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"In era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?," by Michael Rubinkam, Washington Post, September 13, 2019
"Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.," by Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, September 12, 2019
"Why the most pro-marijuana Congress ever won’t deal with weed," by Paul Demko and Natalie Fertig, POLITICO, September 09, 2019
"Parents Threatened With Losing Kids Over Cannabis Use," by Miriam Mack and Elizabeth Tuttle Newman, The Appeal, September 09, 2019
"Scientists Unveil Weed Breathalyzer, Launching Debate Over Next Steps," by Francesca Paris, WBUR, September 05, 2019
"Court To Rule On Philadelphia's Proposed Safe Injection Sites," by Nina Feldman, NPR, September 05, 2019
"Thousands of Californians Could Get Their Marijuana Convictions Cleared. But It’s Complicated.," by Jill Cowan, New York Times, September 05, 2019
"The Baffling Legal Gray Zone of Marijuana at the Airport," by Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal, September 04, 2019
"Opinion: Here's what the Surgeon General gets wrong about marijuana," by Paul Armentano, The Hill, September 02, 2019
"Opinion: ‘Treatment Facilities’ Aren’t What You Think They Are," by Leo Beletsky and Denise Tomasini-Joshi, New York Times, September 03, 2019
"Small marijuana possession no longer to be prosecuted in Broward," by Rafael Olmeda, South Florida Sun Sentinel, August 30, 2019
"Chicago’s Top Prosecutor: Clearing Marijuana Records Will Be ‘Life-Changing’," by Kira Lerner, The Appeal, August 30, 2019
"Federal Report Finds Teen Cannabis Use Is Still Down," by Janet Burns, Forbes, August 28, 2019
"About 160,000 People in New York to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear," by Azi Paybarah, New York Times, August 28, 2019
"Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial," by Jan Hoffman, New York Times, August 26, 2019