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Eric Howard, who lives in Los Angeles, is a staff writer for Marijuana and the Law. His most recent book, Taliban Beach Party, appeared in 2017.
Teen marijuana use down

Teen Marijuana Use Reduced Since Legalization, Federally Funded Survey Finds

On December 17, 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a federal scientific research institute that is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...
economic benefits marijuana legalization

Congressional Report Highlights Economic Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization

On December 18, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued a statement announcing the publication of a report titled The National Cannabis Economy. The report, authored...
michigan marijuana gifting loophole

Michigan Businesses Exploit Legal Loophole By Gifting Marijuana To Consumers

In November 2018, voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure legalizing adult use, but the regulatory structure for the new market is not expected to be in place until 2020. Until then,...
Marijuana progress 2018

A Year Of Progress: Where Marijuana Gained Ground in 2018

The year 2018 saw many victories for marijuana reform and few losses. Here are five key victories that happened that year. 1. Canada Legalizes
Mick Mulvaney white house chief of staff

Trump’s New Chief Of Staff Supports Federal Marijuana Reform

On December 14, 2018, President Donald Trump announced via tweet that “Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff.” Formerly, as a member of...
New Zealand legalizes medical marijuana

New Zealand Relaxes Medical Marijuana Laws Ahead Of Full Legalization Vote

The government of New Zealand passed a law on December 11 that will allow the terminally ill to use cannabis. In addition, a national referendum is planned that, if passed, would legalize adult use. The...
Gov Cuomo New York legalization

Gov. Cuomo Planning Recreational Marijuana For New York In 2019

Gov. Cuomo of New York recently ran for re-election against a challenger who advocated for legalization and expungement. In response, Cuomo promised to heed the report on New York’s marijuana policy being prepared by...
WHO delays marijuana rescheduling recommendation

World Health Organization Postpones Recommendation On International Cannabis Rescheduling

On December 7, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations announced that it was postponing its recommendation on rescheduling cannabis. The U.N.’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) had previously...
Utah Medical Cannabis

Utah’s New Medical Marijuana Law Replaces Voter-Approved Ballot Initiative

On December 3, Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah signed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act into law. The act, which was passed by the legislature in a special session, replaces the initiative passed by voters...
Schedule 1 limits marijuana research

Surgeon General: Schedule 1 Status Hinders Marijuana Research

On December 6, addressing the Second Annual Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative National Law Enforcement Summit in Boston, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called for a new approach to the nation’s drug policy,...
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