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The Courts are AWOL in the War on Marijuana Smokers

When one looks at many other important public policy debates in this country, at some point the courts can and must step in to render a decision that changes the entire debate, and corrects an injustice with the stroke of a pen. In our system of government, the courts have co-equal standing with the legislative and the exec...

Poll: Sixty-Four Percent Of Florida Voters Back Constitution...

Sixty-four percent of respondents said that they would vote in favor of the amendment, up from 50 percent in late June. Twenty-six percent of respondents said that they opposed the measure.

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Expresses Support For Medical Ma...

Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a question about legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use, as Colorado has done. While he is not “yet” supportive of this sensible policy change, he did use the question as an opportunity to express his support for medical marijuana. The Virginia General A...

Rhode Island Primary Is Two Weeks Away – Where Do The Candid...

Tuesday, September 9, is Primary Election Day in Rhode Island. With an open race for the top slot in the state, all eyes are on the gubernatorial primary races. Next year, the legislature will continue discussing whether Rhode Island should replace marijuana prohibition with sensible regulations, so it is important to know ...

Voters in Santa Fe to Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana Pos...

The list of localities considering making marijuana legal or decriminalizing possession of small amounts is steadily growing, and two New Mexico cities were just added to the list last week. In Santa Fe, organizers submitted almost 11,000 signatures to allow voters to decide to remove criminal penalties for simple possessio...

High Times’ Cannabis Consumer Choice Polling

Our friends at High Times (and former NORML director Dr. Jon Gettman) are running an online poll asking for consumers’ choice regarding the preferred marijuana distribution that emerges post-prohibition. Legal Marijuana: Which Market Do You Prefer? As we approach the new inevitability of legalized cannabis, three mode...

Illinois: Governor Signs Hemp Research Measure Into Law

Democrat Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation, House Bill 5085, authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes....

Studies Suggest Marijuana May Help Decrease Domestic Violenc...

A pair of recent studies suggest that marijuana policy reform may be paving the way for a healthier, happier world in at least two ways. The first, released by the University of Buffalo, found that couples who use marijuana are the least likely to engage in, or be the victim of, domestic violence and abuse. […]

New Hampshire Begins Considering Dispensary Rules

The delays in implementing New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program have been very frustrating for patients. Fortunately, the state finally appears to be making progress toward the adoption of alternative treatment center (dispensary) rules. The Concord Monitor reported some details of the rule-making process this morning....

Prominent Think Tank Praises Washington’s Legal Marijuana Sy...

On Monday, respected policy think tank The Brookings Institution published a paper analyzing Washington’s implementation of the law passed in 2012 to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. The results: the state is doing well and is actively trying to learn from the process. The results could have far-reaching impli...

Local Legalization Initiatives Moving Forward in Maine 

As we’ve reported previously, three cities in Maine could be voting this November on initiatives that would direct local police not to arrest adults age 21 and over for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Despite opposition from city government, law enforcement, and the Maine chapter of Project SAM, all three in...

Vermont Primary Elections Today; All GOP Candidates Support ...

A debate between the candidates for the Republican nomination to become the next Governor of Vermont produced a pleasant surprise this weekend. The Associated Press reported that all three Republican gubernatorial candidates said they support ending marijuana prohibition. The momentum behind legalizing and regulating mariju...

Study: Marijuana Use Inversely Associated With Intimate Part...

Marijuana use by newly married couples is predictive of less frequent incidences of intimate partner violence perpetration, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Researchers reported: “[M]ore frequent marijuana use generally predicted less frequent I...

Major Oregon Newspaper Supports Measure 91

Over the weekend, one of the most popular newspapers in Oregon lent its support to Measure 91, which would make marijuana legal for adults in the state. Voters will decide on the initiative in November. From The Oregonian: Measure 91 would move Oregon from a hazy condition of almost-legalization to one of rational access gu...

History Of Marijuana…In Just 4:20!

Think you know a lot about cannabis and it’s history? Could you relate the ‘history of hemp’, thousands of years worth of human experience, in just four minutes and twenty seconds? Comedian and pot activist extraordinaire Steve Berke’s 4 Twenty Today production company’s first video ‘Hist...

It’s a Carnival but It’s Our Carnival: The 2014 Seattle Hemp...

I just returned a few days ago from the annual Seattle Hempfest, the 24th version of this extravaganza, and I thought I might share some of my reflections on this extraordinary and unique event. First and foremost, Hempfest is truly an enormous undertaking that requires several days of long hours to assemble the stages and ...

JAMA: Medical Cannabis States Possess Lower Rates Of Opiate-...

The enactment of medicinal marijuana laws is associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates, according to data published online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers reported, "States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mor...

Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Marijuana Legalization I...

Earlier today, the Democratic Party of Oregon came out in support of Measure 91, which would legalize and regulate the adult use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana in the state. These endorsements were made by a “voting body comprised of the State Central Committee delegates, alternates, and associates.” A meas...

Public Funds Paying For “Educational Tour” Against Oregon Ma...

Proponents of Measure 91, which would make marijuana legal for adults in Oregon and regulate cultivation and retail sales, are up in arms at the discovery that  federal funds are being used to bring drug warrior Kevin Sabet and company to their state to fight against the initiative. While being billed as nothing more than a...

Scoring Some Weed in the Old Days: We’ve Come a Long Way Bab...

As I prepared to leave for the Seattle Hempfest, a lovely celebration of all things related to marijuana, I could not help but think about what a wonderful time it is right now for those of us who smoke marijuana. We have the best quality marijuana in the world grown right here in the US, and even in those regions of the co...

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