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Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

With an impressive voter turnout that may challenge previous midterm records, Michigan has officially passed its legalization ballot initiative. Proposition 1 will allow adults ages 21 or older who live in the state of Michigan to grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their own home. By December 6th, Michigan law enforcement will have to […]

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

One of the most incredible things about cannabis medicine is that it has been available to individuals without access to traditional health care for as long as humans have turned to the cannabis plant for relief. Even as our species has made incredible progress in the ability to provide trauma care and treat diseases, accessibility […]

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

One of the most frustrating issues about cannabis legalization, particularly medical cannabis programs, is that it often leaves those with low income or no income without access to cannabis. Simply put, people who have severe conditions often can’t afford dispensary prices and can’t grow their own cannabis due to disability or legal reasons. Growing cannabis […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Certain issues drive people to the polls. They cause such a strong feeling, be it positive or negative, that people feel compelled to get out and vote. Different states and eras have had different issues on the ballot that influenced the overall voter turnout. Sometimes, however, you can see a broader trend on an issue. […]

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Surprisingly, ¬†Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations was not an attempt to brag about his “achievements” as president. Instead,¬† the focus was on reigniting the dying flames of the failed War on Drugs. Since its height in the 1980s and early 90s, the War on Drugs has become an increasingly unsuccessful and unpopular […]

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

No one really wants to think about the realities of prison unless they have to go there or they know someone who has been incarcerated. For many women, time in jail has harsh implications that are different than those experienced by male inmates. Sexual assault by male prison workers and guards is a common threat […]

MDMA, AKA Molly or Ecstasy, May Benefit Certain Mental Health Patients

MDMA, AKA Molly or Ecstasy, May Benefit Certain Mental Health Patients

MDMA is an acronym for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It’s a drug that has been around for over 100 years. Its origins trace back to Germany in 1912, where the drug was originally called “methylsafrylaminc.” The company that developed it hoped to use the chemical to synthesize drugs that would control bleeding. However, medical professionals found another use […]

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Far too many people are ready and willing to ignore the struggles of people with addiction issues. Our culture has spent decades educating people to think of those who struggle in this way as criminals or less worthy. That has led to a major gap between the care and services available to addicts and those […]

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

For years, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has obstinately insisted that cannabis is as dangerous as opioids and heroin. Those in the know, from activists to doctors, would bristle at the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. The Schedule 1 classification means that the federal government does not recognize any medical benefits or […]