01 Dec 2014

Marijuana Legalization Passes Big Political Test in Uruguay

Marijuana legalization in Uruguay should proceed as planned. On Sunday marijuana reform survived its biggest political threat when Tabare Vazquez easily won the Presidential election by beating Luis Lacalle Pou in the run off. Tabare Vazquez is a member of the ruling Broad Front coalition, which pushed through the legalization

27 Nov 2014

Why I’m Thankful for the Recent Marijuana Legalization Victories

This Thanksgiving what I’m thankful for is the recent marijuana legalization victories in D.C., Oregon, and Alaska. In the short term, it will product positive change in these jurisdictions that should reduce wasteful arrests. In the long term, the three wins are slowly but surely pushing politicians across the country

25 Nov 2014

D.C. Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Recreational Marijuana Stores

Marijuana legalization continues to slowly but steadily move forward in our nation’s capital. On Tuesday the D.C. Council bill to tax and regulate marijuana was approved by the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. The bill would provide the basic framework for licensing recreational marijuana businesses and retail stores

24 Nov 2014

Some Congressional Republicans Look to Block Marijuana Legalization in D.C.

The people of D.C. voted overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization earlier this month but it might not happen because the 650,000 people in our nation’s capital lack basic democratic rights. Even though the people of D.C. have no representation in Congress, Congress has the power to override any local

21 Nov 2014

Congressional Research Service Report on Possibility of Taxing Legal Marijuana

If you want insight into how Congress might eventually treat marijuana when it is finally legalized at the federal level, you should read this new Congressional Research Service report on possible options for taxing cannabis. The service prepared this report at the request of members of Congress. The report looks

19 Nov 2014

The Unexpected Way Local Marijuana Taxes Can Impact Public Health

Now that voters in Oregon have legalized marijuana one of the big policy fights is whether or not to allow cities to adopt their own local marijuana taxes. It is one of the hundreds of regulatory decisions each state is going to need to make as they move forward with

19 Nov 2014

Overwhelming Support for Change to New York City’s Racist Marijuana Policy

Ending the racist and often illegal way the New York City police have abused the marijuana possession laws enjoys overwhelming support. According to Quinnipiac polling, 71 percent of New York City voters support “Mayor de Blasio’s decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, so that people found to

18 Nov 2014

Attorney General of California Calls Legalization Inevitable

In another positive sign of how quickly the debate around marijuana reform is shifting, California Attorney General Kamala Harris now thinks marijuana legalization in her state is inevitable. From Buzzfeed: “I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I’m the top cop, and so I have to look at

17 Nov 2014

Eric Holder’s Pathetic Reason for Continuing to Shirk His Responsibility on Marijuana Rescheduling

Even though Attorney General Eric Holder has both the power and duty to reschedule any drug based on the latest science, he continues to to claim rescheduling marijuana should be left to Congress. From an interview on The Marshall Project: [Holder:] I think the question of how these drugs get

17 Nov 2014

In the Future All Marijuana Edibles Might Need to Be Pre-Approved By Colorado Government

In the ongoing effort to decide how to handle the regulation of marijuana edibles, the Colorado Department of Health is planning to recommend that all marijuana products need to go through an approval process before they can be sold. The worry is that some products are too appealing or confusing