New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on the short list of potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, certainly energized his progressive base of support during his State of the State before New York legislators this week. The governor didn’t shy away from potentially controversial issues, including marijuana decriminalization. This isn’t the first time Governor Cuomo has called on New York legislators to decriminalize personal amounts of cannabis as he had previously informed legislators that he wouldn’t agree to their requested pay increase unless they fully decriminalized personal possession. Although up to 15 grams of marijuana is [...]
Saint Louis City Alderman Shane Cohn announced this week that he plans to introduce a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis today (Friday, 1/11). Mr. Cohn’s proposal would allow the city to ticket people for possessing marijuana instead of charging them under state law. If convicted for possession of marijuana under state law, an individual would receive a criminal record that will impede his ability to receive federal student aid, find employment, or even rent an apartment. Even though nothing has been officially filed yet and (as [...]
Although I will not be able to attend the event, I encourage everyone that can make it to do so. It’s going to be the jumping off point for 2013 in the area of medical cannabis, don’t miss out! Below is a message I received from Americans for Safe Access: The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is right around the corner! Don’t forget that early bird registration for the conference ends next Tuesday, January 15th. Please register for the conference to take advantage of the discounted price on all levels [...]
California Supreme Court picks February 5th for oral arguments to decide whether municipalities can ban local distribution of medical marijuana by Kris Hermes The California Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments this week in a case that has received widespread attention inside and outside of the medical marijuana community. The appellate court ruling in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center is being reviewed by the High Court in order to address the issue of whether municipalities can use zoning regulations to ban outright the local distribution [...]
By Phillip Smith A poll released Thursday shows 57% of Hawaiians favor the idea of taxing and regulating marijuana. That’s a startling 20% increase in support in just seven years—a 2005 poll by the same group asking the same question had only 37% support. The QMark Research poll was conducted for the Drug Policy Action Group and consisted of telephone interviews with 603 respondents. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.07%. The poll showed 45% strongly supporting tax and regulate, with another 12% saying they had “somewhat strong [...]
Former ONDCP Advisor Kevin Sabet is at it again. I’ve warned readers before about the “kinder gentler drug war” ideas that Sabet has been peddling. Now with much fanfare and the bi-partisan additions of conservative David Frum and liberal Patrick Kennedy, Sabet has launched Project SAM, known as “Smart Approaches to Marijuana”. This is Sabet’s latest attempt to paint criticism of War on Drugs, which is gaining traction with the voters, as a “false choice” between “lock ‘em up” and “legalize it”. It is his Goldilocks-and-the-Three-Bears triangulation of the War [...]
The Russ Belville Show #118 Erin Purchase and Brandon Krenzler, parents of Brave Mykayla Comstock, appear on The Ricki Lake Show episode examining their use of medical cannabis to treat Mykayla’s leukemia; cancer survivor Cheryl Shuman from RFMK demonstrates new methods of cannabis use; Terrible Texas drug-testing for welfare law; music by Gomyo.
By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Last week, state Senator from Montgomery County Daylin Leach announced his intentions to file legislation that would legalize the adult use of marijuana, in a way similar to the laws recently approved in Colorado and Washington. “I acknowledge that it may take a while, but like same-sex marriage,” stated Sen. Leach, “this will inevitably happen. Demographics and exposure will in time defeat irrational fears, old wives tales and bad science. This bill furthers the discussion, which hastens the day.” This legislation, if approved, would help halt [...]