New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie is not what you would call an ally of the marijuana reform movement. He slow rolled the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law. He pushed to make it far more restrictive than necessary. He even conditionally vetoed a bill to help serious ill children get access to medical marijuana because he wanted the legislature to add tougher regulations. Despite all this, Christie’s official position on this issue is still better than President Obama’s.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 12, 2013 11:07 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 26, 2013 1:05 pm|
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) plans to push the Obama administration on its possible response to the legalizing of marijuana in in Colorado and Washington state. Leahy has scheduled a Senate hearing on September 10th to focus on federal marijuana policy and how it affects state laws. Attorney General Eric Holder has been invited to testify.
Holder promised an official response to Colorado and Washington state “soon”, but six months later there still has been no announcement.
|By: acmerecords Sunday August 25, 2013 4:00 pm|
The Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with a patchwork of Michigan state law enforcement entities has, over the past three weeks, conducted a series of cannabis dispensary searches in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas that have been described by the press as “smash and grab” raids.
In a series of raids beginning on July 30, agents did not leave copies of the state warrants at the three cannabis pharmacies that were raided.
|By: acmerecords Thursday August 22, 2013 6:06 pm|
Following the punch-a-hippy&sick-person scheme that has worked so well for President Obama, the White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, responding to a reporter’s question, stated on August 21, apparently reading from a prepared text, that the president will not reschedule the substance cannabis for medical or recreational use, even suggesting that Obama will not even consider rescheduling to allow for medical research of the curative and pain management potential of the promising natural medicine. And that’s the truth.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 8, 2013 6:07 pm|
A young child who suffered from constant seizures was dramatically helped when her desperate parents, Matt and Paige Figi, turned to to medical marijuana. The child suffered from hundreds of seizures a week before trying medical marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 8, 2013 11:05 am|
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, one of the best known doctors in America, has issued a very public apology for previously opposing medical marijuana. He offers a well-reasoned and well-researched case for his change of opinion that is worth a read.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 30, 2013 11:19 am|
This is a powerful symbol of how even as the DOJ stubbornly refuses to simply reschedule the plan, on a practical and popular level it has completely lost the fight against medical marijuana. It is well past time Attorney General Eric Holder ended this legal absurdity by acknowledging marijuana’s proven medical value and rescheduling it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 29, 2013 12:25 pm|
For a student of history the storyline is not new. The same thing existed with alcohol prohibition. It was called “bootleggers and baptists”, because the groups most opposed to ending prohibition were the true believers and the bootleggers getting rich off the black market. Many alcohol sellers during prohibition were even pharmacies selling “medicinal whiskey.”
While I’ve seen a fair amount written about this narrative, the actual scale of this problem for cannabis legalization so far appears to be small.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 23, 2013 1:45 pm|
Now that this new law has been signed, medical marijuana is legal in all of New England.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 18, 2013 9:30 am|
A very interesting new online survey has been released about how individuals want legal marijuana to be treated. What makes the poll so interesting is not so much the results but who the poll was conducted for, The Partnership for Drugfree.org.