Whether it be vaping-related pulmonary maladies, opioid addiction or cancer-related symptoms, cannabis prohibition is having deadly consequences. Prohibitionist policies both cripple the legal market of good and regulated actors, and ensure that the illicit market flourishes. See the original article at San Francisco Chronicle

Politicians have been taking action to get ahead of the problem, with most relying on some form of vape ban. A handful of governors and President Trump have proposed banning all flavored vape cartridges If policy makers truly want to reduce or eliminate vaping-related illnesses, the most responsible solution would be to fully legalize marijuana nationwide, and ensure robust […]

The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the FBI. Police made 663,367 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2018. That total is more than 21% higher than the total number of persons arrested for the commission of violent crimes (521,103). […]

The federal legalization of cannabis could help reduce America’s staggering debt while also creating millions of jobs, according to a new report. In their new report, Cannabis in the US Economy: Jobs, Growth and Tax Revenue, 2019 Edition, New Frontier’s analysts predict that a flat 15 percent federal sales tax on all legal weed sales could bring in $73.7 […]

Hemp production in the U.S. has quadrupled since last year, according to Vote Hemp’s 2019 License Report, which estimates 230,000 acres of hemp will be planted this year. In all, 511,442 acres of hemp has been licensed throughout the U.S. and 16,877 grower licenses have been issued. The licensed acreage increase represents a 455 percent increase […]

Since 2008, Ferrell Scott has been serving a life sentence in federal prison for selling large quantities of marijuana. Ferrell Scott and hundreds of other people of color have been living behind bars, watching businessmen like Kevin Murphy, the CEO of one of the nation’s most lucrative marijuana companies, get rich. See the original article at USA Today

Last month, a team of researchers from Canada and the United States surveyed over 2,000 federally registered medical cannabis patients with regard to their use of cannabis and other substances. Investigators reported that nearly 70 percent of respondents said that they substituted cannabis for prescription medications, primarily opioids. Forty-five percent of those surveyed acknowledged substituting cannabis for […]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the rescheduling of marijuana. The Agency is taking this action to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. Anyone who is interested can submit their comments either electronically or handwritten by September 30, 2019. See the original article at the Federal Register

A new ruling out of the California Supreme Court this week will create yet another obstacle to the expansion of legal cannabis, at a time when more than half of the state’s cities and counties still ban retail stores. The state’s highest court ruled that San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of […]

State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. That’s pretty much the conclusion of legal experts and the state attorney general. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. See […]

In a study published this week in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by 21%. “Our principal finding is that recreational marijuana access significantly decreases opioid mortality, with the most pronounced effects for synthetic opioids,” the researchers concluded. The effect “stems primarily from access via dispensaries […]

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris are introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and repair “the damage done by the war on drugs” as cannabis reform gains steam in Congress. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from […]

There are currently 25 candidates running in the Democratic primaries. Their views can be broken down into two basic categories: ‘Legalize It’ or ‘Let the States Decide.’ The ‘Legalize It’ group actually contains the majority of Democrats running in the primaries, with the ‘Let the States Decide’ list comprising a much smaller number of Democratic […]

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the state’s historic cannabis legalization and regulation bill today, making Illinois the 11th state to end cannabis prohibition. Illinois’ legalization law — which was passed by state lawmakers on May 31 — goes into effect starting January 1, 2020. Under the law, Illinois residents aged 21 or older will be […]

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Illinois house approved a bill with a vote of 66-47 and now only needs a signature from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on a promise to legalize weed. See the original article at Retroworldnews

Legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin, which is one of only 16 states not to have any form of cannabis legalization, would yield a net benefit of $1.1 billion to the state over five years. That’s the conclusion of a recent cost-benefit analysis undertaken by the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. See […]

A new study reveals that home values increased on average by $6,337 in cities where recreational marijuana is legal compared to cities without legalized marijuana. Cities in close proximity to legal dispensaries saw the greatest increase in home values with an average of 8.4%, or $22,888 between 2014 and 2019. See the original article at […]

