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California Gets Go-Ahead To Vote On Legalization Of Marijuana

“Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself,” initiative spokesman Jason Kinney said in a statement.

June 29, 2016
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Ohio Voters Soundly Reject Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The initiative was failing 65 percent to 35 percent, with more than three-quarters of precincts reporting.

November 4, 2015

How Evolving Public Attitudes On Marijuana Could Affect The 2016 Presidential Race

Is there political opportunity in the wind?

November 2, 2015

All-Cash Marijuana Businesses Push For Change In Banking Law

If the U.S. government doesn’t get involved, then it’s possible foreign — and tribal — governments will.

July 20, 2015

Congress Investigating D.C. Marijuana Legalization

House Republicans are going to war with Washington D.C. over marijuana.

February 25, 2015

Cannabis: America’s Common-Sense Crops

Slowly but surely, politicians are coming around to the case for drug reform.

January 14, 2015

World’s Strongest Weed? Potency Testing Challenged

An arms race is developing in the recreational pot market.

January 12, 2015

Spending Bill Surprise: Congress Ends Federal Government’s Ban On Medical Marijuana

A major shift in federal drug policy was buried in the 1,603-page spending bill.

December 18, 2014
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U.S. Won’t Stop Native Americans From Growing, Selling Pot On Their Lands

The justice Department just gave a green light to a lucrative and controversial new industry on Native American reservations.

December 11, 2014
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Feds In ‘Catch-22’ On D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Will Congress foil Washington D.C.’s decriminalization plans?

November 12, 2014

Pot Legalization Spreads Through The West And Into D.C.

Even on a year where Democrats were “trounced at the polls”, reform of marijuana and criminal justice policies got support on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C.

November 5, 2014
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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines The Politics Of Marijuana

Which drug is more dangerous? Here’s one creative way to find out.

October 24, 2014

Marijuana Legalization In Colorado: So Far, So Good

By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News Long a leader in making marijuana mainstream, California is watching Colorado blaze a trail for legalized recreational pot with avid eyes. The mood in Colorado is good. Six months in, few of the predicted problems have materialized, tax revenue and tourism are booming, and public support for legal […]

July 7, 2014

High Turnout (Wink, Wink) Could Hurt Florida’s Governor Scott

The geniuses running the Republican campaign effort in Florida have now decided that stirring opposition to medical marijuana will help Governor Rick Scott win. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a huge donor to pro-Scott forces, recently gave $2.5 million to a new group aiming to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize cannabis use for […]

June 17, 2014
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Tobacco Industry Once Had High Hopes For Marijuana Business

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Richard Nixon was in the White House, his “war on drugs” was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot. Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at the University of California, San Francisco, show that major companies in the cigarette […]

June 3, 2014

Begich Catches A Big Break In Alaska Senate Race

Senator Mark Begich’s (D-AK) re-election campaign may have gotten a big boost this week, when a legislative quirk pushed some Democrat-friendly referenda onto Alaska’s November ballot. As Niraj Chokshi explains at The Washington Post, Alaska’s constitution requires 120 days between the end of the legislative session and votes on citizens’ initiatives. Because lawmakers failed to […]

April 23, 2014
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It Makes No Sense To Criminalize People For Getting Stoned

By the time my 5-year-old daughter leaves for college, it’s quite likely that marijuana use will be broadly decriminalized. Alaska has become the most recent state to move toward legalization, placing an initiative on the ballot for an August vote. If it passes, Alaska would join Washington and Colorado, which have already made recreational use […]

February 8, 2014

Marijuana Injustices

WASHINGTON — I have no desire to smoke marijuana, partly because doing so might drive me back to the cigarette habit I broke two decades ago. I don’t want to be one of those “cool parents” who pretend to be as culturally advanced as their kids. In my case, that’s a ridiculous aspiration anyway. And […]

January 9, 2014
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14 States That Have Decriminalized Marijuana

It’s high time for stoners: the decriminalization of marijuana is spreading across the nation.

April 1, 2013

Gay Marriage: A $284 Million Stimulus For New York?

The New York City wedding-industrial complex is downright giddy about the recent legalization of same sex marriage. The Independent Economic Conference estimates that the increased tourism and wedding services (cakes! jewelers! DJs! retail registries) will bring in an extra $284 million a year. Bill White, the former president of the Intrepid Museum, has reserved the […]

June 28, 2011

Gay Marriage Backers See New York As Just The Beginning

Andrew Cuomo ran as a relatively moderate Democrat when he won a landslide victory in the New York governor’s race last year, and he followed it up by deploying his significant political capital to austerity measures and balancing the budget. Until he tacked in a more progressive direction. On Friday night, the New York State […]

June 27, 2011