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.

How Sad, How Lovely: Ballads to ease the post-summer blues

How Sad, How Lovely: Ballads to ease the post-summer blues

This week's playlist soundtracks the shift of seasons with a selection of melancholy yet warm ballads.

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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  • White nationalist lawyer sues activists for former pot lab owner

    The lawsuit accuses activists of defamation, Colorado marijuana sales hit $1 billion, and more in today's newsletter.

    White nationalist lawyer sues activists for former pot lab owner
    October 19, 2018

    A white nationalist lawyer is suing activists on behalf of a former cannabis lab owner. A coalition of advocacy groups is hosting the first National Expungement Week. Colorado's marijuana sales reached the $1 billion mark. Also: One Canadian cannabis dispensary ran out of product on the first day of sales -- at 4:20.

  • How legalization in Canada puts pressure on the U.S. (and other countries, too)

    Cannabis in Canada could have wide-ranging global implications, why the new law could hurt poor farmers around the world, and more in today's newsletter.

    How legalization in Canada puts pressure on the U.S. (and other countries, too)
    October 18, 2018

    How legal cannabis in Canada puts pressure on the U.S. Why legalization in wealthy nations hurts cannabis farmers in poorer countries who have relied on those markets for decades. Also: Canada's public safety minister says the government won't expunge past cannabis convictions because prohibition didn't amount to an 'historical injustice.'

  • 🍁 Canada legalizes weed! 🍁

    Canada plans to pardon past pot convictions, a Newfoundland man makes the first legal purchase, and more in today's newsletter.

    🍁 Canada legalizes weed! 🍁
    October 17, 2018

    Canada plans to pardon past pot possession convictions. There are worries about a lack of weed on the newly legal marijuana market. A former Canadian Army captain who fought alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan has been jailed for 75 days due to a decades-old Canadian cannabis conviction (that has already been pardoned).

  • US attorney says marijuana banking is not a problem

    Suggestions otherwise are 'completely false,' federal court says police can't kill dogs during drug raids, and more in today's newsletter.

    A cash transaction for medical marijuana is shown at Coffehouse Blue Sky in Oakland, California, July 23, 2009. Voters in the City of Oakland recently passed Measure F, which creates a new business tax rate for medical marijuana dispensaries. Picture taken July 23, 2009.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith   (UNITED STATES SOCIETY EDUCATION) - RTR264FL
    October 16, 2018

    A federal prosecutor suggests that there are plenty of banks willing to work with the cannabis industry. An appeals court ruled that police cannot shoot and kill dogs when conducting a drug raid. A musician was sentenced to eight years for marijuana trafficking, despite cops and prosecutors admitting that there is no evidence he was actually trafficking.

  • SWAT agents break down doors for a ‘leafy green substance’

    No-knock raids in Arkansas scare residents, the midterms could have a big impact on marijuana reform, and more in today's newsletter.

    SWAT agents break down doors for a ‘leafy green substance’
    October 15, 2018

    When police departments break down doors to find a small amount of "leafy green substance." Why the midterms could have a major impact on marijuana reform. The story of an 81-year-old woman who was jailed for smoking a joint in her own home. Also: This Wednesday is weed day in Canada.