US House Adds the SAFE Banking Act to the National Defense Authorization Act

In great news for the cannabis industry and community, the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking (SAFE) Act was added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the United States House of Representatives on a voice vote yesterday, setting up passage by the House once again. The SAFE Banking Act has been approved previously by the lower chamber, but hasn’t been able to move in the Senate yet, but the common-sense proposal joining NDAA greatly increases its odds of moving out of Congress and onto the president’s desk.

The SAFE Act is greatly needed for retailers, especially for craft cannabis boutiques like Kind Leaf as they are forced to operate as cash-only, either without access to bank accounts or forced to pay extra fees. The burden of operating with so much cash then hinders relationships with vendors and other partners, not to mention the lack of other financial services that are usually available to businesses remain out of reach currently for most of the industry. These extra fees and the additional worker hours that it takes to jump through unnecessary hoops then have to get passed onto the consumer.

Bloomberg reported:

“The U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday night approved a bill that would let banks to do business with cannabis companies without fear of penalty, giving traction to the least-disputed reform sought by the growing industry. 

“The so-called SAFE Banking Act would be a boon for marijuana companies, which have so-far been stymied by the necessity to deal in cash because of federal restrictions. That has meant they have extra security costs and logistical problems, even as marijuana increasingly becomes legal. Some three dozen states now allow medical or recreational use, according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis research firm.

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“Representative Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, who had re-introduced the bill, has said that allowing cannabis businesses to access the banking system would bring more money into the economy and offer the opportunity to create good-paying jobs. The American cannabis industry had $20.3 billion in legal sales in 2020, according New Frontier Data.”

In addition to the positive financial implications, the SAFE Act is desperately needed to address public safety concerns that currently plague the industry. Too many dispensaries have been robbed already as criminals assume that retailers are forced to have cash on hand as most aren’t able to take debit and credit cards. Unfortunately, forcing the industry to be cash-only has already had tragic consequences in Oregon.

While the future of the SAFE Act is uncertain in the Senate, this is another step in the right direction. Hopefully, Senators will understand the benefits to our economy and public safety and will do the right thing this time.

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Amazon Reaffirms Commitment to Cannabis Legalization, Reinstates Employment Eligibility

While I do my best to support small, locally-owned businesses (one of the many reasons that the Oregon cannabis community should shop at Kind Leaf, Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique), it’s no secret that corporate giants exert a huge amount of influence in our political system. While we many of us may have our own personal criticisms of Amazon, it is good to see the business behemoth get on the right side of history and support cannabis legalization. The online powerhouse made major waves when it initially announced that it would stop testing (most) employees for cannabis and support federal policy changes, and it has reaffirmed its commitment to the cause by reinstating the eligibility of those previously denied employment for past positive drug tests, according to a new company blog post:

“We made these changes for a few reasons. First, we recognized that an increasing number of states are moving to some level of cannabis legalization—making it difficult to implement an equitable, consistent, and national pre-employment marijuana testing program. Second, publicly available national data indicates that pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment. And third, Amazon’s pace of growth means that we are always looking to hire great new team members, and we’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool.

“Given our previous support for legalizing cannabis at the federal level, as well as expunging certain criminal records and investing in impacted businesses and communities, Amazon recently announced our support for, and began actively lobbying on, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act). We are also pleased to endorse the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Actread our comments on that legislation.

“Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of color by stalling job placement and, by extension, economic growth, and we believe this inequitable treatment is unacceptable. As we shared earlier this year, we aim to become Earth’s Best Employer, and as part of that journey, we know that our local communities and future generations need us to be better every day—thus the creation of our new Leadership Principle, Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility. Together, these principles speak to our responsibility to effect change and are our impetus for both driving for societal change and maintaining the right internal policies to ensure a great workplace with equitable and consistent hiring practices for all candidates. That’s why we strongly believe the time has come to reform the nation’s cannabis policy, and we are committed to helping lead the effort.”

