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Marijuana Legalization Could Cut Violent Crime

The 420 Times | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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.

18 in Congress Tell Obama to Give Pot a Chance

The 420 Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Eighteen members of the United States Congress this week wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I outlaw to a lower level that would allow medical uses.

Obama Legalizes Limited Hemp Farming

The 420 Times | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Maybe the Prez is mellowing out just a little. He actually signed a bill into law that grants limited legal status to the outlaw industry of hemp production.

The Gospel And Pot: What Would Jesus Do?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Sunday’s Super Bowl was dubbed by some as the “pot bowl,” as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks hail from the two states whe...

Legalize It -- The Economic Argument

Ranjit Dighe | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Ranjit Dighe

Just as the Super Bowl is a monument to commerce, arguments about legalizing marijuana tend to contain a lot of dollar signs.

Legal Marijuana: a Tale of Two Coasts

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

I have spent almost 30 years studying the history and progress of our nation's drug policy and working toward reform. I believe the harms resulting from the prohibition of drugs, particularly marijuana, put our children at much greater risk than legalization does.

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.

Publicly Traded Company to Go Into Marijuana Cultivation

Abdullah Saeed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Abdullah Saeed

Terra Tech, a hydroponic farming specialist operating in New Jersey and California, announced it is applying for a license to operate a cannabis farming facility and dispensary under recently implemented changes to Nevada's medical cannabis laws.

DEA Chief Says Legalization is 'Reckless and Irresponsible'

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The clouds have parted. The birds are chirping. It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this ...

Reality Enters the Political Conversation

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The dawning of the new year may usher in a seismic shift for at least two subjects in the political arena, because for the first time both proponents and opponents will be forced to frame their arguments based on actual, verifiable reality rather than just wildly overblown hopes or fears.

New York Governor To Announce Plans To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The 420 Times | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

It's been reported that New York's Governor Cuomo has a strategy to use executive action rather than legislative to bring the legal use of marijuana for medical dedications to his republic.

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

What Does America Think About Pot?

Russ Belville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Now that two states have legalized marijuana use for adults and 20 states have protections for medical use of cannabis, it is clear that American attitudes toward marijuana have changed drastically.  Here are five opinions that a majority of Americans hold toward pot, according to the latest opinion polls.

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

Corker-Hoeven Provision Would Exacerbate the Immigration Death Trap

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

On the weekend of a different 9/11 -- the one in 1998 -- four migrants died trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. On Friday, the body of...

Marijuana Opinion Polling: Be Cautious Amidst the Hype

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

People's image of marijuana legalization, however, is not consistent with this new corporate reality. Folks are still stuck in the 1970s -- they think of peace loving, drum playing, harmless pot smokers who just want to light up without the hassle of the law.

Drunk vs. Stoned

Posted 08.26.2013 | Comedy

This man is truly a hero for a time. With no regard for his own well-being, he set out to discover whether people function better really drunk, or rea...

What Dr. Sanjay Gupta Doesn't Tell Us About Weed

Sue Rusche | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Sue Rusche

There are some things he doesn't tell us, things that contribute more, rather than less, to the confused picture most Americans, especially young Americans, have about marijuana.