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A man holds up a joint during a 2017 rally to support the legalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana?

As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly’s countdown party in Toronto as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Where’s the weed? Clues to Canada’s cannabis shortages

Government data suggest medical cannabis availability improved after legalization in Canada. But producers have struggled to meet demand for recreational cannabis other than oils.
Utah residents show support for a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

Midterm voters in Utah, Missouri, Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to join the 31 US states that have some form of legal marijuana. But ballot initiatives can only take pot so far.
Since California passed the first medical marijuana law in 1996, 30 US states and the District of Columbia have legalised medical marijuana. from www.shutterstock.com

Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
A parade of bar men protest Prohibition along Yonge Street in Toronto in 1916. Library and Archives Canada

Want cannabis stores banned in your town? Read this first

History has shown that prohibiting popular intoxicants spurs illegal and sometimes excessive use. Ontario municipalities taking up Doug Ford's offer to ban local retail weed sales should take note.
Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation’s Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., in February 2018. The company wants a a “greenhouse outlet” to sell its products. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Provinces prepare to push pot

Provincially owned cannabis retailers have a lot to do before cannabis goes on sale in Canada on Oct 17.
Small vials of CBD, an ingredient in a drug just approved by the FDA to treat two types of epilepsy.. Roxana Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com

Approval of drug derived from cannabis not necessarily a win for weed

A drug made from a molecule produced from cannabis gained approval from the FDA on June 25. But the molecule, CBD, is decidedly different from some other ingredients in cannabis: It doesn't result in a high.
Former drug and alcohol doctor Di Natale says the ‘tough on drugs’ approach causes enormous harm. Lukas Coch/AAP

Greens want cannabis to be made legal

Dealing with cannabis is basically a state matter but the Greens propose an Australian Cannabis Agency be set up to bring together state and territory governments, experts and regulators.

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