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How Marijuana Legalization Could be a Huge Public Health Success

Marijuana is much safer to use than alcohol. It may seem hard to believe, but the statistics speak for themselves: According to the CDC, alcohol-related deaths account for roughly 88,000 deaths in the U.S. per year. Total, that’s around 2.5 billion years of potential life lost, and a total economic cost of 223.5 billion dollars per year. Excessive drinking accounts for 1 in 10 deaths of working-age adults, and it remains fourth on the list


Could Legalizing Marijuana Help Save Economies in Coal Country?

There’s no denying it: areas which rely heavily on coal are at an economic tipping point. Employment in the coal industry peaked in the 1920s and has been in steady decline ever since, with coal production plunging to the lowest level in 35 years during 2016. Coal markets are competing with alternative and renewable energy sources and modernization, and jobs have been suffering as a result. Between 1983 and 2014, coal employment fell by 59 percent, and


How Not to Legalize Marijuana: A Lesson From Justin Trudeau

Of all the issues to be raised during the 2015 Canadian election, it is marijuana legalization that has garnered the most global attention and acclaim. Justin Trudeau’s pledge to legalize recreational use of the drug has, in the eyes of many in the international community, cemented Canada’s image as a world leader in progressive politics. However, as many countries seem primed to follow suit in moving past an era of failed prohibition, they shouldn’t exactly


Should Progressives Trust Cory Booker on Drug Policy?

Last week, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would remove cannabis from the DEA scheduling system and encourage states to legalize the drug. Though a very liberal move, many find it questionable given how Booker was among the 13 Democrats who voted against Independent Senator Bernie Sanders’ amendment to import cheaper drugs from Canada. So skeptical progressives should ask: why the sudden change in drug policy? By following the


Sen. Cory Booker To Introduce Legislation That Would Legalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

One of the most relevant and talked-about issues of our political climate is the legalization of marijuana. In recent years, there has been a big push for its legalization for medicinal uses as research has shown that it can have a plethora of benefits. And because of these evident benefits, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Eight of those states have additionally legalized the recreational use of marijuana.


Stoned Chinese Emperors and Gatsby Era Reefer Songs: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana has been at the forefront of many political debates recently. With the amount of attention and controversy surrounding it lately, it seems like the substance and use of the substance is newfangled. In reality, marijuana has been an important factor in the health and psychedelic transports for millennia. The first recorded use of reefer dates all the way back to 2737 BCE when Chinese emperor Sheng Nung wrote about its uses to treat malaria,

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DARE To Do Drugs: The Problem With American Drug Initiatives

Growing up in a suburban neighborhood and attending an incredibly small private school of upper-middle class families, my exposure to drugs in my childhood was confined to limited, but resounding, message of “Don’t do drugs. You’ll die.” It was not until middle school when I switched from private to a public school that drugs were actually an issue that plagued the teenage population of America — and not just those who were from low-income families or


Marijuana To Be Legalized In Canada by July 1, 2018

The legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical usage has been a recurring hot topic globally for years. From the hippies and free thinkers of the new age in the 70s to people nowadays- consumption of marijuana and the THC it contains that gets the user high is almost normalized, in some places more than others. While only a handful of U.S. states have medical marijuana legalized, an even smaller amount (just 8 out


The Positive Environmental Impacts of Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana, weed, bud, reefer, blunt; whatever you call it, we need to talk about it. The cannabis industry as it is, with some legal growers and some otherwise, is not a sustainable practice. It’s known that the legalization of cannabis is likely to positively impact the economy; for example, legalizing the plant makes it a taxable good. In fact, according to a 2016 Washington Post article, legalizing cannabis brought in $129 million in taxes in

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