Opioid Commission To Trump: Declare Emergency, Ignore Science

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Per The New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him Monday to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic. The members of the bipartisan panel called the request their “first and most urgent recommendation.” Mr. Trump created the commission in March, appointing Gov. Chris Christie of New [...]

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Online Debate: NORML Versus Project SAM

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The Asbury Park Press and other Gannett newspaper affiliates, including USA Today, published a fairly extensive online debate on Sunday between myself and Project SAM co-founder Kevin Sabet under the header “Should We Make Marijuana Legal?” I respond to numerous alarmist claims throughout the interview, including allegations that regulating the adult use of cannabis send [...]

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/20/17

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! This year, it seems that multiple states are vying for the honor of becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process and four of them had movement this week. Ranked most-to-least likely, here is the action we saw in the last 7 days: Vermont: S. [...]

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Weekly Legislative Update 5/13/17

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! So much to talk about this week, so let’s start with our favorite villain, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This week, Sessions superseded the 2010 Holder Memo, regarding DOJ’s policy on charging and sentencing decisions – establishing what I like to now refer to as The Sessions [...]

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Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy

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From Forbes: According to Erik Altieri, Executive Director of the decades-old drug reform nonprofit NORML, Christie has spent much of time as governor (and, as it happens, much of the opioid epidemic) fighting the rising tide of calls for cannabis reform in his state. Last week, as part of opioid-themed comments, Christie even called the [...]

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