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"Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City," by Jeffery C. Mays and Andy Newman, New York Times, November 30, 2021
"Give People Safe Drugs," by Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, November 24, 2021
"South Dakota high court voids recreational pot law," by Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Service, November 24, 2021
"The war on drugs didn’t work. But Biden is doubling down on it with fentanyl analogs.," by Maya Schenwar, NBC News, November 23, 2021
"D.C. Lawmakers Are Starting The Process To Legalize Marijuana Sales, But Plenty Of Challenges Remain," by Martin Austermuhle, DCist, November 19, 2021
"Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs," by Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, November 11, 2021
"Is it high time for the feds to legalize weed?," by Jackeline Luna, Los Angeles Times, November 03, 2021
"5 years after California legalized weed, the illicit market dominates," by Michel Martin, NPR, November 07, 2021
"Rhode Island Set to Be First State to Pilot Safe-Injection Sites for Drug Users," by Julie Wernau, Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2021
"California’s legal weed industry can’t compete with illicit market," by Alexander Nieves, Politico, October 23, 2021
"Delta-8 THC," Courthouse News Service, October 21, 2021
"A proposed Biden drug policy could widen racial disparities, civil rights groups warn," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, October 22, 2021
"They put me in solitary for drugs I didn’t have: Many prisons use faulty drug tests," by Keri Blakinger, NBC News, October 14, 2021
"Democrats extend Trump drug policy that widened racial disparities — now Biden wants to keep it," by Igor Derysh, Salon, October 08, 2021
"New York Legalizes Syringe Possession, Expands Treatment for Opioid Sufferers," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, October 08, 2021