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Lawmakers in the United States Lag Well Behind Their Constituents on Pot

Lawmakers in the United States Lag Well Behind Their Constituents on Pot

No one every claimed that the democratic process was inherently fast, but it sometimes seems to take forever. In the eyes of the law, a few decades is almost meaningless. However, in the eyes of the public, two decades is enough time to change things completely. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research […]

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

Congress Counters Jeff Sessions in Move to Protect State’s Rights on Cannabis

The entire cannabis community went on high alert when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to begin prosecuting those in compliance with state cannabis legalization laws. Multiple states already have functional and profitable licensing and regulation programs in place. Since Colorado legalized adult use of cannabis, more states have started to realize the potential […]

Jeb Bush Wants to Shame Unwed Mothers to Fix Society, Remains a Buffoon

Jeb Bush Wants to Shame Unwed Mothers to Fix Society, Remains a Buffoon

For those who think that Jeb Bush might represent a more moderate option for the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, think again. Many political commentators seem to think that he is moving into more moderate policy positions, including a more positive approach to immigration (which certainly has nothing to do with wanting to win the […]

West Coast Election Results: Congrats to Alaska and Oregon!

West Coast Election Results: Congrats to Alaska and Oregon!

Election 2014 is finally over, and it looks like marijuana won pretty big at the polls! Although the medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated in Florida, almost every other ballot initiative related to cannabis passed. After a long night of tallying, the results from Alaska are mostly in, and the experts are calling it: […]

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

In Alaska,citizens will vote on Ballot Measure 2, which will create a retail industry for marijuana sales and give the state government the authority to tax recreational cannabis as well. In Oregon, voters will be weighing in on Measure 91, which would also create a legal framework for the production and sale of recreational marijuana […]

Is The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Dead in the Water?

Is The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Dead in the Water?

Monday is the last day for House of Representatives to vote on the Pennsylvania state medical marijuana bill before the end of the 2014 legislative session for the state. Unfortunately, that lack of time doesn’t bode well for activists who were hoping the medical marijuana bill could pass the House in this session. The Pennsylvania […]

Why All Cannabis Advocates Should Support Hemp Legislation

Why All Cannabis Advocates Should Support Hemp Legislation

There are quite a few cannabis-related bills in Congress. In fact, a quick search showed more than 10. My favorite is HR 499, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. But according to Govtrack.us, HR 499 has a zero percent chance of passing. Why? Because it was assigned to the Judiciary Committee, which is focused on […]

Sante Fe City Council Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession!

Sante Fe City Council Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession!

Last night, the Santa Fe City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis within the city. The local ordinance passed in a very close 5-4 vote. Although there’s been no official statement as to when the ordinance will go into effect, it will make the possession of an ounce or less […]

Politician with POT-ential for Reform: Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Politician with POT-ential for Reform: Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Utah has more support than one might suspect for cannabis reform. This article will detail what Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D), District 24 (Minority Assistant Whip), thought about strictly medical marijuana in 2010 (click this link for the original article, published by this writer on 1/27/2010). When originally interviewed on the topic, years before it […]

Small Government Means Ending Prohibition: A Letter to Rand Paul

Small Government Means Ending Prohibition: A Letter to Rand Paul

Dear Sen. Rand Paul, I was reading the Huffington Post the other day and an article written by Matt Ferner had mentioned that you had submitted Amendment 3630 to Sen. John Walsh’s (D-Mont.) jobs bill on July 24th. For being a Senator with such a stout stance on limiting the size of government you surprised […]