The extent to which Obama's administration has supported this nation's drug laws -- despite rapidly shifting public support and scientific evidence showing that marijuana, in particular, is by no means as dangerous as heroin, as federal law classifies it -- is despicable.
As discerning analysts like Nate Silver have been noticing, there's a particularly large gap between elite and popular opinion on marijuana policy. It's long past time to close that gap. Marijuana legalization is far from a risky position -- in fact, it's smart politics.
The marketing of marijuana will require such enhancements as luxury shopping experience and slick packaging, as most marijuana consumers still think of cannabis mostly as a fungible commodity, like apples-the-fruit, not Apple-the-computer.
It should be possible to say that we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults.
According to the Controlled Substances Act, Eric Holder himself can reclassify anything on the list, with no more authority necessary than his own signature. Perhaps if Congress refuses to act, Holder (or Obama) will make this change on his own. That, more than a Times editorial, might more accurately be called marijuana's tipping point.
The Times' editorial has the feel of legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite coming out against the Vietnam war. They dropped a bomb on our country's disastrous war on marijuana with unprecedented force.
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.
Roy says, "I want people to stumble in here thinking it is a pharmacy." Once you get into the restaurant however, there's nothing similar between it and any pot shop in town.
It's one thing for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to drop into Colorado and tell us our quality of life is going down the tubes thanks to marijuana legalization. But it's another for our own elected officials to tell us as much.
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.
"In a time of universal deceit," George Orwell once said, "telling the truth is a revolutionary act." That maxim certainly applies to David Victorson's book, 37 Tons.
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: