Sep 202014
 September 20, 2014
Cascade Policy Institute Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative

One of the themes of the first International Cannabis Business Conference was the fact that legalizing and regulating marijuana cuts across political ideologies. The conference was kicked off by a keynote of one of the top conservative commentators of today, Andrew Sullivan, and one of the most prominent progressive elected officials, Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Representative Blumenauer has been joined by conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist in efforts to reform our cannabis laws and the conservative National Review first endorsed repealing marijuana prohibition more than four decades before The New York Times. The [...]

Sep 202014
 September 20, 2014
NORML PAC Endorses Paul Zukerberg For DC Attorney General

NORML PAC has endorsed long-time marijuana law reform supporter Paul Zukerberg in his campaign to become the first elected Attorney General for the District of Columbia. “DC’s unfair drug policies ruined lives, burdening thousands of young people with criminal records, and kept law enforcement from focusing their time and resources on violent crimes,” Zukerberg stated, “We’re proud to have NORML’s support in the effort to make DC’s drug policies fair for all District citizens” “Paul Zukerberg has long been a passionate and effective advocate for ending our nation’s failed war [...]

Sep 202014
 September 20, 2014
Complaint Filed To Force York To Include Cannabis Ballot Question

By Alizeh Siddiqui The Marijuana Policy Project filed a complaint Wednesday in the York County Superior Court calling for a temporary injunction that would require the York Board of Selectmen to place the query of recreational marijuana on the November ballot, according to the Portland Press Herald. The board of selectman has twice refused to ask voters whether they want to allow the recreational use of marijuana, on the grounds that it is not lawful because the use of marijuana is still illegal under state law. Regardless, supporters have collected [...]

Sep 192014
 September 19, 2014
Poll: Washington D.C. Voters Want Marijuana Legalized

Polls of course are just polls, they are not actual voting results. However, they are a great gauge to see what level of support is out there for a political issue, and until Election Day, they are all we have to go off of. The latest poll out of Washington D.C. shows marijuana legalization winning by a hefty margin. Washington D.C. is voting on marijuana legalization in November along with Oregon and Alaska. Per the Washington Post: By an almost 2-to-1 margin, likely voters in the city’s Nov. 4 election say [...]

Sep 192014
 September 19, 2014
Philadelphia City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization, Again

The Philadelphia City Council has passed a marijuana decriminalization measure, again. The Philadelphia City Council passed a different decriminalization bill earlier this year, but after Philadelphia’s Mayor expressed some concerns, and the Philadelphia Police Commissioner said he would ignore it, the measure was tweaked a little. The Mayor of Philadelphia and Police Commissioner said that they would respect this version of the measure. Per CBS Local: The measure, which passed 14-2, embodies the compromise announced last week by Mayor Nutter and the bill’s sponsor, councilman Jim Kenney. Kenney says he’s been assured [...]

Sep 192014
 September 19, 2014
Economic Damage: Unintended Consequences Of Marijuana Prohibition For Farmers

Oregon farmers are forced to watch while consumers here buy millions of dollars in hemp seed for food, clothing made of hemp and thousand of other products made from this cash crop, all grown in foreign countries. Ryan Basile is an Oregonian, a farmer and an agricultural businessman. In this video, he alerts us all to unintended consequences of laws banning marijuana and how it’s holding back an entire economy perfect for Oregon’s climate. Ryan knows that Measure 91 will compel the state Department of Agriculture to cut the remaining [...]

Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
United States House Passes 'No Welfare For Weed' Bill

Apparently the United States House of Representatives thinks there is an epidemic of people using welfare money to buy recreational marijuana. I personally haven’t heard of anyone doing it in Washington and Colorado. Welfare money is always a hot-button issue in Washington D.C. and throughout America. Late yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it harder for people to use welfare money to buy marijuana. Per ABC News: The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government [...]

Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Teen Marijuana Use Continues To Decrease As Marijuana Reform Increases

‘What about the children?’ That’s a slogan that Kevin Sabet should wear on a T-shirt every time he travels to speak against marijuana reform for political purposes. Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet try very, very hard to make it sound like once marijuana is legalized and regulated, an epidemic of teens using marijuana will immediately follow. While Kevin Sabet can try to make that claim, math and logic don’t support it. Per the Washington Post: Opponents of legalization often argue that it leads to a declining perception of risks associated with [...]

Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reform Military Transfers To Local Police

Yesterday, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced legislation to reform the Pentagon program, which transfers military equipment to law enforcement. The program has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after images from Ferguson, Missouri, showed law enforcement dressed like combat soldiers, using military equipment to deal with protesters. The Pentagon program has its roots in the drug war, coming to fruition in the early 90s as the U.S. government militarized its approach to drug policy. Just last week, Senators held a hearing on the issue of militarization [...]

Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Madison, Wisconsin Police Chief Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Law enforcement and marijuana reform normally do not go well together. In my home state of Oregon, whenever marijuana is on the ballot, members of law enforcement are always the ones leading the opposition. This is not uncommon, as that’s usually the case just about anywhere marijuana reform is being pursued. So it’s very significant when a police chief comes out in support of marijuana legalization, especially when it’s from a city in the Midwest. Per Madison.Com: Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying [...]