Monthly Archives: May 2013

Colorado Governor Signs Historic Measures Creating Legal and Regulated Marijuana Market

Colorado Governor Signs Historic Measures Creating Legal and Regulated Marijuana Market

This week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed two historic measures into law, making Colorado the first state in the country to officially authorize a legalized and regulated cannabis market. These measures, House Bills 1317 and 1318, are the first-in-the nation regulations governing the statewide commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to those age...

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A curiosity

May 31, 2013
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A curiosity

A lot of people are now talking about Jamen Shively – a name I had not heard before Thursday. Here’s the basics:

A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by...

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Marijuana Prohibition Puts Industry Women at Risk

Marijuana Prohibition Puts Industry Women at Risk

Most women who survive violence are hesitant to seek help in general. However, women in the pot industry are under even more pressure to keep quiet because they are part of a culture that promotes secrecy.

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NORML’s Keith Stroup and Erik Altieri on The Bob Edwards Show

NORML’s Keith Stroup and Erik Altieri on The Bob Edwards Show

Last week, NORML Founder/Legal Counsel Keith Stroup and NORML Communications Director, Erik Altieri, sat down with Bob Edwards (former host of NPR’s Morning Edition) on his SiriusXM talk radio program. The three discussed a wide range of issues, including the benefits of legalization, current pending legislation, industrial hemp, and more. “You ask why legalize...

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Fail: Drug Czar Tries To Link Marijuana and Crime

Fail: Drug Czar Tries To Link Marijuana and Crime

The nation’s so-called ‘drug czar’, Gil Kerlikowske, convened a press conference last week to release new government data on drug use in America. The major talking points for the presentation were two fold: *Insist that cannabis is linked to crime *The public sentiment in favor of legalization is an unfortunate attraction to ‘bumper sticker solutions’...

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Rat Park

May 30, 2013
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Rat Park

We’ve showcased the outstanding work of cartoonist Stuart McMillan before.

Well, Stuart has a new drug-war-related piece about the Rat Park experiments led by Professor Bruce Alexander who saw the flaw in the research that had seemed to suggest hopeless addiction was inevitable with easy access to drugs.

Particularly if you’re not familiar...

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Another data point in ‘Prison isn’t the only metric in ruined lives’

May 29, 2013
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Another data point in ‘Prison isn’t the only metric in ruined lives’

Let’s stop wrecking lives over a bag of weed by Paul Zuckerberg in the Washington Post.

In a little office on the third floor of Metropolitan Police Headquarters on Indiana Avenue NW is a small window to the future — open to some, closed to many. This is where you get your D.C. “police...

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Brookings Institute Webcast: The Politics Of Marijuana Legalization

Brookings Institute Webcast: The Politics Of Marijuana Legalization

Update: Watch the very interesting panel discussion—where the major take away point from the data and interpretation of it is that it unlikely that the country will return to a time when a majority of Americans support cannabis prohibition law enforcement. Watch video here. Also and maybe of far greater significance is the white...

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International discussions on drug policy reform

May 28, 2013
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International discussions on drug policy reform

The Global Drug Prohibition Regime: Half a Century of Failed Policymaking?

This is a very good 16-minute video put together by the always excellent Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.

The participants of the discussion forum were: Sandeep Chawla, Deputy Executive Director and Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs...

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Why are we so upset? After all, there are relatively few people in federal prison just for marijuana possession.

May 26, 2013
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Why are we so upset? After all, there are relatively few people in federal prison just for marijuana possession.

That’s the mantra we hear over and over from the apologists for bad policy like Kevin Sabet and Keith Humphreys.

Of course, this argument has so many holes in it you could drive a SWAT team through it.

Most marijuana cases are handled at the city or state level, not federal local level, so...

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