Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse

Generic 2 November 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuana’s promising role in mitigating opioid abuse and dependency. [...]

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Time To Move Beyond Street Theater

Generic 11 April 2016 | 0 Comments

I cringed last weekend when I saw news photos of a protest and demonstration in front of the White House in which the most notable image was a 51-foot inflatable “joint.” That’s right. Here we are in 2016 on the verge of finally ending marijuana prohibition, and some activists seem caught in a time warp, [...]

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Why Pot Smokers Owe a Lot to the Progressive Era

Generic 31 March 2015 | 0 Comments

While it may not be apparent to casual observers of the current drive to legalize marijuana in America, we are truly the beneficiaries of political reforms adopted during what is generally referred to as the Progressive Era. This period of social activism and political reform in America is generally defined as beginning in 1890 and [...]

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Pot Protestivals and the Role They Play in the Legalization Movement

Generic 29 July 2014 | 0 Comments

As we approach the late summer/early fall festival season, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the annual pro-pot festivals, sometimes called “protestivals.” In the early years of the marijuana legalization movement, pro-pot events in the same vein of the Civil Rights Movement’s lunch counter “sit-ins” occurred. These cannabis community events were called “smoke-ins,” [...]

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District Of Columbia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

Generic 17 July 2014 | 0 Comments

A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25.00 fine-only violation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Washington, DC City Council members overwhelmingly approved the legislation, entitled “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act,” this past spring. The measure amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up [...]

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