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"Colorado Voters Approve Decriminalization of 5 Natural Psychedelics," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, November 10, 2022
"A mixed bag for cannabis legalization efforts in five states," by Eric Westervelt, NPR, November 09, 2022
"Biden’s Focus on Marijuana Is Part of the Problem," by John Pfaff, Slate, October 20, 2022
"After Virginia legalized pot, majority of defendants are still Black," by Karina Elwood and John D. Harden, Washington Post, October 16, 2022
"Don’t Expect Mass Prison Releases From Biden’s Marijuana Clemency," by Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project, October 15, 2022
"Biden Moves On Marijuana: How Big Of A Deal Is This?," by 1A, NPR, October 12, 2022
"Controversial harm reduction strategies appear to slow drug deaths," by Rachel Martin and Brian Mann, NPR, September 15, 2022
"Oregon’s Drug Decriminalization Needs to Go Further," by Jeffrey Miron and Jacob Winter, Cato At Liberty, September 07, 2022
"Massachusetts bills to decriminalize all drugs move to study phase," by Gianna Melillo, The Hill, July 13, 2022
"How marijuana has struggled to find roots in one of America’s most conservative states," by Carson McCullough, Courthouse News Service, June 05, 2022
"Washington courts clearing drug convictions, refunding fines," by Amy Radil, OPB, May 31, 2022
"Rhode Island Becomes 19th State To Legalize Adult-Use Weed," by Iris Dorbian, Forbes, May 25, 2022
"State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack—And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s," by Tara Law, Time Magazine, May 12, 2022
"With Legalized Pot in the Air, a Federal Trial Riles Advocates," by JoAnna Daemmrich and Campbell Robertson, New York Times, May 06, 2022
"Chicago prosecutors expunge 15,000 cannabis convictions," by Ivan Pereira, ABC News, April 20, 2022