Why a Clinton Campaign Could Be a Setback for Marijuana Reform

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 10:31 am

No one really knows where Hillary Clinton stands currently on marijuana, and that in itself is a problem. Her huge lead in the Democratic party has scared off most challengers and so far allows her to avoid the gauntlet of questions the Republican hopefuls are subjected to.


Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy, by Jon Walker

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 9:10 am

Jon Walker’s After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy combines detailed knowledge of the past and present stories and issues surrounding cannabis in the United States with a solidly based set of predictions about what the stories and issues will be like in 2030.

2 Down, 48 To Go: Celebrate Marijuana Reform’s Historic Victories

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 6:40 am

In the past year, marijuana reform advocates have accomplished what many would have considered impossible a decade ago. Just months after our historic victories in Colorado and Washington, two major polls have found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

California Lt. Gov. Newsom Tells State Democratic Party It Is Time to Back Marijuana Legalization

By: Monday April 15, 2013 1:40 pm

California Lt. Governor Gaven Newsom (D) dedicated a large segment of his speech at the state Democratic convention this weekend urging the party to support marijuana legalization. He called on his follow politicians to come out of the closet and publicly support reform.

Politicians Underestimate How Liberal Their Constituents Are: What It Means for Pot

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 11:45 am

Elected politicians in America tend to assume their constituents are significantly more conservative than they really are. This is the conclusion of a new working paper by David Broockman and Christopher Skovron that was recently highlighted on Wonkblog.

Eric Holder to Stay On as Attorney General, What Does This Mean for Marijuana Reform?

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 8:22 am

he beginning of the second term is normally a period of big changes in a presidential administration and President Obama’s is no exception. He is going to get a new Treasury Secretary, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. One notable member of the cabinet that does plan to stay on for at least the near future is Attorney General Eric Holder. This is significant for the marijuana reform movement.

Yes on I-502 Starts Airing Two New TV Ads

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 10:43 am

The ads hit on the three main selling points for why marijuana prohibition should end: 1) prohibition has failed to stop people from using marijuana, 2) it enriches criminals, and 3) legalization would free up government resources for better uses.

VICTORY! Facebook Approves Just Say Now’s Marijuana Reform Ads

By: Monday August 13, 2012 1:40 pm

We did it! Facebook is now running our marijuana reform advertisements. But thousands of you signed our petitions and contacted Facebook. The ACLU of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation spoke with Facebook on our behalf, and the social network backed down, approving our ads to run on the site.

Senate Republicans Stop New York Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:40 am

A legislative effort to reduce marijuana arrests by decriminalizing possession that is in “public view” appears to have failed in New York. The bill had passed the Democratic controlled State Assembly after being recently endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), but it failed to get a vote in the Republican controlled State Senate.

Reminder: The Netherlands Isn’t a Lawless Hellscape

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 10:35 am

Last week I visited the Netherlands. I’m happy to report the country isn’t a lawless hellscape. In fact, it’s a lovely place. Apparently, it hasn’t been overrun with gangs of dangerous drug addicts nor has it become a crime ridden anarchistic wasteland where the only law is the thunderdome. Amazingly, none of these horrible things have happened to this small country, even though it has openly allowed the use and commercial sale of cannabis for decades.

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