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The Marijuana Debate

The political debate on the merits of medical and recreational marijuana continues.

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

By 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 Addiction

By 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 Convictions

By 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 Marijuana

January 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 Marijuana

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Laws

By 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 Risk

By 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 Legalization

By 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 Legalization

By 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 Crackdown

By 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 Nevada

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Now

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Dollars

By 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 House

By 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 Nationwide

By 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 Crackdown

By Jake Godin | February 24, 2017

Support is at an all-time high (and growing).

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

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Illness

By 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 Sessions

By 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 Marijuana

By 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' Pain

By 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 It

By 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 Economy

By 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 Care

By 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 Restrictions

By 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 Party

By 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 Laws

By 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 Sales

By 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 Trafficker

By 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 Drugs

By 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 Think

By 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 Software

By 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 Border

By Ben Lawson | May 13, 2016

Border patrol agents found marijuana concealed in 2,400 coconuts.

Germany Will Legalize Medical Marijuana By 2017

By 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 Abuse

By 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 Out

By 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 House

By 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 Soon

By 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 Easily

By 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 Light

By 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 Benefits

By 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 Before

By Eugene Daniels | October 30, 2015

At least 17 states could vote on some form of marijuana legalization in the 2016 election.

Smokers Addicted To Marijuana Have Nearly Doubled

By Ryan Biek | October 22, 2015

A new study found the number of marijuana smokers more than doubled between 2001 and 2013 and that marijuana addictions have nearly doubled, too.

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