Jan 012013
 January 1, 2013
Top Ten Cannabis Stories Of 2012

Two thousand and twelve will certainly go down in history as one of the most important ever in cannabis news as the cannabis community made dramatic political, cultural and scientific advances that will shape drug policy for years to come.  While Colorado and Washington dominated the cannabis headlines with their historic marijuana legalization measures passing in November, there were many other important events that impacted the cannabis community, some that flew under the radar, but are very important nonetheless.  Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top cannabis stories of 2012. 10.  Springfield City Council passes a marijuana

Dec 292012
 December 29, 2012
The Top Ten Drug Policy Stories Of 2012

By Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.org In some ways, 2012 has been a year of dramatic, exciting change in drug policy, as the edifice of global drug prohibition appears to crumble before our eyes. In other ways it is still business as usual in the drug war. Marijuana prohibition is now mortally wounded, but there were still three-quarters of a million pot arrests last year. The American incarceration mania appears to be running its course, but drug arrests continue to outnumber any other category of criminal offense. There is a rising international clamor for a new drug paradigm, but up until now, it’s

Dec 212012
 December 21, 2012
It Has Been An Incredible Year For Marijuana Reform

By Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition 2012 has been an unprecedented year for drug policy reformers. We were victorious in securing full legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, and the coming months will reveal models of legalization taking shape. Massachusetts became the eighteenth state to legalize medical marijuana. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina called for drug legalization in Central America and beyond. Victims of the drug war in Mexico and the United States came together and spoke out for reform during the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity. Cops and moms across the United

Jul 122012
 July 12, 2012
Pelosi: Dems May Take Up Medical Marijuana Reform After The Election

by Phillip Smith House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a bloggers’ roundtable Wednesday that Democrats might be interested in making changes in federal law around medical marijuana after the November elections, Raw Story reported. “I’ve been very clear on the subject of medical marijuana over time, in committee and on the floor as leader,” Pelosi said. “I think that it would be really important to do that,” she said. “It would be hard for anyone to agree with the fact that someone who has HIV/AIDS or has cancer and they find relief from pain in medicinal marijuana that should be

Jun 202012
 June 20, 2012
Washington Marijuana Legalization Initiative Ahead In New Poll

By Phillip Smith An initiative to regulate and legalize marijuana in Washington state was leading by 13 points in a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. The poll had support for the initiative, I-502, at 50%, with 37% opposed and 13% undecided. The poll is good, but not great, news for New Approach Washington, the high-powered group behind the initiative campaign. It shows support two points higher than a similar poll in January, but not high enough for the campaign to have much of a comfort zone. The conventional wisdom among initiative watchers is that initiatives should be polling at

May 052012
 May 5, 2012
Global Marijuana March 2012 A Success

Marijuana Activists March On Cinco De Mayo On a day that is often known as an ‘alcohol drinking holiday’ to many people across the world, many marijuana activists took to the streets to participate in the 2012 Global Marijuana March. In my home state of Oregon, there were rallies in multiple towns all over the state. After reading news reports around the world, it sounds like the worldwide protest was successful at getting attention to the very important issue of marijuana reform. Below are some media reports from various outlets around the globe: Canada Latin America and the Caribbean USA

Apr 112012
 April 11, 2012
Medical Marijuana Supporters Nationwide Need To Be Aware Of Oregon AG Race

The Oregon Attorney General Race Between Ellen Rosenblum And Dwight Holton Is Very Important To The Future Of Medical Marijuana Loyal readers know by now how I feel about the 2012 Oregon Attorney General race between Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton. But it doesn’t seem like enough other people know about it, especially outside of Oregon. I’m sure a lot of medical marijuana supporters are thinking, ‘Well it is another state, so why should I care?’ I will explain exactly why you should care. For starters, Dwight Holton is not from Oregon. He has never tried a case in Oregon,

Apr 112012
 April 11, 2012
UK Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference In London

UK Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference 2012 On the weekend of Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of April, Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK will be hosting its third annual conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This year’s conference is about building on the re-invigoration of grassroots involvement in the drug policy reform movement and ensuring all who wish to be effective activists are equipped with the skills they need to make change possible. We are also teaming up with a number of other networks to make this conference our biggest yet!

Apr 082012
 April 8, 2012
What Would Oregon Be Like Without The OMMP?

If You Love The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Then Defeating Dwight Holton Is Paramount In my opinion, Oregon has the best medical marijuana program in the nation. People can feel free to disagree with me, and I’m sure they will, but hear me out first. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is the second oldest medical marijuana program in the nation only behind California. As a registered patient, I can possess up to 24 ounces of usable cannabis and grow 24 plants – 6 mature and 18 immature. California has an argument that they have higher limits, but there are

Mar 252012
 March 25, 2012
2012 International Students For Sensible Drug Policy Conference Was A Success

2012 International SSDP Conference Recap The 2012 International Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Conference has wrapped up in Denver, and I can easily say that it was one of the best weekends of my life. I vividly remember when the legendary Adam J. Smith (that Adam Smith!) told me about the SSDP conference when I first met him just a few months ago. To be honest, I didn’t know much about SSDP at the time. I was a non-traditional college student at a university that didn’t have a SSDP chapter when I was slaving away on my undergrad pursuits.