It has now been eight months since Amendment 64 officially went into effect in Colorado and the voters remain happy with their decision to legalize marijuana. Direct experience with legalization caused no noticeable change in opinions on the issue in either direction.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 6, 2013 11:10 am|
As of today, it has been exactly nine months since the people of Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize cannabis for adults. It has been eight months since the law went into effect in Washington State and it has been almost half a year since federal Attorney General Eric Holder promised the state attorney generals that the federal government would decide how to handle the issue “relatively soon.”
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday July 30, 2013 6:00 pm|
Martha and the Vandellas would have loved it. Metaphorically speaking, the New York Times practically swooned over it. (“An unforgiving heat wave held much of the West in a sweltering embrace over the weekend, tying or breaking temperature records in several cities, grounding flights, sparking forest fires, and contributing to deaths.”) It was a “deadly” heat wave, a “record” one that, in headlines everywhere, left the West and later the rest of the country “sweltering,” and that was, again in multiple headlines, “scary.”
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 2, 2013 7:15 pm|
The Colorado Department of Revenue has officially released the rules under which the newly legalized marijuana retail market will be regulated. The emergency rules provide clear insight into what the market should be like once stores start officially opening next year.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 30, 2013 11:06 am|
This is a been a bad few weeks for Holder. He has increasingly come under attack from members of Congress and the media for his department’s investigation of journalists. Several politicians, legal scholars and media personalities have called for his resignation. This has put Holder in full damage control mode at the moment.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 28, 2013 1:45 pm|
Colorado now has laws governing the legal market for recreational marijuana. Today Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a set of bills that regulate all parts of the new industry including everything from licensing, how marijuana will be grown and labeling requirements.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 23, 2013 10:20 am|
Tancredo’s hard-right position on several issues should make it very difficult for him to win in a general election, but his base of support among conservatives and high name recognition means he should be a real force in what looks like a crowded Republican primary. Hickenlooper will either face Tancredo in the general election or another Republican who will probably first need to tack right to win an expensive primary.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 9, 2013 11:45 am|
Last year voters in Colorado legalized marijuana but a legal marijuana market can’t exist until the regulations governing one are created. Throughout the week the Colorado legislature moved forward by adopting several bills which would regulate and tax recreational marijuana for adults. The provisions in the bills are a mix of the good, the bad, the common sense and the mundane.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday April 20, 2013 10:40 am|
It is 4/20 again and time for my annual review of the progress the marijuana reform movement has made in the past 365 days. Without a doubt this was the best year for the movement so far, in the future it may be looked back on as the single most significant year in the long process of ending marijuana prohibition.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 11, 2013 1:00 pm|
After more than five months since the voters in Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana there still has been no official decision from the Obama administration on how they plan to handle the federal-state conflict. A new Congressional Research Service report outlines what the administration’s options are.