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Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

Soros-Funded Study in Uruguay Finds Voters Oppose Legalization (Even Users Think It Won't Work, and Their New President Isn't a Fan Either)

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Despite heavy opposition from the public and the country's medical profession, Uruguay made headlines last year when the country passed a law allowing the sales of state-grown marijuana in pharmacies to registered users.

Friday Talking Points -- D.C. Smoke-In History

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington D.C., deserves at least an honorable mention, for standing strong in the face of threats of jail time from House Republicans, for allowing the will of the voters (70 percent of them) to become law this week.

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.

Travel Author Rick Steves: Marijuana in America Is 'Two Different Countries'

Russ Belville | Posted 03.11.2015 | San Francisco
Russ Belville

What your grandparents might not know about Rick Steves is that he is an unapologetic proponent of the legalization of responsible adult use of marijuana.

The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014

Rob Kampia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

Marijuana CEO Maligns Stoner Culture, Then Appropriates Bob Marley

Russ Belville | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Russ Belville

Amazing how much Brendan Kennedy's opinion of Bob Marley has changed when there is millions of dollars to be made on stoner culture. As Marley once said, "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."

District Attorney Who Opposed Oregon Legalization In Charge Of Implementing Marijuana Regulations

Russ Belville | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Russ Belville

In addition to being opposed to the measure he's now tasked with implementing, Rob Patridge lacks the fundamental understanding of both the science of cannabis use and the language of Measure 91.

Southern Oregon's KTVL Gives Cops Free 5-Minute Anti-Measure 91 Ad

Russ Belville | Posted 12.30.2014 | Media
Russ Belville

Why would a journalist produce such a one-sided hit piece to help law enforcement spread their message on television and why a news station would let her do so without affording the opposition to a chance to rebut.

Oregon Anti-Pot Campaign Head Used Gov't Job to Enrich Anti-Pot Crusader

Russ Belville | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Now I have emails from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that show the turmoil within the bureaucracy this August once their public grant money shenanigans were exposed.

No on Measure 91 Campaign Makes The Case FOR Legalizing Marijuana

Russ Belville | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

On Friday, Mandi Puckett, the head of the No on Measure 91 campaign trying to defeat legalization in Oregon, held a press conference Friday that was c...

Oregon Drug Summit "Intentionally Planned" Around Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Thanks to a recent Open Records Request, we find emails to Jefferson County DA Steven LeRiche that prove that tour organizers hold these summits to attack legalization on the ballot.

Oregon Drug Abuse Officials Wanted To Pay Legalization Opponent Over $40,000 With Public Money

Russ Belville | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

I've concluded my last of seven stops following Kevin Sabet around Oregon as he performed a so-called "educational" tour two weeks prior to the mailing of ballots in Oregon that include marijuana legalization. Here's what I've found.

District Attorney Intimidates Oregon Citizen Seeking Open Records

Russ Belville | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.

Time to Listen to the Experts on Legalizing Drugs

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

Elise Foley

GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Vote...

Congressman Blumenauer Addresses IRS vs. Legal Marijuana This Saturday

Russ Belville | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Blumenauer is well-known in Washington DC for his bow ties and dedication to bicycling. Yet this quintessentially liberal environmentalist from Portland teamed up last year with the conservative head of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, to call for sweeping changes to US tax laws.

US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

Russ Belville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration to investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon's upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91.

Fed Tax Money Supports Campaign Against Oregon's Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Kevin Sabet, is bringing his road show to Oregon on the taxpayer's dime to campaign against Measure 91, our initiative to legalize marijuana.

Crime Is Up in Colorado: What That Tells Us About Pot Legalization and, Perhaps More Importantly, Lazy Reporting

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Crime
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Can we blame legal pot? We do not know whether legalization has anything to do with it. But we do know that reputable news organizations should stop relying on the Big Marijuana lobby for statistics.

Marijuana Should Be Legal, but We Should Protect Our Kids

David Sheff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
David Sheff

It's not often that the White House responds directly to a newspaper op-ed, as it did last week when the New York Times editorial board published its ...

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.