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The Normalization Of Legalization

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America is in the midst of a dramatic shift in public opinion, one which began at least a decade ago and shows no signs of reversing any time soon. The concept of fully legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use must now actually be considered the mainstream opinion in America.

Friday Talking Points -- Bad Hombres And Nasty Women Unite!

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Maybe this, together with all the dark talk of "rigged elections" from Trump will finally provide a dash of enthusiasm for Clinton, here at the homestretch -- it'd certainly be a fitting end to the most bizarre presidential campaign of everyone's lifetimes.

Legal Marijuana Hasn't Caused Any Of The Problems Opponents Said It Would

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics

When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, opponents of the measures warned that ending the long...

Trump's Horrendous Attitude Towards Women Is On Full Display

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump may be toast.

Questions For The Candidates On Marijuana Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There is a major political debate currently happening in many parts of this country, but the astonishing thing is that most politicians -- especially those on the national stage -- seem to want to pretend the debate doesn't even exist.

Justin Bieber Condemns Big Pharma For Blocking Medical Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 01.03.2017 | Entertainment

Medical marijuana advocates have a new ally ― and he’s tweeting his support to a massive audience. Justin Bieber criticized pharmaceutical compani...

IIRAIRA at 20: Still Punitive and Unequal

Sarah B Horton | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Sarah B Horton

Co-authored by Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Sarah Horton (bios below) Today marks the 20th anniversary of an immigration bill that has irrevocably damaged...

The Biggest Legislative Marijuana Policy Reforms Of 2016

Rob Kampia | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Rob Kampia

On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.

Friday Talking Points -- It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one.

Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to become a lot more important in the general election, as many states will have recreational legalization ballot initiatives to vote on.

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

The Most Effective Cannabis Legalization Strategy Is to Put Patients First

Alex Thiersch | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Alex Thiersch

After decades of reinforced negative stereotypes and propaganda the key to legalizing cannabis lies in education, and a commitment to steadily changing peoples' attitudes. In every state in the country that has some form of legal cannabis this has meant medical legalization first, not only to give some patients some relief, but also because that's what could pass.

The U.S. Wants To Adopt A More Humane Drug Policy. Just Be Careful What You Call It.

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

Drug policy groups at a major gathering in Vienna last week were alarmed when a report emerged that a top U.S. drug official had derided harm reductio...

Top 10 Anti-Marijuana Legalization Policy Victories of 2015

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 12.26.2016 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

2015 will be remembered as the year legalization hit bumps most supporters never anticipated. For pro-health advocates that oppose marijuana legalization, it was a year of fantastic victories!

Marijuana News From the Budget Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.

Stephen Colbert Presses John Kasich On His Anti-Marijuana Stance

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Stephen Colbert grilled Ohio Gov. John Kasich for his opposition to decriminalizing marijuana Friday night. The GOP presidential hopeful stopped by CB...

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.

Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept that the federal "War On Weed" needs to end is now about as mainstream as it gets, and after the people have led so admirably on the issue in the past decade, the politicians are finally deciding it is safe to follow this trend.

Does Cannabis Need a Corporate Makeover?

Alex Thiersch | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Alex Thiersch

This is a time of real change in the legal cannabis industry. Just in the last year we've made many business inroads and technological innovations that have stoked already red-hot growth.

Corruption in Latin America and Marijuana Legalization: The Case of Ex-President Molina

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas.

Cannabis & Wellness: The Spa Connection

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Harding-Bond

To gain insight on what is causing the momentum, I decided to talk to Sandra Hinchliffe, author of The Cannabis Spa at Home. How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More.