End of the Drug Czar? Trump Proposes Huge Cuts to White House Drug Office

Donald Trump may be following through on a campaign promise more quickly and easily than building a wall or removing millions’ of Americans’ healthcare. And this is one Trump promise that drug-reform advocates can applaud. Trump wants to slash funding for the office of the national “drug czar” by 95 percent, according to a Read more about End of the Drug Czar? Trump Proposes Huge Cuts to White House Drug Office[…]

Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana

BY MICHAEL KUNZELMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court’s chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. In a withering dissent Wednesday, Chief Read more about Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana[…]

Trump’s Wall Promises Big Profits for Smugglers

“Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you, babe.” The late greats, Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, were talking about love, of course. But, as someone who spent a formative decade living south of the border, this song comes to mind as Read more about Trump’s Wall Promises Big Profits for Smugglers[…]

Texas Hopes Crickets Like Cannabis Oil

Many Texans hope the state legislature will get serious about legalizing a comprehensive medical marijuana program during the 2017 session, but most have forgotten that the state is close to rolling out a scheme to distribute low-THC cannabis oil for epilepsy patients. A recent report from the Austin Business Journal suggests that the “bullish” Read more about Texas Hopes Crickets Like Cannabis Oil[…]

DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to further capitalize on the modern day drug war by ramping up the prosecution of cases involving people who manufacture, traffic and use pharmaceutical substances outside of their medicinal function. According to National Public Radio, Uncle Sam’s leading drug enforcement hammers quietly announced a plan last month Read more about DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War[…]

Lamest Place on Earth: Marijuana Banned at All Disney Theme Parks

Walt Disney World, the enormous and enormously expensive Graceland-cum-Mecca for Greatest Generation-era cartoon characters and the modern-day parents willing to mortgage their homes to experience it, is the self-described “happiest place on earth.” (Because there’s just something inherently heartwarming about waiting in line three hours to float in fetid water on a log flume Read more about Lamest Place on Earth: Marijuana Banned at All Disney Theme Parks[…]

3 Charts That Show Why the Cannabis Stock Boom Could Continue

Several of the largest marijuana stocks have seen their share prices more than triple over the past 12 months. Some have even quadrupled in value — or come very close to doing so. But can the great marijuana stock boom of the last year or two continue? There’s plenty of uncertainty about what might Read more about 3 Charts That Show Why the Cannabis Stock Boom Could Continue[…]

NFL Commissioner: Marijuana Is “Addictive and Unhealthy,” So Players Can’t Smoke

On average, professional football players in the NFL have the shortest careers of any American athlete. They also play under the strictest drug-control policies of any American athlete—with, until very recently, restrictions on marijuana use tougher than the standards in American prisons. Considering marijuana’s accepted medical benefits for pain relief and conditions stemming from Read more about NFL Commissioner: Marijuana Is “Addictive and Unhealthy,” So Players Can’t Smoke[…]

Chris Christie, Opiate Czar: Treat Addiction “Like AIDS” (But Don’t Legalize Marijuana)

For helping elect President Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reward is solving the nation’s opiate crisis. Christie is chair of a national commission on opiate abuse. Trump saw fit to form the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis quickly, putting it together in March, even before he named a Read more about Chris Christie, Opiate Czar: Treat Addiction “Like AIDS” (But Don’t Legalize Marijuana)[…]

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico

On Friday, Mexico’s lower-house Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to allow use, production and distribution of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. The vote was an overwhelming 371 in favor and seven against with 11 abstentions. The legislation was already approved by the Mexican Senate in December and now goes to the desk of President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature. The passage Read more about Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico[…]

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