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Pot Shots at Prop 19 Fall Flat

Tim Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Lynch

The Heritage Foundation recently published a legal memorandum that expresses alarm about Proposition 19. The memorandum makes many claims. Let's examine some of them.

After Federal Threat, Pot Stores Consider Limits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch By Michael Montgomery Pressure from the Obama administration could force some California cities to ret...

Hemp is the Hidden Key to Legal Marijuana

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

When Californians go to the polls November 2, they may end a marijuana prohibition that's had devastating impacts on state's public health and civil liberties, while costing it billions.

Is Eric Holder Serious About Enforcing the Marijuana Laws?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

It is hard to believe that in a nation where half the murders go unsolved that the Department of Justice would make marijuana a priority after the people voted for legalization.

Soccer Moms Score as Prop 19's Swing Vote

Pamela Tom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pamela Tom

At every adult social gathering I've been to lately someone whips out some weed. It's as common as cracking open a beer.

California Marijuana Proposition Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The federal government is going to have limited legal options, at best, if it tries to overthrow the "will of the people" (assuming, of course, that Proposition 19 actually passes), as evidenced best by the fact that the medical marijuana laws still stand.

A Laboratory of Democracy

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Norman Goldman

Cannot California experiment with legalizing marijuana, in the spirit of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis's "laboratory of democracy"?

Legally Loaded: Marijuana Today -- Cocaine and Heroin Tomorrow?

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dr. Howard Samuels

We are sending the wrong message to our young people when we casually refer to marijuana as medicine. It's horrifying to me to watch our nation go up in a haze of herb smoke.

A "Bad Batch" of Pot Brownies in LA, Online

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

In movies, marijuana is depicted either a hilarious holy grail or a gateway to harder, darker substances.

Friday Talking Points [142] -- Republican "Doggy-Doo"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to start off with a warning this week: this preamble section is going to be mostly shameless self-promotion and one cheap inside joke. If...

If California Legalizes Marijuana, How Will Obama React?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

California legalizing marijuana seems to have become a very real possibility, and how Obama's going to handle it will be important. The state could become a "test-case" in challenging federal laws on the matter.

Women Speak Out for Marijuana Legalization in California, Nationwide

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mason Tvert

Women throughout California and across the nation held news conferences to speak out in support of Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol.

Lessons From California Have Some Dems Clamoring For A 2012 Legalization Initiative

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As California Democrats begin to pull ahead in competitive statwide races, some are asking whether the Proposition 19, a ballot initiative to legalize...

Restoration Not Retribution

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gretchen Burns Bergman

Why would a respectable, responsible and caring group of parents want to legalize marijuana? Because we are fed up with the violence and the loss of lives and liberty caused by the war on drugs.

Legalization Up in Smoke? Not Anymore

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

I feared that Prop 19, the best-hope-to-date chapter in the battle for sane drug laws, was a lost cause. But something has changed in the public's consciousness. What explains this big swing in momentum?

If People Oppose the Marijuana Initiative in California, Are They Prohibitionists?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The Marijuana Policy Project has largely sat out the campaign to end marijuana prohibition in California this election cycle, but the recent escalatio...

Attempts to Ban Fake Marijuana Are Further Proof of Prohibition's Failure

Mike Meno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Meno

Our country's insane prohibition on marijuana -- a safe, non-toxic, and well-studied drug -- is now leading consumers to experiment with lesser-known, and potentially much more dangerous, alternatives.

Sex toys Retailer Pumps $100,000 Into California Marijuana Push

blogs.sacbee.com | 6:02 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A new campaign committee supporting California's initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use is being backed by a wealthy entrepreneur in ot...

Stoned on Righteousness

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.

Prop 19 Would Help -- Not Hurt -- Medical Marijuana Patients

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David Borden

A group of medical marijuana dispensaries has come out against Prop 19, California's "Tax and Regulate Cannabis" initiative to legalize marijuana. Are they misinformed or deliberately lying? I don't know anymore.

The Criminalization of Pot Killed My Best Friend (and Ruined My Life)

Jill Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jill Richardson

The pharmaceutical industry does not want marijuana to be legal. Neither does the alcohol industry, which is spending money to defeat Prop 19. They want a few more dollars for their shareholders, but I want my best friend back.

Black Vote Could Tilt Balance In Legalizing Marijuana

nytimes.com | JESSE McKINLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Ron Allen says he knows all too well the ravages of drug addiction. "I was a pastor on crack cocaine, sir," said Mr. Allen, who says he has been s...

Big Alcohol Fueling Opposition to California Marijuana Initiative

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

According to a recently filed campaign finance report, the campaign to defeat a marijuana legalization initiative in California is receiving substantial funding from the alcohol industry.

Reducing Penalties for Crack and Peyote... But When Marijuana?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

How can it be that Congress and the president reduced the penalty for crack in 2010, but it's inconceivable that they'd do the same for marijuana in 2010?

Dianne Feinstein Announces Opposition To Legalizing Marijuana

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California's senior senator, has lent her support to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure ...