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However there is something profoundly revolutionary about this -- by providing a way for Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin Hemp to be a legal product for its various uses, from paper, to clothes, biofuel, food and especially reducing our carbon by CO2 absorption.
In less than a week, Ohioans casting their ballots will be faced with a difficult decision: how to vote on Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use while putting the Initiative's funders in complete control of cultivating the highly lucrative plant.
Cannabis legalization has, in an historic turn of events, become a notable topic in the 2016 race for president of the United States. But how much will the stance on cannabis of the chief executive matter going forward?
Ohio's upcoming Issue 3 would put all commercial growing rights in the hands of a small group of wealthy funders -- call it an oligopoly, or a cartel. It turns out that Ohio's proposed 2015 deal is even grabbier than Oregon's failed 2012 deal.
This debate in Mexico's Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs.
Recently, I had my attitude checked in a marijuana dispensary. You read that right: a weed shop. If you know me personally, and are judging me right now, save it 'til the end; you may be checking your attitude too. If you don't know me, then read on, but this may be checkmate.
It remains to be seen if these continuing changes, like the drug policies currently in American existence, will help some and hurt others, or if all citizens will benefit as communities across the country stop waging a war against those who've used drugs.
Brookings report will help open the national dialogue on this issue. It certainly gets high marks for re-focusing the issue back to where it belongs, the federal government's intractable cannabis policy.
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,