Omnibus Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag for Marijuana Reform

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 3:00 pm

Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad.

 

D.C. Marijuana Reform Offers a Real Test of Obama’s Principles

By: Friday December 12, 2014 1:00 pm

It is time for Obama to put his money where his mouth is. Obama has often publicly claimed to care about the principles like democracy, minority voting rights, and D.C. Statehood; but has failed to fight for them when it matters. Now he faces a clear and simple test to prove if his word means anything. If he actually believes in the importance of voting rights and the “principle of District home rule,” he should use his power to to make it happen.

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:00 pm

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district’s roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. In budget negotiations, Congressional Democrats are thinking of giving in to the Republicans’ demand to effectively overturn the recent initiative.

D.C. Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Recreational Marijuana Stores

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 2:45 pm

On Tuesday the D.C. Council bill to tax and regulate marijuana was approved by the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. The bill would provide the basic framework for licensing recreational marijuana businesses and retail stores in D.C. While Initiative 71 was approved overwhelmingly by voters earlier this month, that initiative will only legalize limited possession and home cultivation for adults.

Some Congressional Republicans Look to Block Marijuana Legalization in D.C.

By: Monday November 24, 2014 2:34 pm

The people of D.C. voted overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization earlier this month but it might not happen because the 650,000 people in our nation’s capital lack basic democratic rights.

Why the D.C. Mayor’s Plan to Delay Marijuana Legalization Is a Bad Idea

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 12:36 pm

The mayor-elect of D.C. Muriel Bowser (D) supports marijuana legalization and wants it to succeed, but her current implementation plan seems to be a real mistake on both a political and policy level.

Late Night: Residents of D.C. Vote Overwhelmingly for Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 8:00 pm

The people living in our nation’s capital want marijuana to be legal. The residents of the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly for Initiative 71, to legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Millions of Americans Have a Chance to Vote on Marijuana Reform Today

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 9:10 am

Today, millions of Americans across a dozen states will have a chance to vote on marijuana reform at either the state or local level. The four biggest marijuana reform measures are on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Florida. If you want to make your voice heard on the issue, this is your chance.

Analysis: Estimating the Size of D.C. Marijuana Market

By: Friday October 31, 2014 10:11 am

With people of D.C. set to vote to legalize the possession and home cultivation of marijuana on Tuesday, and the Council already working on a tax and regulate bill, an important question is just how big will this market be. What is the local demand for marijuana among adults? It is an issue that came up several times during the Council’s public hearing on the tax and regulate bill yesterday.

To get a rough answer to this question I did a very basic analysis. These figures are meant only to provide a starting point for future discussions and to highlight why it is uniquely difficult to answer this question for D.C. The figures could be significantly off-base with numerous unknowns at the moment.

Just How Quickly Could Recreational Marijuana be for Sale in D.C.?

By: Monday October 20, 2014 8:00 am

“About four months” is theoretically the absolute fastest that stores could begin selling recreational marijuana in the District after the D.C. Council adopts new legislation, according to Rabbi Jeff Kahn. As the operator of Takoma Wellness Center, one of D.C.’s three functioning medical marijuana dispensaries, he is uniquely positioned to provide insight into this question.

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