31 Dec 2014

DC’s New Attorney General Says Congress Didn’t Stop Marijuana Initiative

Karl Racine, who starting next month will be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, believes the recently approved marijuana legalization initiative can move forward. He told the Washington Post: “We think Initiative 71 was basically self-enacted, just as the congresswoman does,” Racine said. “And we think there’s good support for that

29 Dec 2014

Sky Stubbornly Refuses to Fall in Colorado

I’ve spent every Christmas for the past decade in Colorado with my grandparents, and this year I noticed it was still the same beautiful state it has always been, even though recreational marijuana has now legally been for sale for a full year. The closest thing to the sky falling

16 Dec 2014

Anti-Pot Congressmen Indirectly Admit Obama Has a Way to Let DC Legalize Marijuana

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts. In the Washington Post

14 Dec 2014

Omnibus Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag for Marijuana Reform

Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad. On the positive side: Protection for medical marijuana patients. The funding bill contained a provision preventing the Department of

12 Dec 2014

D.C. Marijuana Reform Offers a Real Test of Obama’s Principles

President Obama decided to actively lobby for the omnibus spending bill, which included a policy rider intended to block marijuana legalization in D.C. after the people of the District overwhelmingly voted for it. The rider was designed to strip the basic right of democratic self determination from the voters of

09 Dec 2014

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district’s roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. In budget negotiations, Congressional Democrats are thinking of giving

08 Dec 2014

Public Overwhelmingly Wants Marijuana Legalization Left up to the States

While the country remains relatively split on whether they want marijuana to be legal, according a new poll from the Third Way, there is overwhelming consensus that the Congress should leave the issue up to the states. On the basic question of whether nor not marijuana should be legal, the

07 Dec 2014

What to do about Enhanced Marijuana Buds?

I recently came across a California product on Instagram that raises interesting policy questions. Kurupt’s MoonRock is marijuana buds that have been enhanced with hash oil and kief. The government treats distilled alcohol differently from beer. It is subject to different tax rates and rules on where and when it

04 Dec 2014

Wyoming Residents Not Ready for Marijuana Legalization

Even though recreational marijuana has been legal for over two years for their neighbors to the south the people of Wyoming continue to oppose legalizing in their own state. According to a new University of Wyoming poll, 35 percent of Wyoming residents support legalizing the personal use of marijuana for

02 Dec 2014

Legal Marijuana in the States is Undermining Illegal Marijuana in Mexico

In another sign that marijuana legalization in the United States is achieving the goals of the reform movement, there are indications that it is already undermining the illegal marijuana trade in Mexico. From NPR: “Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,”