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  • 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.

  • Legal cannabis sales underway in Uruguay

    The South America nation is the first country in the world to fully legalize it.

    July 11, 2017

    It’s official: As of July 1, marijuana became available for purchase in Uruguay pharmacies. The South American country made international headlines in 2012 when then-president José Mujica announced plans to legalize cannabis. The following year, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to fully legalize the adult-use of marijuana when lawmakers gave final approval to the bill.

  • Vermont passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana

    But governor Phil Scott vetoed the historic legislation

    May 24, 2017

    Update, June 21: After the governor reached a compromise with legislative leaders, the Senate approved the bill. But the compromise failed in the House. “Despite the setback for 2017, Vermont’s legislature operates on a biennium, and advocates expect that progress achieved this year will be built upon when lawmakers reconvene in January,”

  • Why Western medicine needs to reconsider ‘recreational’ drugs

    The idea of prescribing illegal drugs is heretical. But it shouldn't be.

    May 15, 2017

    What can doctors do to ease emotional pain? The physicians of ancient and medieval times found many plants and plant-derived substances (ie, drugs) that soothed mental as well as physical ills. Rarely did they draw a line between the psychological and physiological benefits of their remedies. Modern medicine has confirmed the overlap of bodily and mental maladies through painstaking research,

  • Cities in conservative states lead cannabis policy reform

    Missouri, Texas, and Tennessee all have cities going against state-level drug laws

    April 8, 2017

    On Apr. 4, voters in Kansas City, Mo. approved a measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana. The new law institutes a maximum $25 fine and eliminates jail time for being caught with less than 35 grams of pot. Previously, those who got in trouble for small possession could’ve been on the hook for a $500 fine and 180 days in jail.

  • Johnathan Namauleg would still be alive if not for prohibition

    He was sent back to prison after using cannabis to treat his ADHD, where he later died just shy of his 22nd birthday.

    March 7, 2017

    An investigation into Hawaii’s practice of sending prisoners to the mainland by Vice and the Nation Institute contains the heartbreaking story of a young man who would probably still be alive today if not for cannabis prohibition.

    Johnathan Namauleg first got into trouble with the law after he lit a hut on fire at the local canoe club in Maui,

  • Sessions says 'we need to crack down' on drugs

    In a speech to state attorneys general, Jeff Sessions ramps up criticism of cannabis legalization.

    February 28, 2017

    In a speech to state attorneys general, Jeff Sessions continued his criticisms of cannabis legalization this morning. The remarks come on the heels of his first press briefing, where he had some harsh words for the policy.

    “We need to crack down more effectively”

  • Sessions inadvertently makes an argument for cannabis legalization

    The attorney general said he is 'not a fan' of marijuana and is reviewing the Cole Memo.

    February 27, 2017

    In his first briefing with reporters as attorney general, Jeff Sessions said he was looking into the Cole Memo. The Justice Department directive instructs prosecutors not to focus their enforcement efforts on those who are complying with state laws. While not a law itself, the directive is the basis that legal cannabis programs are built on.