Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and reduce penalties from arrest to a small fine. This is an important step forward for a city that arrests one person for marijuana possession every two hours on average: the highest per capita marijuana arrest rate in the country.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday April 7, 2014 3:19 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 4, 2014 12:20 pm|
The process of setting up a legal recreational marijuana system in Washington State continues to be hit with delays. It looks like the first marijuana stores in the state probably won’t open until July.
|By: patrick devlin Wednesday April 2, 2014 7:13 pm|
An overwhelming majority of residents in Dane County, WI (home of Madison, the state’s capitol and the University of Wisconsin) voted to express their desire for the state’s politicians to legalize cannabis in the state on Tuesday.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday March 29, 2014 9:16 am|
As with all marijuana polling there is a big generational divide. It has majority support among voters under 46 but it is still opposed by a significant number of senior citizens. Clearly the demographics should help to steadily increase support in the future.
|By: patrick devlin Friday March 21, 2014 5:08 pm|
The state legislature in Georgia has adjourned failing to pass a well-supported law allowing young sick Georgians to seek relief with cannabis medicines as US citizens in 20 other states are allowed to do.
A bill legalizing heavily restricted sales of cannabis to child patients who suffer from seizure disorders in Georgia landed on the trash pile after elected officials failed to move on the legislation.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 12, 2014 1:39 pm|
A slim majority of Marylanders believe that marijuana should be legal in their state. The newly released Goucher Poll found 39.4 percent of adults think pot should remain illegal while 50.1 percent the use of marijuana should be made legal.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 11, 2014 8:05 am|
We now have real proof that if you legalize, regulate and tax marijuana people will move to this legitimate market. The first official figures from the Colorado Department of Revenue show that during the first month of legal recreational marijuana sales the state generated just over $2 million in revenue from it. The money comes from licensing fees, an excise tax, a special marijuana sales tax, and the regular state sales taxes.
Combined with the revenue generated from medical marijuana taxes and fees the state made just over $3.5 million off marijuana in January.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday March 9, 2014 1:59 pm|
What will you be doing in 2030?
If I survive that long, I’ll be 84 years old. My dad lived to be 87, my mom to 94, so there’s a chance I’ll be around. Will I be using cannabis then, if I’m still around? If so, it will be in a vastly different legal and social framework than what exists now.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday March 6, 2014 8:30 am|
To demonstrate how widespread support for marijuana legalization is now in the United States, this map was created showing all the states where at least one poll found a majority backs legalization. Several states in blue on the map, like Vermont and Maine, probably also have majorities that back legalization but there doesn’t seem to be any recent polling on the question.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 25, 2014 8:25 am|
Limited marijuana possession has been legal for over a year in Colorado and retail shops have been open for almost two months. This means there is now real data showing that legalization is going well and mostly as its backers intended. These five numbers tell the story…