Category: legalization

Family Claims Marijuana Killed Their Son

Getty The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent can go through. It can lead to many reactions, grief being the most palpable. But often it also leads to something else: a search for answers. Why would someone so young lose their life so early in its span? Sometimes the answer is easy to ascertain, things like car accidents and drug overdoses are causes that are easy to see. But when the cause is unknown, it can make an already unbearable situation even harder to handle. A good example of this is the death of Michael...

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Cards Against Humanity Donates $70,000 to the Marijuana Policy Project of Illinois

Getty Cards Against Humanity might call their product the “party game for horrible people,” but they’ve recently shown that the opposite is true. According to a recent report from Inc., Cards Against Humanity donated $70,000 to the Marijuana Policy Project with the hopes that it will help forward the efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis in their state of Illinois. Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity says the $70,000 has come from sales of their “Weed Pack” deck expansion. The card game’s co-creator, Max Temkin, understands the absurdity of the drug war failure. “State and national politics are incredibly screwed up right...

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The DOJ Recommends No Changes to Marijuana Policy

Getty It’s been about three months since Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the Department of Justice to assemble a task force to determine the best approach to certain policies, including the charging and sentencing of federal marijuana cases. Since then, many folks have been questioning exactly what this report would turn up – with many suggesting that they may find a way to link cannabis to violent crime as a reason to enforce harsher sentences. However, this week the DOJ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety “has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance...

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Cannabis Law But “Worries Terribly” About Potential Consequences

Getty Since Massachusetts voters approved a law to legalize the use, possession and sale of cannabis in last November’s election, lawmakers have been looking at ways to “improve” that law. From the start they pushed back recreational sales of cannabis by six months to summer 2018, and it didn’t stop there. Some lawmakers wanted to further restrict the number of plants allowed to be grown and raise taxes, among other issues. Luckily, only part of those changes made it into the final version of the bill approved by legislature – the tax hike from 12 percent to 17-20 percent....

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NJ Senator Cory Booker Presents the “Marijuana Justice Act of 2017”

Flickr @ Mobilus In Mobili New Jersey Senator Cory Booker recently presented the “Marijuana Justice Act of 2017,” a measure that, if passed, would destroy federal marijuana prohibition as we know it. It would completely remove cannabis from the Federal Controlled Substances Act, ending marijuana prohibition on the federal level. This would allow states a free hand to decide their own cannabis policy, free from federal interference or oversight. But wait, there’s more! It would also cut federal funding to states that disproportionately arrest and/or incarcerate low-income individuals and/or people of color for marijuana offenses, as well as give...

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Colorado District Attorney Claims Marijuana Leads to Homicide

AP By any objective standard, those who support marijuana prohibition are losing the war. Whether you look at polls, demographics or the advance of marijuana legalization measures across the country, those who fight prohibition are winning. This set of circumstances is causing prohibition supporters to resort more and more to wild and already-disproven claims.   Take, for example, Colorado’s 4th Judicial District Attorney, Dan May. “Marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state, and people need to start recognizing that,” he said at a press conference recently after a large marijuana operation that...

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