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.

Jul 302014
 July 30, 2014
First 10 Days Of Marijuana Sales In Washington Generate Over $300K In Excise Taxes

Put your thinking cap on. Try to think of a state that has enough tax revenue coming in, and doesn’t need more revenue. This of course is a rhetorical question. Every state in the nation could use more tax revenue, and in the case of some states, they desperately need every penny they can get. Roads are falling apart, bridges are in danger of collapsing, schools are underfunded, and the list goes on and on. Now, consider the fact that the State of Washington generated $148,256 in excise taxes from legal [...]

Jul 292014
 July 29, 2014
Benefits Of Legalizing Marijuana Clearly Outweigh The Costs

Every time I hear cannabis reform opponent Kevin Sabet state that the social costs associated with cannabis legalization far outweigh the benefits, I cringe. Not one time have I ever seen him offer up a valid statistic to back up his claim. What Kevin Sabet does is offer up statistics for alcohol and tobacco, and try to pass those facts along as if they apply to cannabis. They do not. Tobacco and alcohol directly kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Cannabis has never killed anyone. Yes, there have [...]

Jul 272014
 July 27, 2014
Colorado's Legal Marijuana Industry Opens Up To More Applicants

For the first six months of legal recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, only current medical cannabis dispensary owners could own and operate a recreational cannabis store. That policy changed recently to allow non-dispensary owners to apply for a cannabis business license. There was also a provision in place that required store owners to grow their own cannabis. That policy also changed to allow people to specialize in just retail, or just cultivation. The new businesses are expected to open in October. This will no doubt lead to hundreds more businesses [...]

Jul 262014
 July 26, 2014
Poll Finds Overwhelming Support For Marijuana Legalization In Washington D.C.

A campaign to legalize cannabis in Washington D.C. turned in over 57,000 signatures to get their initiative on the 2014 ballot. Less than half of those signatures need to be valid in order to gain ballot approval. Unless something tremendously unexpected happens, Washington D.C. residents will likely get a chance to vote on cannabis legalization on Election Day. If that happens, according to a poll released by the Washington Post, the initiative has a great chance of passing. The poll found that 63% of participants supported legalizing cannabis in Washington [...]

Jul 262014
 July 26, 2014
Most Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform According To Poll

Canada’s Department of Justice conducted a poll to gauge how much support there is in Canada for marijuana reform. The poll was kept secret for months until the media outlet The Star was able to obtain a copy of the results. What did the poll find? Per The Star:  The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened. Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
Uruguay Delays Legal Marijuana Sales Until 2015

Uruguay legalized cannabis in December 2013. Uruguay’s President and cannabis supporters worldwide were hoping to see legal cannabis sales start this year. However, it appears that legal cannabis sales in Uruguay will have to wait until 2015. According to comments made by Uruguay President Jose Mujica, there have been complications implementing the new law. Per RT.Com: The small South American nation has become the face of progressive views on the consumption of marijuana. Despite moves to legalize the country’s cannabis market – a move which was approved in December – Mujica [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
Canadian Marijuana Growers Should Get Agricultural Tax Breaks

Tax breaks and exemptions are created to help businesses grow and succeed so that they can contribute to the economy. Many business owners will tell you that without some of their larger tax breaks, they wouldn’t be in business. The agricultural industry is no exception. Agricultural companies in Canada rely on a lucrative tax break to stay in business. Unfortunately, legal cannabis growers in Canada will not be able to eligible for that tax break. Per The Telegram: Mayors in B.C. have been warning for months that commercial grow-ops could get [...]

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014
Cannabis Reform Opponents Are Largely Funded By Pharmaceutical Companies

If you have followed the fight to end cannabis prohibition, than you have no doubt heard of the organizations Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America). These two groups are at the forefront of the fight to maintain cannabis prohibition in America. They claim that they fight cannabis reform because they want to keep America drug free. The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America holds an annual event near Washington D.C.. This year’s event included numerous guest speakers who [...]

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014
Sting Operations Show No Colorado Cannabis Stores Selling To Kids

One of the first things that cannabis industry opponents say when trying to spread their message is that legalizing cannabis sales will increase children’s access to cannabis. That will then be accompanied by a surge in cannabis use by underage people these opponents claim. If recent underage sting operations in Colorado are any indication, those claims are unfounded. Law enforcement and state regulators recently conducted underage sting operations at cannabis stores in Denver and Pueblo. Underage individuals were sent into twenty different stores to try to purchase legal cannabis, similar [...]

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014
Andrew Sullivan And Earl Blumenauer Headline International Cannabis Business Conference

Conservative blogger and frequent television pundit Andrew Sullivan will be joining liberal congressman and frequent bike rider Rep. Earl Blumenauer as speakers at the first annual International Cannabis Business Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The two-day event takes place September 13 & 14 and also features bestselling author of “Too High to Fail”, Doug Fine; pioneering California dispensary owner of Harborside Health Center, Steve DeAngelo; and marijuanacultivation expert and author, Ed Rosenthal. With an initiative likely to be on the ballot this November, Oregon’s foray into marijuana legalization is also highlighted at the conference by two [...]