“Bootleggers and Baptists” Not a Significant Problem for Pot

By: 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.


When to Put Pot on the Ballot: 2014 or 2016?

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 11:21 am

Now that marijuana legalization initiatives have been approved in Colorado and Washington State, the big question for the marijuana reform movement is what should be the next move. Mainly, should there be a push to put similar legalization initiatives on the ballot in targeted states in 2014 or is it better to wait until the 2016 election?

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Polling Much Better This Year Than in 2010

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:14 am

If these two pollsters prove to be as accurate this election as they were last cycle, the initiatives in Colorado and Washington State will be approved. It will probably be close, but according to the polls things are looking much better for marijuana legalization this year.

Colorado Marijuana Amendment Favored by 10 Points

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 5:50 am

The voters in Colorado are currently leaning towards legalizing marijuana this year. Amendment 64, which would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over in Colorado, is currently on the November ballot and has a ten point lead in the last polling.

DEA and IRS Raid Oaksterdam University, Medical Marijuana Institution

By: Monday April 2, 2012 1:30 pm

This morning agents from both the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service raided Oaksterdam University, one of California’s most famous medical marijuana institutions. From NBC Bay Area. The raid follows another similar raid, both based on IRS rulings that such facilities may not lawfully deduct ordinary business expenses. The ruling puts all medical marijuana facilities in financial jeopardy.

Five Reasons 2012 Could be the Year for Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 8:45 am

2010 was an exciting but disappointing year for the marijuana legalization movement. California’s Proposition 19 did better than many past legalization efforts, but it still narrowly lost with 46.5% voting yes and 53.5% voting no. However, there is reason to believe this November may be different and that voters in at least one state may finally vote to end marijuana prohibition.

Obama Has Proven to Be an Adamant Opponent of Marijuana Reform

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 1:20 pm

Andrew Sullivan is still trying to defend his absurd claim that Obama somehow deserves credit for growing support for marijuana legalization. In fact, though, while the decades long trend towards greater support for marijuana legalization hasn’t stopped since Obama took office, it has continued despite the Obama Administration’s overt opposition.

51% of Colorado Voters Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 7:00 pm

Although majority support for marijuana legalization is a good sign for this Colorado campaign, it should be noted that in 2010 the California marijuana legalization measure, Proposition 19, was ahead in early polling but ended up losing narrowly on election day. This Colorado effort should be in slightly better shape than Prop 19 was because they are trying to put the issue on the ballot in a Presidential Election year. Presidential elections tend to see much higher turn out among young voters who strongly support legalization.

FDL Movie Night: One Good Year

By: Monday December 13, 2010 5:00 pm

Mikal Jakubal’s One Good Year follows several people in Southern Humboldt County who work in the area’s biggest economy: Marijuana. Jakubal follows an entire grow cycle with “mom-and-pop” growers who are part of medical marijuana collectives, people who like the majority of residents in SoHum rely on pot as their main cash crop. Join us as we discuss this movie and the promise of One Good Year.

PPIC Poll Reveals Why Californians Voted Against Prop 19

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 7:20 pm

The Public Policy Institute of California is out with their post election survey, and among the many issues they focus on is why Californians voted for or against Proposition 19, the initiative that would have legalized marijuana. This measure failed last month by a seven points, with 46.5% voting yes and 53.5% voting yes.

According to the poll, Republicans where a main cause of Prop 19 failure. Only 27% of the Republicans who voted this year cast their ballot for Prop 19, while 73% voted against the measure. Democrats and independents supported the measure at near identical rates, 56% of Democrats and 55% of independents voted yes. This shows that at least some of Prop 19′s problems came down to bad timing. This 2010 midterm election had unusually high turnout among Republicans.

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