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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

The Student Movement to End the Drug War Has a New Leader

Young people throughout the world drive the movement to end the War on Drugs. They also remain a demographic highly…

March 29, 2021

Vermont’s Dilemmas in Bid to Ban Both Flavored Vapes and Menthol Cigarettes

At a digital meeting of Vermont’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Tina Zuk, the government relations director at American Heart…

March 23, 2021

Will Oregon Do the Right Thing for People With Marijuana Convictions?

An important political initiative aims to right some of the wrongs of the War on Drugs in Oregon. Though the…

March 2, 2021

Illinois the Latest State to End Driver’s License Suspensions That Fuel Inequality

Illinois is set to become the next state to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid traffic violations,…

March 1, 2021

Why Didn’t Rochester’s New Mental Health Crisis Team Prevent Latest Police Brutality?

An incident of police brutality in Rochester, New York, calls into question reforms the city has put in place to…

February 9, 2021

NY Ends “Walking While Trans” Ban Targeting Women of Color

Transgender and criminal justice reform activists won a major victory as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation passed that…

February 2, 2021

Illinois Set to Become the First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Illinois will make history by becoming the first US state to end cash bail. Instead, judges must impose the least…

February 1, 2021

New York’s Two Marijuana Legalization Paths: Will Lawmakers Get It Right?

After two years of false starts, could 2021 be the year that New York finally legalizes marijuana? All the stars…

January 26, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland a Disheartening Prospect

When a government agency is as punitive, secretive and capricious as the US Department of Justice often is, trying incremental…

January 19, 2021