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Tuesday’s election will have major short- and long-term effects on marijuana policy. In the immediate sense, Michigan became the tenth state to legalize marijuana for adults, while successful ballot measures in Missouri and Utah brings the total number of states with medical marijuana laws on the books to 33. Numerous pro-legalization candidates were also elected […]
President Trump plans to pursue federally legalizing medical marijuana following next month’s midterm races, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, said Thursday. The Trump administration has made a “solid commitment” to reform marijuana laws, and the president has spoken in support of federally legalizing the plant for medical purposes, Mr. Rohrabachertold Fox Business Channel. “I have been talking to people inside […]
In response to a letter from Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) committed to “be completely objective and dispassionate” in collecting scientific research to inform federal marijuana policy. This commitment follows a news report that the White House established a Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee to support misinformed conclusions on marijuana. On August […]
With more conservative states such as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Utah, and North Dakota taking steps to legalize cannabis, Texas feels increasingly like an outlier. Though some lawmakers have been showing signs that they’re ready to move forward on the issue, the state faces unique challenges that could continue to hold it back. Unlike most other legal […]
On a balmy summer night in late June, the lobby of Galvanize, a chic urban workspace in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, was filled with young, fashionable women, many donning high heels, sharp dresses, and clutching stylish purses. They were there for a fundraising event for Cynthia Nixon, hosted by a group of cannabis industry leaders […]
For decades, three little words struck terror into the heart of any politician who so much as contemplated voicing support for even the mildest reform of the laws against cannabis. “Soft on drugs.” And so, for a long dark ages, the government’s oppressive, abusive and unjust war on cannabis continually escalated, with almost no substantive […]
The next president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is open-minded when it comes to drug policy. Though his personal stance on cannabis legalization remains relatively opaque for now, one of his key advisors who is expected to occupy a top cabinet office is all-in on ending prohibition. López Obrador, the leftist who became president-elect in a […]