The Marijuana Debate
The political debate on the merits of medical and recreational marijuana continues.
Sessions Says DOJ Won't Pursue 'Small,' 'Routine' Marijuana CasesBy Jake Jones | March 10, 2018
The attorney general said federal prosecutors will go after gangs and large-scale drug operations instead.
Sessions Suggests Connection Between Marijuana And Opioid AddictionBy Briana Koeneman | February 7, 2018
Jeff Sessions said his goal is to see a decline in opioid prescriptions, adding, "We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs."
San Francisco Is Tossing Out Thousands Of Marijuana ConvictionsBy Lindsey Pulse | February 1, 2018
San Francisco is retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Vermont Becomes Latest State To Legalize MarijuanaJanuary 22, 2018
Vermont is the latest state to legalize marijuana. It's also the first state to legalize the drug legislatively.
Vermont Is Really Close To Legalizing MarijuanaBy Austin Kim | January 10, 2018
Vermont's Senate OK'd a recreational marijuana bill, meaning the state could become the first to legalize marijuana with legislation.
Vermont Is On Its Way To Legalizing MarijuanaBy Katherine Biek | January 5, 2018
The Vermont House approved legalizing marijuana just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back an Obama-era policy on marijuana.
Sessions Might Be Looking To Crack Down On Legal MarijuanaBy Katherine Biek | January 4, 2018
He's rolling back an Obama-era policy that allowed legalized marijuana to thrive in the U.S. without much federal oversight.
California Rings In The New Year With New Marijuana LawsBy Briana Koeneman | January 1, 2018
Starting Jan. 1, adults over the age of 21 can legally purchase recreational marijuana in cities that agree to sell it.
Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Could Have A Surprising Health RiskBy Grant Suneson | August 9, 2017
A new study found that people who have used marijuana may be more three times as likely to die of hypertension than those who haven't.
This 'Cards Against Humanity' Set Funds Marijuana LegalizationBy Casey Mendoza | August 3, 2017
As of Thursday, the company had donated over $80,000 to marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois.
Sen. Cory Booker Proposes Nationwide Marijuana LegalizationBy Casey Mendoza | August 1, 2017
The proposed Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
Senate Votes To Shield Medical Marijuana States From Federal CrackdownBy Grant Suneson | July 28, 2017
A Senate committee amended a spending bill to protect people in states with medical marijuana laws from prosecution over prescription pot.
You Can Now Legally Buy Weed In NevadaBy Jake Jones | July 1, 2017
The Silver State is now the fifth to allow recreational marijuana sales.
There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And MarijuanaBy Lindsey Pulse | June 23, 2017
A study found a correlation between some states with legalized recreational marijuana use and the frequency of collision claim reports.
Vermont's Governor Vetoes A Bill To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaBy Grant Suneson | May 24, 2017
Vermont's governor refused to sign legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, unless the state's Congress makes some changes.
Medical Marijuana Is Safe From A Federal Crackdown For NowBy Katherine Biek | May 2, 2017
Congress included a provision in its new budget bill that says the Department of Justice can't spend money on medical marijuana prosecutions.
In Denver, There's A Church For MarijuanaBy Ryan Biek | April 24, 2017
The International Church of Cannabis opened its doors on 4/20 despite efforts from a legislator to block it.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Could Save A Lot Of Taxpayer DollarsBy Lindsey Pulse | April 22, 2017
A study found that if all states had a medical marijuana law, it would save taxpayer money used on prescription drugs.
Support For Pot Seems To Be Growing, But Not In Trump's White HouseBy Briana Koeneman | April 20, 2017
In a recent CBS poll, 61 percent of people said they believe recreational marijuana use should be legal.
Canada Introduces A Bill To Legalize Marijuana NationwideBy Grant Suneson | April 13, 2017
Canada's Liberal Party says its plan to legalize pot would help keep it away from kids and hurt criminal organizations.
Legal Weed's Popularity Could Be An Obstacle For White House CrackdownBy Jake Godin | February 24, 2017
Support is at an all-time high (and growing).
A 'Congressional Cannabis Caucus' Forms To Support Pot On Capitol HillBy Grant Suneson | February 17, 2017
Four congressmen from both sides of the aisle are teaming up in support of marijuana reform.
You Can Soon Get Gonzo With Hunter S. Thompson-Brand MarijuanaBy Grant Suneson | November 30, 2016
Hunter S. Thompson's widow is selling strains of marijuana descended from plants used by her late husband to make money for his compound.
NFL Suspends Player Who Uses Marijuana To Treat Chronic IllnessBy Grant Suneson | November 29, 2016
Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson will be suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy. He says he uses marijuana to treat his Crohn's disease.
Why The Legal Pot Industry Is Afraid Of Jeff SessionsBy Eugene Daniels, Matt Picht | November 22, 2016
The incoming attorney general could spell an end to the federal government's tolerance of legalized marijuana.
