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Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.

Coffman Is Christie's Ally in Saying Colorado Going to Pot

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's one thing for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to drop into Colorado and tell us our quality of life is going down the tubes thanks to marijuana legalization. But it's another for our own elected officials to tell us as much.

Marijuana Legalization Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year may see some progress on legalization, but it will be limited. But there are five state-level efforts where news is being made on the legalization front.

Ryan J. Reilly

26 Things You'll See At The Cannabis Industry's First Big Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- The National Cannabis Industry Association is hosting its first annual Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver ...

Pot Attack Ad Hits Colorado Governor's Race

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Over the weekend, The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels spotlighted what could be the first ad ever in Colorado attacking a gubernatorial candidate for suppo...

Tennessee's Governor Signs CBD-Only Bill Into Law

The 420 Times | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Don't expect there to be a marijuana-related competition scheduled anytime soon, but Tennessee's governor did officially sign legislation into law that will permit a four-year study on the benefits of the medicinally-beneficial cannabinoid Cannabidiol.

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in New York

The 420 Times | Posted 07.27.2014 | New York
The 420 Times

Senator Brad Hoylman, who voted in favor of the legislation, claims that the bill in question "is really about a simple concept, which is to alleviate suffering."

Medical Marijuana Bill Faces First Hurdle in New York's Senate

The 420 Times | Posted 07.22.2014 | New York
The 420 Times

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical dedications in New York is facing its first obstacle in the Senate's health committee today. Th...

5 Ways to Accurately Cover Marijuana Policy Issues in the Media

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Welcome to Big Tobacco 2.0. Today's marijuana industry is following exactly the same tactics: framing its product as healthy, denying the science linking its use to numerous health problems, and targeting youth as lifelong customers.

Florida Wants Not Only Medical Marijuana but Legal Cannabis Too

The 420 Times | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Florida's medical marijuana measure, if approved, could make it the first southern state in America to go green, so to speak.

Kentucky Purchased Hemp Seed From Italy

The 420 Times | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A shipment containing 250 pounds of hemp seed destined for The Bluegrass State has successfully traversed the U.S. Customs in Chi-town, but officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the seeds due to federal law and sheer ignorance.

Ohio Rights Group Feels Good About Signature Gathering Efforts

The 420 Times | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Campaigners for legalizing marijuana for medical dedications in Ohio believe they've successfully gathered more than enough signatures that are required in order to have their measure placed on November's ballot.

Cannabidiol Bill Awaits Governor's Signature in Florida

The 420 Times | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Lawmakers from both the state's House of Representatives and Senate chambers agreed to pass legislation that will allow restricted access to marijuana with high percentages of Cannabidiol (CBD) in order to treat unremitting epileptic seizures and a few other debilitating disorders.

Marijuana DUI Law Killed in California Legislature

The 420 Times | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A law that would have meant a DUI conviction if you had trace amounts of THC in your blood failed in the state legislature last week. Better luck next time.

Florida's Senate Passes Restricted Medical Marijuana Strain Legislation

The 420 Times | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Florida's House of Representatives hasn't committed to hear the bill as of yet, but Senator Rob Bradley has said that he was certain that the legislation would indeed be heard and possibly modified, then sent back to the Senate chambers.

Former Supreme Court Justice Claims Marijuana Should Be Legalized

The 420 Times | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Last week, during an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that he believes our beloved federal government should legalize marijuana.

'Reefer Madness' Redux?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

We seem to go a little nuts over weed -- I don't know why. And I'm afraid we're going to be reading lots of scary stories about it as more and more states make it legal.

Marijuana Legalization Could Cut Violent Crime

The 420 Times | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Despite police fears that legal marijuana businesses attract crime, including under-the-table drug dealing, weapons violations and robberies, a new study says the opposite might be the case.

One Legalization Initiative Is Left in California

The 420 Times | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

After a lot of fuss about California's attempts to legalize recreational marijuana, efforts to get on the 2014 ballot are winding down.

U.S. Attorney General Endorses Reduced Sentences for Drug Crimes

The 420 Times | Posted 05.17.2014 | Crime
The 420 Times

On Thursday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appeared in front of the United States Sentencing Commission to endorse a proposal that would reduce prison sentences for people convicted of dealing drugs.

Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Regulations Passes Senate in Washington

The 420 Times | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Senate in the state of Washington has approved legislation that would basically revamp the current medical marijuana program regulations.

Washington, DC City Council Voted to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The 420 Times | Posted 05.07.2014 | DC
The 420 Times

If the bill successfully traverses the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny, those caught in possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less will be subjected to a $25 civil fine as well as having to forfeit the marijuana and any paraphernalia used to consume or carry it.

The Bogus War on Drugs

Steve Mason | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Steve Mason

Did you ever stop to think about the never ending War on Drugs? It's been going on for decades, sucking up billions of dollars and accounting for much of the prison population. And yet, anthropologists will tell you that virtually all societies regularly use some sort of drug.

Washington Lawmakers Vote to Revise Medical Marijuana Regulations

The 420 Times | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Washington House of Representatives approved legislation that would eradicate medical marijuana dispensaries, aka "collective gardens," and enforc...

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.