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December 20th, 2019

Chronicle AM: SAFE Banking Act Challenge in Senate, FL Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming, More… (12/19/19)

A bi-partisan pair of senators file a pair of marijuana bills, a key Senate Republican is demanding changes in the House-passed SAFE Banking Act, and…

December 19th, 2019

The Top Ten Domestic Drug Policy Stories of 2019 [FEATURE]

As the clock ticks down toward 2020, it's worth taking a moment to look back and reflect on what has gone on in the world…

December 19th, 2019

Chronicle AM: DC MJ Sales Appear Blocked Again, RI Senate Leader Says No Legalization Next Year, More… (12/18/19)

It looks like Congress will once again block the District of Columbia from taxing and regulating legal marijuana sales, a key Rhode Island senator just…

December 18th, 2019

Chronicle AM: New Pot Polls Look Good, Pot Initiative Action, Dutch Push for Legal Ecstasy, More… (12/17/19)

Protections for state-level marijuana legalization programs gets stripped from a federal funding bill, two new polls have strong national support for legalization, a Dutch political…

December 17th, 2019

Chronicle AM: CA Initiative Would Legalize Magic Mushroom Sales, Senate GOP Cartel Bill, More… (12/16/19)

The latest version of California's psilocbyin decriminalization initiative turns it into a legalization initiative, a group of Senate Republicans file a bill to treat drug…

December 14th, 2019

Chronicle AM: NJ Marijuana Referendum Set to Advance, Dirty Detroit Narcs, MA Pot Vaping Resumes, More… (12/13/19)

Italy legalizes hemp and CBD products, Trinidad & Tobago moves toward pot decriminalization, New Jersey legislaors are busy on two fronts, and more.Marijuana…

December 13th, 2019

Is This the Worst State in America on Drug Policy? [FEATURE]

With endless miles of farmland shading into ever higher and drier terrain as one moves West, then on to the Badlands and then the Black…

December 13th, 2019

Chronicle AM: MLB Drug Testing Accord, US Charges Former Mexican Top Cop for Cartel Bribes, More… (12/12/19)

Major League Baseball and its players' union have reached a drug testing agreement, Wisconsin's GOP Senate leader kills a medical marijuana bill, and more. [image:1 align:left…

December 12th, 2019

Chronicle AM: US Afghan Opium Fiasco, New Zealand LSD Microdosing Trials, More… (12/11/19)

Expungements for past minor pot offenses are beginning in Chicago, clinical trials on LSD microdosing are about to get underway in New Zealand, Kentucky's new…

December 11th, 2019

Chronicle AM: House Resolution Condemns Racist Drug War, Prison Racial Disparities Shrink, More…. (12/10/19)

Michigan legal pot sales are off to a hot start, a House resolution demands Congress apologize for racist drug war, a new report finds declining…

December 10th, 2019

Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression

New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression…

December 7th, 2019

Chronicle AM: OR Drug Decriminalization Initiative, ND Marijuana Legalization Initiative, More… (12/6/19)

A second North Dakota pot legalization initiative has submitted language to state officials, the Beckley Foundation publishes a report on getting to legal Ecstasy, and…

December 6th, 2019

Medical marijuana cards often sought by existing heavy users

Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues…

December 6th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Yang on Safe Injection Sites, Bloomberg on Marijuana, More… (12/5/19)

Michigan pot shops see high demand on opening day, Democratic contenders stake out drug policy positions, Maine finally has all pot business applications ready, and…

December 5th, 2019

Chronicle AM: NH Senate Panels Kill Legal Pot, MMJ Expansion Bills; Fed Agency Eases Hiring Rules, More… (12/4/19)

The US Virgin Islands could be moving toward marijuana legalization, but New Hampshire isn't–at least for now. Marijuana PolicyNew Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to…

December 4th, 2019

Chronicle AM: New Zealand Marijuana Legalization Referendum Coming, SD Hemp Fight, More… (12/3/19)

South Dakota lawmakers are moving toward trying again to legalize industrial hemp, New Zealand provides information on a coming marijuana legalization referendum, and more.[image:1 align:left]HempSouth…

December 3rd, 2019

Chronicle AM: CA Magic Mushroom Initiative Seeks Signatures, MI Legal Pot Sales Begin, More… (12/2/19)

Michigan's era of legal marijuana sales begins, a California magic mushroom decriminalization initiative is cleared for signature gathering, and more.Marijuana PolicyMichigan's First Day…

December 1st, 2019

Increase in calls to US poison control for natural psychoactive substances

A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at…

November 28th, 2019

Chronicle AM: NJ Governor Now Calls for Pot Decrim, MA Bans Flavored Vaping Products, More… (11/27/19)

Mexico responds to President Trump's move to designate cartels as terrorist organizations, Massachusetts becomes the first state to ban flavored vaping products, and more. [image:1 align:right…

November 27th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Biden Walks Back Pot "Gateway Theory" Remarks, Philippines VP Warns Duterte on Drug War, More… (11/26/19)

