Four Reasons the D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Be the Most Interesting to Watch

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 2:52 pm

Marijuana legalization is going to be on the ballot in three big jurisdictions this November: Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C.. Of the three D.C.’s Initiative 71 should be the one most interesting to watch unfold.

Here are 4 reasons why:


Drug Policy Alliance Hires New Organizer, Dr. Malik Burnett, to Advance Marijuana Legalization in D.C.

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 11:28 am

Efforts to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia received a boost today with the Drug Policy Alliance hiring Dr. Malik Burnett as a full time organizer for the district. Burnett is a graduate of Duke University who told me he took on this new challenge because he believes “our Nation’s drug policies are out [...]

Why the California Legislature Shouldn’t Punt on Pot Legalization

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 10:26 am

The big marijuana news this week is that it is unlikely a legalization initiative will get on the 2014 ballot in California. This is not a failure, only a temporary delay because the well-financed coalition decided to wait until 2016 when a Presidential election would produce a better turnout. In light of this decision it would be best if the California legislature would use this window of opportunity to approve their own legalization law.

What should be clear to everyone is that legalization in California is now inevitable.

Over the Past Decade NYC Spent a Million Police Hours on Marijuana Possession

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 9:25 am

During Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure New York City spent over a million police hours processing misdemeanor marijuana arrests due in large part to the controversial stop and frisk policy that targets minority communities. According to the findings of a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, from 2002 to 2012 roughly 440,000 low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests were made.

Obama Has Proven to Be an Adamant Opponent of Marijuana Reform

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 1:20 pm

Andrew Sullivan is still trying to defend his absurd claim that Obama somehow deserves credit for growing support for marijuana legalization. In fact, though, while the decades long trend towards greater support for marijuana legalization hasn’t stopped since Obama took office, it has continued despite the Obama Administration’s overt opposition.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in NY to Reduce “Public View” Marijuana Penalties

By: Monday May 16, 2011 7:15 pm

The move is in response to increasing media scrutiny over the horrific way New York City has been enforcing “public possession” marijuana laws. The enforcement has been extremely racially biased, with almost all those arrest being black or Latino. Even worse, reporting by WNYC showed how the NYPD has been tricking people into showing their marijuana, violating people’s civil rights with illegal searches, and lying in official reports to claim the marijuana they found hidden on a person was in “public view,” so it would carry a higher penalty.

In NYC 86% of Low-Level Marijuana Arrests are Black or Latino

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 4:00 pm

While opposition to marijuana prohibition has risen in recent years; yet under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration New York City has dramatically stepped up its marijuana arrests. The NYPD now spends a huge amount of police time and money arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses.

Marijuana Legalization: Demographics is Destiny

By: Saturday November 6, 2010 10:00 am

One of my first observations about the defeat of California’s Proposition 19 was how important turnout demographics were to the final outcome.

While I will need to wait for official final turnout numbers from the California Secretary of State to determine what impact Prop 19 had on youth turnout, it is clear from the available data that the initiative didn’t bring out young voters in the levels they normally do for presidential elections (as opposed to midterms).

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