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.

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Study: Marijuana Reform May Decrease Youth Consumption Rates

“What about the children?” That is a slogan that cannabis opponents like Kevin Sabet might as well put on a t-shirt and wear to every speaking engagement that they attend. If cannabis laws are reformed, a spike in youth cannabis consumption of epidemic proportions will immediately follow according to opponents. Their reasoning is that cannabis reform will increase access to cannabis, and that the legal cannabis will inevitably get into the hands of youth. Never mind the fact that a legal, regulated industry has age and identification requirements, compared to [...]

Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Marijuana Law Reform Opponents Are Dwindling

It wasn’t that long ago that cannabis opponents seemed to be everywhere. I grew up in the 1980-s when ‘Just Say No’ and D.A.R.E. were mandatory programs at my school. Anyone contemplating legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana was seen as radical and fringe. Those days seem like a lifetime ago now as cannabis reform has gone mainstream and is supported by a majority of Americans. It is still amazing to think that there were absolutely zero medical cannabis states in 1995 and now we have 23 states and counting. On [...]

Aug 122014
 August 12, 2014
Marijuana Legalization Already Helping School Funding In Colorado

Just about every cannabis opponent uses the ‘what about the children?’ argument when they are at speaking engagements or are providing quotes in the media about cannabis. Cannabis supporters also use arguments that involve a children angle. But instead of describing a doomsday scenario like cannabis opponents, supporters point out that regulating cannabis prevents kids from accessing cannabis, unlike the black market. Another argument that cannabis supporters use involves cannabis taxes and schools. Schools are hurting for funding, and taxes that are generated from a legal, regulated cannabis industry can [...]

Aug 122014
 August 12, 2014
Las Vegas Sees Plenty Of Applications For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The medical cannabis industry is about to dramatically expand in the State of Nevada. The State of Nevada is currently accepting applications for medical cannabis businesses. The largest market for medical cannabis businesses in Nevada will obviously be Las Vegas. Las Vegas will allow 12 medical cannabis dispensaries to receive licenses and operate. So far, competition has been stiff. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Roughly 47 groups have thrown their hats in the ring for dispensary permits. Given that Las Vegas will ultimately allow just 12 dispensaries, at least 35 applicants will be rejected. [...]

Aug 072014
 August 7, 2014
Oregon Bank Wants To Work With The Marijuana Industry

The Oregon cannabis industry is growing at a rapid pace. Oregon has had a medical cannabis program since 1998, but up until recently, medical cannabis dispensaries were operating in a gray area. That changed with the passage of Oregon House Bill 3460, which legalized medical cannabis dispensaries. Dispensaries that have received a license can now carry out their business without fear of state prosecution. The industry will continue to grow if a recreational legalization/regulation initiative passes this November. New Approach Oregon’s initiative would regulate cannabis like alcohol in the State [...]

Aug 052014
 August 5, 2014
International Cannabis Business Conference Featured Along With Other Industry Leaders

Cannabis law reform and the emerging cannabis industry are definitely hot topics for the media these days.The New York Times’ landmark editorial, “Repeal Prohibition, Again“, certainly brought the debate regarding our nation’s marijuana laws to the forefront of the nation’s mainstream political discourse and the media outlets across the country are examining the ins and outs of all things cannabis. The Portland Business Journal recently launched an extensive look at the burgeoning cannabis industry in Portland, Oregon, featuring a local medical cannabis dispensary, garden supply store, a law firm that specializes in [...]