Jan 152015
 January 15, 2015
Rick Steves Criticizes U.S. International Marijuana Policy

I certainly haven’t hid my love for Rick Steves as he helped legalize marijuana in Oregon, on his own dime, by traveling the state and sharing his perspective on cannabis. Steves has quickly become one of our greatest weapons in our fight to legalize marijuana as he is someone with a global perspective and he is respected by older, more conservative people, who are usually less likely to support legalization. In the lead-up to Rick Steves speaking at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco on February 15th, Sfgate.com’s Smell the Truth blog has been publishing an extensive interview

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Jan 042015
 January 4, 2015
What Happens After Marijuana Legalization?

My last article written was about staying away from believing marijuana legalization is inevitable, as that kind of thinking will only stall legalization efforts. However, I do not think it is crazy to think that marijuana legalization is highly probable and may be approaching quickly. So with that in mind, what will you be doing? What will be your next crusade? Or will you just be done with activism altogether? Even though for marketing reasons marijuana reformers have taken the point of “marijuana is safer than alcohol,” I still think the heart and soul of marijuana reform is “it is

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Dec 242014
 December 24, 2014
Attend The 7th Annual Canadian Students For Sensible Drug Policy National Conference

I have always been a big fan of Students For Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). Chapters in Canada are going to be holding their national conference in a couple of months. I strongly urge you to attend if you are able. Below is more information: Canadian Students For Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) will be hosting its 7th Annual National Conference, “A Rising Revolution: Drug Policy Reform Around the Globe,” from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. The CSSDP Annual National Conference is the only national drug policy conference in Canada. In conjunction with the Toronto CSSDP

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Dec 022014
 December 2, 2014
Presidential Vote In Uruguay Safeguards Marijuana Legalization

In a Sunday presidential run-off election in Uruguay, Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Tabaré Vázquez beat opposition candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou by 53.6 to 41.1 percent, a vote that had major implications for the future of Uruguay’s historic marijuana regulation. While Vázquez has promised to continue implementing marijuana regulation, National Party opposition candidate Lacalle Pou had said that if he were to become president, he would repeal major parts of the law, including government-regulated sales to adults – the most distinguishing feature of the Uruguayan initiative. “Sunday’s presidential election result safeguards Uruguay’s historic marijuana legalization” said Hannah Hetzer, Policy Manager

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Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014
Will Guatemala Legalize Marijuana In 2015?

One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited is Guatemala. I went there on a ten day missionary trip in 2009, and it’s a trip that will forever be in my heart. The people there were so nice and the country was so beautiful. I love fresh fruit, and I’m not that tall, and there’s fresh fruit everywhere there and everyone’s my height. But despite it’s beauty and amazing citizens, Guatemala is very poor. Guatemala is also plagued by the same problems that come with marijuana prohibition that other countries in Latin and South America face. Cartel operations are all

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Nov 122014
 November 12, 2014
Supplying Marijuana Grow Equipment Now Illegal In The Netherlands

I remember when I was a teenager growing up in the 90’s, Amsterdam (and the Netherlands in general) was the Mecca of marijuana. I always wanted to come visit there, visit their stores, and smoke their world class marijuana. While marijuana has technically been illegal in the Netherlands since that time, back then it was very loosely enforced. Things have changed quite a bit since then, with the Netherlands taking a harder stance against marijuana, while some states in the U.S. have loosened their marijuana laws. It sounds like it is now illegal to even supply marijuana growing equipment in

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Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
International Impacts Of The US Trend Towards Marijuana Legalization

In collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America, Governance Studies at Brookings will host a forum to discuss the international repercussions of the United States’ changing approach towards marijuana. A panel of experts will consider the possible ramifications for other countries and the international drug control regime.

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Oct 072014
 October 7, 2014
Majority Of Britons Want To Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana reform is a very popular public issue right now across the world, and Britain is no exception. A survey was released recently which found that a majority of Britons want to legalize marijuana. While the survey didn’t go into great detail, it did find the following, per The Guardian: The vast majority of those advocating a change to the legal status of drugs do not advocate a blanket treatment of all drugs; only 3% believe that all of them should be either legalised or decriminalised. Indeed, for many people the issue appears to be primarily focused on the legality

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Sep 102014
 September 10, 2014
Jodie Emery Files To Run For Federal Liberals In Canada

Jodie Emery has been one of my heroes for a long time. She fights hard for marijuana reform, even when it isn’t easy. Even when she had to fly from Canada to visit her wrongfully incarcerated husband in America, she was still able to be one of the most active marijuana reformers on the planet. Canadian politics are heating up, as Jodie Emery has announced that she is running for office. Per the National Post: Jodie Emery, the wife of notorious marijuana activist Marc Emery, officially filed her nomination papers Monday to run for the Liberals in Vancouver East —

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Sep 092014
 September 9, 2014
DPA Responds To New Global Drug Commission Report

On Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release a new, groundbreaking report at a press conference in New York City. The event will be live-streamed and speakers include Richard Branson, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss and others. The report reflects a new evolution in the thinking of the Commissioners, who reiterate their demands for decriminalization, alternatives to incarceration, and greater emphasis on public health approaches – and now also call for permitting the legal regulation of psychoactive substances. The Commission is the most

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