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April 2, 2015
04/02/2015
Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling the Number of Commutations He’s Issued

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling the Number of Commutations He’s Issued

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued in the six-plus years he’s been...
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March 18, 2015
03/18/2015
Bill Maher Champions Legal Weed On Real Time

Bill Maher Champions Legal Weed On Real Time

Maher said the generic, canned justification politicians give about their pot past is to claim that they were just young and stupid; a silly child who learned...
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March 18, 2015
03/18/2015
Obama Talks Marijuana Decriminalization and Reclassification

Obama Talks Marijuana Decriminalization and Reclassification

Only recently, with no more elections to fight for his party, has Obama started to tell interviewers that he wants softer treatment of a popular drug that...
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January 26, 2015
01/26/2015
Obama Predicts More States Will Legalize Cannabis

Obama Predicts More States Will Legalize Cannabis

While President Obama’s stance on the issue of legalization in the past have been less than sympathetic, he has recently made statements predicting a bright future for...
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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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July 31, 2014
07/31/2014
What Obama Can Do to Loosen Marijuana Laws, Even Without Congress

What Obama Can Do to Loosen Marijuana Laws, Even Without Congress

In January, Jacob Sullum called bullshit on Barack Obama’s insistence that his administration had no control over how cannabis is classified. But can the stroke of an...
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July 15, 2014
07/15/2014
The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform

The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform

In a Statement of Administration Policy, released today, President Obama’s administration took a firm stance against recent efforts by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to restrict the District...
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July 10, 2014
07/10/2014
Obama Turns Down Rocky Mountain High

Obama Turns Down Rocky Mountain High

“Do you want to hit this?” a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn’t indulge. It wasn’t the...
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June 5, 2014
06/05/2014
Federal Medical Marijuana Defendant Returns to Washington, D.C. to Lobby Senate Ahead of Imminent Vote

Federal Medical Marijuana Defendant Returns to Washington, D.C. to Lobby Senate Ahead of Imminent Vote

U.S. Senate could vote as early as next week on measure to restrict DOJ funds for medical marijuana enforcement Medical marijuana patient Larry Harvey, 70, has returned...
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June 3, 2014
06/03/2014
Medical Marijuana Scores Big House Win, But Still Faces Hurdles

Medical Marijuana Scores Big House Win, But Still Faces Hurdles

Cannabis reform won a historic vote in the House last week, which approved language blocking the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. However, backers said it’s too...
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May 19, 2014
05/19/2014
Eric Holder Reigns in DEA Chief Michelle Leonhart for Undermining Obama’s Position on Marijuana Sentencing

Eric Holder Reigns in DEA Chief Michelle Leonhart for Undermining Obama’s Position on Marijuana Sentencing

In recent talks with Attorney General Eric Holder, DEA Chief Michelle Leonhart was encouraged to tone down the Drug War propaganda she has been advancing since the...
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May 12, 2014
05/12/2014
Strictly Business: Marijuana Debate Far From Over

Strictly Business: Marijuana Debate Far From Over

It seems like every day brings a new surprise in the awkward transition of marijuana from outlaw status to social acceptance. In the blending between those ready...
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May 7, 2014
05/07/2014
Federal Judge Denies Washington Family’s State Law Defense

Federal Judge Denies Washington Family’s State Law Defense

U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle of the Eastern District of Washington rejected the planned medical marijuana defense of Larry Harvey, 70, his wife Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 55,...
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May 6, 2014
05/06/2014
Federal Medical Marijuana Defendant Larry Harvey Goes to Washington DC to Lobby Congress Ahead of May 12th Trial

Federal Medical Marijuana Defendant Larry Harvey Goes to Washington DC to Lobby Congress Ahead of May 12th Trial

  Medical marijuana patient Larry Harvey, 70, is traveling to Washington, D.C. this week to persuade Congress to stop funding unnecessary federal prosecutions like his. Harvey is...
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April 23, 2014
04/23/2014
“Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Could Be Freed Under New Federal Clemency Rules

“Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Could Be Freed Under New Federal Clemency Rules

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will soon release new, more expansive criteria for recommending federal prisoner clemency applications for President Obama to...
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April 22, 2014
04/22/2014
Five Medical Marijuana Patients From Washington State Proceed to Trial in Federal Court

Five Medical Marijuana Patients From Washington State Proceed to Trial in Federal Court

Family members from a rural area of eastern Washington are expected to go to trial next month on federal marijuana charges, despite the Obama Administration’s repeated claims...
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April 16, 2014
04/16/2014
Maine Patients, Parents, Activists Call on Obama to Remove Medical Marijuana From List of Scheduled Drugs

Maine Patients, Parents, Activists Call on Obama to Remove Medical Marijuana From List of Scheduled Drugs

Three times each day, 19-year-old Katie Solman of Bangor, Maine adds drops of a medical marijuana tincture into a cup of juice or tea and swallows it. Solman and her...
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April 8, 2014
04/08/2014
Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill to push for legislation prohibiting the federal government from restricting state medical marijuana laws. Has no one pointed out the...
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April 7, 2014
04/07/2014
Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad to Work With Congress’ to Reschedule Marijuana

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad to Work With Congress’ to Reschedule Marijuana

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to “remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the...
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April 3, 2014
04/03/2014
Obama Needs to Slap Down His Rogue DEA Chief

Obama Needs to Slap Down His Rogue DEA Chief

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart told a congressional committee today her agency is “fighting back” against Justice Department policies tolerating marijuana in states where it is legal. The...
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