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The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana laws News Politics resources 

The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana

In April, the governors of the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.” Sessions responded at the end of July with four letters addressed to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Read the full article

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Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high resources 

Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high

An increasing number of Americans are in favor of national legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, and few support a federal crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana for either purpose. A new Quinnipiac poll released August 3 reported that medical marijuana in particular has broad support: 94 percent of Americans support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” up from 93 percent 5 months ago, and up 5 points in the last year. Read the full article

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Drug overdose deaths surged in first nine months of 2016 resources 

Drug overdose deaths surged in first nine months of 2016

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, the government reported Tuesday, releasing data that confirm the widely held belief that the opioid epidemic worsened last year despite stepped-up efforts by public health authorities. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that overdose deaths reached a record 19.9 per 100,000 population in the third quarter, a big increase over the 16.7 recorded for the same three months in 2015. Similarly, the first two quarters of last year showed death rates of 18.9 and 19.3, far…

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Does research support Ann Coulter’s claim there’s a racial correlation to lying about weed use? resources 

Does research support Ann Coulter’s claim there’s a racial correlation to lying about weed use?

Do scientific studies find African-Americans are “about 10 times more likely to lie and say they hadn’t smoked pot?” The statistic was one of several incendiary claims about marijuana made by columnist Ann Coulter at a Politicon debate Saturday. In response to fellow panelist Ana Kasparian’s statement that African-Americans are arrested and prosecuted for weed at much higher rates than their white counterparts, Coulter countered, “This is based on self-reports.” Read the full article

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Scientists go through trouble to research if regular weed users are more relaxed than others resources 

Scientists go through trouble to research if regular weed users are more relaxed than others

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states plus the District of Columbia, giving public health researchers more leeway than ever to investigate some of the foundational underpinnings of cannabis culture: How much weed is in a joint? What happens to your brain when you get high? And now: Are chronic marijuana users really more relaxed than everyone else? Read the full article

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