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Medical marijuana news and analysis from The Nation
March 22, 2022
The War on Weed Decimated My Community—Will There Be Restitution?
Legalization offers a chance to restore a fragment of what was lost by Black and Afro-Latinx communities pummeled by prohibition, but so far, white business are claiming the spoils.
November 21, 2018
Marijuana Comes to Coalinga
The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.
April 20, 2017
How Congress Could Give Trump the Green Light to Go After Medical Marijuana
The government shutdown fight has big implications for medical marijuana patients.
November 7, 2016
This Arizona Prosecutor Is Waging a Strange War on Weed—and That’s Just the Beginning
is up for election tomorrow.
March 26, 2015
How California Voters Got So Smart on Crime
Reform advocates are making a compelling case for policies that take aim at mass incarceration.
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October 29, 2014
Will Washington, DC, Legalize Pot?
Polls show strong support for an initiative there. And it’s on the ballot in Oregon and Alaska, too.
January 8, 2014
Cuomo’s Medical Marijuana Proposal Dodges the Real Problems with Pot Criminalization
Is the New York governor’s modest concession an attempt to duck the big-picture problems with racially discriminatory marijuana arrests?
October 30, 2013
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: The Populist Politics of Cannabis Reform
The grassroots struggle to free the weed has always been about more than just legalizing pot.
Martin A. Lee
October 30, 2013
Can Medical Marijuana Survive in Washington State?
Legalization in the Evergreen State has led to parallel marijuana industries. Is there room for both?
November 30, 2012
Why Should Medical Marijuana Providers Die in Prison?
Rebecca Richman Cohen met Chris Williams in 2011, while making a documentary about Montana’s medical marijuana law. Today, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of more than eighty years—and Cohen hopes to tell his story.