So, Is CBD Legal Or What?

A series of police raids in North Dakota has set the stage for a courtroom showdown regarding the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabis component with significant medical properties. Thus far, it’s not going well for purveyors of the claim that hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 U.S. states. In October 2017, Northwest District Judge Robin Schmidt …

Trump’s Budget Doubles Down on the Drug War

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids. In contrast with the Obama administration, …

A Doctor’s Tips for Marijuana Dosing So You Don’t Get Too High

Marijuana dosing, what is the trick? Here’s a story that newcomers can understand. Years ago I drank large amounts of coffee. This improved my ability to work long hours and to keep up with my studies and work. Over time I found that I needed increasing amounts for the same energetic buzz. I also noted with larger amounts I experienced …

Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading story with the headline, “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific link or otherwise solid correlation between cannabis and the death in question. The story is based on a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who experienced a seizure and …

Medical Marijuana Patients Are Being Told to Give Up Their Guns

Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. now allow patients to have access to medical marijuana, but some of these patients are bumping up against a federal law that prohibits the sale of guns to people who use marijuana. Authorities in Pennsylvania and Hawaii have spoken out last week, declaring that people who have medical marijuana licenses in those states will need …

6 States That Could Pass Marijuana Initiatives This Year

While marijuana reform efforts continue at an excruciatingly slow pace in state legislatures (Vermont became the first state to free the weed at the statehouse just last month), the initiative and referendum process continues to serve as a direct popular vote alternative to the crapshoot that is trying to get a pot bill through two houses and signed by a …

Looking Back: The Biggest Domestic Drug Policy Stories of the Past 20 Years

As the Drug War Chronicle marks the publication of its 1,000th issue (with yours truly having authored 863 of them going back to 2000), we reflect on what has changed and what hasn’t in the past couple of decades. This piece recounts our domestic drug policy evolution in the US; a companion piece looks at the international picture. A lot has …

Will Cannabis Replace Opioids as Painkillers?

With America caught in the throes of the opioid epidemic, researchers and drugmakers alike continue to suggest that the answer lies in marijuana-based painkillers. In fact, a number of studies also hint that medical cannabis might be the magic bullet everyone is looking for. Not so fast, some key experts said at the Forbes Healthcare Summit. Dr. Tom Frieden, the former head of the …

8 Things We Now Know That Happen (and That Don’t Happen) When We Legalize Marijuana

The great social experiment that is marijuana legalization is now five years old, with six states already allowing legal marijuana sales, two more where legal sales will begin within months, and yet another that, along with the District of Columbia, has legalized personal possession and cultivation of the herb. As a number of state legislatures—including Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New …