When this generation allows Americans the basic right to marry and earn money from a plant that isn't responsible for "2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually," then future legislation will be based more on reason than superstition or prejudice.
Edibles will no longer be some hazy, undefined grey area under the MMMA. They will be regulated and counted toward a patient's allowable 2.5 ounces. How did the lawmakers decide to calculate the weight of edibles?
The biggest political event of the week (for Democrats, at any rate) was Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats rolling out a new campaign agenda -- the "Middle Class Jumpstart" -- in the tradition of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America."
While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.
A decade ago you couldn't get away from the "Dude, You're Getting a Dell" commercials. Then the pitchman got arrested. Now he's sober. And doing The Fix Q&A.
Since the LA Times piece went to print, the DEA and other Drug Warriors lost skirmishes -- and even a few battles -- in the war on marijuana politics literally every single day:
Marijuana ain't alcohol or tobacco. But suppose it was. Colorado has reportedly raked in about $25 million in taxes, licenses and fees. Does anyone seriously claim there has been a quarter billion dollars in social costs in Colorado as a result? That's greater than the annual cost of all high-rise fires in America.
If you run a medical marijuana dispensary, or a legal marijuana business in Colorado, how do you get paid? Federal laws enacted during the war on drugs in the 1980s barred banks from doing business with "drug traffickers."
There should be no mystery why the White House is talking the talk of reform. Over 80 percent of the American people support medical marijuana, including as of June 30 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Over 80 percent also believe that the War on Drugs has failed.
"Y'know, Agent Carter, I just happened to have heard by chance that the sale of marijuana is now legal in Colorado.'' "Yes, that's true." ''I was wondering... you guys have any kind of Honorary Citizen Program?"
The havoc wreaked by drug gangs in Central America could be mitigated to a great degree by legalizing marijuana as well, which would alleviate the current border crisis of desperate children seeking refuge in the U.S.
On Tuesday, July 22nd Georgia holds a run-off election to the May primary. National attention is focused on the Senate race between Cong. Jack Kingst...
This ad will likely be followed by other companies' ads -- all competing freely in a marketplace for customers -- which means it does represent a historic turning point.
It has now been six months since Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana. This week, Washington became the second state to roll out retail pot sales. All eyes are on these two states, but to me, it's quite telling that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is reluctant to call legalization a success.
Not only would legalization save billions and empty half of our jails, it would also save tens of thousands of lives around the world from the vicious drug cartels. And the proof is in Colorado thus far.
Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.