cannabis

A Record Means Discrimination—But National Expungement Week Is Here

For Mauro Melgar, record expungement is not just an abstract policy, it’s something that has had a profound impact on…

September 18, 2020

As New Jersey Cops Arrest 100 People Daily for Marijuana, Will the State Legalize?

Will New Jersey become next state to fully legalize marijuana? It's one of four that could take the step this…

September 16, 2020

Follow the Money: Why Marijuana Research Tells Us the Same Old Story

Scientific research enriches minds but drains wallets. In the US and globally, public and private funders have directed more money…

September 2, 2020

What Marijuana Legalization Would Mean for Criminal Justice in Arizona

Marijuana legalization is headed to the ballot in Arizona this November. If successful, the state would become the 12th US…

August 24, 2020

Drive to Free Black Woman With Marijuana Life Sentence Exposes “Habitual Criminal” Laws

“Give a mother the chance to hold her child again.” So reads a petition, launched on August 15, to free…

August 19, 2020

Black Residents Subject to 97 Percent of Marijuana Arrests, Citations in Albany

While the state of New York decriminalized marijuana possession for personal use in 2019, its capital, Albany, has been reserving…

August 6, 2020

Eight in 10 Democrats Want Marijuana Legalization. Why Doesn’t the Party?

Seventy-eight percent of Democrat voters want it. Nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates wanted it. Ten Democrat-run states and…

July 29, 2020

Californian Cannabis Tax Revenues Are Used to Boost Police Budgets

How are tax revenues from legal marijuana being spent in California, the nation’s largest state? To a large degree, they…

July 23, 2020

How Washington, DC’s Lack of Statehood Hurts Black and Poor Residents

A debate over democracy and racial justice is raging on the federal government’s doorstep. On June 26, the House of…

July 20, 2020

Why Are Black Arrest Rates for Marijuana Rising in Los Angeles?

Although California legalized marijuana over two years ago, racial disparities in arrests for the drug are worsening in its largest…

July 16, 2020