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 092015
 January 9, 2015
Rick Steves Knows: Two Americas When It Comes to Marijuana

Most of our laws work very differently for wealthy people and people battling poverty. Wall Street executives that endanger the world’s economy don’t see any jail time, but someone shoplifting to help feed their family just might. Same is true, if not more so, when it comes to our marijuana laws. Everybody loves Willie Nelson, the iconic musician, but if he were William Nelson, working-class construction worker, with the same number of run-ins with the law, he probably would be serving a prison sentence. When you add in people of color, you see even more disparate treatment. Personally, I became

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Dec 182014
 December 18, 2014
Troy Dayton, At The Forefront Of Cannabis Advocacy And Industry

It is an understatement to say that Troy Dayton has been, and is, at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Dayton’s experience spans the gamut from advocacy to industry as much as anyone and he has been a leader of the cannabis movement as we have moved from outside rabble-rousers to the political mainstream to America’s latest growth industry. Troy was one of the first volunteers for the Marijuana Policy Project, has been one of the organization’s top fundraisers and now serves on the board of directors, helping direct the influential organization. He was a co-founder of Students for a

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Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
Travel Guru And Marijuana Activist Rick Steves Heads To California

Many people know Rick Steves from his travel books, TV show or radio program. He is a self-made business man who has a serious following among folks interested in travel. Recently, Steves has become one of the more prominent marijuana law reform advocates in the country. I will always be grateful for his 10-city tour across Oregon has he urged Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 91 and legalize marijuana for all adults. Steves ventured to Oregon on his own dime, as he didn’t expect any payment from the campaign. He earned great media for marijuana legalization as he spoke

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Dec 032014
 December 3, 2014
Thank You, Oregon Voters And Cannabis Activists Worldwide

It has been nearly a month since Oregon passed Measure 91 with over 56% of the vote to legalize and regulate marijuana for all adults. I have been literally on cloud 9(1) since this measure passed and I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of a measure that will greatly improve the lives of many Oregonians and will help legalize cannabis in even more states in 2016 and beyond. Recently, Johnny Green singled me out, among others marijuana law reform advocates for helping pass legalization in Oregon. I am honored that Johnny would name me and that many,

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Andrew Sullivan On The ICBC: Best. Conference. Ever.

We here at the International Cannabis Business Conference sincerely thank all of our attendees, vendors and speakers. You all made our first international conference an amazing success and experience. The reviews from everyone involved were tremendous and we are very happy that people gained valuable information and networking connections. We look forward to future conferences, events and ways that we can assist the cannabis community and industry succeed in the years and decades to come. Keynote speaker Andrew Sullivan, like many of our speakers, wowed the audience with his wit and intellect. He provided great insight into the conservative and

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Sep 102014
 September 10, 2014
My Candid Cannabis Conversation With Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan is a bestselling author and one of the top political and cultural pundits of our time. His independent blog, The Dish, is one of the top blogs in the world. The blog existed on several different media outlets, including Time Magazine, The Atlantic and The Daily Beast. In 2013, Sullivan shook up the media and the blogosphere world when he announced that he was taking his blog independent, separating himself from any corporate overlord and was going to sink or swim based upon subscriptions paid by his readers. An English conservative and practicing Catholic, Sullivan is hard to

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Aug 202014
 August 20, 2014
First Legal Marijuana Purchased In Seattle Donated To Museum

Legal cannabis sales started in Washington on July 7th. The first legal purchase in Seattle was made by 65 year old grandmother Deb Greene at Cannabis City. Rather than consume some of the cannabis she purchased, Deb Green instead donated some of the cannabis to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Per Time: She purchased two bags of legal weed, one for personal use and another that was signed by Cannabis City owner, James Lathrop, so it could be “saved forever,” Greene told the Seattle Times. “You don’t use history.” It’s pretty heartening that the Seattle museum will display cannabis, yet another demonstration

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Aug 152014
 August 15, 2014
Former Colorado Jail May Be Used To Cultivate Marijuana

For a long time, thousands of people were arrested and prosecuted for cannabis in Colorado. Too many of those people went to jail.  Now that marijuana arrests have plummeted in Colorado, it was great to read a recent article on Marijuana.Com discussing how a former jail in Colorado may become an indoor cannabis garden that provides jobs and generates revenue for the local economy. Per Marijuana.Com:  He said he wants to manufacture a product that is legal in Colorado and that would create jobs and increase revenue for Brush. According to Erker, the facility could initially generate 31 jobs and substantial tax

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Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Florida

Florida voters will decide in November if they want medical cannabis to come to the Sunshine State. Recent polls have support at 88% for the medical cannabis initiative, which is encouraging for a victory on Election Day. The campaign battle in Florida has been fierce, with both sides raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions. It appears that not only is there support for medical cannabis in Florida, but also support for cannabis legalization for all adults over 21. Per News Max: In Florida, support for recreational pot is not as fervent as medical marijuana, but it’s still strong: 55 percent

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Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
Brookings Institute - Colorado's Marijuana Law A Success

Cannabis legalization has been referred to by some as ‘the great public policy experiment of this decade.’ Cannabis opponents have predicted that the experiment will fail, while supporters say the opposite. According to John Hudak from the Brookings Institute, opponents are being proven wrong by what’s going on in Colorado. Per the Brookings Institute: As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy. Hudak reports that the state of Colorado has

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