3 Deadly Pharmaceuticals that Could Be Replaced by Marijuana 1.     Opioid-Based Painkillers So why is Big Pharma investing millions of dollars every year in researching and creating its own marijuana-based pain killers?  Because Big Pharma recognizes medicinal marijuana outshines typical medications in many ways, and the prescriptions drug companies do not want to […]

SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. By a margin of more than 6 to 1, Americans […]

In Bid to Defend Marijuana Arrests, NYC Mayor de Blasio Attacks Drug Reformers | Phillip Smith Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani […]

Why Are Pot Shops Mainly in Poor Neighborhoods? | Phillip Smith Recreational marijuana retail sales outlets are disproportionately located in poor neighborhoods. That’s what the industry journal Marijuana Business Daily found when it recently analyzed the their distribution in two of the first major cities to host legal pot shops. In Seattle, the Daily found […]

Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative […]

National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled | NORML BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I […]

Study: Marijuana Users Have Lower Mortality Rates in Intensive Care | Paul Armentano Trauma patients who test positive for marijuana upon their admission to the intensive care unit are less likely to die during hospitalization than are age-matched controls, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care […]

No One Has Applied to Grow or Sell Medical Marijuana in Arkansas (Yet) | TJ Baker LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas is halfway through the application period for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries for their fledgling medical marijuana program, and so far the total number of applications received is zero. While some naysayers could claim this […]