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Numerous Legal Issues Surround Medical Marijuana

Brad Reid | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Brad Reid

The U.S. legal system is slowly addressing the legal implications of nearly half of the states having enacted medical marijuana legislation. The wording of state legislation is not uniform and consequently generalizations are difficult.

Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment: Forced Choices or Freedom to Treat?

Gary Stein | Posted 11.09.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

What would you do to save the life of someone you love? The same dilemma with different variations exists across Florida and the nation for families with children that have intractable epilepsy, MS, cancer and other disorders where relief is just one sane state and/or federal law away.

Marijuana's Tipping Point?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

According to the Controlled Substances Act, Eric Holder himself can reclassify anything on the list, with no more authority necessary than his own signature. Perhaps if Congress refuses to act, Holder (or Obama) will make this change on his own. That, more than a Times editorial, might more accurately be called marijuana's tipping point.

Matt Ferner

REPORT: DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science On Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a...

The New War Between the States and the Federal Government on Health Issues

Gary Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

There is a new war between the states -- in the South. This is not, as some of my Southern friends call it, a "war of Northern aggression." This war is between the states and the federal government.

Hunter Stuart

This Bill Would Change The Whole Game On Federal Pot Laws | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is prohibited by law from studying or lending support to the potential benefits of marijuana. But a bill in...

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.

Michael McAuliff

Congressman Urges Obama To Drop Pot From Very Dangerous Drug List | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With federal law enforcement officials moving to make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate in states where they are legal, one ...

Obama Runs Marijuana Up the Flagpole

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With almost half the states allowing marijuana to be used medicinally, and with Obama's stated opinion that it is "less dangerous" than alcohol, the time has come for rescheduling marijuana. Obama should use the his upcoming State of the Union speech to outline this historic change.

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Businesses May Get Good Banking News In Early 2014 | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Marijuana businesses may not yet get a full green light on the banking rights that non-marijuana businesses already enjoy, but they are likely to get ...

Three More Synthetic Compounds Are Added to the Controlled Substances Act

The 420 Times | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The Food and Drug Administration hasn't sanctioned these particular synthetic drugs for human consumption, not to mention they haven't been approved for any medical uses.

Ryan J. Reilly

No 'Free Pass' For Marijuana Industry | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials did not believe they could successfully prevent states from legalizing marijuana in federal court and feare...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement On Marijuana Legalization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder inf...

Don't Invest in Medical Marijuana Public Companies Just Yet

David Mager | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
David Mager

The CSA still provides for criminal penalties for those aiding and abetting the growing and selling of marijuana. That means that if you invest just $1 in purchasing a share of a public company involved in the medical marijuana space, the Federal government could theoretically arrest you.

Colorado Senate Bill 250: A Net Reduction in Drug War Stupidity

Mike Krause | Posted 07.06.2013 | Denver
Mike Krause

SB 250 represents a net decrease in the stupidity of the drug war, and that is worthy of the broad support the bill has received.

Task Force Endorses Firing Employees For Off-The-Job Pot Use

Posted 02.06.2013 | Denver

A new policy recommendation by Colorado's Marijuana Task Force would allow bosses to legally fire their workers for off-the-job marijuana use. Wh...

Democrat Suggests Bold Idea On Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reached out to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday in an effort to find ou...

End of an Outlaw Era: Legalized Marijuana

Janice Harper | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Janice Harper

It isn't what marijuana does that bothers those who oppose its legalization, it's what marijuana means.

WATCH: Bush Attorney General Makes Surprising Comment About Weed

Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

Alberto Gonzales, the former attorney general who served under George W. Bush, doesn't seem to have a problem if people in Washington and Colorado wan...

Feds May Seek To Undermine Laws Legalizing Marijuana

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-...

California's Prop 19: The First Step Toward A National Marijuana Industry?

Daily Finance | Bruce Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Will California's Proposition 19 get passed or go up in smoke? If approved, the controversial ballot measure would legalize most marijuana-related act...

Holder's Baby Step On Medical Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's plan is good news for medical marijuana advocates, but although this is a historic shift in the War on Drugs, it does not go far enough because it does not resolve the illogic of the underlying legal issue.

Ryan Grim

Dems Using Drug War Playbook For Bank Regulation | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats in Congress are taking a page from the drug war playbook to see if they could apply it to new financial regulation. The drug war model was...