Inventor of “synthetic pot” / “K2″ / “Spice” says legalize the natural marijuana

We get many comments on our stories about K2/Spice, the chemical “JWH-018″ and others like it that the media have dubbed “fake pot” or “synthetic marijuana.” The reason there is even such a chemical is that the scientist who invented it, John W. Huffman, could not get access to natural cannabis to study cannabinoids. […]

America’s Drug Czar: Programmed To Oppose Popular Drug Policy Reforms

Predictably. Reflexively. Mandated by law.
Yawn….
So the current U.S. drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske*, in true Pavlovian style, reacted negatively to the umpteenth commission report issued last week opining that 1) the war on some drugs has totally failed to achieve any of its stated goals, 2) policy reforms based on public health–not arrest and incarcerate–models are […]

Connecticut: Lawmakers Vote To Decriminalize Adult Marijuana Possession

Connecticut lawmakers moments ago voted 90 to 57 in favor of Senate Bill 1014, decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use by adults. Senate lawmakers had narrowly approved an amended version of the measure on Saturday; House lawmakers concurred with the Senate today, sending the measure to Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy […]

Florida Governor Rick Scott To The State’s Poor: I Want Your Urine!

By Kellen Russoniello, George Washington Law School student, NORML legal intern
On May 31, 2011, unpopular Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that mandates all those seeking public assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (commonly known as welfare) to pass a drug screen. Those that fail the test will not be eligible for […]

NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up — Vermont Approves Dispensaries, Connecticut One Vote Away From Decriminalization

Connecticut: Immediate action is needed in the Nutmeg State. Members of the state Senate on Saturday narrowly approved legislation so that the adult possession of marijuana is reduced from a misdemeanor (punishable by one year in jail and a $1,000 fine) to an infraction, punishable by a fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. This measure would similarly reduce penalties […]

Odds and Ends

Still in New York with the group until Tuesday, and on a very tight schedule, but having a great time.

There are some excellent discussions going on in the comments of the past few posts, so be sure to check those out.

Here are some more things to spark conversations (this is an open […]