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.

Black Sun: When doobies lead to darkness

Black Sun: When doobies lead to darkness

Continuing a sinister, surreal thread, this week's playlist comprises dark, psychedelic sounds.

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 Northern Marianas legalizes marijuana

    The US territory makes history, California cannabis distributor wants to sue the feds, and more in today's newsletter.

    The Northern Marianas legalizes marijuana
    September 21, 2018

    The Northern Marianas makes history by becoming the first US territory to legalize and regulate cannabis. A California cannabis distributor is gearing up to sue the feds. Lawmakers in New Jersey are calling on a sheriff to resign after he made racist comments about black people and marijuana.

  • Marijuana millionaires vs. marijuana lifers

    The absurdity of marijuana millionaires, advocates fear 'War on Drugs redux' in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana millionaires vs. marijuana lifers
    September 20, 2018

    Marijuana millionaires vs. marijuana lifers. Advocates are worried about a "War on Drugs redux" in Congress. What's a condo board to do with medical marijuana patients and a resident who has a deadly marijuana allergy? Also: Tilray's crazy stock-price ride draws comparisons to the dot-com bubble.

  • Trump signals hardline approach to international drug policy

    His administration is collaborating with countries that execute drug offenders, the tragic story of a confidential informant, and more in today's newsletter.

    Trump signals hardline approach to international drug policy
    September 19, 2018

    The Trump administration is calling for a tough approach to international drug policy ahead of the UN General Assembly. The tragic story of a confidential informant and his family's fight for justice. A look at the details of New Jersey's marijuana legalization legislation. Also, Manhattan's district attorney assured cannabis entrepreneurs that he wants them to 'be successful.'

  • South Africa court legalizes personal marijuana use and cultivation

    It's a binding ruling from the country's highest court, the U.S. approves importing research marijuana from Canada, and more in today's newsletter.

    South Africa court legalizes personal marijuana use and cultivation
    September 18, 2018

    South Africa's highest court ruled that personal marijuana use and cultivation is legal. The U.S. federal government approved a plan to import research marijuana from Canada. An Oregon dispensary owner was given a prison sentence for federal tax crimes. Also: Two members of Congress expect marijuana legislation to pass during the next session, even if Republicans hold on to their majority.

  • Even anti-pot politicians support expanding marijuana research

    The only opponent is the pharma industry, how a drug conviction harms crime victims' families, and more in today's newsletter.

    Congressman Matt Gaetz introduces the bill on the House floor Thursday.
    September 17, 2018

    Even anti-pot politicians can get behind this cannabis research bill. How a decades-old drug conviction can hurt a crime victim's family. Public defenders are worried about New York City's new cannabis arrest policy, arguing that it'll make racial disparities even worse. Also: Coca-Cola is in talks with a Canadian cannabis producer to make CBD beverages.