Facing criticism, Joe Biden walks back his marijuana "gateway theory" remarks; the FDA designated psilocybin therapy a "breakthrough therapy" for the second time, and more. [image:1…

November 26th, 2019

Chronicle AM: CA Pot Tax Increase Coming, MI Bans Pot Vaping Products Until Retested, More… (11/25/19)

California pot taxes will increase come January 1, Michigan halts sales of pot vaping products until they get retested, and more. Marijuana PolicyCalifornia Pot…

November 25th, 2019

Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half

Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study. The study also found no evidence that…

November 22nd, 2019

Chronicle AM: CBS News Pot Poll, MA Senate Kills Car Seizure Provision in Anti-Vaping Bill, More… (11/21/19)

There's another national pot poll showing a strong majority for legalization, an Arizona poll shows majority support, too; the ONDCP announces some opioid crisis spending…

November 21st, 2019

Chronicle AM: Historic House Committee Pot Legalization Vote, AMA Calls for Total Vaping Ban, More… (11/20/19)

A congressional committee has for the first time passed a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition, the American Medical Association calls for a ban on…

November 20th, 2019

Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain

For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial — and a less dangerous — alternative, according to new…

November 20th, 2019

Chronicle AM: AOC Calls for Drug Decriminalization, SD Meth Awareness Campaign Fiasco, More… (11/19/19)

Garden State voters may get the chance to legalize marijuana themselves, a South Dakota meth awareness campaign gets mocked, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for drug decriminalization,…

November 19th, 2019

Chronicle AM: House Committee to Vote on Legal Pot Bill This Week, Bolivia Violence, More… (11/18/19)

We could see a historic congressional vote on marijuana legalization this week, Joe Biden embraces the gateway theory, security forces of Bolivia's new rightist government…

November 16th, 2019

Chronicle AM: No Legal Weed in Maryland Next Year, Santa Cruz Psychedelic Decrim Move, More… (11/15/19)

Maryland legislators say they have yet to reach agreement on key aspects of marijuana legalization, leaving prospects for next year in doubt; Santa Cruz, California,…

November 15th, 2019

Chronicle AM: New Pew Pot Poll, New AZ Pot Initiative, MI Retail Pot Sales Could Start Soon, More… (11/14/19)

A new Pew pot poll holds few surprises, a second Arizona marijuana legalization initiative is rolled out, a second Florida marijuana legalization initiative passes a…

November 14th, 2019

In states where recreational marijuana is legal, problematic use increased among adults and teens

Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of…

November 14th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Chicago Mayor to End Pot Car Seizure Strategy, Fed Court Upholds Life Sentence in Drug Death, More… (11/13/19)

While Chicago's mayor is trying to ease post-legalization pot penalties, the city's housing authority is warning public housing residents can be evicted for smoking at…

November 13th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Bolivia's Coca Grower President Forced Out, AOC Calls for Psychedelic Decrim, More… (11/12/19)

Evo Morales, the former coca grower union leader who became president of Bolivia, has been forced from power; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for the decriminalization of…

November 6th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Trump Offers to "Wage War" on Mexican Cartels, SD MedMJ and Legalization Initiatives, More… (11/5/19)

South Dakota medical marijuana and marijuana legalization campaigns turn in raw signatures, a California psychedelic decriminalization initiative gets updated, President Trump offers to "wage war"…

November 5th, 2019

Some CBD products may yield cannabis-positive urine drug tests

A small study concludes that caution is warranted for users of ‘high CBD, low THC’ cannabis products.

November 5th, 2019

Chronicle AM: Hundreds of OK Drug Prisoners Walk Free Today, USDA Publishes Interim Hemp Rules, More… (11/4/19)

Hundreds of low-level Oklahoma drug prisoners walked free today after their sentences were commuted, Michigan advances on a couple of marijuana fronts, the USDA issues…

November 2nd, 2019

Chronicle AM: Push on Psychedelics Expands, Mexico Misses Marijuana Legalization Deadline, More… (10/31/19)

We're starting to see pot bills getting filed for next year, a push to ease laws on natural psychedelics is expanding into more cities, Mexico's…

November 2nd, 2019

Chronicle AM: Senate Extends Protections for State MMJ Programs, PA Pot Poll, More… (11/1/19)

New South Wales ponders drug decriminalization, the Senate extends protections for state medical marijuana programs, and more.Marijuana PolicyPennsylvania Poll Has Strong Support for…

November 1st, 2019

Cannabis use disorder is declining among young adolescents and young adults

The prevalence of cannabis use disorder decreased in 2002 to 2016 among frequent users. Changes in social attitudes and the traits of frequent users may…

October 30th, 2019

Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine

Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new study.

October 29th, 2019

Insufficient evidence that medicinal cannabinoids improve mental health

The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabinoids and their impact on six mental health disorders — combining 83 studies including 3,000 people — suggests that…