Legalizing medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

Legalizing medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

Contrary to what prohibitionists claim, marijuana reform does not lead to an increase in crime.

Not only is there no correlation between medical marijuana laws and violent crime, crime rates in California actually decreased by 20 percent after legalization.

A still from the cult classic Reefer Madness.

The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

How Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness continues to influence our harmful drug policies.

How one doctor’s personal journey with cannabis helped her overcome the fear of stigma

How one doctor’s personal journey with cannabis helped her overcome the fear of stigma

Dr. Junella Chin has integrated medical marijuana into her family practice after the drug helped her finally find pain relief.

Arisen My Senses: Björk journeys through familiar and strange emotions

Arisen My Senses: Björk journeys through familiar and strange emotions

This week playlist is an introduction to the unparalleled artist Björk, whose discography can be challenging for some.

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

As every toker knows, listening to music while high can make it sound better.

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Our culture views getting high as a moral wrong. Here's why it could actually be good for society.

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  • Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback

    No vote for legal weed before the end of the year, two men are fighting felony charges for hemp as Congress legalizes it, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback
    December 14, 2018

    As Congress legalizes hemp, two men are facing felony charges for transporting hemp. Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback. Frustrated by intransigence in the legislature, Nebraska lawmakers look to the ballot to legalize medical marijuana. Also: new medical marijuana rules take effect in Maine.

  • The hemp industry should not get too excited about the Farm Bill just yet

    The case for tempering excitement, YMCA apologizes for threatening to narc on parents who smell like pot, and more in today's newsletter.

    The hemp industry should not get too excited about the Farm Bill just yet
    December 13, 2018

    Hemp legalization is (almost) official but the industry shouldn't get too excited yet. A YMCA branch in Massachusetts is apologizing after threatening to call the authorities on parents who smell like cannabis. Michigan Republicans aren't happy about the successful marijuana ballot initiative so now they're trying to make ballot petitions more difficult. Also: Five foreigners are facing the death

  • After facing eviction, an elderly MMJ patient loses access to doctors too

    The saga of a 78-year-old medical marijuana patient, Farm Bill advances, and more in today's newsletter.

    After facing eviction, an elderly MMJ patient loses access to doctors too
    December 12, 2018

    The Senate passes the Farm Bill with hemp legalization. The elderly medical marijuana patient who was evicted has now lost his access to doctors and transportation thanks to federal prohibition. Colorado's highest court will consider the plight of pot-sniffing pups. Also: A fight over foreigners and medical cannabis patents threatens to derail medical marijuana legalization efforts in Thailand.

  • Cannabis use in teens not a gateway to conduct problems, study suggests

    While youth marijuana use has its risks, a study finds no evidence that it leads to behavioral problems or using other drugs

    Cannabis use in teens not a gateway to conduct problems, study suggests
    December 12, 2018
    By Dan Romer

    A study suggests that fears about marijuana's harmful effects for young people have been exaggerated. A sound policy going forward will require a balanced appraisal of both its benefits and harms.

  • New Zealand passes medical marijuana law

    The new law would establish a domestic medical marijuana market, Congress is poised to vote on the Farm Bill and criminal justice reform, and more in today's newsletter.

    New Zealand passes medical marijuana law
    December 11, 2018

    New Zealand passed legislation to expand medical marijuana access. The Farm Bill compromise will legalize hemp. McConnell agrees to hold a vote on criminal justice legislation before the end of the year. Also: A company that evicted an elderly man for medical marijuana use said he could return to the building (but wouldn't say whether he would be allowed to continue using medical marijuana).