06 Oct 2014

New York Times Endorses All Three Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

Marijuana legalization efforts this year got a boast from one of America’s largest and most prestigious papers. The New York Times endorsed the three marijuana legalization initiatives which are on the ballot this November in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. From NYT: In 2012, Washington State and Colorado

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03 Oct 2014

DC’s Next Mayor Will Support Efforts to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

It is effectively guaranteed that the next Washington D.C. mayor will support efforts to create a taxed and regulated marijuana system for adults in the District. At a Thursday night NPR debate the top two mayoral candidates, Democrat Muriel Bowser and Independent David Catania, not only said they plan to vote for Initiative 71 but also intend to work with the Council to create a system for the regulate production and sale of recreational cannabis.

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02 Oct 2014

The Four Big Marijuana Elections This November

This November over 14 million American voters will have a chance to directly weigh in on the issue of marijuana reform. Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and the District of Columbia all have hugely significant marijuana measures on the ballot. 1) Alaska – Ballot Measure 2, Marijuana Legalization – This measure is

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02 Oct 2014

The Indirect Victims of the Drug War

There is an incredible and deeply disturbing article in the New Yorker about a teenager that spent three years in jail as part of a pre-trial detainment, only to have his case eventually dismissed. While his case had nothing to do with drugs, the drug war played a huge role

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01 Oct 2014

First TV Ad Released for Marijuana Legalization in Oregon

With ballots set to be mailed to voters in Oregon in just a few weeks, the marijuana legalization campaign behind Initiative 91 released their first TV ad. According to the campaign, the ad is part of a $2 million advertising blitz and will run on stations all over the state.

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01 Oct 2014

Another Poll Shows Tight Race for Medical Marijuana in Florida

The new Florida Chamber Political Institute poll is the latest to show Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, right on the edge of victory or defeat. Their survey of likely voters found 59 percent planning to vote for the medical marijuana amendment, while 35 percent are opposed.

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01 Oct 2014

Marijuana Decriminalized in Maryland Starting Today

Now the penalty for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana in Maryland is a small fine instead of possible jail time. Back in April Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law SB 364, but the law didn’t take effect until today, October 1st. This makes Maryland the 17th state

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30 Sep 2014

Marijuana Legalization Endorsed by Second Largest Paper in Oregon

Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in Oregon, now has the support of the two largest papers in the state. Last month the initiative was endorsed by The Oregonian, the states largest paper, and recently the second largest daily, The Register-Guard, endorsed it as well.

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29 Sep 2014

First Ad Released for Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida

With just five weeks until the election the United for Care campaign has released their first TV ad in support of Medical Marijuana in Florida. The ad titled “It Worked” has a simple message similar to what many other states have down for over a decade. The fight over Amendment

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29 Sep 2014

California Adopts Law Ending Disparity Between Crack and Cocaine

California took an important step last night in reducing the inherent racism in its drug laws and how they are enforced. Among the dozens of bills signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday was SB 1010, The California Fair Sentencing Act, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell (D). The

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