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"Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill," by A.J. Herrington, Forbes, September 24, 2023
"Philadelphia council bans safe-injection sites in most of the city," by David Ovalle, Washington Post, September 14, 2023
"Marijuana recommendation by US health agency hailed as first step to easing weed restrictions," Associated Press, August 30, 2023
"How One Alabama County Declared War on Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs," by Amy Yurkanin, The Marshall Project/AL.com, July 26, 2023
"The White House Addresses Tranq While Lawmakers Fight The Last Battle Against Fentanyl Analogs," by Jeffrey A. Singer, CATO Institute, July 11, 2023
"Opinion: Justice for all: It’s time to end the discrimination between crack and cocaine sentencing," by Robert Wood, The Hill, July 04, 2023
"Doctors call for changes to laws that criminalize drug use during pregnancy," by Erika Edwards, NBC News, May 31, 2023
"Even After Legalization, Maryland Cops Wanted to Search People Based on the Odor of Pot. Legislators Said No.," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, May 24, 2023
"Washington Governor Forces Lawmakers to Reconsider Drug Crime Bill," by Nick Mordowanec, Newsweek, May 03, 2023
"Delaware becomes 22nd state to legalize recreational marijuana, despite governor's opposition," by Meredith Newman, USA Today, April 23, 2023
"On 4/20, Advocates Demand Federal Cannabis Legalization and Justice," by Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, April 20, 2023
"Opinion: A quiet revolution in drug policy: States embrace fentanyl test kits," by Robert Gebelhoff, Washington Post, February 09, 2023
"Marijuana legalization can’t fix mass incarceration," Vox, by German Lopez, April 17, 2018
"Pot Possession Cases Have Plummeted in Federal Courts, but Prior Marijuana Convictions Still Boost Penalties," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, January 11, 2023
"California Bill Builds on Reforms That Could Herald the Surprisingly Fast Collapse of Psychedelic Prohibition," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, December 27, 2022