A Bunch Of States Just Legalized Recreational MarijuanaBy Kate Grumke | November 11, 2016
That brings the grand total to eight states that allow recreational weed.
NFL Could Start Using Marijuana To Relieve Its Players' PainBy Katherine Biek | November 10, 2016
Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states that are home to NFL teams.
Legalizing Weed Doesn't Necessarily Mean More People Would Smoke ItBy Ryan Biek | November 1, 2016
State marijuana policies could have a big influence on how many people use the drug, according to a new study.
Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Could Inject $7.8B Into The EconomyBy Briana Koeneman | September 23, 2016
The new report also claims the entire cannabis industry in the U.S. could hit $20.6 billion by 2020.
Police Find Hundreds Of Marijuana Plants At Connecticut Day CareBy Briana Koeneman | September 6, 2016
West Haven police estimate the plants were 6 to 10 feet tall and worth over $1 million.
The DEA Still Isn't Easing Up On Medical Marijuana RestrictionsBy Lindsey Pulse | August 11, 2016
However, the government did say it will open up more avenues for marijuana research.
Marijuana Activists Brought 2 Massive (Fake) Joints To The DNC PartyBy Kate Grumke | July 25, 2016
For the first time, Democrats put a path to marijuana legalization on the party platform. Demonstrators celebrated with a massive joint.
In 2016, Democrats Will Try To Puff Puff Pass Marijuana Reform LawsBy Grant Suneson | July 10, 2016
The Democratic Party announced it will officially support marijuana reform as part of its 2016 party platform.
It Looks Like Medical Marijuana Is Burning Up Prescription Drug SalesBy Melissa Prax | July 7, 2016
One study found states that legalized medical marijuana saw drops in some Medicare drug prescriptions.
$24M Seized In Miami Home Of Accused Marijuana TraffickerBy Ben Lawson | June 30, 2016
Police say the $24 million found in a Miami home was connected with trafficking cannabis to Tennessee.
Clinical Trial Offers New Hope For Marijuana-Based Prescription DrugsBy Samantha Crook | June 27, 2016
The company that makes the drug, GW Pharmaceuticals, told outlets it will likely apply for U.S. market approval by 2017.
Colorado Teens Aren't Using Marijuana As Much As You'd ThinkBy Lauren Stephenson | June 21, 2016
Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older in 2012.
Microsoft Is Finding A Bud In Marijuana SoftwareBy Katie Link | June 16, 2016
The company is partnering with a Los Angeles-based startup to offer software that tracks marijuana from "seed to sale."
1,400 Pounds Of Marijuana Found Inside Coconuts At US-Mexico BorderBy Ben Lawson | May 13, 2016
Border patrol agents found marijuana concealed in 2,400 coconuts.
Germany Will Legalize Medical Marijuana By 2017By Ryan Biek | May 5, 2016
The country's health minister even said he wants insurance companies to help patients who can't afford it.
Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Hopes To Curb Opioid AbuseBy Grant Suneson | April 17, 2016
Pennsylvania joined 23 other states in legalizing medical marijuana. Lawmakers hope pot can help curtail the state's painkiller abuse problems.
If We Want More Marijuana Research, The Government Needs To Mellow OutBy Ben Lawson | April 7, 2016
The Drug Enforcement Administration is considering changing how marijuana is classified, which could make it easier to research.
Marijuana Activists Light Up In Front Of The White HouseBy Grant Suneson | April 3, 2016
Dozens smoked pot in front of the White House to protest what they call unfair federal regulations on marijuana and those caught with it.
Medical Marijuana Might Be Legalized In Australia Really SoonBy Melissa Prax | February 10, 2016
A new amendment in Australia would legalize medical marijuana there, though each state could decide whether or not to comply.
US Customs Agents Seize 2,800 Marijuana 'Carrots'By Matt Moreno | January 14, 2016
U.S. Customs agents in Pharr, Texas, discovered the marijuana disguised as carrots. They weren't fooled by the phony produce.
Marijuana Legalization In Mexico Probably Won't Come EasilyBy Eugene Daniels | November 4, 2015
Mexico's Supreme Court has taken a first step toward marijuana legalization, but it may not be as easy as proponents hope.
Ohio Voters Give Marijuana Initiative The Red LightBy Jake Godin | November 4, 2015
Ohioans voted down Issue 3, which would have legalized recreational marijuana. The catch? Ten locations would have been the primary farms.
Smoking Marijuana Might Have Some Surprising Health BenefitsBy Ryan Biek, Matt Picht | November 2, 2015
Smoking marijuana can be bad for you, but these studies suggest that pot might also benefit your body.
More People Support Marijuana Legalization Than Ever BeforeBy Eugene Daniels | October 30, 2015
At least 17 states could vote on some form of marijuana legalization in the 2016 election.
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