Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014
Marijuana Legalization And Regulation In 45 Seconds

Rick Steves, travel guru, narrates an animated video that explains how our current systems is failing us. Measure 91 would create a regulated system that would refocus police time on serious crimes, hobble the black market cartels, and direct millions of dollars to education, drug treatment and prevention, and law enforcement.

Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014
Alaska Coalition Of Parents Forms In Support Of Marijuana Legalization

By Alizeh Siddiqui The Alaska Dispatch News reports that a group of more than two-dozen concerned parents from across Alaska have formed a coalition in support of Ballot Measure 2, the statewide initiative on the November ballot to regulate marijuana like alcohol. They believe that regulating marijuana like alcohol will be a more effective means of keeping it out of the hands of their children, noting that marijuana prohibition has failed to prevent teens from accessing marijuana, and illegal dealers are not limiting their sales to adults over 21. The [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Oregon Racial Justice Groups: End Marijuana Prohibition

People of color in Oregon are 100 percent more likely to face legal punishments for marijuana than white people, despite equal rates of use. The current system is failing, and the following groups today are endorsing Measure 91 because it removes unfairly harsh punishments that disrupt lives. The new groups to endorse Measure 91 are: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), which has worked for social justice for more than 15 years and continues to evolve as Oregon’s leading Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots advocacy organization. Partnership for Safety and [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Register Guard Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Thanks for supporting Measure 91. This Sunday, the second-largest daily newspaper in Oregon joined the largest daily newspaper in Oregon to get behind the movement to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana. The Register-Guard in Eugene endorsed a Yes vote on Measure 91. Read their great piece here. “Removing the threat of a drug bust from the lives of nearly one in eight otherwise law-abiding Oregonians would be one primary benefit of Measure 91. Another would be to kill or cripple the black market in marijuana.” – Register-Guard, Sunday 9/28/2014 Adding to the powerful voice of the [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Should Oregon Voters Legalize Marijuana? (Of Course!)

As Oregon voters consider Measure 91, a bill on the November ballot that would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older, many are looking to how similar laws are affecting Colorado and Washington. Colorado began implementation of Amendment 64 in January of this year.  According to the state’s department of revenue, the first seven months of legal marijuana sales resulted in more than $27 million in taxes and fees.  Currently, $5.3 million has been raised to improve Colorado’s Schools via the Best Fund as mandated by Amendment [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
DA Josh Marquis Attacks Russ Belville Over Open Records Requests

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.  Now DA Marquis, the de facto spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to Oregon’s Measure 91, our marijuana legalization initiative, is trying to intimidate me into ceasing my investigation into misuse of federal grant money and county resources to plan, produce, promote, and present so-called “educational events” that only occur when marijuana legalization is on the ballot. Yesterday I learned that DA Marquis has filed a complaint with [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
Who Is Donating To Marijuana Reform Efforts In Alaska, Oregon, And Florida?

Election Day 2014 is right around the corner. There are three statewide marijuana reform initiatives on the ballot. Voters will see recreational marijuana legalization in Alaska and Oregon and medical marijuana legalization in Florida. I read a great article on Marijuana Business Daily that broke down some campaign contributions in those states. The article listed the following as significant donations to the Florida campaign: Harborside Health Center – which runs two wildly successful dispensaries in California – gave $30,000 between April and August. Emerald Coast Compassionate Care, in Gulf Breeze, [...]

Sep 282014
 September 28, 2014
A Special Thank You To Unpaid Marijuana Activists

Dedicating your life to something that doesn’t reward you monetarily is not an easy thing. Sure, it’s great to get high fives, hugs, and words of admiration and encouragement. However, sadly, you can’t pay rent and other bills with ‘thank you e-mails.’ In a perfect world, all marijuana activists would get paid to do so. But, unfortunately, there are only so many dollars in the marijuana activism world, and those usually go to ‘professionals.’ There are many, many activists out there that dedicate long hours and pour their souls into [...]

Sep 282014
 September 28, 2014
Attend 'The Party To End Marijuana Prohibition'

November 4, we have the opportunity to dismantle prohibition in Oregon by voting Yes on Measure 91. Polling shows that our opposition is only trailing by a few points. This is going to be a very close election and we need your help! It’s simple: if we raise enough money, we win. If we don’t, we won’t. So let’s win! Do your part and help us win by joining us for a night of food, beer, wine and music at the Jupiter Hotel where we will be joined by special [...]

Sep 282014
 September 28, 2014
#SSDP2014: Safety, Knowledge, And Passion

Currently, I am attending the 2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Over the past couple years I have been to many conferences in D.C., and throughout the United States, but I have never been to a conference quite like this. Drug policy reform is clearly something that is very close to my heart. In all honesty, I think that the Drug War in the United States is the most prevalent and important issue facing the US today. Living in a more rural area of the country, this is not the [...]