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The Marijuana Debate

Study Finds Teens Who Vape Are More Likely To Use Marijuana Later1:16
August 6, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

Study Finds Teens Who Vape Are More Likely To Use Marijuana Later

New research found teens who try e-cigarettes and hookah were more likely to use marijuana later on.
Some States Want Legal Marijuana To Help With The Opioid Crisis1:35
August 2, 2018
By Tyler Adkisson

Some States Want Legal Marijuana To Help With The Opioid Crisis

States with greater access to marijuana have also seen an associated trend: a slowing of opioid abuse. It could be a way to fight the epidemic.
New Jersey Temporarily Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Cases0:27
July 25, 2018
By Gabrielle Ware

New Jersey Temporarily Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Cases

New Jersey's attorney general said the state will hold off until Sept. 4 or later.
New York Lets Patients Choose Medical Marijuana Instead Of Opioids1:03
July 13, 2018
By Cristina Mutchler

New York Lets Patients Choose Medical Marijuana Instead Of Opioids

New York has implemented new regulations that'll give certified patients with opioid prescriptions the option to choose medical marijuana instead.
This Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana In The US0:43
June 28, 2018
By James Packard

This Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana In The US

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a bill to remove marijuana from a list of "scheduled" drugs.
Voters In Oklahoma Approve Very Permissive Medical Marijuana Law0:45
June 27, 2018
By Ethan Weston

Voters In Oklahoma Approve Very Permissive Medical Marijuana Law

The state's governor opposed the ballot proposal and said it "opens the door for basically recreational marijuana."
FDA Approves A Drug Derived From Marijuana For The First Time0:40
June 25, 2018
By Stephanie Liebergen

FDA Approves A Drug Derived From Marijuana For The First Time

The drug, Epidiolex, was approved to treat seizures caused by two severe forms of epilepsy.
Canada's Legislature Just Voted To Legalize Marijuana0:46
June 19, 2018
By Gabrielle Ware

Canada's Legislature Just Voted To Legalize Marijuana

The Cannabis Act passed 52-29.
NYC Wants To Cut Down Arrests For Smoking Pot In Public1:01
June 19, 2018
By Stephanie Liebergen

NYC Wants To Cut Down Arrests For Smoking Pot In Public

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that most people caught smoking in public will get a ticket instead of being arrested.
Trump Says He 'Probably Will' Support Bipartisan Marijuana Bill0:52
June 8, 2018
By Caitlin Baldwin

Trump Says He 'Probably Will' Support Bipartisan Marijuana Bill

President Trump told reporters he might support a bill that would protect state laws on marijuana.
Seattle Files Motion To Vacate Marijuana Convictions0:33
April 27, 2018
By Stephanie Liebergen

Seattle Files Motion To Vacate Marijuana Convictions

The city of Seattle wants to vacate convictions or dismiss cases for more than 500 people.
Colorado's Governor Says He Could Ban Marijuana Again In The Future0:44
April 20, 2018
By Ethan Weston

Colorado's Governor Says He Could Ban Marijuana Again In The Future

The state saw a spike in crime beginning the same year weed was legalized.
Legal Weed Growers Use Ridiculous Amounts Of Electricity2:14
April 20, 2018
By Evan Thomas

Legal Weed Growers Use Ridiculous Amounts Of Electricity

As the recreational marijuana industry grows, so does its energy footprint.
An FDA Panel Recommended Approving This Marijuana-Derived Drug0:35
April 20, 2018
By Katherine Biek

An FDA Panel Recommended Approving This Marijuana-Derived Drug

The medicine is called Epidiolex, and it's used to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy.
Schumer To Introduce Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana0:38
April 20, 2018
By Katherine Biek

Schumer To Introduce Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana

He told Vice News "the legislation is long overdue."
The Government Considers Marijuana Illegal And Taxes It Anyway2:20
April 19, 2018
By Eugene Daniels, Evan Thomas

The Government Considers Marijuana Illegal And Taxes It Anyway

Legal state marijuana businesses face heavy income taxes because federal law prohibits the tax credits most businesses enjoy.
Australia's Greens Party Calls For Full Marijuana Legalization0:49
April 16, 2018
By Briana Koeneman

Australia's Greens Party Calls For Full Marijuana Legalization

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said Australia's approach to drugs is an "unmitigated disaster," and it's time for that to change.
Trump Promises To Leave Marijuana To The States0:54
April 13, 2018
By Tyler Emery

Trump Promises To Leave Marijuana To The States

President Trump promised a Colorado senator he'd support congressional efforts to protect states with legalized marijuana.
Boehner Joins Advisory Board For Marijuana Company0:40
April 11, 2018
By Katherine Biek

Boehner Joins Advisory Board For Marijuana Company

The former House speaker said his "thinking on cannabis has evolved."
New Research Suggests Legal Marijuana Could Curb The Opioid Epidemic0:40
April 3, 2018
By Briana Koeneman

