Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014
Candidate For Illinois Governor Would Have Vetoed Medical Cannabis Law

By Chris Lindsey Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week that, if he had been in office, he would have vetoed Illinois’ new law, which allows seriously ill patients access to medical cannabis. Rauner also said he preferred a system that would make business licenses available only to the highest bidders in order to raise money for state coffers. Governor Quinn, who signed the medical marijuana bill in 2013, took exception to the comments, pointing out that the process is both competitive and transparent. His campaign called Rauner’s statements “heartless” and stressed that the law “will ease pain and provide relief

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Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014
It's Time To Stop Funding Drug Task Forces In Missouri

By Aaron Malin Allocation of JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) funding has been drawn into the national spotlight with Sen. Claire McCaskill holding a subcommittee hearing on the matter in D.C. last week. This hearing generated bipartisan outrage toward the questionable use of law enforcement funding. Each year, the Department of Justice grants Missouri (and most other states) a lump sum of money as part of the JAG program. In Missouri, this money is largely allocated to highly militarized multi-jurisdictional drug task forces that embody the very worst of the war on drugs.  Missouri could just as easily choose to allocate

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Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014
Flawed Poll Shows Oregon Marijuana Legalization 'Too Close To Call'

There are not that many polls out of Oregon for the marijuana legalization initiative that voters will see on their ballots this November. Oregon Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of four plants. I have seen many polls out of Florida for the medical marijuana initiative there, and a few out of Washington D.C. and Alaska for the marijuana legalization initiatives there. However, for some reason, Oregon polls are few and far between. The latest poll out of Oregon was conducted by Survey USA and KATU News, which found the

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Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014
Josh Marquis Ignores Hundreds  Imprisoned For Marijuana In Oregon

As Josh Marquis continues campaigning against marijuana legalization in Oregon under Measure 91, he repeats certain talking points that could be charitably called “true” if one doesn’t read between the lines. Today’s example is the notion that we really don’t need to legalize marijuana because hardly anybody really goes to prison for it. The Bend Bulletin reports on Marquis’ remarks at the recent Measure 91 debate between him and Rep. Earl Blumenauer: But he said the argument that Oregon’s prisons are clogged with marijuana users and the notion that the state pays more for prisons than education is “simply not true.” Records from the Oregon

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Don't Be Fooled, Eric Holder Does Not Support Marijuana Reform

The marijuana world was rocked today by the announcement that Eric Holder is resigning. If that announcement wasn’t significant enough, Eric Holder stated that he would be open to the idea of rescheduling marijuana in an interview with Katie Couric. Per the Huffington Post: Just as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down from his post, he appears more open than ever to the argument for rescheduling marijuana as a less dangerous, more beneficial drug. “I think it’s certainly a question we need to ask ourselves, whether or not marijuana is as serious of a drug as heroin,” Holder

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Marijuana Blamed For NASCAR Driver's Death

A very tragic thing happened in NASCAR recently when driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed after he was hit by a car driven by another driver, Tony Stewart. The facts are that Kevin Ward Jr. got out of his car in the middle of a race to confront Tony Stewart, and Tony Stewart’s car struck Kevin Ward Jr., killing him in the process. After an investigation was conducted, a grand jury decided to not press charges against Tony Stewart. Mainstream media, and the district attorney overseeing the investigation, used the tragedy as an opportunity to blame marijuana. Per USA Today:

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Josh Marquis Thinks Quality Marijuana Is  'Not That Hard To Make'

The leading opponent of Oregon marijuana legalization in the media is Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis. In his recent debate on the Oregon Measure 91 legalization initiative against Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Marquis expressed his opinion on the ease of growing marijuana and why that would depress any hope for earning tax revenue from legalization, as reported by the Salem Statesman- Journal: Marquis tried to poke holes in those estimates by explaining how Colorado has lowered its revenue expectations in part because fewer people than anticipated are buying marijuana from a store. “It’s called weed for a reason,” Marquis said. “It’s not like brewing your own

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
How Accurate Are Florida Medical Marijuana Polls?

Florida voters will see medical marijuana on the ballot a little over a month. Amendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, which is long overdue. The for and against campaigns have spent more money than any other marijuana campaign in the nation this election cycle. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. are voting on full legalization this November. I have seen polls all over the place for Amendment 2, as high as 88% in support, all the way down to the low 50’s. Two polls were released within two days of each other that were very different. Per the Miami Herald:

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania’s latest medical marijuana bill is not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. Yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate passed a medical marijuana bill by an overwhelming margin. The list of qualifying conditions needs to be improved on, as do other parts of the bill, but the approval by the Pennsylvania Senate is still very significant for patients and reform in general. Per CBS Local: The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43-7 in favor of medical marijuana.  The measure was championed by state senator Daylin Leach, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat. “This is going to help people who are in desperate

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Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Young People Know Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Alcohol

Marijuana opponents use children as a pawns in the game to keep marijuana prohibition in place. When asked why marijuana should remain illegal, people like Kevin Sabet almost always offer up the excuse that marijuana legalization will result in more young people consuming marijuana. The fact is, Colorado has seen a decrease in youth consumption of marijuana since marijuana was legalized there. That is a fact that Kevin Sabet seems to forget. Black market marijuana dealers don’t ask for ID, and marijuana is much more available in an unregulated system compared to a regulated one. Marijuana is safer than alcohol, that

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