Politics + Legalization

Marijuana Legalization Could Curb West Virginia’s Overdose Crisis, Governor Says

If West Virginia lawmakers send a bill to legalize marijuana to his desk, he will sign it, Gov. Jim Justice…

March 3, 2021

Washington Court Decriminalizes Drugs: Will Lawmakers Let It Stand?

In February 2021, two states decriminalized drug possession. One was much anticipated; the other seemed to come out of nowhere.…

March 2, 2021

Will Oregon Do the Right Thing for People With Marijuana Convictions?

An important political initiative aims to right some of the wrongs of the War on Drugs in Oregon. Though the…

March 2, 2021

Illinois Moves to End Cash Bail, Reform Pretrial Procedures

A landmark criminal justice reform bill in Illinois will not only end cash bail within the state, but overhaul its…

March 2, 2021

Will Rhode Island Be the First State to Legalize Safe Consumption Sites?

The prospect of safe consumption sites (SCS) for mitigating the United States' historic overdose death toll has long been delayed…

March 1, 2021

Charleston, WV, Wants a Syringe Service Program. Electeds Want It Criminalized.

Despite efforts by Charleston, West Virginia, politicians to re-criminalize syringe distribution, harm reduction is popular among local residents, according to…

February 24, 2021

Casey William Hardison: A Clandestine Chemist’s View on Cognitive Liberty

[This article is being published in collaboration with Narcotica, a podcast about drugs and the people who use them, hosted…

February 23, 2021

Arizona Lawmaker Moves to Censor HIV Education, Trans Identities

In 2019, advocates in Arizona won the struggle to remove explicitly homophobic restrictions on HIV/AIDS education in schools. But two…

February 22, 2021

Quebec’s Curfew a Public Health Threat for People Who Use Drugs

In the six weeks since the Quebec-wide curfew went into effect, it has destabilized support systems for people who use…

February 22, 2021

What Could Cannabis Reparations Look Like In DC?

Nothing short of a reparative approach to recreational cannabis policy in the District of Columbia will sufficiently address the harm…

February 18, 2021