Oct 232014
 October 23, 2014
Even More Proof That Marijuana Does Not Lower Your IQ

Social media will once again be flooded by legalization activists claiming the relative safety of marijuana as compared to legal drugs like alcohol. According to Christopher Ingraham, a Washington Post reporter, a study done at the University College of London has concluded that marijuana does not lead to lower IQ. This is along with study after study suggesting similar results, especially after Duke University published a flawed study in 2012 claiming the opposite. While I have no doubt that this will have a positive influence on drug reform, I am [...]

Oct 232014
 October 23, 2014
Did Your Oregon Friends Vote For Marijuana Legalization Yet?

Many Oregonians have already received their voting ballots for the 2014 Election. If you have already voted, thank you for participating in democracy. For those of you that haven’t voted, and have received ballots, please make sure to turn those in. Many political analysts have pointed out the importance of people between the ages of 18-34 turning out to vote for marijuana legalization if Oregon Measure 91 is going to win on Election Day. Well over 600,000 Oregonians have visited this blog at one point or another, and a vast [...]

Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
Seattle Sends Warning Letters To 330 Marijuana Businesses

It could be the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle, Washington. A letter, dated in September, was recently sent out to roughly 330 medical marijuana businesses in the Seattle area telling them to either get a license to operate, or close. One of the licenses that the letter is calling for is a state license. The sad irony being that the state won’t issue licenses to those businesses because there aren’t any to issue. It has been a long time coming for these businesses, many of which fought a patient [...]

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.

Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
Washington Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Measure

The Sheriff of King County, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door. King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because Washington state’s regulated approach to marijuana is working. “Month by month, tax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels,” Urquhart says in anew ad from Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign. “Wasteful arrests are [...]

Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
Why I'm 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Eric Holder's Recent Marijuana Comments

On his way out of office, United States Attorney General Eric Holder is being swooned over by many marijuana activists and organizations. Eric Holder expressed last month that he is open to marijuana rescheduling. Yesterday he said he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. This set the marijuana social media world on fire, with so many people expressing their pleasure with Eric Holder. I am not one of those people. I find it sadly convenient that Eric Holder is changing his tone on marijuana policy only [...]

Oct 212014
 October 21, 2014
Missouri Will Start Accepting Hemp Production Applications

Hemp can be used for all kinds of things. Articles that came out this year show that hemp can be used to make super efficient batters. Hemp can also be used for building materials that absorb pollutants and insulate better than petroleum products that are currently being used. Hemp can be used as a bio fuel, and of course, hemp can be used to make clothes and paper. The hemp plant is probably the most versatile plant on the entire planet. The State of Missouri is going to start accepting [...]

Oct 212014
 October 21, 2014
Federal Judge: Should Marijuana Be Classified As One Of The Nation's Most Dangerous Drugs?

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. Members of Congress initially categorized cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification available, in 1970. Under this categorization, the plant is defined as possessing “a high potential for abuse, … no currently accepted medical [...]

Oct 212014
 October 21, 2014
Colorado Health Authorities Wanted To Ban Marijuana Edibles

Consuming marijuana edibles is much healthier than smoking marijuana. However, marijuana edibles have become the new villain in recent reefer madness campaigns. Maureen Dowd is partly to blame, after she had a bad experience when she couldn’t handle her marijuana edible experience. Bad parents are to blame too, as a handful of kids have had to go to a Denver hospital after getting their hands on marijuana edibles (something which occurs whether marijuana is legal or not by the way). Stories like that resulted in the Colorado Department of Public Health and [...]

Oct 212014
 October 21, 2014
Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire Keeps Growing

A new poll is out in New Hampshire which found growing support for marijuana legalization. New Hampshire is one of the leading states on my radar to legalize marijuana via the legislature between now and 2016. The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Below are some of the findings: Although New Hampshire has legalized marijuana for medical purposes, earlier this year the New Hampshire legislature defeated an effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use. There is growing support for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire [...]