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.

For Today I Am a Boy: Artists capture the feelings of gender dysphoria

For Today I Am a Boy: Artists capture the feelings of gender dysphoria

Artists across the LGBTQ spectrum have highlighted the darkest and brightest depths of gender dysphoria.

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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    The judge pointed to the lack of regulations, the cannabis industry struggles with equity, and more in today's newsletter.

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    February 21, 2019

    Judge refuses to release hemp shipment, saying that the government must come up with regulations first. Kamala Harris' father wasn't happy with her comments about smoking weed. How cannabis equity programs are struggling, despite good intentions. Also: A Michigan court ruled against a medical marijuana patient who said her job offer was rescinded after she tested positive for cannabis.

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of drug offender in asset forfeiture case

    The case involved police seizing a $42,000 Land Rover, an Oregon MMJ patient gets re-sentenced in drug trafficking case, and more in today's newsletter.

    Supreme Court rules in favor of drug offender in asset forfeiture case
    February 20, 2019

    Supreme Court places limits on civil asset forfeiture. An Oregon medical marijuana patient convicted of drug trafficking in Mississippi gets re-sentenced to 12 years with the possibility of parole. Why so many cannabis vapes could be dangerous to your health. Also: Scientists find that legalizing weed causes and uptick in junk food sales.

  • California struggles with cannabis regulations as entrepreneurs wait for licenses

    Lawmakers try to resolve problems with legal weed, hemp companies still face challenges, and more in today's newsletter.

    California struggles with cannabis regulations as entrepreneurs wait for licenses
    February 19, 2019

    California lawmakers consider cannabis bills as Los Angeles struggles to start licensing businesses. The hemp industry is still facing challenges while lawmakers press federal agencies on hemp regulations. A study of 100,000 teens found no link between liberal cannabis laws and youth use. Also: Oscars swag bags will have a variety of cannabis products this year.

  • Amid CBD crackdown, senators urge federal regulators to hurry up on hemp legalization

    NYC will start fining businesses for selling certain CBD products, doctors discredit Berenson's claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    Amid CBD crackdown, senators urge federal regulators to hurry up on hemp legalization
    February 18, 2019

    Congress is talking about marijuana reform, but could it actually happen? As local officials crack down on CBD, senators urge the USDA to hurry up with hemp regulations. Doctors and researchers discredit Alex Berenson in an open letter. Also: A Colorado school fired a substitute teacher for talking about cannabis science on YouTube (while receiving funding from marijuana tax revenue).

  • Bill Barr sworn in as attorney general

    Marijuana advocates cautiously optimistic about Barr, drug convictions tossed due to officer misconduct, and more in today's newsletter.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) logo is pictured on a wall after a news conference to discuss alleged fraud by Russian Diplomats in New York December 5, 2013.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTX1657T
    February 15, 2019

    William Barr was sworn in as attorney general. Marijuana company board member Bill Weld considers challenging Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. More than a dozen people in Chicago got their drug convictions tossed due to police misconduct. Also: Teens in states with legal medical marijuana are less likely to smoke weed.