Johnny Green

Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Cops Took More From Citizens Than Burglars Did Last Year Via Asset Forfeiture

By Phillip Smith When you think about getting property stolen, you think about criminals, but maybe you should be thinking about the police. Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property—often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest—has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money—and winning. According to a new report on asset forfeiture from the Institute for Justice, police seized $4.5 billion in cash and property through civil forfeiture last year. That exceeds the $3.9 billion worth of property stolen in burglaries during

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Become A Media Intern For The Drug Policy Alliance

I check the Drug Policy Alliance website and social media channels every day when I wake up, on my breaks at work, on lunch, and after work. I might be the biggest consumer of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) media that there is. And if not, I’m fine with that, because I encourage everyone to be a DPA media consumer. DPA does great work. If you love media, and love drug policy reform, you should consider trying to become a media intern for DPA. Below are details. You can find out more at this link here: POSITION OVERVIEW Assist the Media

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Initiative In Massachusetts Poised For 2016 Ballot

A proposed initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts is poised for the November 2016 ballot after proponents submitted their final petition signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on Tuesday. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 103,000 total signatures, and 64,750 valid signatures of registered state voters are required to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is expected to validate the signatures by mid-December, at which time the petition will be transmitted to the Massachusetts Legislature. If the legislature does not adopt the measure, initiative backers must collect 10,792

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
How To Get Senior Citizens To Vote For Marijuana Reform

Statistically speaking, senior citizens are the most likely demographic to oppose marijuana reform. That’s a big problem when you also consider the fact that senior citizens vote at a higher rate than anyone else. Whenever I look at polling for certain campaign efforts, I always look at the senior citizen polling first. I always sit and daydream about how easy it would be to end marijuana prohibition in state after state if the marijuana reform movement was able to get even a small percentage of those ‘no’ senior citizen voters to change to the ‘yes’ side. It seems like so

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Donate To Marijuana Majority On Giving Tuesday 2015

Are you a part of the marijuana majority?’ That’s a question that I have asked a lot since the Marijuana Majority organization was founded. The Marijuana Majority was founded by one of the hardest working activists that you will ever meet, Tom Angell. Tom Angell is a public policy force. I have many, many nicknames for Tom Angell that I have used over the years, and they are all applicable in some way. Tom Angell and the Marijuana Majority never cease to amaze me. The most recent thing that comes to mind is a petition that Marijuana Majority created and promoted,

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Support Students For Sensible Drug Policy On Giving Tuesday 2015

I have been an enormous fan of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) since I first met some members back in 2011-2012. I have personally witnessed SSDP members and alumni influence history, and make big, positive changes at their schools, for campaigns, and beyond. On Giving Tuesday, consider making a donation to SSDP so that they can continue to do amazing things. Preferably a big one, that is re-occurring! Below is an e-mail that I received from Betty Aldworth, Executive Director of SSDP, who I was honored to meet in Vegas last month. It’s an e-mail telling the story of

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
The New Missouri Medical Marijuana Video Is Fantastic

I just got done watching a new medical marijuana ad from the Show-Me Cannabis campaign. It’s very well done. One of the most effective things that I have seen when it comes to changing minds about marijuana is putting a face to prohibition. It’s much easier to not like something or oppose something when you think that it doesn’t have anything to do with people you know. But when prohibition is personalized, and people fully learn how those that they admire and care for have been harmed by prohibition…that’s very powerful stuff. That’s exactly what this video does, as you will

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
ArcView Names Leslie Bocskor Most Valuable Member Of The Year

Leslie Bocksor is one of the most impressive people I have ever met. And I’m not saying that just because he has the raddest facial hair of all time. I’m saying that because he truly cares about social justice, and about helping others succeed in the cannabis industry. That’s a rare combination in the marijuana world. A lot of people are out to just line their pockets, and don’t care how many people they step on in the process (I’ll be writing an article on that topic soon). Leslie has an impressive resume, although admittedly, I’m still learning all of

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Marijuana Arrests In New Jersey Are At A 20 Year High

I have never been to New Jersey, but TWB gets a lot of readers from there, and they have all been nice people. Some of them are medical marijuana patients, others are just cannabis enthusiasts. All of them express a strong desire to see New Jersey’s marijuana laws reformed. They are also quick to throw their Governor, Chris Christie, under the bus for his adamant support of marijuana prohibition. Chris Christie once called marijuana users ‘diseased’ and stated that he supports incredibly harsh sentences for marijuana, even if it’s just for personal possession and use. Keeping all of that about

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Today: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative Backers To Submit Final Petition Signatures

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will wrap up its petition drive Tuesday in support of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts. At 1 p.m. ET, campaign leaders will submit their final petition signatures to the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which is located in Room 1705 of the McCormack Building at One Ashburton Pl. They will be available for interviews before and after submitting the petition. The campaign has collected more than 103,000 total signatures, and 64,750 valid signatures of registered state voters are required to qualify for the November 2016

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