Politics often make strange bedfellows, so I personally welcome Amazon and any other business that wants to use its power to end the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition. While we always must remain vigilant to ensure that small businesses don’t get completely trampled, starting with our own personal decisions, but also in advocating for regulations that don’t completely squeeze out the mom-and-pops, we can welcome new advocates into our movement for freedom. The days of Reefer Madness prohibition are clearly numbered, but we must continue to work hard to legalize it right.

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Johns Hopkins Professor Receives Federal Grant to Study Psilocybin for Tobacco Addiction

The times, they are indeed a-changing as we make progress towards dismantling the failed and harmful Drug War and implementing sane drug policies that invest in people instead of wasting hard-earned tax dollars on imprisoning more and more nonviolent drug offenders. In news just breaking today, Johns Hopkins Professor Matthew Johnson just announced on Twitter that he had received the first US government grant to study therapeutic psychedelics in a half century (to his knowledge) as the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is funding whether psilocybin can help treat tobacco addiction. I first blogged about Professor Johnson (no relation) last May and it’s amazing to see the progress that he and other researchers are making.

Tobacco accounts for over 400,000 deaths in the United States every year while upwards of 7 million worldwide. Second-hand smoke alone leads to over 40,000 deaths every year in the US while smoking tobacco takes about a decade off of someones life expectancy. Any safe treatment that can decrease these deaths, especially when people want to stop smoking, should certainly be considered. Tobacco is highly addictive, both physically and mentally. A majority of smokers would like to quit, but apparently less than 10% of those who try actually succeed in any given year. On the other hand, psilocybin is not considered addictive and has an extremely low level of toxicity.

Scientific American detailed some of this exciting research back in January:

In a major boost to the reviving field, Johns Hopkins’s Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research is exploring the use of psychedelics—primarily psilocybin—for problems ranging from smoking addiction to anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease. “One of the remarkably interesting features of working with psychedelics is they’re likely to have transdiagnostic applicability,” says Roland Griffiths, who heads the new facility and has led some of the most promising studies evaluating psilocybin for treating depression and alcoholism. The myriad applications suggested for these drugs may be a big part of what makes them sound, to many, like snake oil—but “the data [are] very compelling,” Griffiths says. And psychedelics may not only hold hope for treating mental disorders. As Griffiths puts it, they provide an opportunity to “peer into the basic neuroscience of how these drugs affect brain activity and worldview in a way that is ultimately very healthy.”

It is extremely exciting to see a prestigious institution like Johns Hopkins leading the way on psychedelics research, especially examining a relatively safe substance like psilocybin that may have life-changing benefits for millions upon millions of people. With Oregon set to be the first step to establish regulated psilocybin therapy, it’ll be great for us in the Beaver State to have a front-row seat for the medicinal psychedelic revolution. A sincere thanks to the researchers at Johns Hopkins and everyone involved with Oregon Measure 109. With everything going on in the world today, it’s nice to have a few bright spots in drug policy to hang our hat on.

Celebrate the Oregon Measure 110 Drug Decriminalization Law and National Recovery Month this September 30th

While prohibitionists, many of whom have been promoting harmful Reefer Madness propaganda, may scoff at mixing cannabis legalization, drug decriminalization, and National Recovery Month, in Oregon they all go hand in hand. During the Measure 110 campaign, I met so many amazing people in recovery that understood the need to stop criminalizing personal drug use. Even though they had come to understand that drug use, or certain drugs that they had used in their past, wasn’t for them, they knew that waging a war on nonviolent people, stigmatizing people, criminalizing addiction, and ruining lives with punitive prison sentences, wasn’t the answer. This September 30th, the Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance is hosting a virtual “Celebrate National Recovery Month,” shining a light on some amazing recovery and harm reduction providers to discuss how they are already utilizing Measure 110 funds to create a reality where anyone who wants recovery can access the care they need.

The Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance is the statewide advocacy coalition working to implement the will of Oregon’s voters. The Alliance understands that the needs of communities most harmed by the War on Drugs — Black, Latinx, Native and tribal communities, remain front and center, and getting the funds that they need. This coalition represents more than 75 community-based organizations from all corners of our great state working to strengthen their local communities: medical associations, culturally-specific organizations, labor, harm reduction and recovery providers and advocates, people in recovery and more.

