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Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama, Please stop making jokes about weed. And while you’re at it, please stop telling young people that cannabis prohibition reform shouldn’t be a priority. You’ve been called out on this before, but clearly you are still out of touch with what’s going on in America. Yes, pot can make you laugh, and it […]

How Will Obama’s New A.G. Handle Marijuana?

How Will Obama’s New A.G. Handle Marijuana?

The following article was written by Tom Angell and was originally published by Marijuana.com. It is reprinted with permission. Tom Angell is the founder of Marijuana Majority and has previously worked for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. His perspective on the highly political process of having an attorney general nominated and approved is well-informed and […]

Hemp History Week Launches as Historic Hemp Research and Development Crops Sprout in U.S. Soil After Decades of Prohibition

Hemp History Week Launches as Historic Hemp Research and Development Crops Sprout in U.S. Soil After Decades of Prohibition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fifth annual Hemp History Week (June 2-8, 2014) began yesterday, featuring events and activities throughout all 50 states this week, to raise awareness on the environmental, economic and health benefits of industrial hemp. Organized by the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading advocacy group for industrial hemp farming legalization—Hemp History […]

DC: FREE HER Campaign and Rally June 21, 2014

DC: FREE HER Campaign and Rally June 21, 2014

The FREE HER rally and campaign is organizing women and others in support of ending mass incarceration to gather on the Washington Mall on June 21, 2014 to (1) raise awareness of the increase in the rate of incarceration of women in the United States and the impact on our children and communities,  (2) Demand […]

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

Photos Courtesy of Cheri Sicard In the course of my job as a cannabis activist I regularly say a lot of things that surprise the general public.  Since they’ve been subjected to decades of government sponsored brainwashing, most people are not up on the real facts which often run counterintuive to what’s expected: smoking marijuana […]

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

There has been a lot of talk recently about prison crowding and clemency. We are past the point of debating if our country has a prison problem. The facts that we imprison one in 100 of our citizens, and that the “land of the free” is home to 5% of the world population and 25% of its prison […]

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

UPDATE: On 3/5/15 Larry Duke was granted an immediate release from prison, after serving 26 years for a non-violent cannabis-only offense. Larry believes that his successful sentence reduction process could set a new precedent for releasing others incarcerated for similar offenses. Click here for more information.  The world is changing, and cannabis activists are celebrating […]

In the News: Racism and Marijuana Prohibition

In the News: Racism and Marijuana Prohibition

PHOTO: Chuck Grimmett, Creative Commons The surge of attention marijuana has seen over the last year has been monumental. People are fighting for their rights, demanding access to medication, and protesting jail time over a plant. Women are starting to understand their pivotal role in the success of marijuana legalization by reclaiming their identities as […]

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

IMAGE: Mickey Martin Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had some nasty words about President Obama’s recent statements on marijuana’s relative health risks and disparities in its enforcement at a recent meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association. While video or transcripts have yet to emerge, some law enforcement veterans expressed surprise […]

Why the [Pot Pun] Super Bowl Matters

Why the [Pot Pun] Super Bowl Matters

PHOTO: Jeramey Jannene, Creative Commons It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. My commenting on sports at all except the obligatory “Go Mizzou” is pretty laughable. I’m no athlete – aside from tailgating, dumb hats, cheerleaders, and local pride I don’t find the concussions, play-by-play commenting, “start-and-stoppiness,” or the needless Gatorade dumping football […]