Cigarette Taxes and What They Mean for Legal Marijuana

By: Monday July 21, 2014 2:23 pm

Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed products in American but in the future legal marijuana could easily end up with a tax rate on par with cigarettes or even surpassing them. To understand why, you need to look at the current dynamics surrounding cigarette taxes.

 

Black Law Enforcers Take a NOBLE Stand Against the War on Cannabis

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 6:39 pm

The Grand Rapids Press and MLive Media reported Tuesday on the annual meeting of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) where conferees leveled a unified and scathing critique of the national ‘war on cannabis’ that is driven by self-serving local police, federal and state level prohibitionist politicians, private prison owners and purveyors of bigoted pseudo medical justifications, which has, according to attendees at this year’s NOBLE conference, “ruined the lives” of countless African American youths, stood as a force against medical treatment of addiction, intensified racial inequality and served to burn bridges of understanding and cooperation between law enforcers and the communities in which they serve.

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Containing Amendment to Prevent Marijuana Reform in D.C.

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 9:51 am

On Monday the White House issued a veto threat against H.R. 5016, the appropriations bill which contains the amendment from Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to prevent D.C. from spending money on marijuana decriminalization or legalization. President Obama opposes the underlying bill for several reasons laid out in the statement but did specifically mention the Harris amendment as one.

First Legal Marijuana Sale Made in Washington State

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 12:14 pm

This is a historic day in Washington State as the first legal recreational marijuana sale was made around 8:00 am this morning. A year and a half after the voters approved marijuana legalization, there is now finally a way for adults 21 and over to legally buy marijuana under Washington State’s new regulatory system, but it is not exactly easy to do at the moment.

Prescription Opioid Makers Are Big Donors to Anti-Marijuana Groups

By: Monday July 7, 2014 4:09 pm

It is worth drawing attention to the interesting correlation between medical marijuana states and prescriptions for opioid pain relievers. On average opioid prescription rates are noticeably lower in states that have medical marijuana laws. Of course correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation.

The Difference the Initiative Process Makes for Marijuana: A Tale of Two States

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 2:59 pm

To understand how important and effective the initiative process has been for advancing marijuana reform we need only look at two states recently in the news for the issue, New York and Oregon.

If You Support Democracy You Are Urged to Boycott Maryland’s Eastern Shore This Summer

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 9:00 am

The people of Washington D.C. have no democratic power so they are forced to try to use their economic power to protect the basic freedoms all other Americans take for granted. That is why D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and the group D.C. Votes are urging people to boycott Maryland’s Eastern Shore if you believe in the most basic principles of democracy.

Could Marijuana Legalization Actually Reduce the Use of Other Drugs?

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 1:18 pm

Legalization of marijuana separates the legal market for marijuana from the black market for other illegal drugs. This offers an explanation for one of the ways that legalization could result in a reduction in the use of other substances.

Dopey Prohibitionist Could Accidentally Legalize Cannabis in DC

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 8:33 am

A republican end-around to derail cannabis decriminalization in Washington DC seems to have backfired. A neo-prohibitionist lawmaker who sponsored a bill to remove funds from DC that it might have spent to carry out the decriminalization effort inadvertently created a situation where cannabis could be technically legal in our nation’s capital.

Democracy-Hating Congressman May Accidentally Legalize Marijuana in D.C.

By: Friday June 27, 2014 1:34 pm

It is tough to know if you should despise Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) more for wanting to strip a group of Americans citizens (who are predominately African-American) of their basic democratic rights or because he is just bad at his job.

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