New Research Suggests Legal Marijuana Could Curb The Opioid Epidemic

In two studies published Monday, researchers found states that legalized medical marijuana saw a decrease in opioid prescriptions.
Sessions Says DOJ Won't Pursue 'Small,' 'Routine' Marijuana Cases0:48
March 10, 2018
By Jake Jones

Sessions Says DOJ Won't Pursue 'Small,' 'Routine' Marijuana Cases

The attorney general said federal prosecutors will go after gangs and large-scale drug operations instead.
Sessions Suggests Connection Between Marijuana And Opioid Addiction:57
February 7, 2018
By Briana Koeneman

Sessions Suggests Connection Between Marijuana And Opioid Addiction

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 Convictions:37
February 1, 2018
By Lindsey Pulse

San Francisco Is Tossing Out Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions

San Francisco is retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Vermont Becomes Latest State To Legalize Marijuana0:34
January 22, 2018

Vermont Becomes Latest State To Legalize Marijuana

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 Marijuana:35
January 10, 2018
By Austin Kim

Vermont Is Really Close To Legalizing Marijuana

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 Marijuana0:58
January 5, 2018
By Katherine Biek

Vermont Is On Its Way To Legalizing Marijuana

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 Marijuana0:54
January 4, 2018
By Katherine Biek

Sessions Might Be Looking To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

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 Laws0:37
January 1, 2018
By Briana Koeneman

California Rings In The New Year With New Marijuana Laws

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 Risk1:28
August 9, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Could Have A Surprising Health Risk

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 Legalization2:05
August 3, 2017
By Casey Mendoza

This 'Cards Against Humanity' Set Funds Marijuana Legalization

As of Thursday, the company had donated over $80,000 to marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois.
Sen. Cory Booker Proposes Nationwide Marijuana Legalization1:33
August 1, 2017
By Casey Mendoza

Sen. Cory Booker Proposes Nationwide Marijuana Legalization

The proposed Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
Senate Votes To Shield Medical Marijuana States From Federal Crackdown1:03
July 28, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Senate Votes To Shield Medical Marijuana States From Federal Crackdown

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 Nevada1:08
July 1, 2017
By Jake Jones

You Can Now Legally Buy Weed In Nevada

The Silver State is now the fifth to allow recreational marijuana sales.
There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And Marijuana0:54
June 23, 2017
By Lindsey Pulse

There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And Marijuana

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 Marijuana1:01
May 24, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Vermont's Governor Vetoes A Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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 Now1:02
May 2, 2017
By Katherine Biek

Medical Marijuana Is Safe From A Federal Crackdown For Now

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 Marijuana1:09
April 24, 2017
By Ryan Biek

In Denver, There's A Church For Marijuana

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 Dollars1:09
April 22, 2017
By Lindsey Pulse

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Could Save A Lot Of Taxpayer Dollars

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 House1:13
April 20, 2017
By Briana Koeneman

Support For Pot Seems To Be Growing, But Not In Trump's White House

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 Nationwide0:43
April 13, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Canada Introduces A Bill To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

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 Crackdown1:04
February 24, 2017
By Jake Godin

Legal Weed's Popularity Could Be An Obstacle For White House Crackdown

Support is at an all-time high (and growing).
A 'Congressional Cannabis Caucus' Forms To Support Pot On Capitol Hill1:02
February 17, 2017
By Grant Suneson

A 'Congressional Cannabis Caucus' Forms To Support Pot On Capitol Hill

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 Marijuana1:19
November 30, 2016
By Grant Suneson

You Can Soon Get Gonzo With Hunter S. Thompson-Brand Marijuana

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 Illness1:17
November 29, 2016
By Grant Suneson

NFL Suspends Player Who Uses Marijuana To Treat Chronic Illness

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 Sessions0:57
November 22, 2016
By Eugene Daniels, Matt Picht

Why The Legal Pot Industry Is Afraid Of Jeff Sessions

The incoming attorney general could spell an end to the federal government's tolerance of legalized marijuana.
A Bunch Of States Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana:20
November 11, 2016
By Kate Grumke

A Bunch Of States Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana

That brings the grand total to eight states that allow recreational weed.
NFL Could Start Using Marijuana To Relieve Its Players' Pain:47
November 10, 2016
By Katherine Biek

NFL Could Start Using Marijuana To Relieve Its Players' Pain

Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states that are home to NFL teams.
Legalizing Weed Doesn't Necessarily Mean More People Would Smoke It:58
November 1, 2016
By Ryan Biek

Legalizing Weed Doesn't Necessarily Mean More People Would Smoke It

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 Economy1:01
September 23, 2016
By Briana Koeneman

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Could Inject $7.8B Into The Economy

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 Care1:11
September 6, 2016
By Briana Koeneman

Police Find Hundreds Of Marijuana Plants At Connecticut Day Care

West Haven police estimate the plants were 6 to 10 feet tall and worth over $1 million.