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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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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.

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.