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Maine Lawmakers Overturn Governor’s Veto of Medical Marijuana Expansion

Maine Lawmakers Overturn Governor’s Veto of Medical Marijuana Expansion

Lawmakers and political officials are quickly realizing that opposition to medical cannabis and even recreational cannabis is currently a political death sentence. More voters than ever before support both medical and recreational cannabis legalization. Initiatives to change state laws and federal policy are gaining momentum. Most people in this country and abroad now recognize the […]

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Content Note: This article discusses suicide and suicidal ideation.   Suicide rates are climbing to a point where officials have begun talking about this as a public health issue, not a mental health issue. In 2016, the most recent year with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 45,000 suicides. That’s […]

Oklahoma Becomes 31st State To Pass a Medical Cannabis Law

Oklahoma Becomes 31st State To Pass a Medical Cannabis Law

On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, registered voters in Oklahoma got to weigh in on a number of important decisions. One of them, State Question 788, would create a new section of law, Section 420 of Title 63, legalizing cannabis for medical reasons. This vote was a historical moment, the end result of years of activism […]

FDA Approves Cannabis Drug, But Cannabis Is Still Schedule I

FDA Approves Cannabis Drug, But Cannabis Is Still Schedule I

If there’s any sign that the War on Drugs is a failed endeavor, it’s the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on a cannabis-based drug. While the Attorney General still wants to crack down on cannabis users, growers, and merchants, other federal agencies are actively undermining the prohibition of cannabis. […]

Congrats to Canada for Passing Cannabis Legalization!

Congrats to Canada for Passing Cannabis Legalization!

On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, Canadian Senators made global history by passing a law that made Canada the first G7 nation to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis. After Representatives passed C-45, also called the Cannabis Act, the Senate also needed to approve the new law. Some activists worried that changes to the Act […]

Canadian Senate To Vote Today on Bill C45 to Legalize Cannabis

Canadian Senate To Vote Today on Bill C45 to Legalize Cannabis

Here in the United States, there’s a lot we can learn from our friendly neighbors to the north. Today, Thursday June 7th, 2018, Canadian lawmakers will vote on whether or not to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Polling seems to indicate strong support, so it looks like national legalization for Canada could be right […]

People Are Now Using Cannabis as a Workout Supplement

People Are Now Using Cannabis as a Workout Supplement

  For years, professional athletes have faced routine and random drug screenings inn order to compete. In addition to looking for performance-enhancing drugs, like steroids or synthetic hormones, these tests also screened for other drugs. Cannabis is almost always included on the list of substances that athletes face testing for during and after big competitions. […]

Lawmakers in the United States Lag Well Behind Their Constituents on Pot

Lawmakers in the United States Lag Well Behind Their Constituents on Pot

No one every claimed that the democratic process was inherently fast, but it sometimes seems to take forever. In the eyes of the law, a few decades is almost meaningless. However, in the eyes of the public, two decades is enough time to change things completely. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research […]

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

The entire cannabis community went on high alert when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to begin prosecuting those in compliance with state cannabis legalization laws. Multiple states already have functional and profitable licensing and regulation programs in place. Since Colorado legalized adult use of cannabis, more states have started to realize the potential […]

Thanks to Activists, Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Law Could Cover More People

Thanks to Activists, Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Law Could Cover More People

Since its passage in 2008, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has received significant scrutiny, both from those who want to expand safe access to cannabis and those who want to maintain the status quo of prohibition. The one thing that most people can agree on is that the language of the Act, in retrospect, didn’t […]