Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & 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.

Jan 212016
 January 21, 2016
Spannabis, Europe's Largest Marijuana Festival, Shapes Culture, Organizer Comes To ICBC

Political victories are easy to see, but there are often underlying cultural events that shape our progress. Spannabis, one of the world’s leading cannabis festivals, is an example in Spain. Most of the cannabis community is likely unaware that tens of thousands of revelers attend the event every year, making the event one of the largest cannabis festivals in the world. Spannabis helps bring the European cannabis community together and help promote tolerant, progressive attitude across the continent. The success and growth of the Seattle Hempfest is an example of such an event having a cultural impact in the United

Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015
Recap Of The 2015 OMMBC In Eugene, Portland's Next

It was a great honor to have played a part in the 2014 International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland, Oregon, the top “Marijuana Event of the Year” by the great folks at The Weed Blog, and conference organizers worked hard to top the Portland ICBC in both San Francisco with the 2nd ICBC and last weekend in Eugene at the 3rd Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC). Personally, I think that the OMMBC gave all of the other conferences a run for their money, if not the best one yet. The 2014 Portland ICBC was before Oregon know whether

Mar 142015
 March 14, 2015
Grow Condos, Other Cannabis Companies Gather At The OMMBC

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) informally gets kicked off tonight as speakers and those that purchased tickets for tonight’s reception with Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo mingle, but also throughout Eugene, attendees and exhibitors will start networking at the Eugene Hilton and other hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the college town. While all of us that help organize the OMMBC are proud of the speakers and program, networking with others in the cannabis industry is as valuable as any information gained. I have long been intrigued by the remarkable resourcefulness and creativity of the cannabis industry and community at large. If

Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
Get Your Tickets To The OMMBC Before They Sell Out!

After the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco was completed, conference organizers immediately started gearing up for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC). We were honored that the great folks here at The Weed Blog named our 2014 Portland ICBC the “Marijuana Event of the Year” and set out to top the Portland event in San Francisco. Personally, I would say “mission accomplished” as not only did the San Francisco ICBC provide valuable information and networking opportunities, but it also helped set the table for California’s 2016 legalization push by keeping political activism at the forefront. The OMMBC

Mar 102015
 March 10, 2015
OMMBC Keynoter Gary Johnson: Marijuana Prohibition "Criminal"

Two-term New Mexico Governor and Republican and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has sat down with a wide-ranging interview with Smell the Truth’s David Downs. In the interview, Johnson takes conservatives and Republicans to task for being late to come to the conclusion that marijuana prohibition is a failure and that state’s should be able to chart their own marijuana policies irrespective of federal law. He states that he was a supporter of cannabis legalization when only 30% of voters supported legalization and that it has taken clear majority support for Republican presidential candidates to start to come around

Mar 052015
 March 5, 2015
Get Your OMMBC Tickets Before They Go Up on March 7th!

Born into a working class family and still in a working class family, I understand how tight money can be, especially during tough economic times. The cannabis industry isn’t a get rich quick scheme for most people, but it is a growing industry that will only get bigger, certainly in the near future. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) is a great opportunity for anyone in the Oregon marijuana industry or even thinking of getting into the industry to learn about current laws, future regulations and network with some of the top cannabis entrepreneurs and experts in the state.

Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
OMMBC Marijuana Media Panel Adds Noelle Crombie Of The Oregonian

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference not only brings together cannabis law reform advocates and entrepreneurs, but also members of the media that cover all things marijuana day in and day out. The Marijuana Media Panel includes Doug McVay and Russ Belville, two of the most knowledgable marijuana law reform advocates working in “alternative” media as well as Noelle Crombie, staff writer covering the marijuana beat for The Oregonian. From my blog at Marijuana Politics: Likely due to the demographics of their readers, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post have blogs devoted to marijuana news and culture, Smell the

Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Brings Marijuana Legalization To GOP

Too often, marijuana legalization is seen as a liberal, Democratic policy ideal that is opposed by conservative Republicans. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who worked as a speechwriter for conservative icon Ronald Reagan, is doing his part to educate the public and his fellow Republican colleagues, that ending cannabis prohibition includes the conservative ideals of personal liberty, states’ rights and limited government. At the International Cannabis Business Conference, the Orange County Republican was even willing to sit down for Marijuana Politicswith convicted drug dealer “Freeway” Ricky Ross to both listen to the felon-turned-author as well as promote the need to reform our

Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Join The CO2 Company At The OMMBC

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) will bring together the top cannabis law reform advocates and industry professionals March 15th-16th in Eugene, Oregon. The OMMBC combines both activism and business to provide a holistic approach to anyone in the cannabis industry or thinking of joining. The conference provides the latest information about the current Oregon medical marijuana industry and insight into the cannabis industry once legalization goes into effect for all adults. In addition to the great information, networking opportunities also abound at the OMMBC. Growers, processors, dispensaries and advocates will all benefit from mingling with other industry participants.

Feb 232015
 February 23, 2015
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Offers To Change Stance On Marijuana

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida US representative, has long been a thorn in the side of the marijuana law reform movement. While more and more Democrats have joined the movement to enact sensible cannabis laws, Ms. Schultz has remained an opponent, siding with Republican backers such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson who dumped millions into Florida to defeat last year’s medical marijuana measure. A vast majority of Democrats across the country understand that the War on Marijuana has unfairly hurt people of color and of low income, two constituencies that the Democratic Party have traditionally understood as