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October 1st, 2019

Chronicle AM: CDC Warns on THC Vaping, Indianapolis to End Small-Time Pot Prosecutions, More… (9/30/19)

The feds are homing in on THC products as the vaping crisis intensifies, a Virginia poll shows a rapid increase in support for pot legalization…

September 27th, 2019

House Passes SAFE Banking Act

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve the SAFE Banking Act (HR 1595), which would allow state-legal marijuana businesses to get access to…

September 26th, 2019

Chronicle AM: MA Will Get Cannabis Cafes, Australia's Capital City Legalizes Weed, More… (9/25/19)

Massachusetts regulators approve cannabis cafes and home delivery, a key congressman pledges continuing support for broad marijuana reforms, Australia's capital city legalizes pot possession, and…

September 25th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Mexico Pot Legalization Deadline Looms, State AGs Urge Support for Fed Pot Bill, More… (9/24/19)

More than 20 state attorneys general have urged congressional leaders to pass legislation to protect state-legal marijuana, Mexico faces a deadline to legalize marijuana, Canadian…

September 24th, 2019

Older adults with COPD more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that’s often associated with a variety of health problems, including chronic muscle pain and insomnia.…

September 24th, 2019

Chronicle AM: SAFE Banking Act Battle, SD Pot Legalization Initiative Advances, More… (9/23/19)

Battle over voting on the SAFE Banking Act, South Dakota marijuana legalization initiative okayed for signature gathering, Dr. Bronner's kicks in for Oregon psilocybin initiative,…

September 21st, 2019

Chronicle AM: House Pot Banking Bill Vote Next Week, Guatemala Now a Cocaine Producer, More… (9/20/19)

The House prepares to vote on a marijuana banking bill, New Hampshire lawmakers override a veto to ensure patients can grow their own, Guatemala concedes…

September 20th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Beto Says Use Pot Taxes for Drug War Reparations, Yang Says Decriminalize Opiates, More… (9/19/19)

Democratic presidential contenders make dramatic policy proposals, DC loosens up on marijuana, Michigan lawmakers move toward sentencing reform, and more.Marijuana PolicyBeto O'Rourke Proposes…

September 19th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Coalition Urges Delay in House Pot Banking Vote, Chicago Mayor: No Pot Shops Downtown, More… (9/18/19)

Civil rights and drug policy groups fearing a loss of momentum in ending federal pot prohibition are urging a delay in a marijuana banking bill…

September 18th, 2019

Chronicle AM: DEA Takes Aim at Fentanyl Precursors, CA Governor Takes Aim at Vaping Crisis, More… (9/17/19)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issues an executive order on vaping, the DEA designates some fentanyl precursors as controlled substances, and more.Marijuana PolicyCalifornia…

September 17th, 2019

Chronicle AM: House MJ Banking Bill to Get Floor Vote, Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy, More… (9/16/19)

A bill to open up financial services for the marijuana industry will get a House floor vote this month, the maker of OxyContin files for…

September 14th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Joe Biden's Muddy Message on Pot Policy, Peru Coca Eradication Gearing Up, More… (9/13/19)

Joe Biden muddies the waters on his marijuana policy, Copenhagen is moving toward a pilot progeram of legal marijuana sales, Peru prepares to go after…

September 13th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Tentative Oxycontin Settlement, Philippines Says No to UN Investigators, More… (9/12/19)

It looks like the thousands of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over Oxycontin are about to be settled, a new audit finds California's unlicensed pot shops…

September 13th, 2019

Help Us Respond to the Crises and the Opportunities

Dear friend,  David BordenAs I've written recently, this is a good time and a bad time in drug policy reform. Marijuana reform continues to have 2019…

September 12th, 2019

Chronicle AM: DEA Proposes Big Cuts in Opioid Production, Increase in Research Marijuana, More… (9/11/18)

The DEA has come out with proposed quotas for marijuana and prescription opioids for 2020, a Florida legalization initiative has already raised a million dollars,…

September 11th, 2019

Chronicle AM: OR Drug Decriminalization Initiative Filed, CA Pot Banking Bill Dead for This Year, More… (9/10/19)

A drug decriminalization initiative could make its way to Oregon's 2020 ballot, South Dakota's Republican governor vows to veto any hemp bill again next year,…

September 10th, 2019

Chronicle AM: OR Psilocybin Initiative Advances, Kamala Harris Rolls Out Criminal Justice Platform, More… (9/9/19)

An Oregon initiative to allow the therapeutic use of magic mushrooms is set to begin signature gathering, an Arizona initiative to legalize marijuana is going…

September 7th, 2019

Chronicle AM: MS MedMJ Campaign Hands in Signatures, NY Inmates Sue Over Pain Meds, More… (9/6/19)

