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Study Finds Workplace Fatalities Dropped in States With Medical Marijuana

By | August 10th, 2018|employment, legalization, News, Workplace|

In states with legal medical cannabis programs in place, workplace safety continues to be a paramount concern. The multifaceted issue impacts employees, of course, but also their employers. In many states, workplaces continue to sanction employees who use medical marijuana legally. There also doesn’t seem to be much clarity on the question of workers compensation [...]

Massachusetts Officials and Lyft Launch Joint Sober Driving Campaign

By | August 8th, 2018|Driving, legalization, Massachusetts, News|

With anticipation over the legal adult-use cannabis market building up, Massachusetts state officials are bracing for what they expect will be a surge in drug-related traffic accidents. To get ahead of the problem, state police, cannabis advocates and two popular ride-sharing platforms, Uber and Lyft, are teaming up to launch an education and enforcement campaign [...]

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Votes to Legalize Marijuana

By | August 8th, 2018|featured, legalization, legislation, News, Senate, Voting|

5,871 miles of open Pacific Ocean waters separate the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) from the coast of California. But the 15-island chain that makes up the United States’ westernmost territory is poised to do something no U.S. state has ever done. On Wednesday, 18 of CNMI’s 20 legislators voted to approve a [...]

Fewer Canadians Faced Cannabis Charges in Years Leading to Legalization

By | August 7th, 2018|canada, criminal justice, legalization|

This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis. Even if one never spends a minute in jail, a charge for possessing cannabis can haunt a Canadian citizen for life. It can turn up in job interviews and at the border with the United States. Given the plant is relatively harmless to adults, a charge is a [...]

New York Governor Forms Group to Draft Bill To Legalize Marijuana

By | August 3rd, 2018|Andrew Cuomo, featured, legalization, new york, News|

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed a panel to draft legislation that would legalize the use of marijuana by adults in the state. The governor’s panel will be made up of people with specialized knowledge of the issue, including experts in public health, public safety, and economics, and the leaders of relevant state agencies. Gov. Cuomo tasked the group to [...]

Bill That Requires Federal Study on Impact of Marijuana Legalization Introduced

By | July 24th, 2018|federal government, legalization, News|

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require a federal study on the impact of marijuana legalization and prohibition. Gabbard was joined by a bipartisan group of more than a dozen Representatives who have signed on as cosponsors of the bill. The Marijuana Data Collection Act would direct the Department of Health [...]

How Cheap Can Legal Marijuana Get?

By | July 5th, 2018|Business, featured, legalization, Oregon|

When legal recreational marijuana sales began in the Pacific Northwest in 2014, prices were as high as $30 per gram for flower. “My hope is on my home state of Oregon to ramp up production and bottom-out prices,” I wrote for High Times. “I want to see a $50 legal ounce before 2020, dammit!” That [...]

The Industries That Oppose Marijuana Legalization

By | July 4th, 2018|featured, legalization, May 2018 Issue, prison|

Despite shifting attitudes and changing laws about cannabis, there remain people—and entire industries—that staunchly oppose marijuana legalization. Joe Mabel/ Wikimedia Commons Law Enforcement Nothing has changed in terms of the police’s position on marijuana. Law enforcement continues to block cannabis at every turn and uses cheesy propaganda to maintain the status quo—after all, the War [...]

Five Years into Marijuana Legalization: What Didn’t Happen

By | July 3rd, 2018|drug abuse, featured, legalization, Stigma|

In January of 2013, Kevin Sabet was facing a new dilemma. Never before had any prohibitionist had to fight back against an actual legalization regime. For years, Sabet and his kind had issued dire forecasts of the bleak hellscape America would become under the seductive addiction to the devil’s lettuce. Now those predictions would be [...]

LA Hosts Historic First Meeting of Cannabis Regulation Commission

By | July 2nd, 2018|California, featured, legalization, Los Angeles, News|

The inaugural meeting of the Cannabis Regulation Commission was held tonight at Los Angeles City Hall, packing the John Ferraro Council Chamber Room to standing room only with a diverse crowd. Though this particular meeting is just the first of many to come, Robert Ahn—a former planning commissioner who was unanimously elected president of the [...]