Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the executive director of the Oregon Cannabis Industry Association and director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC working to end cannabis regulation for all adults in Oregon. In addition to helping organize the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri.As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties.You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

Mar 172014
Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference In Eugene, 3/30 - 3/31

Last February, the Oregon Cannabis Industry Association‘s Marijuana Business 101 seminar was, by all accounts, a great success with a packed house of cannabis industry entrepreneurs. We managed to bring in a strong contingent of lawyers, professionals and government officials to provide valuable information for those already in the industry, or thinking about entering the burgeoning industry. It was one of my career highlights and an event that I am extremely proud of. My friend and activist colleague, Alex Rogers of Northwest Alternative Health, who had organized the very informative [...]

Jan 262014
Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Rethinking Federal Marijuana Policy

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) has long been a sane public voice on the need to end cannabis prohibition.  Despite not using cannabis himself, Rep. Blumenauer has been in the trenches fighting for the cannabis community for over 40 years as he was a state representative helping Oregon become the first state to decriminalize personal amounts in 1973.  Fast forward 4 decades, and much of our progress at the national level has been partly due because of Blumenauer’s tireless work at the federal level.  His pragmatic approach has helped lead us to advances [...]

Jan 252014
More And More Republicans Are Supporting Marijuana Reform

With poll after poll showing that marijuana legalization is now a mainstream issue, it doesn’t really surprise people that more liberals, moderates and libertarians are speaking out about marijuana and other drug law reforms.  However, it still makes news when conservative Republicans like Chris Christie and Rick Perry speak out about the need to move away from the status quo that is only needlessly wasting tax payer dollars, law enforcement resources and people’s lives.  On one hand, these conservatives starting to “see the light” is political news as they are bucking the trend of the Republican Party and [...]

Jan 022014
Moving Forward On Marijuana Reform In 2014 But Never Forgetting

What a time for the cannabis law reform movement!  Uruguay voting to become the first country to end cannabis prohibition was a great way to cap off 2013 while the New Year starts with licensed and regulated cannabis commerce in Colorado. Washington State is soon to follow Colorado and a few states are waiting in the wings with legalization measures in 2014 (Oregon & Alaska) while others are poised to make serious runs at 2016, if 2014 plans don’t quite come to fruition (California, Massachusetts & Maine, maybe more).  Just as Colorado [...]

Sep 292013
Alaska And Oregon Likely To Vote To End Cannabis Prohibition, Who's Next?

Cannabis law reform is still a hot-button news story, particularly following the Justice Department memo stating that the federal government will allow states to experiment with regulated cannabis commerce, so long as federal guidelines are met. Alaska and Oregon seem like the best bets for continuing the momentum at the state level. From Reuters: Marijuana legalization activists hope Alaska and Oregon will become the next two states to put recreational use of the drug before the voters, perhaps as early as next year. *** “I wouldn’t be surprised to see legalization [...]

Aug 242013
Seattle Hempfest Today: Activism, Camaraderie And Doritos, Oh My!

This year’s Seattle Hempfest is in the books, and after a few days to contemplate the event and read the coverage from across the country, I can’t help feel but that this may have been the most culturally significant Hempfest in years, if not ever.  The exciting political and cultural developments since last year’s “protestival” provided an excellent backdrop and the news made this year in Seattle resonated across the country. The Seattle Hempfest provides a great opportunity to network with activists from across the country, peruse vendors selling just about everything [...]

Aug 102013
Sanjay Gupta's Reversal On Cannabis Prohibition Garners Much Attention

It seems that everyone is talking about Sanjay Gupta’s decision to apologize for his previous support of cannabis prohibition.  From Andrew Sullivan to Vanity Fair to Stephen Colbert to the Washington Post, Dr. Gupta’s about-face has made major headlines.  I was certainly happy to hear the good doctor’s change of heart and I suspect that Dr. Gupta is just the tip of the iceberg as more and more mainstream voices will grow more comfortable admitting that they were wrong about cannabis legalization. CNN, on the media firestorm: More than 330,000 people shared the story on [...]

Aug 092013
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Apologizes And Now Endorses Cannabis Legalization

I remember my dismay and disappointment when I read Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Time Magazine piece, “Why I Would Vote No on Pot”, in 2009.  I was disappointed because Dr. Gupta seemed like a rational fellow that should understand that cannabis prohibition has caused much more harm than cannabis itself.  It seemed to me that anyone highly educated who examined the multitude of scientific evidence available should be able to see that cannabis prohibition is a massive failure.  Of course, an irrational fervor or financial stake can override rationality, but that didn’t seem like [...]

Aug 042013
Florida Political Heavyweight Backing Medical Marijuana Measure

So much crazy news seems to emanate from Florida, that it is great to report about positive developments for the cannabis community coming out of the state. Florida personal injury attorney John Morgan, a longtime financial backer of former Governor Charlie Crist, could be spending his money on a multitude of things, so it is heartening to see him using his resources to helping sick and disabled patients in Florida by raising funds for a 2014 medical marijuana measure in the Sunshine State.  Mr. Morgan has already contributed $150,000 to the cause and [...]

Aug 012013
Cannabis Legalization Bill Moves Forward In Uruguay

A bill that will make Uruguay the first country to license and regulate cannabis commerce for all adults at the national level, just passed its Chamber of Representatives.  The legalization measure is supported by Uruguay’s president, Jose Mujica, and the current majority party, Frente Amplio, but faces staunch opposition by the minority party.  The president’s party has a slim majority in the Chamber of Representatives, but controls the Senate more handily, leaving Uruguay’s political observers confident that the legalization measure will pass the Senate and become law in the summer. From CNN: Uruguay’s [...]