Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Other Substances Fell Following Marijuana Legalization

Retail cannabis sales are associated with decreases in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and pain medications by young adults, according to data published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers with the University of Washington assessed trends in alcohol, nicotine, and non-prescribed pain reliever use among a cohort of over 12,500 young adults (ages 18 […]

Nearly a Quarter of Senate Members Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Congressional Leadership to Keep SAFE Banking in Pending Legislative Package

A bipartisan group of 24 Senators stood up for public safety and for greater economic opportunities for legal cannabis businesses by sending a letter to leadership in both chambers of Congress asking them to include cannabis banking reform language in broad legislation currently being debated in conference committee. In February, the House of Representatives approved […]

State Policy Weekly Update 5/13/2022

This week’s update highlights legislative advancement in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and more! California  Pain patients rights legislation, AB 1954, passed through the committee process and now heads to the Assembly floor. This bill prohibits a physician and surgeon from automatically denying treatment or medication to a qualified patient, as defined, based solely on […]

Delaware Legislature Approves Legislation to Remove Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession

The Delaware Senate approved legislation to remove criminal and civil penalties for adult possession of marijuana. In a 13-7-1 vote, the upper chamber voted to pass HB 371, which legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for individuals aged 21 or older. “We applaud the Delaware legislature for passing this important legislation,” […]

Statement on New CDC Data Showing Over 107,000 Overdose Deaths in 2021

Congress Must Urgently Support Harm Reduction Services New York, NY – In response to new CDC provisional overdose counts showing there were over 107,000 overdose deaths in 2021, a 15% increase from 2020, Jules Netherland, PhD, Managing Director of the Department of Research & Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance released the following statement: “Once […]

For Second Year, Overdose Deaths Surpassed 100,000

The opioid epidemic continues in the US, with the amount of overdose deaths reaching a new height of 108,000 in 2021. This is the second year in a row that deaths have surpassed 100,000. New data has just been published by the CDC giving some insight on what drugs are causing the upswing. Fentanyl is […]

Austin Texas Has Voted to Decriminalize Marijuana

Austin Texas just voted to decriminalize marijuana. 85% of voters showed up and voted in favor of passing Proposition A which would immediately decriminalize marijuana in the capital. There were also some other pieces of legislation included within the proposition. Proposition A does more than decriminalize marijuana, the proposition also prevents police from executing no-knock […]

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