In Oregon there’s still a lot of work to be done, but also many reasons to celebrate. Drug possession has been decriminalized, the first round of financial grants have been awarded to some great organizations doing life-saving work, immediately infusing our behavioral health system with an additional $30 million to address the overdose and addiction crises in Oregon. Further, the Oregon legislature passed a comprehensive health package that included $302 million in Measure 110 funding over the next two years. The Measure 110 campaign predicted that drug treatment, harm reduction, and recovery programs would see over $100 million dollars a year, and that prediction has been exceeded by just over $50 per year. Oregon is leading a movement that seeks to invest in people instead of more prisons, away from criminalizing addiction toward treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal matter.

None of the success of Measure 110 would be possible without the Oregon cannabis community. Legalizing cannabis in 2014 paved the way for M110’s passage in 2020 and the $150+ million plus per year that’s funding treatment, harm reduction, and recovery services has been made possible by excess cannabis tax revenue that has far exceeded original projections. The more that you make purchases at dispensaries, such as Kind Leaf, you are helping save and improve lives throughout the state of Oregon.

The Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance’s Celebrate National Recovery Month is this September 30th from 5:30-6:30pm. You can get more information here.

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#LetShaCarriRun! Richardson’s Ridiculous Olympic Suspension Prompts WADA Cannabis Policy Review

You never know how your life can take twists and turns and make an impact in ways that you never expected. Personally, I never intended to go to law school to help change cannabis laws as I thought that I was going to be a normal general practice attorney. My legal career plans were derailed in college after I witnessed firsthand my Black friends treated more harshly for cannabis offenses than my white friends and I had to do something about that.

Even though I wanted to play my part by providing legal assistance to nonviolent folks harmed by the Drug War, I didn’t know that I would be traumatized by clients getting prison sentences for weed possession. Out of a sense of justice and to protect my mental health, I knew that I needed to help change the law so fewer people were getting sentenced to prison for drug offenses as standing next to people at sentencing while their loved ones were crying was too difficult for me to handle and alcoholism was inevitable.

Of course Sha’Carri Richardson didn’t plan on galvanizing the cannabis law reform community and adding fuel to the fire to burn down the failed and harmful War on Drugs when while trying to fulfill her Olympic dreams, but here we are. After utilizing cannabis, while legal in Oregon during the US track trials in Eugene after learning about the death of her mother, Richardson’s nonsensical suspension shined a bright light on the harmful impacts of Reefer Madness for the entire world to see, setting social media ablaze with #LetShacarriRun. While it is extremely sad that Richardson wasn’t able to run at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, her plight may have just ensured that no other Olympic athlete suffers the same fate as Marijuana Moment reported:

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct a scientific review of marijuana next year to determine whether it should continue an international ban on cannabis use by athletes.

“WADA’s marijuana policy became a major focus this summer following the suspension of U.S. runner Sha’Carri Richardson from participating in the Olympics over a positive THC test. The organization’s executive committee on Tuesday said it had accepted a recommendation from a drug list advisory board to reexamine the science on marijuana, which could inform a potential policy change.

“In a press release, WADA said the panel agreed to conduct the review ‘following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders.’ It didn’t name those stakeholders, but numerous athletic leagues—as well as lawmakers and President Joe Biden—have suggested that the international marijuana ban for athletes should be reconsidered.”

While we shouldn’t count our chickens before they hatch and the cannabis community is used to “two steps forward, one step back” in our fight for freedom, this is positive news for the legalization movement and Olympic athletes that choose to utilize a substance safer than alcohol and legal prescription narcotics. Several professional athletes have helped move us forward towards a more sane cannabis policy, including former Portland Trail Blazer great Clifford Robinson (may he rest in peace) and Heisman Trophy and NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams. While Sha’Carri Richardson didn’t set out to be a legalization activist, and she still may not want to be considered an advocate, her absurd suspension for a non-performance enhancing drug has set her on a path to make drug policy reform history.

