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.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 7, 2014 12:19 pm|
If all goes as planned the citizens of Washington D.C. will be joining the people of Oregon and Alaska in voting on to make possession of marijuana legal this November. On Monday the campaign submitted over 57,000 raw signatures to the Board of Elections to get their initiative on the ballot.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 1, 2014 8:59 am|
If Oregon voters legalize marijuana this year, the state could end up with the best local option rules for legal marijuana so far — and we will mostly have a more than century-old law and the enduring power of status quo bias to thank.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 27, 2014 11:16 am|
I can confidently report that no one was murder, tortured, kidnapped or mutilated to send a message at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver. Also I didn’t witness anyone being given the choice of the “silver or the lead” to take a bribe or face death. It was mostly middle-aged businessmen in khakis networking and talking about equipment specifications.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 24, 2014 1:11 pm|
The marijuana legalization ballot measure put forward by New Approach Oregon is now the only one that stands a chance of making it on the ballot this year. The main organizer behind a competing legalization initiative, The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, announced they will not be able to gather enough signatures by the beginning of next week.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 24, 2014 10:00 am|
If more in the media would stop looking at the issue as primarily a source of cheap jokes and even worse puns, they might see it is one of the most significant, far-reaching, and fast-moving political issues in the nation. Regardless of how you feel about the topic, it is remarkable to consider how the tentacles of marijuana’s illegal status touch so many other issues. Below are just a few reasons it is the most interesting subject being seriously debated in politics at the moment.