This week Americans in several cities and small towns decided to stop waiting for their putative “representatives” (whether in DC or their local statehouses) to, you know, “represent” their interests by legalizing cannabis for consumption by adults. We are all aware – and for some time now – that a majority of Americans seek the end of the violence inducing, life destroying, bigoted, wrong-headed and not in the least effective prohibition of cannabis in the US.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 8, 2013 12:15 pm|
On Tuesday the voters in Portland, Maine’s largest city, overwhelmingly approved a local measure legalizing marijuana for adults. The measure won 67.3 percent yes to 32.7 percent no. The obvious next question is what might these results tell us about opinions across the entire state.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 5, 2013 8:29 pm|
There is a good chance a marijuana legalization initiative will be put on the statewide ballot in 2016.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 29, 2013 4:00 pm|
Maine is inching towards marijuana legalization. According to a new PPP poll, 48 percent of registered voters in Maine think marijuana should be legal in their state, while only 39 percent think it should remain illegal. An additional 14 percent are not sure.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 14, 2013 12:40 pm|
The justification for the Rude Goldberg design of the Affordable Care Act was that state based exchanges would bring the incredibly “magical” power of competition to concentrated insurance markets. So far that it doesn’t seem to live up to its promise. When the law goes into effect next year highly concentrated markets, like Maine, will remain highly concentrated.
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 4, 2013 8:44 am|
Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Maine, and Nevada are most likely to be the next five states to legalize marijuana, based on careful analysis. In the near term, two basic things are required before a state is likely to legalize marijuana. The state needs to allow citizen ballot initiatives and have an electorate ready to embrace reform.
|By: Pam Spaulding Saturday December 29, 2012 12:00 pm|
Well, it’s past midnight and the earth has not ended as we know it because same-sex couples are getting marriage licenses in Maine. Congratulations to all of the couples!
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday December 28, 2012 6:51 pm|
With Maine’s marriage equality law taking effect on Saturday, Dec. 29, Carroll Conley and Bob Emrich of the anti-gay Christian Civic League of Maine are pressing town clerks to shirk their duties by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“We want you to know that as the leaders in the Christian Civic League it’s our responsibility to provoke you to consider what is that in your hand. What is that in your hand? Maybe the Lord’s calling you to consider maybe not just retiring, not just quitting but maybe to be that one or those that stand up,” Conley said.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 8:14 am|
Last week, Thomas Cox, the Maine lawyer who performed the deposition that basically exposed robo-signing, won the $100,000 Purpose Prize for his work on behalf of homeowners at risk of foreclosure. I spoke with Cox this week to get a ground-level picture of what is happening in the courts in the post-settlement landscape. Have banks cleaned up their foreclosure practices? Are homeowners still getting the shaft?
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 7, 2012 5:30 am|
Marriage equality history was made yesterday in Maine and Maryland. For the first time ever the electorate in a state has voted to grant same-sex couples the right to get married instead of voting to take it away. A truly remarkable political and social transformation has occurred.