2020

New ACLU Report on Pot Arrests Finds Racial Disparities Persist, UK Loosens Up on Buprenorphine, More… (4/20/20)

Some members of Congress are asking for marijuana businesses to be included in future coronavirus relief packages, the Mexican Supreme Court okays a delay in…

April 18th, 2020

MA Judge Upholds Recreational Pot Shop Ban; Mexican Cartels Hand Out Food, Supplies Amidst Crisis, More… (4/17/20)

Sorry, Massachusetts, no legal pot sales for you for now; Mexican drug cartels and El Chapo's daughter are currying favor by handing out food and…