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War on Marijuana

Catherine Hiller Is Not Your Average Marijuana Legalizer -- She's More Dangerous

Theodore Caputi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Media
Theodore Caputi

While there will always be people who overcome the odds to achieve outstanding levels of success, it is not realistic to advocate that persistent marijuana smoking is a healthy lifestyle.

Andy Campbell

HIGH TIME! Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon ended marijuana prohibition at midnight Wednesday, joining Colorado, Washington state, Alaska and the District of Columbia in...

Sonoma County Library Hours Remain Cut By 25% While Prison Spending Skyrockets

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

It has been a phenomenal year for Sonoma County's surging economy. Joblessness is below 5%, home values are soaring, and the County's treasury has been fattened by a record surplus of $13.5 million.

Busting Sonoma County's Secret War on Weed

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

On April 3, 2015, Sonoma County's secret war on marijuana confronted an unprecedented roadblock. A freedom flash mob had gathered, overfilling a courtroom and packing the hallway outside. Nearly 100 upstanding citizens had taken off work that morning for Yarrow Kubrin.

Transplanting Marijuana: Myth to Mainstream America

Skip Shuda | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Skip Shuda

Myths around marijuana have created a great deal of injury. People's lives have been destroyed due to arrest records. We've deprived countless patients from a helpful medicinal plant.

Matt Ferner

Loretta Lynch Says She Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general, said Wednesday during her confirmation hearing that she does not support the legalization of marijuan...

Matt Ferner

Obama Predicts Bright Future For Legal Weed | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama said during a YouTube interview Thursday that he believes more states will consider legalizing recreational marijuana, citing h...

A Higher Law: Crafting California's 2016 Marijuana Legalization Bill

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 03.14.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

For the first time, the sometimes competitive factions of the state's cannabis movement were sitting at the same table, discussing what an evolved legalization measure might look like.

Matt Ferner

Americans Want States With Legal Marijuana Protected From Federal Prohibition | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

A majority of Americans want each state to decide its own marijuana laws and don't want federal interference with those that legalize cannabis. A r...

Matt Ferner

Houston Police Chief Says Drug War Is A 'Miserable' Failure, Feds Need To Step Up | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

The drug war is a "miserable" failure and the federal government needs to take the lead on reforming marijuana policy, Houston Police Chief Charles Mc...

Matt Ferner

All The Progress Made On Marijuana Legalization Could Vanish With A New President | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

The movement to end marijuana prohibition has made significant progress recently, but it could all be undone when the next president takes office in 2...

Matt Ferner

Official Bob Marley Weed Will Be For Sale Next Year | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business

The family of reggae superstar Bob Marley, whose public embrace of marijuana made him synonymous with cannabis culture, has joined a private equity fi...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Was More Popular Than Many Victorious Politicians | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

In the three states and the District of Columbia that had marijuana legalization measures on the 2014 ballot, ending some prohibition on a plant was m...

Matt Ferner

Shrinking Majority Of Americans Supports Marijuana Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

A new Gallup poll shows that while a majority of Americans still support legalization of marijuana, that majority has thinned out significantly in onl...

Matt Ferner

Alaska Becomes 4th State To Legalize Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Alaska legalized recreational marijuana for adult use on Tuesday, becoming the fourth state in the nation to do so. The state joined Oregon and Was...

Matt Ferner

OREGON LEGALIZES WEED | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

The reformation of marijuana laws across the nation took another step forward Tuesday when voters in Oregon approved a measure to legalize the drug fo...

Matt Ferner

Weed Is Now Legal In The Nation's Capital | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

In yet another blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs, the nation's capital has legalized recreational marijuana, NPR and USA Today repo...

Matt Ferner

Medical Marijuana Fails In Florida | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Although polls have found almost 90 percent public support for medical marijuana in Florida, a state measure that would have legalized cannabis for me...

Matt Ferner

The War On Drugs Is On The Ballot In These States | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

On Tuesday, voters in several states have the chance to deal significant blows to the United States' decades-long failure of a drug war. State and loc...

Matt Ferner

Coalition Of Cops Support Legal Weed In Oregon | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

A coalition of law enforcers has come out in support of marijuana legalization in Oregon, less than a week before voters will decide the issue at the ...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Industry Would Be Worth A Fortune Under Full Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be w...

Matt Ferner

Colorado Officials Backtrack On Call For Pot-Edibles Ban | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Colorado health officials on Monday backtracked on their call to ban almost all recreational marijuana edibles in the state, just hours after their re...

Matt Ferner

Alaska Law Enforcement Backs Legal Weed In New Ads | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

In a series of television and radio ads released in Alaska Wednesday, active and retired members of the state's law enforcement community are backing ...

Matt Ferner

GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Thinks Colorado Voters Should Consider Repeal Of Legal Weed | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

During a gubernatorial debate Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado, between incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez,...

Carl Sagan's Drug War Questions From 24 Years Ago Are Still Spot On

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Carl Sagan, a titan of scientific thought and communication, assumed many different roles in his life -- from science's "gatekeeper," to television st...