While cannabis may not be a performance-enhancing drug that’ll help you run faster, it certainly can enhance your life in many ways. Come to Kind Leaf, Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique and let our knowledgeable budtenders help you make a selection from the best supply of cannabis in the Great Northwest. #BeKind.

New Jersey Has Automatically Expunged 360,000 Cannabis Convictions With More on the Way

While the millions of dollars in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs garner most of the headlines, longtime cannabis law reform advocates are most interested in creating more freedom and improving the lives of nonviolent folks that choose to utilize a substance with medical benefits and is safer than alcohol. Far too many lives have been decimated and ruined because of Reefer Madness and ending prohibition provides an opportunity to bring some semblance of justice for those harmed by a failed and ill-advised war on a nontoxic plant. Some states have put social justice and righting past wrongs at the forefront of their legalization laws, providing a blueprint for other states, including those like Oregon that have been pioneers but can still do better. New Jersey has helped lead the way by automatically expunging 360,000 cannabis convictions with more on the way, as NJ.com reported:

“The state Judiciary had estimated some 360,000 cases qualified for automatic expungement following the passage of the marijuana decriminalization law, which did away with fines and penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of weed. The judiciary began vacating and dismissing cases in July, and then expunged them, a step that ultimately clears a person’s record.

“There could be another 125,000 to 150,000 potential marijuana expungements for the courts to complete automatically, said MaryAnn Spoto, a spokeswoman for the Judiciary. People with marijuana cases that were not automatically expunged can file a motion for review with the court.

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“A state Supreme Court order issued this summer laid out the new, automated process for vacating, dismissing and expunging certain marijuana offenses from people’s records. The eligible charges include possession of marijuana and selling less than one ounce, as well as related crimes like possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence, failing to turn over marijuana or being or possessing marijuana while in a vehicle.”

To help those that haven’t had their records automatically cleared, 420NJEvents is hosting a free legal clinic on Sept. 14 in Newark. Folks in Oregon can check out RecordSponge that helps community organizations determine if people qualify to have their past records expunged. Organizations like Qiu-Qiu Law in Portland, Signs of Hope in Medford, and the Pendleton Legal Aid Services of Oregon are helping people navigate through the hoops required by the state to clear their record. Unfortunately, Oregonians must pay fees and sometimes hire an attorney to help them remove harmful convictions. It shouldn’t be like this.

The Oregon Legislature needs to pass a law that automatically expunges nonviolent drug offenses. There shouldn’t be two criminal justice systems, even though we have become numb to the fact that those with means get better results than those without, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Beaver State has been a great pioneer in dismantling the Drug War piece by piece, but we can learn from the Garden State and others that are efficiently and justily improving the livelihood of people unjustly harmed by the War on Drugs.

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Enter a Glass Giveaway and See the Best Cannabis Selection in the Great Northwest at Kind Leaf

Kind Leaf is so happy and proud to provide the best selection of cannabis and cannabis products to the best and biggest (per capita) cannabis community in all of the land. If you hurry up and venture into Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique, you will be able to see very best cannabis in the Great Northwest, if not the world, and for the next week, you’ll be able to enter to win some amazing glass to add to your collection. We’ll be announcing the glass winner on September 18th and while you are shopping for cannabis, you’ll be able to pick up a plethora of items, including clothes, chapstick, books, that can satisfy both the cannabis connoisseurs and even those that don’t utilize cannabis.

Until the 13th, you’ll be able to scoop up some amazing deals on this week’s specials:

Flower: 30% OFF – Gelato, Sweet Tartz, Purple Diesel; 15% OFF – MAC 1

Edibles: 30% OFF – Gron Pips, Happy Kitchen Fruit Smackers- Apple & Peach

Extracts: 30% OFF – Siskiyou RSO; 15% OFF – No Label Extracts, All Pax Pods

Prerolls: 30%OFF – Loyal Oil Prerolls; 15% OFF – Blues Brothers 5pack & 6pack

Tinctures: 30%OFF – Siskiyou CBD Mint Tincture

Topicals: 30%OFF- Bud Rub Tins

Happy Selectember!!! Until 9/30/2021, all Select products are 20% OFF ALL MONTH LONG!!

*Everyday Discounts (please make sure to let your budtender know if you are eligible):

Senior Discount – 5% OFF entire purchase

Veteran Discount – 10% OFF

OMMP Discount – Additional 15% OFF for Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients

*OMMP Card must be present at time of purchase

*Excludes all non-cannabis and non-hemp items

*Discounts cannot be stacked, the highest available discount will be applied at the point of sale.

Remember that you can even order online via Leafly and have your order awaiting you and that when you support Kind Leaf, you are supporting a local Oregon business that gives back to our local community. Thank you so much for helping

Not Surprising, Oregon Has the Biggest Cannabis Community Per Capita

The Oregon cannabis community is certainly a proud one, with plenty of accomplishments to be pleased with. Many are understandably proud of the fact that the Beaver State was the first to decriminalize an ounce back in 1973 and one of the earliest states to pass medical and recreational laws, in 1998 and 2014, respectfully. These pioneering cannabis laws then paved the way for the state to lead the nation towards finally chipping away at the failed Drug War by passing a therapeutic psilocybin initiative and eliminating harsh criminal penalties for the personal possession of all drugs in 2020. In addition to changing laws, Oregon is known for producing top-shelf cannabis particularly in the southern portion of the state that helps comprise the “Emerald Triangle” that stretches into Northern California. Some of the most heated debates that I’ve ever heard have been between cultivators and connoisseurs repping their respective West Coast states. (One thing that both can agree on is that each of them outperform Washington, with all due respect to our Great Northwest neighbor).

With Oregon’s rich cannabis culture and history, it shouldn’t be surprising that its residents utilize the most cannabis per capita in the United States. I’m always dubious of the accuracy of surveys when folks are asked if they are using a federally illegal substance that many employers still prohibit its use, but, for per capita purposes, it’s certainly not that surprising that the Beaver State would be at the top of the list. BestLife explained its methodology to determine the most cannabis consumers per capita.

“It wasn’t long ago when using marijuana put you at risk of being arrested—or at least on the receiving end of a pretty hefty fine. But as more and more states decriminalize—and even legalize—cannabis, people in many areas across the country can now toke up in public. In fact, at the moment, in 18 U.S. states and Washington D.C. the recreational use of marijuana is completely legal, and it is widely expected that even more states will join the club in the coming months and years. With that in mind, we wanted to see which state has the most marijuana users.

“In order to find out where marijuana users are the most prevalent, we collected the percentage of adults in each state who say they’ve used cannabis within the last year, according to Statista. We used that data plus the most recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate the number of cannabis users per capita* in each state.”

According to BestLife’s calculations, for every 100,000 Oregonians, 28,560 utilize cannabis. Colorado ranked second with 27,770 as Vermont, Maine, and Alaska rounded out the top 5. Washington State just missed the top 5 while California probably surprises some folks who may not quite understand the sheer size and complexity of the state’s makeup, ranks 14th.

While Reefer Madness prohibitionists may try to denigrate Oregon and other states at the top of the list, the truth is that cannabis use by adults shouldn’t be any more frowned upon as beer and wine consumption, two local industries embraced by many states. With legal cannabis creating jobs, generating revenue, and dismantling Drug War propaganda time and time again, the local cannabis industry should be embraced and nourished like any other homegrown business sector that continues to benefit the local community, including dedicating money to schools and life-saving treatment, harm reduction, and recovery programs.

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More Reefer Madness Up in Smoke as Cannabis Consumers Shatter Stereotypes

We’ve all seen the derogatory “stoner” stereotypes of the “unserious” or “unintelligent” marijuana user, who is usually lazy and unemployed. I was certainly conditioned through my DARE classes that marijuana would destroy brain cells, kill motivation, and cause an immediate addiction to other drugs like heroin and cocaine. So many falsehoods that I was taught eventually faded away with life experience and research.

I remember being so surprised when the comedic movie Road Trip was released in 2000 as the cannabis user in the group of collegiate friends was the smartest among them. [SPOILER ALERT!] The “stoner” friend helped his classmate pass his philosophy final and the ending epilogue sequence revealed that he utilized his scientific knowledge to create a strain that couldn’t be detected by drug tests, earning him High Times “Man of the Year.”

While Road Trip was a rather silly movie that maybe shouldn’t have left such a big impact on me while I was attending the University of Missouri, it is remarkable how that depiction of an intelligent cannabis consumer stuck with me. It certainly resonated with my experience in college.

Dutchie, a Bend-area data company has just released details from a survey of cannabis consumers that shatters the stereotype of the lazy, unemployed stoner as The Register Guard reported:

“’There is no data to support the assertion that cannabis consumers are simply out-of-work stoners,’ said Beau Whitney, an Oregon cannabis economist. ‘The average cannabis consumer makes in excess of $50,000 a year in wages.’

“In addition, Whitney said, cannabis consumers span multiple generations from Generation X to baby boomers.

“Nearly half those surveyed were between 21 and 34 years of age, more than half were female and 54% were college-educated, according to the survey results. Most said they used cannabis to relax and feel calm as the main reason for consuming.”

To those in the cannabis community, these “shattering the stoner stereotype” stories are likely old news as life experience has prevailed, but it’s important to take note of the cultural propaganda that has been unleashed to perpetuate a harmful was waged against our own nonviolent citizens. Just as studies that debunk the myth that legalization causes more kids to use marijuana, are vital in our fight for freedom, so is shining a light on the fact that the cannabis community is comprised of responsible, productive members of society. The Reefer Madness-inspired Drug War has to be combated on all fronts as we move forward, step by step, towards ending prohibition and the greater War on Drugs.

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American Medical Association Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Doesn’t Increase Youth Usage

One by one, the “sky is falling” Reefer Madness hysterics are proven wrong, and a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) extinguishes the claim that legalization cannabis will cause use among minors to skyrocket. To the contrary, the peer-reviewed study in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world found no correlation between an increase in use by kids and implementing legalization and the data demonstrates that youth usage may have actually decreased in states that ended prohibition. “What about the children?” is often an emotionally-charged tactic used by Reefer Madness prohibitionists who have chosen to put their head in the sand and ignore the data from the Netherlands that reform advocates have been touting for years. Marijuana Moment reported on the landmark JAMA study that swatted away the major fallacy that legalization increases use among kids:

“In fact, it seems that establishing certain regulated cannabis models actually leads to lower marijuana use among adolescents under certain measures—a finding that directly conflicts with anti-legalization arguments that are commonly made by prohibitionists.

“The analysis, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed federal Youth Risk Behavior Survey data from 1993-2019 in 10 medical or adult-use states. It builds upon existing studies on the impact of cannabis reform on youth consumption that have reached similar conclusions.

“Researchers determined that the adoption of recreational cannabis legalization ‘was not associated with current marijuana use or frequent marijuana use.’”

After examining the data in states that have passed recreational marijuana laws (RMLs) and medical marijuana laws (MMLs), the study found that, “Consistent with estimates from prior studies, there was little evidence that “recreational marijuana laws” RMLs or MMLs encourage youth marijuana use.” Further, the research paper concluded that, “After 2 or more years, RML adoption was associated with a decrease in marijuana use.”

In fairness, the authors of the study do state that legalization is a “relatively new phenomenon” and that over time “researchers will be able to draw firmer conclusions about the relationship between RMLs and adolescent marijuana use,” but the early evidence is great news for the cannabis community. While sensible people don’t want anyone’s lives ruined over cannabis, there is evidence that cannabis can have detrimental impacts to developing brains, so kids do need to be educated about actual science and understand that some things, like cannabis, may be suitable for adults, but not for children. As we continue our fight to end cannabis prohibition and the greater Drug War, evidence like this presented in the Journal of the American Medical Association will help us swat away Reefer Madness propaganda as it gets trotted out time and time again.

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