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My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.

Marijuana News From the Budget Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

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.

Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept that the federal "War On Weed" needs to end is now about as mainstream as it gets, and after the people have led so admirably on the issue in the past decade, the politicians are finally deciding it is safe to follow this trend.

The People the Pot Laws Forgot

Amos Irwin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Amos Irwin

In states where their once-illegal actions have become legal, people are still haunted by their records. Voters have legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives in four states. But these initiatives do not affect the old marijuana convictions that burden 4 million Americans.

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

Prosecutors Object to War on Weed

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Of all the pro-legalization arguments, this could perhaps be the strongest one. The laws don't work.

Marijuana's Tipping Point?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

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.

California's Weed Industry Is Worth HOW Much?

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Whether you support it or not, marijuana in sunny California is certainly bringing in the big bucks. Josh Harkinson, a senior reporter at Mother J...

Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As we've noted, 2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for marijuana reform. The Colorado and Washington experiments are proceeding apace, and the only real question people are asking is "which state will be next?"

Waiting For California to Legalize Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It will be a frustrating wait for those who want to move forward in California more quickly. But if it means two additional years of preparing the ground and gaining public acceptance, taking the time and opportunity to learn from other states' mistakes, and -- most importantly -- if it means getting more and more advocacy groups to work together instead of against each other, then the wait may well be worth it.

Friday Talking Points -- 2014 the Year of the Marijuana Voter?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will 2014 (or perhaps 2016) become known as the "Year Of The Marijuana Voter"? This question can now be seriously asked, because the issue of radically reforming marijuana laws seems to be growing bigger and more imperative with each passing week.

Obama Runs Marijuana Up the Flagpole

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With almost half the states allowing marijuana to be used medicinally, and with Obama's stated opinion that it is "less dangerous" than alcohol, the time has come for rescheduling marijuana. Obama should use the his upcoming State of the Union speech to outline this historic change.

The War On Weed Was Fading For Five Years Before Anyone Noticed

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Over the past several years, many Americans have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to harsh anti-marijuana laws. But an analysis of data o...

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Friday Talking Points -- The Corpse-Like Stench Of Washington's Giant Misshapen Penis

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For Obama's offensive on the economy to work, a few Democrats need to "have his back" and help him push his initiatives. Starting with the minimum wage -- an issue wildly popular among voters.

INFOGRAPHIC: The War On Drugs Is A War On Weed

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

The War on Drugs is clearly a war on weed. Marijuana accounted for 99.5 percent of Border Patrol drug seizures by weight at the U.S.-Mexico border...