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The opioid ‘crisis’

October 17, 2017
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The opioid ‘crisis’

In Scientific American: People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids by Carl L. Hart

I am concerned that declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency will serve primarily to increase law-enforcement budgets, precipitating an escalation of this same sort of routine racial discrimination.

It is certainly possible to die from...

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ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Open Thread

October 14, 2017
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Open Thread

Apologies to all my fellow couch friends. Catching up after moving and a long trip took me away from this site for too long and the comments section expired, temporarily preventing people from commenting.

I’ve extended the settings so this won’t happen again. Thanks...

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Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health....

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Cannabis Is Safer Than Opioids

On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis...

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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions' views on marijuana, saying "The...

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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

October 8, 2017
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Testimony Submitted By MassCann/NORML In Massachusetts To Cannabis Control Commission

All of these stakeholders have an interest in treating legal marijuana as a disaster to be delayed and restricted as much as possible. But the voters didn’t vote for...

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual gala & awards on October 6th at the Marriott...

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VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

The Legion recently ramped up their efforts to convince VA Secretary Shulkin to expand research into the therapeutic and medicinal effects of cannabis by sending him a letter demanding...

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DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

According to the DEA's Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the...

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Alaska: Voters Decide Against Municipal Marijuana Bans

Alaska: Voters Decide Against Municipal Marijuana Bans

Voters in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula (south or Anchorage) decided against a number local ballot measures that sought to prohibit the operation of cannabis retailers and...

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NORML Weighs In For Personal Cultivation Rights In Washington State

NORML Weighs In For Personal Cultivation Rights In Washington State

On Wednesday, NORML and Washington NORML both submitted public comment to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) in support of the regulatory body drafting model legislation to...

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