In states where their once-illegal actions have become legal, people are still haunted by their records. Voters have legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives in four states. But these initiatives do not affect the old marijuana convictions that burden 4 million Americans.
In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we've seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows.
The following are some forward-thinking innovators and companies I've noticed who are successfully modernizing the industry without alienating traditionalists.
Why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we lock up people who use meth for years, and dole out the similar drug Ritalin to our children?
Cannabis has been outlawed for many years, yet now there seems to be a worldwide campaign to make it legal again. But if it is harmless and can be legalized, why was it outlawed in the first place? Also, why is it being legalized at this specific point in time?
As the legal cannabis industry grows, companies across the country are struggling with ways to legitimize in the eyes of the public, and expand from niche market to mainstream. Image rehab plays a large part in this.
Major changes have been made regarding medicinal marijuana. Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in early August of 2013. It took a signature from Governor Bruce Rauner on the rules for dispensers, and 17 months for patients to qualify for the use of medical cannabis.
Robert and I were so fortunate. Yes, we were arrested for marijuana but our lives were not ruined. There are too many Americans who cannot say the same.
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.
It's been five months since the historic medical marijuana bill -- the CARERS Act -- was introduced in the Senate, and as Congress enjoys its summer recess, it's a good time to reflect on where the bill is positioned as we head into the second part of the year.
This may seem like a strange post for most of Huffington Post's readers. Why wouldn't someone who smokes pot want Ohio to legalize marijuana in 2015? If you ask some marijuana activists, they'll sum it up in two words: constitutional cartel.
The NYPD has been drumming up attention over the supposed dangers of "synthetic marijuana" -- a class of cannabinoid chemicals typically sprayed over plant matter and packaged with names like "K2," "Spice" and "Green Giant." Last week, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton used highly emotional language, calling it "weaponized marijuana" and saying it makes people "totally crazy."
Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.
Less than a year after her death, I can recall her face in vivid detail, but I know that it will soon begin to disappear, like the pieces of furniture that various relatives keep claiming from her house.
Could marijuana legalization save the Puerto Rican economy? Right now, marijuana possession in Puerto Rico is a serious crime and first-time offenders are slapped with a felony, two to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. But with legalized pot, Puerto Rico can use the tax revenues and fees it collects to help pay off the debt.
The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.