Given all of these benefits, why have Obama and the political establishment chosen to remain silent? The explanation has to do with retrograde and backward beliefs which have been hindering environmental progress for a generation.
If you have a justification for violence, destruction, murder, like a political statement, like war, does that make it right? Or does thinking it's right make you crazy?
Today is a very special day for the memory of my friendly acquaintance and sometimes political rival, Gatewood Galbraith.
"My 15-year old son just told me that he tried marijuana a few weeks ago with his buddies. I don't know if I should punish him or if doing so will only make him become dishonest. He said he didn't like it, but I'm not sure I believe him."
No matter what happens, Senator Paul represents a redefining of America's conservative party, and regardless of how electable he is now, his posturing should send a clear message to Democrats.
Given forty years of escalation of the war on drugs in the U.S. and around the world, the global consensus that the policy is a deadly and costly failure, and that policies that hurt our fragile economies must be fixed, we need a new Shafer Commission to develop and recommend a drug policy that saves lives.
Now that most of the world's problems are close to being resolved (except for the treaty regulating global trade in conventional arms) the United Nations can begin to focus on non-violent internal affairs in member nations such as the United States.
People arrested by NYPD for marijuana possession have spent 5,000,000 hours in police custody over the last decade.
Sooner or later, marijuana legalization proponents will have to take responsibility for grossly misleading the public about the health harms of pot. To persuade people to legalize, they have to perpetuate the myth that marijuana is harmless.
This mayor's assumption about any person starting up a compassionate care center is that they are fronting for the illegal behavior they really want to engage in. Pretty pessimistic, Mr. Mayor. And completely absurd as well.
In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.
Each year the federal government confiscates about 2.4 million pounds of marijuana, which is later burned at costly "drug burns." All we have to do, as citizens of LA, is convince Republicans in D.C. to box it up and send it to us. We will make sure it is burned (just a little more slowly).
What could possibly be the federal government's objection to letting the public know that about the health benefits of medical marijuana?
Will Jerry Brown be unopposed for reelection? Technically, no. Effectively? We'll see.
Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.
Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.