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.
|By: Zach Tomanelli Wednesday April 24, 2013 6:40 am|
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Brian Sonenstein 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday April 6, 2012 12:58 pm|
Following the raid on Oaksterdam University earlier this week, in which federal agents from the IRS and DEA seized bank accounts, plants, computers and records from the industry training center, founder and Prop 19 sponsor Richard Lee announced today that he will be leaving the business.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 30, 2012 8:45 am|
So far every attempt by Obama to directly reach out to young voters through some form of online question and answer system has resulted in young adults overwhelming voting to confront the President with questions about our government’s marijuana policies. It happened with his transitional website Change.gov, his first Youtube townhall and with the White House’s new “we the people” petition site. Now it’s happened again.