Jul 212014
 July 21, 2014
How Do 2014 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Compare To 2012?

Election Day 2014 is rapidly approaching, and it’s likely that there will be two states and Washington D.C. voting on marijuana legalization. Alaska’s legalization campaign has already made it on the ballot, and efforts in Washington D.C. and Oregon are likely to also get on the ballot. None of the efforts are guaranteed to win of course, but for the purpose of this article, let’s assume all three pass. This is not a far fetched scenario, as all three efforts for 2014 are ahead in the polls. How would the [...]

Jul 212014
 July 21, 2014
Man In Malaysia Sentenced To Death For Selling Marijuana

In one of the most disgusting stories I’ve ever read, it appears that a 37 year old Nigerian man has been sentenced to death for selling marijuana in Malaysia. Not a fine. Not jail. Death. This man will face the death penalty for selling a substance that has never killed anyone in the history of mankind. Per New Straits Times: A Nigerian college student gets death for trafficking 26.5kg of cannabis four years ago. High Court judge Datin Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah today sentenced Uchechukwu Nelson Ohaechesi, 37, to be hanged for [...]

Jul 212014
 July 21, 2014
California Attorney General Candidate Is Pro-Marijuana

When it comes to marijuana law, California is a very confusing place. Cities have their own laws, bans, and ordinances, as do counties, and the State of California itself. Combine that with conflicting and confusing case law, and it’s important to have an Attorney General that is pro-marijuana. Ron Gold is an Attorney General candidate in California who is challenging the incumbent Kamala Harris. According to Rocklin and Roseville Today, Mr. Gold had takes the following stance on marijuana in California: “The market removes the middlemen. Farmers and patients have [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
All Marijuana Fans Should Donate To Oregon, Alaska, And D.C. Campaigns

When I co-created The Weed Blog with Jay Smoker in 2010, a ground breaking campaign was underway in California. For the first time in United States history, a statewide vote was occuring during that election year. While Proposition 19 didn’t win on Election Day in California, it was still very significant, and laid the groundwork for victories in Colorado and Washington State in 2012. I wish Oregon had joined Colorado and Washington, but due to a poorly written initiative, a lack of campaign, and a lack of national support, that [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Marijuana Prohibition Enforcement Continues In Czech Republic Despite Reform

Five years ago the Czech Republic reformed its marijuana laws. Possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana and cultivation of up to five plants is no longer a prosecutable offense. Instead, if those limits are not exceeded the penalty is a fine. There was speculation that these reforms would make Prague the ‘new Amsterdam’ of Europe. While Prague is definitely a cannabis friendly destination, it is still not the free-for-all that some expected. Law enforcement in the Czech Republic seems willing to turn a blind eye to small possession [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
U.S. Drug Policy And The Border Child Immigration Crisis

By Phillip Smith The mass migration of tens of thousands of children and adolescents from Central America festered for months before exploding into a full-blown border refugee/immigration crisis in the last few weeks, as images of hundreds of children warehoused in temporary holding facilities competed with equally compelling images of crowds of angry Americans loudly protesting their presence. The finger-pointing is in full swing. Much of it centers on the need to “secure the border” and the Obama administration’s alleged failure to do so. Other Republican critics blame the administration’s [...]

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014
Cannabis Reform Opponents Are Largely Funded By Pharmaceutical Companies

If you have followed the fight to end cannabis prohibition, than you have no doubt heard of the organizations Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America). These two groups are at the forefront of the fight to maintain cannabis prohibition in America. They claim that they fight cannabis reform because they want to keep America drug free. The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America holds an annual event near Washington D.C.. This year’s event included numerous guest speakers who [...]

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014
US Commission Votes To Make Drug Sentencing Reductions Retroactive

By Phillip Smith The US Sentencing Commission Friday voted unanimously to make previously agreed upon federal drug sentencing reductions retroactive. That means tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners could see sentence cuts beginning in November 2015. The move comes after the Commission’s April decision to amend federal sentencing guidelines by lowering base offense levels in the guidelines’ Drug Quantity Table across all drug types, which should lead to lower sentences for most federal drug offenders. Today’s vote means that sentencing judges can extend that reduction to people currently serving drug sentences. [...]

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014
Massachusetts Supreme Court - Marijuana Smell Not Enough To Search Car

If you have consumed marijuana for long enough, chances are you have been pulled over by law enforcement and they have asked to search your car because they smell marijuana. The cops usually ask if they can search your car first, and if you refuse, they do it anyways because they claim they smell marijuana, and that’s enough probable cause to rip your car apart. It has happened to me on more than one occasion, with a few times happening when I didn’t have any marijuana in the car at [...]

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014
Six Out Of Ten Americans Support Marijuana Sales In Colorado

Legal recreational marijuana sales have been occurring in Colorado since January 1, 2014. I have heard many political analysts and pundits describe legalization as the ‘great public policy experiment of this decade.’ I have also heard marijuana reform opponents describe legalization as ‘the most dangerous public policy experiment of this decade.’ The fact is that there have been very few problems reported in Colorado and Washington since they legalized marijuana, and those issues have been insignificant compared to the benefits that have been afforded to Colorado and Washington. There have [...]