Sep 112012
 
Colorado Voter Guide Printed With 'Biased Summary' For Marijuana Reform Initiative

Urgent action: Help fix the voter guide By Mason Tvert In Colorado, citizens rely on the state voter guide to make informed choices on how to vote in elections. But if we don’t act right now, the voter guide will be sent to two million voters with a biased summary of the pros and cons of Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol. The Yes on Amendment 64 campaign will have an argument consisting of 208 words. The No campaign? 366 words — over 75% more than the [...]

Sep 112012
 
Children's Alliance Endorses Washington Marijuana Initiative 'I-502'

Yesterday, the Children’s Alliance announced its endorsement of Initiative 502, a measure that would decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 and over.  I-502 will appear on the November 6 general election ballot. “Current marijuana enforcement policy is failing children and families,” said Children’s Alliance executive director Paola Maranan.  “Decades of study have proven the unequal treatment of communities of color in the criminal justice system, especially in enforcement of marijuana policy, and Washington’s kids pay a terrible price for these persistent racial disparities.” The Children’s Alliance [...]

Sep 112012
 
California Supreme Court Dismisses Case Against Municipal Regulation Of Medical Marijuana

Attorneys Can No Longer Cite Pack v. Long Beach As Valid Law We are pleased to announce that the California Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Pack v. Long Beach (2012).  In Pack v. Long Beach, an appellate court had ruled that the restrictive permitting scheme for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Long Beach was illegal. This case was often cited by medical marijuana opponents, to support the claim that any permitting or regulation of medical marijuana, including those found in the local medical marijuana initiative proposals that have qualified for the November ballot around San Diego, [...]

Sep 112012
 
Gary Johnson Calls Attention To Marijuana Prohibition

Libertarian Party Candidate For President Calls Out Major Party Candidates Over Marijuana Stances By Brendan Ferreri-Hanberry, Marijuana Policy Project Gary Johnson, this year’s Libertarian Party candidate for president, spoke at a rally on Tuesday outside the Democratic National Convention. He criticized both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for avoiding one of the nation’s most important political issues. Obama has laughed off or ignored persistent questions about marijuana legalization, while Romney is equally dismissive, calling the issue insignificant. During his two terms as governor of New Mexico, Johnson [...]

Sep 112012
 
Examining The Democratic Platform On Drugs

by Phillip Smith The Democrats are on their way home from the national convention in Charlotte, and now is a good time to examine their official stand on drug policy. A review of the 2012 Democratic National Platform suggests there’s not much new there. There are only a handful of mentions of drugs or drug policy in the text of the platform — and the word “marijuana” doesn’t appear at all — all of them having to do with either combating international organized crime or touting the Obama administration’s baby [...]

Sep 102012
 
Marijuana, REM Sleep Cycles, And PTSD

How Does Marijuana Affect Sleep Cycles And PTSD? by Philly Blunt How is it that marijuana affects dreams - and can this somehow benefit post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients? Chances are if you asked the nearest stoner if they are aware of dreaming, the answer will come back a resounding no. Yet if that same marijuana smoker were asked to stop smoking pot for 7 to 14 days, they would again find their slumber state rich with vivid dreams… sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. Its one thing for the average pot head to [...]

Sep 102012
 
Personal Stories And Struggles With Medical Marijuana Access

Ry L. is a young dad who suffers from severe ulcers and erosions in his esophagus and stomach. “Smoking [cannabis] is the only thing that helps me eat and keep it down,” he said. And with only 16 states allowing medical marijuana as an option, chances were pretty good that Ry would have to either suffer in silence, or dabble in allegedly criminal behavior, just to seek relief from pain. Luckily, Ry lives in Connecticut, which will become the 17th state to allow medical marijuana as an option as of [...]

Sep 102012
 
Interview With Musician Prince EA

Prince EA Wants To Smoke Weed With The President I have always held a personal philosophy that everyone has a specific set of skills that they are aware of, but a large majority of people are satisfied with the way things are, leaving a lot of potential talent and action at the wayside of American society. It is rare to find someone who not only has discovered what they are really good at in life, but also for that person to have found a way to use their skills to better the [...]

Sep 102012
 
Springfield, Missouri City Council To Consider Changes To Marijuana Initiative Today

Entering the Endgame in Springfield On Monday, September 10th, the Springfield City Council will consider three amendments to the marijuana law reform ordinance they passed on August 27th, as well as a full repeal. The three amendments are listed by the council member who proposed it and in order of preference: Doug Burlison: Removes the Oversight Committee. Bob Stephens: Removes the Oversight Committee and Expungement. Bob Stephens: Removes the Oversight Committee and Expungement, as well as increases the fine from $150 to $450. The repeal is being sponsored by Council Members Rush, [...]