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.

Arisen My Senses: Björk journeys through familiar and strange emotions

Arisen My Senses: Björk journeys through familiar and strange emotions

This week playlist is an introduction to the unparalleled artist Björk, whose discography can be challenging for some.

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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  • First legal weed sold in Massachusetts

    The first state-legal cannabis sales started in the Bay State, prominent prohibitionist changes his mind on marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    First legal weed sold in Massachusetts
    November 20, 2018

    Legal weed makes its official debut in Massachusetts. A prominent Democratic lawmaker changes his mind on marijuana legalization. A judge says the Florida House should sue the feds if it has an issue with federal prohibition. Also: a former sheriff's deputy was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking.

  • Hemp legalization under fire for banning those with drug felony convictions

    Congress wrestling with Farm Bill provision, body cam footage raises questions about marijuana arrests, and more in today's newsletter.

    Hemp legalization under fire for banning those with drug felony convictions
    November 19, 2018

    Congress is wrestling with a provision that would ban those with drug felonies from the legal hemp industry. Body cam footage raises questions about New York marijuana arrests. A Los Angeles woman was briefly detained in Canada for bringing her medical marijuana into the country. Also: Greece issued its first medical cannabis licenses today.

  • Feds to study medical marijuana’s potential to combat opioid crisis

    NIDA to look into the benefits of marijuana, a look at the loopholes under New York's 'decriminalization' policy, and more in today's newsletter.

    Feds to study medical marijuana’s potential to combat opioid crisis
    November 16, 2018

    The federal government is studying whether medical marijuana can combat opioid crisis. How people continued to get charged for cannabis offenses, despite decriminalization in New York. A medical marijuana patient is suing the federal government for the right to own a gun. Also: Patients are struggling to get their medicine after recreational legalization in Canada.

  • How the cannabis industry cares more about profits than patients and prisoners

    Marijuana companies form alliances with GOP, the IRS struggles to handle all-cash tax payments from cannabis companies, and more in today's newsletter.

    How the cannabis industry cares more about profits than patients and prisoners
    November 15, 2018

    The cannabis industry is prioritizing profits over patients and criminal justice reforms. A look at the past and future of marijuana advocacy. The IRS is paying a company $1.7 million to hand the problem of cash tax payments from pot companies. Also: Canadian police say they have not seen an increase in impaired driving after legalization.

  • A new breed of cannabis lobbyist doesn’t care to work with advocates

    A look at the changing makeup of cannabis lobbyists in Washington, new bill in Congress focuses on marijuana for vets, and more in today's newsletter.

    The United States Capitol
    November 14, 2018

    A new breed of cannabis lobbyist is not keen on working with advocates. Congressmen introduce trio of bills to increase access to medical marijuana for veterans. A look at whether craft cannabis can survive in the age of Big Marijuana. Also: Newly released CIA documents reveal 'Project Medication' -- which hoped to use some sort of 'truth serum' on terror suspects.