Month: January 2014

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 no exception. Happy to uphold this proud tradition, Colorado NORML and Washington NORML have made a little side bet on this historic game: If the Denver Broncos win, WA NORML has agreed to dress in Bronco […]

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 the […]

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 tracking public opinion on the issue since 1979 (when only 27 percent of adults endorsed legalization), and marks a six point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in April, 2013.

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 had three shows featuring the President of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. That would be me. Each time, she held the dump button, controlled the microphone, and was able to cut me […]

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 use […]

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 our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable.” While critiques of the War on Drugs […]

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 one ounce of pot, and replace it with a $100 civil fine, without the possibility of jail time.  Only 32% were opposed.  Interestingly, 56% of seniors, and republicans respectively, were among that nearly two-thirds majority.  The poll, […]

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 is […]

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 well […]

President Obama: Marijuana Less Dangerous Than Alcohol; Legalization in WA and CO “Important”

In a profile published online over the weekend in New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama continued his softening towards marijuana legalization. In the interview, the president alluded to his own youthful marijuana consumption and clarified that, while he doesn’t believe it to be a healthy pastime and has discouraged his daughters from its use, it is a less dangerous substance than alcohol. President Obama also stated that current moves towards legalization are important experiments that can help end discriminatory arrest practices. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as […]