Politics + Legalization

Vermonters Overwhelmingly Back Drug Decriminalization. Will Lawmakers Listen?

A large majority of people in Vermont—84 percent—support removing criminal penalties for low-level drug possession, according to a poll released…

July 1, 2022

Protests Urge NY Gov. to Roll Out Safe Consumption by Executive Action

On June 29, simultaneous protests in Manhattan and Albany urged New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) to use her executive…

June 30, 2022

After Colombia’s Election, What Are the Prospects for Better Drug Policy?

Colombia’s federal election this month brought victory for Gustavo Petro, who is seen as the first left-winger to win the…

June 29, 2022

US Drug Czar Acknowledges the Medical Value of Marijuana

On June 27, the White House "drug czar" recognized the therapeutic potential of marijuana in pain treatment, and said that…

June 28, 2022

Congressional Report Calls for Drug Policy Review of Psilocybin Access, Hemp Use and Cannabis Research

House Appropriations Committee leaders are calling for a federal review of psilocybin policy, utilizing hemp as an alternative to Chinese…

June 27, 2022

Oregon County Considers Banning Legalized Psilocybin Therapy

Linn County, a mostly rural area of Oregon, is considering banning psilocybin services. In November 2020, Oregon voters approved legalizing…

June 24, 2022

Juul Ordered Off the US Vape Market by the FDA

On June 23, the FDA denied the marketing applications for Juul, which would pull one of the most popular e-cigarettes…

June 22, 2022

Vermont Gov. Vetoes Safe Consumption Sites, Along With the Harm Reduction He Claims to Support

On June 7, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) vetoed House Bill 728, which would have created an Overdose Prevention Site…

June 17, 2022

Oregon to Regulate Synthetic Cannabis Products, Setting National Precedent

Beginning on July 1, 2022, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) will ban the sale of “artificially derived cannabinoids”…

June 14, 2022

Mexico Keeps Moving Closer to Total Vape Prohibition

Commercialization of vaping devices has always been technically illegal in Mexico. Usage, however, has not been, and the growth of…

June 10, 2022