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  • Decades after the ‘Summer of Love,’ Canada will finally legalize weed

    Young people who tried to persuade the government of the benefits of cannabis in the late '60s finally get to see a government wake up to the harms of prohibition.

    July 24, 2018

    The legalization of marijuana in Canada comes almost a century after the drug was first declared an illegal substance in 1923, but pot didn’t explode in popularity until the 1960s when a group of rebellious people began promoting it a shortcut to peace and enlightenment.

    Concerned about the new use of this drug,

  • Marijuana use is increasing among older demographics

    Many are turning to cannabis for pain relief and other age-related health problems

    February 21, 2018

    When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis.

    Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada found nearly 5m people aged between 15 and 64 spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis during 2017.

  • 4 major marijuana bills on Capitol Hill

    From Democrat Cory Booker to Republican Orrin Hatch, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are introducing cannabis legislation in Congress

    October 20, 2017

    Since last February, when a bipartisan group of legislators launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, lawmakers have filed a flurry of bills aimed at reforming federal drug laws. Here’s a look at some of that legislation:

    Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

    Introduced by Sen.

  • House GOP leaders block medical marijuana protections

    Jeff Sessions previously asked Congressional leadership to oppose the amendment

    September 28, 2017

    For a few days in early September, marijuana policy reformers fitfully watched as Republican leaders in the House blocked a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has been passed in some form since 2014 and protects state-legal medical-marijuana programs from federal interference.

  • Marijuana lounges could be coming to Denver and Alaska as Nevada lags behind

    Despite legalization measures, there are no licensed cannabis consumption lounges in any state with legal weed

    September 20, 2017

    Despite the legalization of marijuana in a number of states, one stubborn obstacle remains: There is no equivalent of bars where people can use it socially. While Colorado and Oregon have become destinations for cannabis consumers, no state allows marijuana lounges. The situation leaves tourists, who eagerly visit pot shops but have no place to light up,

  • Anti-pot group says cannabis industry violates Cole Memo

    Smart Approaches to Marijuana encouraged attorney general Jeff Sessions to 'target the big players' in the cannabis industry

    September 18, 2017

    In 2013, former deputy attorney general James Cole sent marijuana enforcement guidance to U.S. attorneys. Known as the Cole Memo, the guidance instructed federal prosecutors not to go after state-legal cannabis activities. This Justice Department policy has allowed state-legal marijuana markets to flourish.

    On Aug. 30, the nation’s most prominent anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) sent a report to attorney general Jeff Sessions,

  • Guterres urges U.N. to follow Portugal’s lead on drugs

    Secretary general was Portuguese prime minister when the country decriminalized all illicit substances

    In a joint statement on June 30, the United Nations and the World Health Organization called for “ending discrimination in health-care settings.” Among their suggestions was “reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes and that counter established public health evidence.”

    Certain laws,

  • Executive Shuffle: New DPA director in, MPP comms director out

    Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno joins the Drug Policy Alliance, Mason Tvert leaves MPP for VS Strategies

    August 14, 2017

    On Jan. 27, Ethan Nadelmann announced that he was stepping down as executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. The founder of one of the most influential drug policy advocacy groups in the nation, Nadelmann said he’d been thinking about “making this transition for almost two years.” He left the DPA on May 1.

  • New Hampshire joins the rest of New England in decriminalizing cannabis

    The governor signed a bill to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession, making it the 22nd state to do so.

    August 2, 2017

    On July 18, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a marijuana decriminalization billinto law. The move makes the Granite State the 22nd in the country to eliminate jail time as a punishment for cannabis possession. It’s also the last New England state to do so.

    Once the law takes effect in September,

  • Behind RRNY, a campaign to legalize marijuana in New York

    A once-in-20-year chance to put the issue before voters

    July 12, 2017

    Marijuana is still illegal in New York, but that did not stop more than 4,000 people from descending on the Javits Center in Manhattan for a cannabis-industry conference in June. Longtime activists in blazers decorated with weed leaves mingled among Wall Street types in crisp suits. But one man stood out among the well-heeled crowd.