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Marijuana CEO Maligns Stoner Culture, Then Appropriates Bob Marley

Russ Belville | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Russ Belville

Amazing how much Brendan Kennedy's opinion of Bob Marley has changed when there is millions of dollars to be made on stoner culture. As Marley once said, "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."

District Attorney Who Opposed Oregon Legalization In Charge Of Implementing Marijuana Regulations

Russ Belville | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

In addition to being opposed to the measure he's now tasked with implementing, Rob Patridge lacks the fundamental understanding of both the science of cannabis use and the language of Measure 91.

Southern Oregon's KTVL Gives Cops Free 5-Minute Anti-Measure 91 Ad

Russ Belville | Posted 10.30.2014 | Media
Russ Belville

Why would a journalist produce such a one-sided hit piece to help law enforcement spread their message on television and why a news station would let her do so without affording the opposition to a chance to rebut.

Oregon Anti-Pot Campaign Head Used Gov't Job to Enrich Anti-Pot Crusader

Russ Belville | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Now I have emails from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that show the turmoil within the bureaucracy this August once their public grant money shenanigans were exposed.

No on Measure 91 Campaign Makes The Case FOR Legalizing Marijuana

Russ Belville | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

On Friday, Mandi Puckett, the head of the No on Measure 91 campaign trying to defeat legalization in Oregon, held a press conference Friday that was c...

Oregon Drug Summit "Intentionally Planned" Around Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Thanks to a recent Open Records Request, we find emails to Jefferson County DA Steven LeRiche that prove that tour organizers hold these summits to attack legalization on the ballot.

Oregon Drug Abuse Officials Wanted To Pay Legalization Opponent Over $40,000 With Public Money

Russ Belville | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

I've concluded my last of seven stops following Kevin Sabet around Oregon as he performed a so-called "educational" tour two weeks prior to the mailing of ballots in Oregon that include marijuana legalization. Here's what I've found.

District Attorney Intimidates Oregon Citizen Seeking Open Records

Russ Belville | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.

Time to Listen to the Experts on Legalizing Drugs

Diane Dimond | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.

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.

Elise Foley

GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Vote...

Congressman Blumenauer Addresses IRS vs. Legal Marijuana This Saturday

Russ Belville | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Blumenauer is well-known in Washington DC for his bow ties and dedication to bicycling. Yet this quintessentially liberal environmentalist from Portland teamed up last year with the conservative head of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, to call for sweeping changes to US tax laws.

US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

Russ Belville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration to investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon's upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91.

Fed Tax Money Supports Campaign Against Oregon's Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Kevin Sabet, is bringing his road show to Oregon on the taxpayer's dime to campaign against Measure 91, our initiative to legalize marijuana.

Crime Is Up in Colorado: What That Tells Us About Pot Legalization and, Perhaps More Importantly, Lazy Reporting

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Crime
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Can we blame legal pot? We do not know whether legalization has anything to do with it. But we do know that reputable news organizations should stop relying on the Big Marijuana lobby for statistics.

Marijuana Should Be Legal, but We Should Protect Our Kids

David Sheff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
David Sheff

It's not often that the White House responds directly to a newspaper op-ed, as it did last week when the New York Times editorial board published its ...

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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.