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.
"Politics is always the lesser of two evils," Federal Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom told me when I was one of his law clerks. Marijuana legalization is gaining steam, and the question is becoming not "whether to legalize" but "how."
Where cannabis has been made medicinally available in a limited fashion via local regulatory frameworks, which often in themselves conflict with higher-level jurisdictional laws, it is most certainly under-utilized.
The election of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party will signify a 180-degree turn in Canada's drug policies, both domestically and internationally. This is big news for drug policy reformers in Canada, North America, and across the world.
When a slow economy begs for innovation and job creation I see no problem with the legalization of marijuana. If there is big money to be made, as seen with the vaporizer industry, then there is no reason to stifle economic productivity.
We don't give Jim Webb enough credit. He started this whole criminal justice reform movement. If only we had given him more time.
That's right, ResponsibleOhio is the first marijuana legalization campaign in the country to have a mascot -- a cartoon superhero with a marijuana bud for a head, at that. Buddie (yes, that's actually its name) was condemned from the minute it was unveiled,
A major bipartisan political shift on numerous drug policy issues is underway that has gone largely unnoticed in the press.
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.
In years past, candidates either totally ignored the failed war on drugs and the harms of marijuana prohibition -- or more typically, said harmful, stupid stuff about their "youthful indiscretions," their concern about "sending the wrong message," and their plans to amp up law enforcement.
You could point to lots of problems that Proposition 215 created. The problem that has been most troublesome, in my opinion, is the ease with which anyone with $30 can get a letter of recommendation that lets them purchase medical marijuana in California.
It seemed a wild, impossible dream a year ago when I told my wife and young daughters I was going to drive a bus shaped like a coffin across America to raise life extension issues.
Nearly 20 years after California jump-started a national dialogue on medicinal cannabis, the Legislature and the Governor have succeeded in negotiating a set of new bills to bring law and order to the Wild West economy of legal cannabis in California.
Let's get real here. The biggest danger posed by cannabis is the possibility of arrest, incarceration, and a lifetime of reduced opportunity. When you consider the benefits marijuana confers (mild euphoria and wide-ranging medical effects), the criminalization of this miracle plant is just plain wrong.
Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.
If you're anything like me, you've heard different things from different guys about how marijuana affects sexual performance. Some say it helps; others say it hurts. So what does the research say? What effect, if any, does weed have on your, uh, joint?