Politics + Legalization

Biden Administration Announces Grant to Develop “Model” Drug Laws

On August 2, the Biden administration announced a grant program to help develop better drug laws. It is awarding money…

August 3, 2021

Louisiana Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect

Marijuana decriminalization took effect in Louisiana on August 1—and advocates and lawmakers are working to ensure that residents know what…

August 3, 2021

Two Years After Oakland’s Psychedelic Decrim, What’s Been the Impact?

Over two years ago, in June 2019, the city of Oakland, California became the first in the US to decriminalize…

August 2, 2021

GOP Senator Behind Marijuana Banking Bill Aims to Restrict Welfare Recipients’ Dispensary Spending

A GOP senator who is the top cosponsor of marijuana banking legislation is now, on the other hand, also seeking to prevent…

July 30, 2021

How Mexico Has Legalized But Still Not Regulated Cannabis

Mexico has never seemed so close and yet so far from fully regulating the adult-use cannabis market. A first Supreme…

July 30, 2021

Senate Marijuana Legalization Bill Falls Short in Key Areas, Advocates Say

On July 14, Senators Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden announced a draft discussion of a new federal cannabis…

July 26, 2021

Atlantic City Council Votes to End Syringe Program at Chaotic Meeting

Thank you, have a good evening. Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt repeated the refrain again and again at a…

July 22, 2021

Congress Plans Historic Federal Funding for Syringe Programs

A Congressional budget committee released a draft spending bill on July 11 that would finally erase what remains of a…

July 22, 2021

Brookline, Mass. Bans Tobacco, Vape Sales to Anyone Born in 21st Century

On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved a law in the town of Brookline that would prohibit the…

July 21, 2021

“An Unprecedented Achievement Anywhere”—Thailand’s Decriminalization of Kratom

Native to Southeast Asia, kratom is a plant and herbal medicine with mild opioid and stimulant-like properties. It was held…

July 21, 2021