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September 3rd, 2020

House to Vote on Legal Marijuana This Month, NE MedMJ Initiative Qualifies for Ballot, Overcomes Challenge, More… (9/2/20)

A bill to ban police searches based soley on the odor of marijuana is moving in Virginia, Pennsylvania's governor wants to legalize marijuana to help…

August 26th, 2020

Rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use not associated with vaping-related lung injuries, study finds

Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new…

August 22nd, 2020

AZ Legal Pot Initiative Clears Final Hurdle, Oakland Cops Raid Magic Mushroom "Church," More… (8/21/20)

A British prescription heroin pilot program gets extended after promising first year results, police in Oakland raid a magic mushroom "church," and more.Marijuana…

August 21st, 2020

DEA Loses Bid to Kill Pot Rescheduling Lawsuit, Canada to Not Prosecute Most Drug Possession Cases, More… (8/20/20)

A new poll shows bipartisan support for marijuana legalization, Colombian coca eradication goes into high gear amidst the pandemic, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew Poll…

August 20th, 2020

Border Meth Seizures Surge, VT Lawmakers Aim for Accord on Legal Marijuana Sales, More… (8/19/20)

Vermont legislators look to reconcile House and Senate legal marijuana sales bills, UN officials in Colombia denounce an increasing number of massacres, and more.[image:1 align:left…

August 19th, 2020

State Treasurers Lobby for Marijuana Banking in Coronavirus Bill, Journalists Harassed in Colombia, More… (8/18/20)

A coalition of state treasurers is urging Congress to pass marijuaan banking reforms as part of any coronavirus relief package, Arizona's Maricopa County improves the…

August 18th, 2020

Maine Marijuana Stores to Finally Open, KY "Breonna's Law" Banning No-Knock Raids Filed, More… (8/17/20)

After years of delay, Maine regulators say retail marijuana outlets will be open in October, eight people were killed in a Colombian region where different…

August 15th, 2020

Drug Reform, Social Justice Groups Demand Action on MORE Act; MT Legal Marijuana Inits Qualify for Ballot, More… (8/14/20)

More than a hundred social justice and drug reform groups call on Congress to move the marijuana legalizing MORE Act next month, researchers at Johns…

August 14th, 2020

DC MJ Sales Init Filed, Filipino Drug Cops Face Murder Charges, More… (8/13/20)

DC activists have filed a legal marijuana sales initiative and hope to get it on this year's ballot, the Bahamas extends the mandate of a…

August 14th, 2020

Can Marijuana Win Over Voters in This High Plains Red State? [FEATURE]

Marijuana is on the ballot in South Dakota this year. This is a state that has the dubious distinction of being the only one to…

August 13th, 2020

MA MJ Industry Unionization Battles, Bolivian Coca Growers Mobilize, More… (8/12/20)

A former crime-fighting prosecutor and attorney general who now wants to legalize marijuana is Joe Biden's vice-presidential pick, a Wyoming judge frees some hemp farmers…

August 12th, 2020

AZ Legalization Initiative Qualifies, Canada to Allow Psilocbyin for Terminal Patients, More… (8/11/20)

One more state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, Canadian authorities have granted four terminally ill patients the right to use psilocybin for…

August 11th, 2020

DC Natural Psychedelic Initiative Qualifies, DPA Federal Drug Decrim Push, More… (8/10/20)

Residents in the nation's capital will vote on whether to effectively decriminalize natural psychedelics, the Arizona pot legalization initiative survives a legal challenge, the Drug…

August 5th, 2020

Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals

Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to researchers. They published information that could help medical professionals make safe prescribing choices…

August 4th, 2020

New Federal Pot Legalization Bill, Houston Narcs Indicted, Peru Coca Production Up (Maybe), More… (8/3/20)

Peru and the US are in dispute over how much coca and cocaine is produced there, Houston narcs involved in a deadly botched drug raid…

August 1st, 2020

SD Medical Association Opposes Marijuana Initiatives, ONDCP Touts Mexico Opium Reduction, More… (7/31/20)

Rhode Island's governor is once again pushing for pot legalization, the South Dakota state medical association comes out against both medical marijuana and marijuana legalization…

July 31st, 2020

House Passes Bill to Block DOJ Meddling in State Marijuana Programs, Scots Want Safe Injection Sites, More… (7/30/20)

The House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with state-legal marijuana programs, a populous Maryland county moves to end no-knock raids for…

July 30th, 2020

House to Vote on Protecting All State-Legal Marijuana Programs, Bolivia Coca Cultivation Up, More… (7/29/20)

An amendment to block the Justice Department from using its funds to go after state-legal marijuana programs is headed for a House vote, Maryland's Supreme…

July 29th, 2020

Drug Reform Pioneer Arnold Trebach Dies, Dems Reject Marijuana Legalization in Party Platform, More… (7/28/20)

A new poll suggests the New Jersey marijuana legalization initiative is headed for victory in November, drug reform pioneer Arnold Trebach had died, and more.[image:1…

July 28th, 2020

House Could Vote on Pot Legalization in September, France to Issue Instant Fines for Drug Use, More… (7/27/20)

The House could vote to legalize marijuana this fall, DC activists say their natural entheogen initiative has qualifed for the ballot but it's not official…

July 25th, 2020

Oakland Psychedelic Activists Take Next Step, NY Senate Passes MedMJ Housing Protections, More… (7/24/20)

Congress could take up an amendment that aims at protecting state-legal marijuana programs next week, Oakland activists are pushing forward with plans to open up…

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…