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War on Marijuana

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Industry Would Be Worth A Fortune Under Full Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be w...

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Colorado Officials Backtrack On Call For Pot-Edibles Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Colorado health officials on Monday backtracked on their call to ban almost all recreational marijuana edibles in the state, just hours after their re...

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Alaska Law Enforcement Backs Legal Weed In New Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

In a series of television and radio ads released in Alaska Wednesday, active and retired members of the state's law enforcement community are backing ...

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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Thinks Colorado Voters Should Consider Repeal Of Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

During a gubernatorial debate Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado, between incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez,...

Carl Sagan's Drug War Questions From 24 Years Ago Are Still Spot On

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Carl Sagan, a titan of scientific thought and communication, assumed many different roles in his life -- from science's "gatekeeper," to television st...

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Colorado Governor Walks Back 'Reckless' Weed Legalization Comment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday his state's recreational marijuana law is not "reckless," as he called it a day earlier, but "risky."...

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Colorado Governor: Legalizing Marijuana Was 'Reckless'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state's legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are "reck...

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Eric Holder Signals Support For Marijuana Reform Just As He's Heading Out The Door

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

Just as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down from his post, he appears more open than ever to the argument for rescheduling marijuana as...

Different U.S. Marijuana Laws: Legal vs. Life Sentence

Adam Stites | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Stites

Texas and Washington State both have hundreds of miles of coast line and no income tax. However, when it comes to marijuana laws, the two states couldn't be more different.

States Would Reap Billions In Taxes From Legal Weed, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Money may not grow on trees, but it apparently does grow on marijuana plants. If all 50 states legalized cannabis today, they'd be collectively raking...

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Nation's Capital Ready To Legalize Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a new poll that puts support at 65 percent. The NBC4/Washington Pos...

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New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Reg...

Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Not Prison, For Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A terminal cancer patient who faced up to 15 years in prison for growing marijuana that he says was used to treat his tumors was instead sentenced to ...

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Colorado Not Suffering Buyer's Remorse Over Legal Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

Nine months after Colorado shops opened their doors to sell the first bags of recreational marijuana, a majority of state residents still support lega...

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World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

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REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

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Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears ...

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Colorado's Marijuana Black Market Is More Complicated Than It Looks

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Depending on whom you ask, Colorado's marijuana black market has either vanished or expanded since weed was legalized in the state. Mexican pot farmer...

Oregon Could Generate A Tremendous Amount Of Tax Revenue From Legal Weed

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

If voters in Oregon decide to legalize recreational marijuana this November, the state expects it could generate up to $40 million per year in tax rev...

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Gavin Newsom Will Back 'The Right Initiative' On Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, has now said he's prepared to campaign...

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Former Prison May Be Converted Into A Marijuana Shop

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

In a fitting encapsulation of how the tables have turned on U.S. marijuana policy, a former correctional facility in rural Colorado may one day be the...

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Thousands Call For NYT To Stop Drug Testing Staff For Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Media

As The New York Times continues to roll out editorials supporting the legalization of marijuana, a Change.org petition has received thousands of signa...

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Obama Won't Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Said He Should

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn't the "...

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Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving ...

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New Measure Would Protect States' Medical Marijuana Patients, Physicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patien...