While this isn’t new information to anyone who’s been paying attention to the issue of marijuana reform, it is great to see the New York Times lay out in detail how the origins of marijuana prohibition were based entirely on lies and racism.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:12 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 28, 2014 1:15 pm|
This Sunday’s Meet the Press panel on marijuana reform was annoying for the sheer number of bad puns and unacceptable level of laughter. But even worse was the bizarre claim made that somehow marijuana reform is being “rushed.”
Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, said “I think it’s important to have the debate. But I think it’s, I wonder what’s the rush. I mean, why not see what’s going on in the states.”
|By: Jon Walker Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00 pm|
It is worth noting this is the exact same way alcohol prohibition ended. The 21st amendment gave states the power to decide how alcohol is treated within their borders. While many states ended their own alcohol prohibitions right after some states keep their bans on alcohol going for years and even decades later. It wasn’t until 1966 when Mississippi become the last state to end its prohibition.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 25, 2014 2:31 pm|
One of the significant reasons to support marijuana reform is the huge racial disparity in marijuana arrests, but marijuana reform alone can’t fix the source of the racial bias in our justice system. What it does do is treat one of the worst symptoms of this disease.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 24, 2014 1:47 pm|
In Uruguay it was possible to set the legal age for marijuana purchasing at 18 because they don’t have a higher drinking age, but that won’t work politically in the United States.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 18, 2014 2:55 pm|
Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing marijuana isn’t enough.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 14, 2014 3:22 pm|
The start of the recreational marijuana industry in Washington State has been much delayed and a bit rocky, but any criticism of how the Washington State Liquor Control Board handled implementing the law so far should acknowledge what an unenviable task the agency was assigned.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 11, 2014 1:36 pm|
They are both upset because they claim legal marijuana stores are causing a steep rise in use and at the same time point out people don’t seem to be buying enough marijuana from these new stores.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 10, 2014 9:49 am|
After six months of legal adult-use marijuana sales we are getting our first good look at the size and shape of the cannabis market in Colorado and the big finding is total demand for marijuana in Colorado is projected to be 130.3 metric tons this year, higher than past predictions.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 9, 2014 12:12 pm|
The legal marijuana industry, because it currently exists in a nebulous legal environment created by the conflict between state and federal law, is like a series of concentric circles or a spiral of complications.