Jan 302015
 January 30, 2015
Marijuana Arrests Drop 75% In New York City

New York City had one of the most racially disparaging marijuana arrest rates in the country. That led to outcries from the marijuana reform movement and civil rights activists, which then led to New York City reforming its marijuana laws. What once resulted in an arrest now results in just a fine. The policy change has led to a significant decrease in marijuana arrests in New York City, which is good news for marijuana consumers and law enforcement alike. Per the Associated Press: After a mid-November turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
New Attorney General Would Not Change Obama's Marijuana Policy

Loretta Lynch is the nominee to replace outgoing United States Attorney General Eric Holder. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding her stance on marijuana, with some outlets erroneously stating that she disagrees with Obama when it comes to marijuana policy. The truth is, if confirmed, Loretta Lynch would not push for any changes to Obama’s current policies. The feds will allow states to proceed with marijuana legalization, however they reserve the right to step in and prosecute people that they sit fit. She will not push for marijuana legalization. Per Tom Angell’s article for Marijuana.Com: The Obama administration’s

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Poll: Strong Support For Minnesota Medical Marijuana, Rising Support For Full legalization

Three-quarters of Minnesotans support providing patients with the legal option to consume cannabis therapeutically, while half of Minnesotans also support legalizing the plant for social use, according to statewide survey data by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Minnesota affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MN NORML}. According to Randy Quast, founding board member of MN NORML, “These polling numbers show that Minnesotans views on cannabis are well ahead of those of their elected officials. More Minnesotans now support legalizing the plant than endorse maintaining the status quo, criminalization, and a super-majority of Minnesotans

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Marijuana Arrests Down Almost 90% In Philadelphia

Marijuana reform can save law enforcement a lot of time, effort, and money. A great example of that is occurring in Philadelphia. Philadelphia passed a marijuana decriminalization bill last year. As a result of the change in public policy, marijuana arrests are down 88% compared to years past. That is that much more time that cops can focus on real crime, instead of being tied up investigating someone for consuming a joint. Per Philly.Com: Police made 63 arrests for marijuana possession between Oct. 20 (the day the new procedure went into place) and Dec. 31. There were 35 of the

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Why Are There So Many Pissing Contests In The Marijuana Industry/Movement?

I first got involved in marijuana activism in 1998 when Oregon activists campaigned for, and passed, medical marijuana legalization. I was in high school at the time, and did the best I could to raise awareness for the effort, attended some gatherings, and posted newspaper articles in my locker (which didn’t go over well with my high school obviously!). It wasn’t the most dominant activist effort of all time, but it was what I could do at the time given the restraints of being a minor in high school. I dramatically stepped up my activism when I co-founded this blog

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Reforms

There is a strong effort underway to reform marijuana laws in Virginia. Senate Bill 686 would decriminalize marijuana possession in Virginia. There is also an effort to try to get medical marijuana legalized in Virginia as well. Almost every national reform organization is lobbying the Virginia Legislature to make changes. A poll that was released this week should help those efforts. Per Politico: According to a Christopher Newport University survey released Tuesday, 71 percent of registered Virginia voters support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, compared to 26 percent who oppose it. Sixty-nine percent support legalizing medical marijuana in the state,

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Sheriffs Are Not Happy About Obama's Pro-Marijuana Legalization Nominee

Whenever there is even a hint of marijuana reform in the air, marijuana opponents come out and try to spread reefer madness in opposition. Almost always, members of law enforcement are leading the charge. That has pretty much always been the case in Oregon (specifically the Oregon Sheriffs Association), and I’ve seen it happen in just about every other state as well. What do they have to fear? Marijuana reform would allow them to do their jobs better by allowing them to focus on real crime instead of being tied up trying to go after someone for a joint. Recently

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Under Attack In Alaska And Oregon

Last time I checked, we live in a democracy. America is a country where some states have initiatives, and if those initiatives pass on Election Day, they become law. That applies to just about every public policy area, except marijuana policy. During the 2014 Election, voters in Alaska and Oregon passed marijuana legalization initiatives. If the initiatives were for anything else, they would become law with little to no changes, and no one would think twice about it. However, elected officials in both states are trying to trample on the will of voters by proposing major changes to the initiatives.

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Congress Reintroduces Bipartisan Asset Forfeiture Reform Legislation

Yesterday, both houses of Congress reintroduced S 255, the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, a bipartisan bill that would end the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which incentivizes state and local law enforcement to seize private property without charging anyone with a crime in a process called civil asset forfeiture. Reintroduction of the FAIR Act comes only days after Attorney General Eric Holder announced an end to some kinds of forfeiture. Unfortunately, while Holder’s announcement is a step in the right direction, it only addresses about 14% of the total amount of seizures in question. An exception to the

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from YouTube host Hank Green. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal

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