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Too feckless to lead

January 26, 2014
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Too feckless to lead

Nick Gillespie has an absolutely scathing OpEd in Time: Obama’s Unfathomable, Bottomless, Contemptible Cowardice on Pot

What does it say about our elected representatives when even a president who grants that marijuana is no “more dangerous than alcohol,” jokes about his past drug use, and faces no more elections in his lifetime is terrified...

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Florida: Medical Cannabis Measure Qualifies For 2014 Ballot

The Florida Division of Elections today confirmed that proponents of a 2014 statewide measure to allow for the physician-supervised use of cannabis have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Proponents of the measure still await a ruling from the Florida Supreme Court as to whether the measure will appear...

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Feds To Issue Banking Guidelines For Businesses Engaged In Cannabis Commerce

Federal officials are poised to unveil new regulations allowing for financial institutions to legally interact with licensed businesses that are engaged in cannabis commerce. "They (retail facilities that dispense cannabis) want to be able to use the banking system," US Attorney General Eric Holder said. "And so we (the Obama administration) will be...

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Colorado and Washington NORML: Cannabis Gets a “Super-Bowl” to Highlight Marijuana Law Reforms!

Colorado and Washington NORML: Cannabis Gets a “Super-Bowl” to Highlight Marijuana Law Reforms!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bud Bowl. Weed Bowl. Fill a Bowl. Stoner Bowl. Super Stupor Bowl. Whatever you call it, the teams from Denver and Seattle are in it to win it! And so are cannabis consumers! The annual Super Bowl is always a great time for a few friendly wagers, and cannabis consumers are...

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You can bank on it (updated- maybe you can’t)

January 24, 2014
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You can bank on it (updated- maybe you can’t)

Attorney General Eric Holder: Feds to let banks handle pot money at Politico

The Obama administration will soon announce regulations that allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

“You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use...

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CBS Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Marijuana Should Be Legal

A majority of US adults believe that the consumption of marijuana ought to be legal, according to the results of a nationwide CBS poll released today. Fifty-one percent of respondents answered affirmatively to the question, "Should marijuana use be legal." The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been...

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Does Your Babysitter Smoke Pot?

Does Your Babysitter Smoke Pot?

The way Nancy Grace on the HLN network screams about your baby sitter being on pot can make you think she is on crack. But the truth is she is not. She is in show business, knows a good topic, and can figure out how and when to run with it. Last week she...

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More third-way nonsense

January 23, 2014
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More third-way nonsense

Jacob Sullum nails it: Chris Christie Will End The War On Drugs – Just Like Obama Did

It turns out that Christie, who first called the war on a drugs a “failure” in 2012 (eight years after Barack Obama did), has something similar in mind. He does not want to stop responding to drug...

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Governor Christie’s Marijuana Plan: Say One Thing, Do Another

Governor Christie’s Marijuana Plan: Say One Thing, Do Another

During his second inaugural address, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had some harsh words for our War on Drugs: “We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse,” Governor Christie stated, “We will make drug treatment available to as many of...

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62% of Georgia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization

62% of Georgia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Atlanta, GA – A newly released poll found that over half of Georgia voters support a marijuana legalization policy similar to that of Colorado and Washington (54%), however that same report found that even larger majority supports decriminalization.  62% of respondents believe that the state should remove criminal penalties for possession of less than...

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Open Thread

January 21, 2014
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Open Thread

Of course, the two big stories in the news right now are the Superbowl and the President’s comments on marijuana.

Go to Google News and type in Obama and marijuana and you’ll get a ton of articles. Great opportunities for commenting.

Couple of things to watch out for.

1: Kevin and the SAM crowd...

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The President talks about drugs

January 19, 2014
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The President talks about drugs

Here’s the section on marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs in the extensive New Yorker interview by David Remnick with President Obama:

When I asked Obama about another area of shifting public opinion—the legalization of marijuana—he seemed even less eager to evolve with any dispatch and get in front of the issue. “As has been...

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