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.

Slur: ’80s Britain blurs the lines of reality

Slur: ’80s Britain blurs the lines of reality

This week's playlist features a selection of subtly psychedelic, hypnagogic 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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  • Efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled in New Jersey

    N.J. governor and legislative leaders can't agree on marijuana tax rates, how Congress is lagging on legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    Efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled in New Jersey
    January 17, 2019

    Efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey have stalled. When will Congress catch up on cannabis? California will allow marijuana deliveries, even in communities that banned commercial sales. Also: How a guy who doesn't even like consuming cannabis became a billionaire off of... cannabis.

  • Trump’s AG pick offers mixed messages on marijuana

    Barr says he won't go after state-legal cannabis companies, senators ask the FDA to update its CBD rules, and more in today's newsletter.

    Trump’s AG pick offers mixed messages on marijuana
    January 16, 2019

    Trump's AG pick said he won't go after state-legal weed but he thinks it's a mistake to back off of marijuana. Oregon senators ask the FDA to update its regulations that bar interstate commerce of CBD food products. Cuomo indicates that marijuana legalization in New York will be more restrictive than other states. Also: Canadians spent $1.2 billion on legal weed in 2018.

  • Marijuana reform actually has a chance in Congress for the first time

    No longer are legalization bills symbolic, a look at Trump's AG pick as he faces the Senate, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana reform actually has a chance in Congress for the first time
    January 15, 2019

    Marijuana bills in Congress finally have a chance of actually advancing. Trump's AG pick could be just as bad (or even worse!) than Jeff Sessions. A bill to criminalize CBD oil faced pushback at a committee hearing. Also: There's still a lot uncertainty in the hemp industry despite federal legalization.

  • S.D. Senate committee considers criminalizing hemp oil

    The state seems to be moving backwards, a new bill in Congress would revive the Cole memo, and more in today's newsletter.

    S.D. Senate committee considers criminalizing hemp oil
    January 14, 2019

    More arguments against marijuana fear mongering. After federal hemp legalization, South Dakota is considering criminalizing CBD oil. An Oregon cannabis company is suing a competitor, alleging defamation over social media accounts that highlighted sexual assault allegations.

  • Marijuana industry boosts lobbying efforts in D.C.

    A trade association hires 15 cannabis lobbyists, a Canadian cancer center rejected a donation from a cannabis club, and more in today's newsletter.

    The United States Capitol
    January 11, 2019

    The marijuana industry is boosting its lobbying efforts. A Canadian cancer center rejected a donation from a cannabis club, despite legalization. After an executive made $35,000 in political donations, a cannabis company snagged a coveted New Jersey license. Chefs say that CBD-infused drinks are going to be the biggest dining trend in 2019.