Politics + Legalization

Just Months Into a Yearlong Pilot, New Zealand Legalizes Drug-Checking

Festival-goers in New Zealand were taking what they thought was pure MDMA. But days after ingestion, the drugs were leading…

May 5, 2021

Could Brexit End Up Boosting UK Tobacco Harm Reduction?

In June 2016, months before Donald Trump would win the presidential election in the United States, the United Kingdom narrowly…

May 4, 2021

Biden’s American Jobs Plan Leaves Out Key Health Care Promises

President Joe Biden has introduced a $2 trillion plan to invest and rebuild crumbling US infrastructure during a period of…

May 3, 2021

Buprenorphine X-Waiver Burden Eased Under New Federal Rules

Amid the growing opioid-involved overdose crisis, the Department of Health and Human Services released new guidelines that could save thousands…

April 29, 2021

FDA Announces Menthol Cigarette Ban

On April 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a national ban on menthol cigarettes. The agency also called…

April 29, 2021

Federal Bill Aims to Tax Vapes as Much as Cigarettes

On April 22, high-ranking Democratic legislators introduced a bicameral bill that would create the country’s first federal vaping tax. Senate…

April 27, 2021

“Devastating” West Virginia Law Could Practically End Syringe Provision

Over 1,200 West Virginians died of overdose in 2020, new data show—a 45 percent increase from 2019. This coincides with…

April 26, 2021

Future Uncertain for Washington State Drug Possession Bill

As Washington State’s legislative session drew to a close this weekend, lawmakers approved a bill that for the next two…

April 26, 2021

Drug Decriminalization in Oregon: How’s It Going So Far?

Tanesia DeMacon is no stranger to jail. She estimates she was arrested no fewer than 15 times, starting at the…

April 22, 2021

A 4/20 Call for Feds to Pursue Equitable Cannabis Legalization

On 4/20, the Federal Cannabis Regulations Working Group—consisting of cannabis regulators, public health experts and criminal justice reform advocates convened…

April 20, 2021