• March 6, 2021

Kyle Jaeger

Associate editor at Marijuana Moment

Oakland Urges Rest of State to Follow Its Lead on Psychedelics

Oakland Psychedelics Decriminalized Oakland, Calif. — Last week Oakland City Council unanimously approved a resolution that calls on California state lawmakers to enact policies decriminalizing a wide range of psychedelics and allowing local jurisdictions to permit healing ceremonies where people could use entheogenic substances. The vote is a product of activist-led efforts by the group Decriminalize Nature […]Read More

Feds Finally Want To Distinguish Hemp From Marijuana

The Department of Justice wants to know how to tell the difference between marijuana and hemp. And it’s enlisting the Department of Commerce to help figure it out. After hemp was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, laboratories have been increasingly tasked with determining whether cannabis seized by law enforcement contains THC in excess […]Read More

Oakland Resolution Asks to Decriminalize Psychedelics Statewide and Allow Healing Ceremonies

The Oakland City Council will consider a resolution next week that calls on California state lawmakers to enact policies decriminalizing or legalizing a wide range of psychedelics and allowing local jurisdictions to permit healing ceremonies where people could use entheogenic substances. Activists with Decriminalize Nature (DN) have been working with legislators to expand upon the […]Read More

Mexican Lawmakers Get Another Marijuana Legalization Deadline Delay

Mexican lawmakers put the brakes on efforts to legalize marijuana once again. And the nation’s Supreme Court obliged and granted the delay — a delay to the Court’s own mandate — once again, even as Senate-passed reform legislation advanced this week through at least two committees in their government’s lower chamber, called the Chamber of […]Read More

House Votes to Allow Scientists to Access Legal Marijuana

Just days after voting to federally legalize marijuana, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a separate bill to promote research into the plant, in part by allowing scientists to access cannabis from state-legal dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Research Act was passed in a voice vote. It was considered under a procedure known as suspension of […]Read More

Feds Want to Know if Marijuana and Kratom Can Replace Opioids

A federal health agency is conducting a review of studies to learn if marijuana and kratom — a plant native to Southeast Asia used in herbal medicines — could potentially treat chronic pain with fewer side effects than opioids. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is asking the public to help identify research […]Read More

Oregon’s Gov. Takes Step To Regulate Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy

Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes last month. The governor is now taking initial steps to launch the program by accepting applications for members of an advisory board tasked with figuring out how to best regulate access to the psychedelic treatment. In a notice, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) […]Read More

UN Panel, With US Support, Removes Marijuana From Most Strict Drug Category

A key United Nations panel approved a World Health Organization recommendation to remove marijuana from the most restrictive global scheduling category on Wednesday. “After six decades since its placement into the strictest international category, and three years of review, the UN has finally made the decision to recognize the therapeutic value of cannabis,” Steph Sherer, […]Read More

DEA Rejects Iowa Medical Marijuana Program

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected a petition to exempt the Iowa medical marijuana program from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) this month, according to Marijuana Moment. But the activist who filed the request plans to push again for the exemption, and the state is considering separately filing a petition to the DEA. The ask […]Read More

Big Brother’s Watching Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Joe Rogan on Marijuana

The Trump administration appears to have considered celebrities’ views on marijuana legalization and drug use to be relevant factors when selecting spokespeople to participate in a public education campaign on coronavirus prevention, internal documents show. From Seth Rogen to Kim Kardashian to Joe Rogan, drug policy views or experiences were apparently considered in the vetting […]Read More

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