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Do Cannabis “Desert” States Arrest More People After Neighbors Legalize? Probably Not.

Cannabis legalization has spread to states once considered unlikely, like conservative-leaning Missouri and Ohio. Law enforcement in neighboring cannabis "desert"…

February 29, 2024

The Right to Consensual Sex—and Condoms—in Prison

Greg* has been incarcerated in Tennessee for about 18 months. He’s been on a waiting list for job placement for…

November 8, 2023

Mayor Adams Oversees Huge Increase in NYPD Drug Arrests

New York City cops are arresting far more people for drugs under Mayor Eric Adams—reversing what had previously been a…

September 21, 2023

DeSantis Removal of Elected Reform Prosecutor Signals New Normal

State Attorney Monique Worrell of Orlando, Florida, has not been radical, or even close. Elected in 2020 after her predecessor,…

August 15, 2023

As Blake Decision Expires, New WA Drug Law Ushers in Two-Tier System

On July 1, as Washington State's embattled "Blake decision" expires, a new drug possession law takes effect. After a winding…

June 30, 2023

Major Psilocybin Business in Oregon Implodes, Casting Wider Doubts

A major business in Oregon's nascent psilocybin industry is melting down—leaving its employees jobless, and potentially abandoning students who've paid…

March 8, 2023

Missouri Marijuana Legalization Leads in Tighter Poll Days Before Election

With one week until election day, Missouri activists still need to sway a small portion of voters to approve a…

November 1, 2022

“Rainbow Fentanyl” Is Probably a Good Thing, at This Point

When Toronto’s Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site opened as an unsanctioned service in August 2017, drug-checking data contributed by staff…

September 23, 2022

Extracting Juul Settlement Is About the Money, Not the Truth

Juul is back in the news, this time for tentatively agreeing to pay a whopping $438.5 million in a multistate…

September 13, 2022

The WHO Finds Alcohol Is Beneficial: Who Knew?

The Progressive movement established drug prohibition, including alcohol, in the early 20th century by utilizing racism and classism. Today public…

August 3, 2022