Month: June 2015

House votes to protect some state marijuana laws

The House voted on a number of amendments yesterday regarding marijuana and the states. This is another sign of how far we’ve come. Reform in the federal legislature is generally the slowest.

Tom Angell from Marijuana Majority sent me some details on the votes:

The one to protect state medical marijuana laws — sponsored by […]

New NORML Political Director

When my answer to the questions, “So what do you want to do?” changed from “I don’t know” to “I want to advocate for marijuana law reform” I got surprised faces, sometimes gasps, many smiles and A LOT of what I like to call, hushed support. Hushed support is the kind of support where someone congratulates you and tells you how much they agree with you, but also lowers their voice in hopes that no one else was paying attention. As a born and raised Floridian, I understood the hesitancy […]

House Floor Vote To Protect States’ Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress

Members of the United States House of Representatives are anticipated to vote this week on a series of amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. Specifically, Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) are introducing an amendment intended to halt the federal prosecution of those individuals involved in marijuana-related activities that are compliant with the laws of their states. Please contact/call your US Representative via NORML’s Take Action Center here to support the McClintock/Polis amendment.

The Feeling of Freedom in Colorado

Having just spent the last few days attending the annual NORML Aspen Legal Seminar, I wanted to share some observations about the experience of spending time in a state that no longer cares if I smoke marijuana or not. And as you might expect, it feels wonderful. No longer must I deal with the fear of being arrested and jailed — treated like some dangerous or undesirable person who needs to be restrained to protect the good citizens who do not smoke. That, obviously, is the most important change. Second, […]