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Marijuana Reform

Matt Ferner

Legislators Say Marijuana Reform Could Ease Tensions In Baltimore And Beyond | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Multiple members of Congress suggested Wednesday that the misguided policies of the drug war have played a central role in brewing tensi...

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

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.

Arthur Delaney

Andy Harris, Anti-Pot Republican, Glad Congress Overruled D.C. Residents On Legalization | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican congressman who has crusaded against the District of Columbia's ever-liberalizing pot laws cheered a new congressional sp...

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

Matt Ferner

Nation's Capital Will Vote On Legal Weed In November | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Voters in our nation's capital will be the next to decide on marijuana legalization. Wednesday morning, the District of Columbia Board of Election...

The Next Five States In Line For Marijuana Reform

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER, ASSOCIATED PRESS SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Color...

Marijuana Legalization Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year may see some progress on legalization, but it will be limited. But there are five state-level efforts where news is being made on the legalization front.

Hunter Stuart

Growing Pot Got These Siblings As Much Prison Time As Driving Drunk And Killing Someone | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

In Missouri, if you kill someone while driving drunk, you could go to prison for -- at most -- 15 years. That's what Natalie and David DePriest are se...

Weed Time With Bill Maher

The 420 Times | Posted 06.11.2014 | Los Angeles
The 420 Times

Ballclub co-owner, writer, intelligent talker, Maher is a true renaissance man for this marijuana millennium. But, unlike some decriminalization intellectuals, this guy practices what he preaches. He smokes weed. And he breaks down boundaries doing it. Important boundaries.

Colo. Gov.: 'Marijuana, Cheetos and Goldfish All Legal' Now

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Last night, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved special taxes on legal recreational marijuana sales with 65 percent of the vote. When the results ...

Another State Makes Big Strides Toward Marijuana Reform

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Voters in three Michigan cities approved ordinances to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use Tuesday, adding to the growing patchwork o...

We 'Have Reached The Tipping Point' In Marijuana Policy Reform

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy re...

Obama Administration May Introduce Sweeping Drug Reform

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder is rumored to be proposing major reforms to drug sentencing in the coming weeks, and if a Wednesday interview with NPR is...

Matt Sledge

One Hitters Pot Lobby Softball Team To Bunt For Blunts Against White House | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Marijuana reformers are looking to roll White House officials in a softball game on Wednesday. The pro-pot One Hitters have no memory...

25 People Who Are More 'Evolved' Than Obama On Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

On April 20, people around the nation will celebrate the enigmatic 4/20 holiday by smoking, toking and eating marijuana. According to federal law, the...

Matt Sledge

New York Pot Advocates Blast 'Ugly' Failure | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.22.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Drug reform activists on Thursday blasted state leaders for failing to include a fix for marijuana decriminalization laws as part of the b...

Congressional Dems Rolling Out Sweeping Marijuana Reform Measures

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

* Bills would regulate marijuana, impose federal tax -lawmakers * Effort follows legalization in Washington state, Colorado ...

Marijuana Law Reform Sees Bipartisan Backing In Congress

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and est...

It's Time For The Obama Administration To Acknowledge That Marijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work

Paul Armentano | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Paul Armentano

Never has there existed greater public support for ending the nation's nearly century-long experiment with pot prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic Election Day votes in Colorado and Washington underscore this reality. But is the Obama administration listening?

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Looks To Expand After 2012 Victories

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) - After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with ...

Obama and the Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Whether or not Washington State and Colorado move forward with regulating marijuana like alcohol will depend on two things: how the Obama administration, federal prosecutors and police agencies respond; and how elected officials commit to the will of the people.