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Ethan Nadelmann reexamines adult drug use in the new podcast ‘Psychoactive’

7/12/21--Psychoactive, a new podcast on drugs hosted by Ethan Nadelmann, who founded, and for decades ran, the Drug Policy Alliance, an anti-Drug War nonprofit, before stepping down in 2017, is back with an ambitious project to lead a deep and challenging national conversation about drugs and the human experience. Read

How New York is preparing for legal weed

2/21/19--New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed the “Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act” (CRTA), which would legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and create an Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to oversee a new recreational marijuana program, as well as the existing medical program. Cuomo has said that he’d like to see state lawmakers vote on the bill in April, and if passed, it would be effective immediately, with retail sales starting early next year. Read

Mitch McConnell: Drug warrior, CBD champion?

6/29/18--The Senate passed a version of the 2018 Farm Bill that would legalize so-called “industrial hemp” – legislation that has long been a pet project of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell has been pushing the point that hemp is “a completely different plant than its illicit cousin,” marijuana, and that Americans are clamoring for more hemp products, spending $820 million last year on “everything from clothing to auto parts,” mostly made out of hemp grown overseas. Read

How a 12-year-old girl could help end weed prohibition in America

10/10/17--Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. Wise and articulate beyond her years, Bortell is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government, and her attorneys argue that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which classifies cannabis as illegal, infringes upon various constitutional rights. Read

Legal pot in Mexico: Everything you need to know

9/14/17--This summer, Mexico legalized medical marijuana, or more specifically, "pharmacological derivatives of cannabis" to be regulated and studied by the Ministry of Health. In an article, Rolling Stone presents what you need to know about Mexico's marijuana program, and where it might go from here. Read

Why an anti-pot lawmaker is pushing for marijuana research

7/12/17--Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. is known as legal marijuana's greatest foe, but he also recognizes that the federal prohibition on all forms of marijuana has left the nation void of serious science on the plant that people are now legally smoking from coast to coast. So, he has teamed up with some of the more pro-pot lawmakers to push legislation that loosens the classification of weed so that universities, hospitals, and the private sector can study marijuana without fear of getting in trouble with the feds. Read

Legalized it: Nevada’s first night with recreational weed

7/5/17--On Saturday at midnight, Nevada became the fifth state to open dispensaries to recreational users, joining Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Under Nevada law, people 21 years of age and older can now buy and possess up to an ounce of flower, or an eighth-ounce of concentrates like wax, shatter, and oil, available at dispensaries throughout the state. Nevada expects to collect $70 million for education in the next two years by taxing recreational at about 34 percent. Read

How six senators are leading the fight for federally legal weed

6/22/17--There's a growing core group of senators who are urging the federal government to catch up with the states when it comes to medical marijuana. A bipartisan and ideologically diverse group of six senators introduced legislation that would allow the laws legalizing medical marijuana in 29 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam to supersede the current federal prohibition on weed. It also would make it easier for epilepsy patients and veterans to access medical marijuana, while loosening restrictions on researching weed. Read

What the drug war could look like under President Trump

12/22/16--Just how devastating President Trump will be for the drug policy reform community was a subject of some debate in the days immediately following his surprise win. On the rare occasion Trump has expressed support for medical marijuana, he thinks broader legalization should be left up to the states. One glimmer of hope for legalization advocates comes straight from Trump's inner circle. Specifically, some hope Trump's outspoken ally Peter Thiel could influence the incoming president's thinking in a positive way. Read

How NBA players reacted to coach’s endorsement of marijuana

12/4/16--Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who recently admitted to smoking weed twice over the last 18 months to help him deal with chronic back pain, has become a hot topic in the sports world. As a result, a number of players and coaches in the NBA have since voiced their opinion on the matter. Read

Barack Obama talks media, marijuana, Trump with Bill Maher

11/4/16--President Barack Obama sat down with Bill Maher for an extensive interview that touched on several topics, including marijuana legalization. The president admitted that his reluctance to move on the issue is tied to the "public health problem" that is smoking in general. During the segment, he expressed, "I don't think legalization is a panacea, but I think that we're going to need to have a more serious conversation about how we're treating marijuana and our drug laws generally." Read

This election could determine the future of pot in America

10/25/16--The future of pot policy in America hinges heavily on the election this year. Marijuana law reform is on the ballot in nine states and has momentum at the federal level in the form of several bills pending in Congress, including ones to deschedule cannabis, look reschedule cannabis, legalize hemp, and prioritize research trials. Read

Inside the world of high-end marijuana cuisine

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-10-18-46-pm9/15/16--The trend in states where marijuana is legal is pairing strains of marijuana with specific foods to enhance their flavor, but is it a gimmick or a new frontier? Rolling Stone writer Sara Davidson explores and reports on the world of high-end marijuana cuisine, where the fanciest dinners come with a different strains of weed. Read