Category: Law & Politics

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News and commentary on cannabis law and politics

August 21, 2014
08/21/2014
Medical Marijuana Update (2014.08.20)

Medical Marijuana Update (2014.08.20)

014 There will be no medical marijuana initiative in Oklahoma this year, Jeb Bush comes out against Florida’s medical marijuana initiative, San Diego patients are trying a...
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August 21, 2014
08/21/2014
Steelers Running Backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Charged With Marijuana Possession

Steelers Running Backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Charged With Marijuana Possession

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, when a 20 gram bag of marijuana...
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August 21, 2014
08/21/2014
Public Funds Paying for “Educational Tour” Against Oregon Marijuana Initiative

Public Funds Paying for “Educational Tour” Against Oregon Marijuana Initiative

014 Proponents of Measure 91, which would make marijuana legal for adults in Oregon and regulate cultivation and retail sales, are up in arms at the discovery that federal funds are being...
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August 21, 2014
08/21/2014
Hickenlooper: Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’

Hickenlooper: Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’

Gov. Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes on recreational marijuana legalization. “I think done a pretty good...
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August 21, 2014
08/21/2014
A Classic Example of Why Regulating Marijuana in California Is So Tricky

A Classic Example of Why Regulating Marijuana in California Is So Tricky

California still has no centrally-run state program to license and regulate medical marijuana cultivation and facilities, even 18 years after the passage of Prop 215 and the...
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August 20, 2014
08/20/2014
Jackie Chan’s Son Becomes Unwitting Star in China’s Anti-Drug Campaign

Jackie Chan’s Son Becomes Unwitting Star in China’s Anti-Drug Campaign

During a morning news segment, CCTV aired pixelated footage showing Jaycee Chan, the son of martial arts legend Jackie Chan, being interrogated by police about drug possession....
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August 20, 2014
08/20/2014
Alaska Marijuana Initiative Trails in Poll

Alaska Marijuana Initiative Trails in Poll

The people trying to legalize marijuana in Alaska are in for a tough battle, if the most recent Public Policy Polling survey is any indicator. That poll, taken at...
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August 20, 2014
08/20/2014
South Portland City Council Places Measure on November Ballot That Would Make Marijuana Possession Legal for Adults

South Portland City Council Places Measure on November Ballot That Would Make Marijuana Possession Legal for Adults

The South Portland City Council voted unanimously on Monday to place a measure on the November ballot that would make private marijuana possession legal for adults within...
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August 20, 2014
08/20/2014
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Campaign Says It Is Buying $2.3 Million in TV Ads This Fall

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Campaign Says It Is Buying $2.3 Million in TV Ads This Fall

Oregon officials running the marijuana legalization measure on the November 4 ballot say they have reserved $2.3 million in TV advertising for what they say will be...
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August 19, 2014
08/19/2014
Poll: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Support Reforming State’s Marijuana Laws

Poll: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Support Reforming State’s Marijuana Laws

Nearly seven out of ten Pennsylvania voters believe that marijuana should be legal for either medicinal or recreational use, according to the results of a statewide survey released by...
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August 19, 2014
08/19/2014
Pot Arrests Generate Bank for Law Enforcement, Have Racial Bias

Pot Arrests Generate Bank for Law Enforcement, Have Racial Bias

Latino and Black people are over 3 times more likely to suffer harsh judicial consequences for cannabis possession than Caucasians, even though the rate of consumption is...
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August 19, 2014
08/19/2014
Driving High in the Mile High: Colorado’s Drugged Driving Law

Driving High in the Mile High: Colorado’s Drugged Driving Law

Prior to Amendment 64, Colorado had a decriminalized outlook on marijuana while driving, meaning that getting caught with pot was the equivalent of running a stop sign....
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August 18, 2014
08/18/2014
Massachusetts: In Halls of Academia, Medical Marijuana an Unwelcome Guest

Massachusetts: In Halls of Academia, Medical Marijuana an Unwelcome Guest

Although medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts for nearly two years, many local colleges are putting out the message to students as the fall semester nears:...
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August 18, 2014
08/18/2014
California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies

California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies

A controversial bill that would have imposed statewide regulations on California’s multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry died yesterday in Sacramento. The bill, Senate Bill 1262, was blocked by...
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August 18, 2014
08/18/2014
Organizers: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Will Fall Short

Organizers: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Will Fall Short

An effort to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma likely won’t be included on the November ballot because advocates won’t be able to collect enough petition signatures ahead...
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August 15, 2014
08/15/2014
Rural Arizona Medical Marijuana Users May Regain Right to Grow

Rural Arizona Medical Marijuana Users May Regain Right to Grow

Some medical marijuana users outside Arizona’s metro areas may soon regain the right to grow their own. Patients have to get it from a state-regulated dispensary if they...
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August 15, 2014
08/15/2014
Colombia President Supports Allowing Medical Marijuana

Colombia President Supports Allowing Medical Marijuana

Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, signaled his support Thursday for a bill that would allow the medical use of marijuana, which the Colombian Congress will debate in...
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August 15, 2014
08/15/2014
British Columbia: Medical Pot Cookie Prohibition Ruled Unconstitutional

British Columbia: Medical Pot Cookie Prohibition Ruled Unconstitutional

It’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical marijuana users from possessing pot-laced products, such as cookies or body creams, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge rules. Parliament has been...
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August 15, 2014
08/15/2014
Medical Marijuana Update (2014.08.13)

Medical Marijuana Update (2014.08.13)

California’s controversial medical marijuana regulation bill is going down to the wire, Delaware will soon see its first dispensary, Guam will vote on a medical marijuana initiative...
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August 15, 2014
08/15/2014
The Share of Arrests for Marijuana Possession Has More Than Tripled Since 1991

The Share of Arrests for Marijuana Possession Has More Than Tripled Since 1991

While the number of arrests for all offenses has declined nationally since 1991, the share of arrests related to simple marijuana possession has more than tripled over the same...
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