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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | NORML

Maine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1719; the enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure — including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. Specifically, LD 1719 limits the number […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | The Daily Chronic

 

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PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

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PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

Police in the Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Bethlehem continue to arrest hundreds of residents for less than 30 grams of cannabis while opiate and cocaine arrests seem to be going down. Last year Allentown put 315 people into handcuffs and the courts over marijuana possession, while the city reported just 31 other drug possession […]

PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York Medical Marijuana Patients Using Fewer Opioids

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New York Medical Marijuana Patients Using Fewer Opioids | Paul Armentano

Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from the GPI Clinical Research in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug use following their […]

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Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice

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Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — Advocates assembled in the state capitol today to urge state Legislators and the Governor to move on marijuana reform and emphasize that marijuana legalization remains a social, racial, and economic justice issue. Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger were joined by organizations and groups dedicated to criminal justice reform, civil rights, and public […]

Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | The Daily Chronic

 

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Illinois Cop’s Warning: If You Legalize Weed, We’ll Have to Kill Our Drug Dogs

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Illinois Cop’s Warning: If You Legalize Weed, We’ll Have to Kill Our Drug Dogs | Phillip Smith

As the state legislature ponders a bill that could make Illinois the 10th state to legalize marijuana, law enforcement is getting nervous. Old anti-marijuana shibboleths have lost their potency, but the Macon County Sheriff’s Office has a brand new reason not to free the weed: They will have to kill their drug dogs. As the […]

Illinois Cop’s Warning: If You Legalize Weed, We’ll Have to Kill Our Drug Dogs | The Daily Chronic

 

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Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

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Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

Today, California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden on the Marijuana Justice Act. This comes just a week and a half after California senior Senator Diane Feinstein told reporters that she has dropped her opposition to ending the federal prohibition of […]

Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment in Medical Cannabis Program

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New York Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment in Medical Cannabis Program | NORML

ROCHESTER, NY — Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from the GPI Clinical Research in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug […]

New York Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment in Medical Cannabis Program | The Daily Chronic

 

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure | NORML

ENGLEWOOD, NJ — Cannabis exposure is associated with lower instances of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia) in patients hospitalized for heart failure, according to data published in the American Journal of Cardiology. A team of investigators from Seton Hall University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and elsewhere assessed the relationship between cannabis exposure and atrial fibrillation in a cohort of nearly four […]

Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure | The Daily Chronic

 

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NY Times: Severe Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests Continue in NYC

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NY Times: Severe Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests Continue in NYC | Drug Policy Alliance

NEW YORK, NY — A major investigation by the New York Times found continued racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and arrests in every neighborhood in the City. The Times found, “Across the city, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years. Hispanic people were arrested at […]

NY Times: Severe Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests Continue in NYC | The Daily Chronic

 

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When it Comes to the Issue of Cannabis and Opioids, the DEA Admits it Knows Nothing

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When it Comes to the Issue of Cannabis and Opioids, the DEA Admits it Knows Nothing | Paul Armentano

In testimony before Congress last week, by DEA acting administrator Robert Patterson opined that the medicalization of cannabis is exacerbating opioid abuse. But when prompted to provide evidence in support of the agency’s position, he acknowledged that he could not. Further, he denied being aware of any evidence — including recent, well-publicized studies by the […]

When it Comes to the Issue of Cannabis and Opioids, the DEA Admits it Knows Nothing | The Daily Chronic

 

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Progressive Marijuana Policy Change Announced in New York City

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Progressive Marijuana Policy Change Announced in New York City | David Holland, Esq

NEW YORK, NY — In a surprise joint press conference, Cyrus Vance Jr. and Eric Gonzalez, the respective District Attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, both announced that with limited exception low-level marijuana-related offenses would no longer be prosecuted. Both cited a six-month-long study that revealed that there was no discernible impact upon issues of […]

Progressive Marijuana Policy Change Announced in New York City | The Daily Chronic

 

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Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana

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Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House appropriations committee for the first time heard and passed language, known as the Joyce amendment, to restrict funding for the Department of Justice to prosecute state-legal medical marijuana programs. “Today marks a victory for medical marijuana programs and a loss for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Passage of this amendment through […]

Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | The Daily Chronic

 

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