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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 1, 2020

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Majority of NJ residents say they'll vote for marijuana legalization in November
More than two-thirds of New Jersey residents said they plan to support legalizing marijuana when the matter goes before voters this November, according to a Thursday report from the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Coronavirus Disrupts Illegal Drug Supply in U.S., DEA Official Says
The flow of illegal drugs, including methamphetamines and heroin, has slowed down during the coronavirus-caused lockdowns around the U.S., the nation's top drug-enforcement official said.

DEA releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released the 2020 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, which is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States.

Black and Brown Teens Are Still More Likely to Be Punished for Smoking Weed
"Marijuana is the drug for which most kids get penalized in school settings," Sheila Vakharia, deputy director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), tells Teen Vogue.

How coronavirus is causing confusion with states' alcohol laws
As the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S., many states changed laws and regulations related to alcohol. Now, however, those changes between states have created a confusing scene for consumers and retailers over the last few weeks, and experts say leaders need to work together to avoid bigger problems.

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