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.

What kind of people want to re-criminalize cannabis today? What are their motives? Who profits from continuing to incarcerate people for using marijuana? Whose power will be diminished when a drug that has so many health benefits is provided without a prescription?

FDA warns 4 CBD producers about making medical claims

FDA warns 4 CBD producers about making medical claims

Don't say it cures cancer, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Marijuana may keep HIV patients sharp, finds study

Marijuana may keep HIV patients sharp, finds study

THC seems to slow mental decline in HIV patients thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect says researchers at Michigan State University.

Symbolic Use of Light: Tune in and zone out to lysergic techno and house

Symbolic Use of Light: Tune in and zone out to lysergic techno and house

Tracks that are typically suited for the dance floor are repurposed for a stoney session

How tripping on LSD can increase long-term optimism

How tripping on LSD can increase long-term optimism

The drug induces temporary psychosis, but leads users to increased optimism and openness.

Colorado rolls out new edibles regulations

Colorado rolls out new edibles regulations

The new rules should help newbie consumers avoid having an experience like Maureen Dowd

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  • 83% of US voters don’t support pot prohibition

    Liberalizing cannabis laws is one thing Americans can agree on, a look at how Sessions could crack down on cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    83% of US voters don’t support pot prohibition
    January 19, 2018

    A prohibitionist group shows that 83 percent of Americans actually oppose prohibition. Members of Congress push their colleagues to support protections for state-legal cannabis. A new bill in Congress would restrict funds for the DEA's marijuana eradication program. Also: A Florida lawyer gets disbarred for telling his clients it was OK to grow weed. (It wasn't.)

  • Symbolic Use of Light: Tune in and zone out to lysergic techno and house

    Tracks that are typically suited for the dance floor are repurposed for a stoney session

    Symbolic Use of Light: Tune in and zone out to lysergic techno and house
    January 19, 2018

    Divorce these tracks from a club environment and their unceasing drum patterns and prolonged lengths become hypnagogic. Here, we feature some tunes that manage to achieve the rare feat of sounding just as good on the couch as in the club.

  • House Democrats introduce a new marijuana legalization bill

    A new bill before Congress would deschedule cannabis, an amendment to protect state-legal weed suffers a setback, and more in today's newsletter.

    U.S. rep. Barbara Lee speaks at the UN. Lee is the latest lawmaker to co-sponsor marijuana legalization in Congress.
    January 18, 2018

    House Dems introduced a marijuana legalization bill that includes strong social justice measures. House rep. Jared Polis didn't have enough votes for his amendment to protect state marijuana programs from the feds. The Treasury Department is reviewing its previous FinCEN guidance on marijuana and banking. Also: A Northern California county is backtracking on cannabis, banning cultivation after awa

  • The VA says no to studying marijuana for vets

    VA secretary Shulkin doesn't seem to understand federal law, Trump once insisted that he supports states' rights to legalize cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin speaking in front of the White House July 2017.
    January 17, 2018

    A new video shows Trump talking about his commitment to states' rights when it comes to cannabis. The VA says it won't research medical marijuana for veterans. State attorneys general push for a marijuana banking fix. Also: Maine delays cannabis clubs until 2023.

  • Sorry Sessions, legalization actually reduces crime

    Legalizing MMJ resulted in fewer violent crimes, the struggles of a black cannabis entrepreneur in California, and more in today's newsletter

    Sorry Sessions, legalization actually reduces crime
    January 16, 2018

    Contrary to Jeff Sessions' assertions, legal weed actually *reduces* violent crime. Congress is pushing back against the attorney general, with 69 of its members advocating for a marijuana-protecting amendment. A look at the stark contrast between a black cannabis entrepreneur and a (mostly white) cannabis startup that has raised more than $50 million. Also: A Republican candidate for New York gov