DC Council Introduces New Sweeping Bill to Tax and Regulate Cannabis and Reinvest in Communities Targeted by the Drug War

Six Councilmembers join Committee of the Whole Chairman Mendelson in Introduction of Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021 March 1, 2021 – Washington, D.C — Today, Committee of the Whole Chairman Phil Mendelson is joined by Councilmembers Charles Allen, Christina Henderson, Brianne K. Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Kenyan McDuffie, and Mary M. Cheh in […]

Study finds Marijuana smokers think up more interesting and less feasible ideas

In a confirmation of something we’ve all know intuitively for quite a while, a study set out to quantify “pothead logic”.
Specifically when it comes to entrepreneurs. To study the effect of marijuana on idea creators, researchers had 254 entrepreneurs come with a bunch of venture ideas based on virtual reality. They had three minutes, and afterwards two “expert raters” rated the ideas based on originality and feasibility.
The results were predictable, with originality scoring higher with marijuana smokers and feasibility scoring lower. However, none of the entrepreneurs were high during the study, it was more about routine pot smoking and how that effects long term creativity than it was about being high. Non-users were described as those that have smoked less than five times in their life and not at all within the past month, and users were those that had more than five times, and at least twice in the past month.
“Entrepreneurial passion for inventing appears to play a role in channeling cannabis users toward idea originality but away from idea feasibility,” the study says.
“Clearly there are pros and cons to using cannabis that deserve to be investigated further,” Benjamin Warnick, one of the study authors said. “As the wave of cannabis legalization continues across the country, we need to shed light on the actual effects of cannabis not only in entrepreneurship but in other areas of business as well.”
Read more about the study at Marijuana Moment.

Washington State Supreme Court Declares State’s Drug Possession Statute Unconstitutional

DPA Urges State Legislature to Immediately Consider Decriminalization Bill Rather than Reenacting Harmful Penalties of the Past New York, NY – In response to the Washington State Supreme Court declaring the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional, Theshia Naidoo, Managing Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, released the following statement: “Yesterday, the Washington Supreme […]

Congressman John Yarmuth bought marijuana stock before announcing MORE act

In a continuation of a pattern that we see happening from time to time with members of the federal government, Congressman Yarmuth, Democrat from Kentucky, seemed to benefit from insider knowledge of an expected stock bump when he bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of marijuana stock before announcing the MORE act to Congress, which stands for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. This was all uncovered in an investigation done by Popular Information.
It is only required for lawmakers to give a range of the amount they invested so we can’t be sure how much Yarmuth had invested, but between the stocks for Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, and Tilray he spent up to $15,000. Since December, these stocks have risen in value significantly, with Tilray rising 3.5 times in value.
In the past, we’ve seen Senators sell stocks as inside knowledge gave them a headstart before the pandemic hit.

DPA Urges Congress to Strengthen George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, rather than Fast-Tracking Inadequate Solutions

Bill Fails to Fully Address Police Militarization, Quick-Knock Raids, Military Equipment Transfers to Local Police Departments and More that Disproportionately Target Communities of Color Washington, D.C. – In response to House leadership fast-tracking the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 without addressing concerns from the advocacy community, Maritza Perez, Director of the Office […]

Leading Drug Policy, Harm Reduction & Other Health Care Orgs Cheer Reintroduction of Bipartisan MAT Act

In Letter Last Month, 192 Orgs Called on Biden to Save Lives by Removing Barriers to Life-Saving Treatment and Passing MAT Act Washington, D.C.—Leading harm reduction, drug policy, and health care organizations People’s Action, VOCAL-NY, the Drug Policy Alliance, and National Harm Reduction Coalition today released the following statement in response to Rep. Paul Tonko, […]