During the hiatus, Sam and Tyler will discuss the biggest stories and forecast upcoming events in drug policy.
- As it turns out, meth laws have unintended consequences
- New Haven is ending their involvement with syringe exchange program.
- Pew Research Center survey of police officers has lots of good insights
- The DEA is opening an office in China to combat synthetic opioids.
- An administrative judge in New Jersey has ruled that an insurance company should cover an injured worker’s medical marijuana
- President Obama’s final batch of commutations are likely to focus on nonviolent drug offenders.
- Anthony Papa, who was caught up in a police sting operation in the 80s, leading him to become an anti-Drug War activist with the Drug Policy Alliance, has received a pardon from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
- Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration encouraged MAPS to apply for Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the FDA, a breakthrough therapy is intended “to treat a serious or life threatening disease condition,” and “may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies.” If approved, Breakthrough Therapy Designation could expedite the development and review of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.
- The Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, along with the Drug Policy Alliance, is releasing a new report on the impact of California’s Proposition 47. Prop 47 lowered the penalties for many crimes and increased the threshold for larceny, so I expect the report will quantify just how much the new law has impacted arrests and incarceration in the state. Check it out!
- The Cannabis Cultural Association will be hosting an event hosting the 4 medical dispensaries granted licenses in New York in order to bring awareness to how to make our medical program more patient orientated and cost effective.
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