Maine’s Cannabis Stores Will (Finally!) Open in 2020

Cannabis sales are coming to Maine—nearly three years after state voters passed a legalization law back in 2016. After three years of delays, Mainers will finally get their cannabis shops in early spring 2020. Legislators in Augusta on Thursday finally approved a legal framework that will allow the state’s long-delayed retail cannabis stores to open. […]

Pro Tip: Stop Mailing Cannabis to China

A leader of China’s drug enforcement agency on Monday blamed cannabis legalization in Canada and the United States for a spike in the amount of marijuana entering the People’s Republic. A Chinese official called cannabis legalization a ‘new threat to China.’ According to CNN, Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, […]

Hell’s Getting Chilly: Alabama & Mississippi Take Up Cannabis Reform

Take it as another sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis nationwide: Two of America’s most cannaphobic states are finally making progress on reform. Things are happening in Alabama and Mississippi, y’all. Medical legalization stalled in the Alabama Legislature, but a new commission will draft a bill for 2020. In Alabama yesterday, Republican Gov. Kay […]

JAMA: Most Doctors Know Nothing About Cannabis

Most American physicians are woefully ignorant and “unprepared” for the reality of cannabis consumption among patients despite it being approved for medical use in 34 states and legal for all adults in 10 of those states. ‘Marijuana has become an inescapable part of my medical training, and most of my learning has come from patients.’ […]

Racial Arrest Disparities Got Worse After Legalization, Study Finds

Cannabis legalization has dramatically reduced the number of marijuana arrests in Washington, Colorado, and other adult-use states. But as the overall number of arrests plummeted, the racial disparities within those numbers remained stubbornly intact. In fact, the disparity has gotten worse. Before legalization, black people were 2.4x more likely to get arrested for cannabis. After […]

Hey, Officer! Stop Arresting Grandma for Her CBD Oil

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture. Hester Burkhalter is my new hero. Burkhalter is the 69-year-old North Carolina great-grandmother who was arrested last month at an Orlando Disney World security checkpoint after a guard found a small bottle of CBD oil in her purse. Cops in […]

Wisconsin Legalization Would Save Lives, Bring $1.1B Benefit, Study Says

Legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin would yield a net benefit of $1.1 billion to the state over five years. That’s the conclusion of a recent cost-benefit analysis undertaken by the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Researchers estimate that medical legalization would prevent 49 overdose deaths every year in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is […]

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