Many conservative states are finally coming around to medical cannabis because veterans have started demanding change. In 2018, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah all passed laws legalizing medical use of the drug. In 2017, West Virginia voted in favor. All four states have Republican governors and voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016. Servicemembers often come […]

In a new Hill-HarrisX poll, 84 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. The April 12-13 survey of found overwhelming support across all ages, races, genders, and even political affiliations. 42% of respondents said that weed should be legal for any use, the same percentage said that it should be legal for medicinal purposes. A small […]

White House hopeful Andrew Yang would do more than just end the federal government’s prohibition on marijuana if elected president, the Democratic candidate said Wednesday. “I would legalize marijuana and then I would pardon everyone who’s in jail for a nonviolent, drug-related offense,” Mr. Yang said at an event in Manhattan. “I would pardon them all on April […]

As the final agreement on a state budget comes into form, legalizing pot won’t make the cut, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said. Cuomo proposed a plan to tax and regulate marijuana as part of the budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday. But Cuomo and lawmakers indicated in recent weeks that it was increasingly unlikely a deal could […]

Garden State lawmakers are expected to vote Monday on legalization and it’s looking like it could be a close call. This may be the state’s last chance to pass the bill before legislators have to turn their attention to budget negotiations, meaning legalization could get pushed back to 2020. See the original article at Bloomberg

Alaska is the first to pass a law allowing so-called “social consumption” of marijuana at specially licensed retail locations. Essentially, it will allow people to both buy and smoke cannabis at “cannabis cafes” associated with dispensaries that get the proper licensing from the state. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a Republican, signed the bill into law […]

Florida medical cannabis patients are officially able to buy and consume smokable cannabis products after Republican Gov. Rick DeSantis signed legislation this week overturning the state’s controversial smoking ban. Senate Bill 182 passed Florida’s Senate on March 7 in a 34-4 vote and was approved by the House on March 13 by a vote of […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Lawmakers expect to vote on the deal on March 25 and Murphy could sign the legalization bill later that week. Under the agreement, a state Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be established to create the rules […]

In the final weeks of its 2019 session, Virginia’s General Assembly passed three bills that would help people using cannabis-derived medications. SB 1632, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, would prohibit schools from suspending or expelling a student for using CBD or THC-A oil with valid permission. SB 1557, introduced by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, […]

A new study evaluating data collected by the World Health Organization has found that strict drug laws don’t do anything to prevent young people from using cannabis. The study was conducted by University of Kent professor Alex Stevens and looked at data collected from over 100,000 individuals across 38 countries. While many people have argued that loosening […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, noted that citizens in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted by significant margins in non-binding referendums last year […]

New Jersey mayors launched a forceful call on Jan. 30, 2019, for automatic expungements of low-level marijuana possession and distribution convictions. Democratic Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said at a press conference that they would exercise their municipal authority and ban dispensaries from operating in their cities if they aren’t satisfied with expungement language […]

William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. attorney general, made headlines earlier this month when he pledged during his Senate confirmation hearing not to “go after” marijuana companies that comply with state laws. Now, in response to written questions from senators, Barr is putting that pledge on paper, in black and white. […]

As the 2020 Presidential election starts to heat up, more Democratic hopefuls are throwing their hand into the ring. The most recent addition to the rapidly growing field of nominees is New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Where does Kirsten Gillibrand stand on cannabis legalization? See the original article at Civilized

An end-of-year report by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts indicates that federal prosecution for cannabis crimes declined 19 percent in 2018. The news from the Supreme Court follows last week’s report that cannabis smuggling has declined significantly since the start of the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

As of October 2018, legal cannabis retailers had distributed nearly $6 billion worth of cannabis and the state collected $883,885,907 in cannabis tax revenues. In Denver alone, cannabis taxes have created $12.8 million in education funding. This has led to eight different youth diversion programs, training programs in 15 different Denver public schools, and the “High Costs” youth education and prevention […]