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"State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack—And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s," by Tara Law, Time Magazine, May 12, 2022
"With Legalized Pot in the Air, a Federal Trial Riles Advocates," by JoAnna Daemmrich and Campbell Robertson, New York Times, May 06, 2022
"Chicago prosecutors expunge 15,000 cannabis convictions," by Ivan Pereira, ABC News, April 20, 2022
"A Mayor Dispenses Pardons as Alabama Holds Fast to Marijuana Laws," by Eduardo Medina, New York Times, April 20, 2022
"Communities are divided over Rhode Island's plan for safe drug injection sites," by Lynn Arditi, NPR, April 13, 2022
"House poised to pass bill legalizing marijuana," by Cristina Marcos, The Hill, March 28, 2022
"Pennsylvania's cannabis laws are among harshest in U.S. despite public support of legalization," by Maggie Mancini, Philly Voice, March 23, 2022
"New bill would stiffen Colorado’s penalties for fentanyl dealers, but leave misdemeanor possession law in place," by Shannon Najmabadi and Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun, March 23, 2022
"Kentucky Weighs Stiffer Fentanyl Penalties Amid Doubts Over Effectiveness," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, March 16, 2022
"‘This Is Crack 2.0’," by Renuka Rayasam, Politico, March 13, 2022
"25 years later, 'Gridlock’d' reminds us that America never won its war on drugs," by Bonsu Thompson, Mic, January 31, 2022
"Inside a pioneering U.S. site authorized to monitor people using drugs," by Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, January 15, 2022
"N.J. coalition says Murphy, state should grant clemency for cannabis charges," by Jelani Gibson, NJ.com, January 11, 2022
"Jail Time For An “Imaginary Crime”: It’s Almost Impossible To Overdose Just By Touching Fentanyl, But People Are Being Locked Up For It Anyway," by Lindsey Ellefson, Buzzfeed News, January 05, 2022
"Fentanyl overdose," Courthouse News Service, December 23, 2021