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 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 [...]

Jul 122014
 July 12, 2014
New Zealand Poll Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Reform

A poll was recently conducted by Herald-DigiPoll which asked residents of New Zealand if they supported cannabis reform, or wanted to keep cannabis illegal. Currently cannabis possession in New Zealand is a crime and carries a fine of $500 or three months in jail or both. A majority of poll participants stated that they wanted cannabis laws to be reformed to either legalize cannabis, or decriminalize it. About one third of poll participants stated that they want cannabis to be decriminalized. About one fifth stated that they wanted cannabis to [...]

Jul 122014
 July 12, 2014
Colorado Governor - 'War On Drugs Was A Disaster'

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper was not on board with Amendment 64 prior to the 2012 Election. He wasn’t the cannabis regulation measure’s biggest opponent, but he did express on numerous occasions that he was skeptical of what the new industry would do to his state. After over half a year of regulated commerce, Governor Hickenlooper sat down with Katie Couric to talk about how the new law is working in his state. Below are statements made by Governor Hickenlooper during the interview: One of the best things about regulating, legalizing and [...]

Jul 112014
 July 11, 2014
Customers Are Willing To Pay For Licensed, Regulated And Legal Cannabis

There are now two states that permit legal recreational cannabis sales. Those two states of course are Colorado and Washington. Colorado has been authorizing legal recreational cannabis sales since January 1, 2014. Washington started legal recreational cannabis sales on July 8, 2014. One thing that stands out to long time cannabis consumers are the prices for legal recreational cannabis. On opening day in Colorado, prices climbed as high as $100 for 3.5 grams of cannabis. Prices have since lowered as more supply has hit the market in Colorado. On opening [...]

Jul 092014
 July 9, 2014
Feds Increase Cannabis Production At Mississippi Farm

Most people don’t know that the federal government grows and supplies medical cannabis to four patients enrolled in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. The program had more patients when it started in the 1970-s, but there are four patients grandfathered into the program that still receive medical cannabis to this day. The cannabis is grown at the University of Mississippi. Considering the federal government’s official position is that cannabis has no medical value, the existence of such a program is a slap in the face to science, logic, and compassion. [...]

Jul 062014
 July 6, 2014
Study Shows Cannabis Arrests Per Capita Vary By State

Now that the United States has celebrated its Independence and hard-earned freedom on July, 4th, it is important to remember that there is still much work to be done on many fronts, including the nation’s cannabis laws federally and in many states. While great progress has been made across the country, too many people live in states with draconian laws and policies. When it comes to cannabis arrests, not all states are created equal. Different states have different penalties. For instance, in Colorado and Washington possession of up to one [...]