Marijuana

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

Some states allow people with opioid addictions to get a medical marijuana card, but many medical experts oppose those policies.

If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know

Colorado is on the front lines in dealing with how marijuana use affects surgery. Lessons learned on operating tables and in recovery rooms have prompted calls for more research on marijuana nationwide.

Marijuana Banking Legislation Gets Attention in U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced bills in both chambers of Congress that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level.

Heaps of Cash, Strong Odors and Other Challenges With Local Pot Regulation

“We’ve been basically building this airplane as we fly it,” said one local official as he discussed his county’s efforts to implement recreational marijuana legalization.

Oregon Marijuana Surplus a Cautionary Tale for Other States

The state has enough marijuana to satisfy buyers for more than six years.

The Misplaced Optimism in Legal Pot

A new study throws cold water on hopes that more liberal cannabis policies could stem the opioid epidemic.

House Appropriators Tackle Marijuana Banking Issues

But industry advocates say more comprehensive legislation is needed, beyond proposed spending restrictions.

States Consider Using Marijuana Tax Revenue to Help Communities Hurt by Drug Policies

A new report argues that the practice should be more widespread, and should fund sustainable jobs for the communities most affected by drug enforcement policies of the past and present.

Marijuana Legalization Halts in New Jersey

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African-Americans Missing Out on Southern Push for Legal Pot

Advocates have raised concerns that minorities won’t have an equitable stake in the emerging business.

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Counting Jobs in the Marijuana Industry

Private groups try to fill gaps in official employment data.

New Mexico Boosts Cap for Medical Marijuana Growers

The increase is temporary as state officials determine a permanent cap that will keep pace with growing patient enrollment.

Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana?

Support for pot legalization rose from 24 percent of Americans in 1988 to 66 percent of U.S. residents by 2018.

Signs of Rising Support From Governors For Legal Pot, As AG Nominee Vows Not to Crack Down

An advocacy group notes a “dramatic shift” in elected officials' views on marijuana. U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr says it's time for Congress to take action on the issue.

‘Cannabis Equity’ Runs Into Roadblocks

While cities aim to help people of color become pot entrepreneurs, getting programs off the ground has proved difficult.

N.Y. Mayor Sees Major Opportunities for Marijuana Legalization

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Chicago’s Pension Fix Might Involve Marijuana

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The 2018 Farm Bill Could Make Hemp the Next Tobacco

The legislation currently contains a provision that would define industrial hemp a regular agricultural crop.