A broad coalition of civil rights and other groups are calling for marijuana legalization and more, Mississippi activists hand in signatures for a medical marijuana…

September 6th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Johns Hopkins Gets Psychedelic Center, Guatemala State of Siege, More… (9/5/19)

Johns Hopkins University will open a new center on psychedelic research, hemp cultivation in the US quadruples over last year, Guatemala declares a state of…

September 6th, 2019

Hemp Legalization Is Wreaking Havoc with Marijuana Prosecutions in Prohibition States [FEATURE]

After passage of the 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, states scrambled to pass their own laws legalizing hemp and CBD. But in doing…

September 5th, 2019

Chronicle AM: AZ Marijuana Legalization Poll, Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill, More… (9/4/19)

A new poll finds that half of Arizonans are ready to legalize marijuana, a Mexican senator has just filed a marijuana legalization bill ahead of…

September 4th, 2019

Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals

Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily…

September 4th, 2019

Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use

As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by…

September 4th, 2019

The Drug War Isn't Waiting, So We Can't Either

Dear friend,The drug war isn't waiting — so we can't either. That goes for the opportunities and it goes for the crises.Marijuana reform…

September 4th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Trump Stays States' Rights on Pot, Massive DEA Florida Opioid Bust, More… (9/3/19)

The president reiterates his states' rights approach to marijuana legalization, the DEA goes massively after opioids in a Florida operation, Thailand okays hemp and cannabis…

August 31st, 2019

Chronicle AM: Feds Warn on Marijuana Health Risks, Philly Drug Test Backlog, More… (8/30/19)

Federal officials issue a warning on marijuana for teens and pregnant women, the Philadelphia DA deals with a drug sample testing crisis, Colombian FARC dissidents…

August 30th, 2019

Chronicle AM: NY Governor Faces Protest over Lack of Progress on NYC Safe Injection Sites, More… (8/29/19)

New York's reformed marijuana decriminalization, which will end arrests for public possession or smoking, is now in effect, and more.Marijuana PolicyNew York's Marijuana…

August 29th, 2019

Campus Reefer Gladness: The Top 10 Most Marijuana-Friendly Colleges and Universities [FEATURE]

The Princeton Review has released its annual compendium of rankings and ratings of institutions of higher learning across the land, The Best 385 Colleges 2020 Edition,…

August 29th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Steny Hoyer Cites Gateway Theory to Oppose Legal Pot, Louisville Ends Pot Busts, More… (8/28/19)

Steny Hoyer goes last century with his embrace of the gateway theory, Louisville ends small-time pot busts, and more. [image:1 align:left]Top House Democrat Uses Gateway Theory…

August 28th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Opioid Maker Ordered to Pay $572 Million, Purdue Pharma Offers Billions to Settle, More… (8/27/19)

Big Pharma companies that dealt in opoids are taking a hit, California moves to get rid of a vestige of the dope squad days, and…

August 27th, 2019

New breathalyzer can detect marijuana

A team has developed a breathalyzer device that can measure the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, in the user’s breath. The…

August 27th, 2019

Gene linked to autism undergoes changes in men's sperm after pot use

A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change…

August 27th, 2019

Teens are using a highly potent form of marijuana

Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly…

August 27th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Houston Narc Charged With Murder in Bogus Drug Raid, DEA Moves on Pot Research, More… (8/26/19)

The DEA finally moves on expanding marijuana research opportunites, a former Houston cop who led a lethal bogus drug raid is charged with murder, a…

August 24th, 2019

Chronicle AM: CA Pot Party Bus Bill Advances, Bolivia Coca Cultivation Decline, More… (8/23/19)

Top White House drug officials signal a laissez-faire stance toward marijuana legalization in the states, a bill to allow pot smoking and vaping on party…

August 24th, 2019

APPEAL: Help Us Respond to the Opportunities and the Crises

Dear reader,David Borden As I wrote last week, this is a good time and a bad time in drug policy. Marijuana reform continues to have…

August 23rd, 2019

Chronicle AM: No CBDs for Military Members, Hawaii Decriminalizes Pot Possession, More… (9/22/19)

The Defense Department makes it crystal clear that service members can't use CBD products, Hawaii's governor fails to veto a decriminalization bill, thus allowing it…

August 22nd, 2019

Chronicle AM: Mexico Court Okays Recreational Cocaine Use, Elizabeth Warren Criminal Justice Policy, More… (9/21/19)

Elizabeth Warren rolls out her criminal justice and drug policy platform, a Mexico City court rules that two petitioners can legally possess and use cocaine,…

August 21st, 2019

Cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain

Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence…

August 20th, 2019

Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually

Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each…