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Texas Republicans Come Out in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization

By | June 20th, 2018|decriminalization, GOP, News, Politics, republicans|

Texas Republicans have come out in support of marijuana decriminalization in their official party platform. State GOP delegates also approved an expansion of medical marijuana access and support for industrial hemp at their convention. Nearly 10,000 delegates attended the state Republican Party convention last week. Before Saturday’s vote on the platform, delegates had the opportunity [...]

All the Reasons Pot Isn’t Legal in Indiana

By | June 12th, 2018|featured, Indiana, legalization, Politics|

Staying firmly behind the times is as traditional in Indiana as basketball, racing, and wearing shorts in 45-degree weather. Having just legalized Sunday alcohol sales this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Indiana was also last to legalize cannabis—unless the handful of lobbyists that ultimately control our vice industry cut themselves a big enough [...]

Donald Trump Teases Support for Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

By | June 8th, 2018|Donald Trump, News, Politics|

Just one day after Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren formally announced a bi-partisan bill to protect states’ rights to legalize cannabis, President Donald Trump hinted he might support the legislation if it can clear Congress. The President’s comment is, in fact, the third he has made in reference to Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s idea [...]

Elizabeth Warren, Cory Gardner Launch Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

By | June 7th, 2018|Cory Gardner, elizabeth warren, News, Politics, Senate Bill|

A senator from a state on the cusp of legalizing adult-use cannabis and another from a state with the oldest legal adult-use program in the country are coming together over a new bill that would protect any state that has legalized cannabis for any reason or is seeking to do so. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.), [...]

Michigan’s Legalization Efforts Have an Unlikely Champion: Republicans

By | May 30th, 2018|featured, Michigan, Politics|

Some Michigan Republicans seem to be hoping to curb voter turnout in their favor by legalizing marijuana before it has the chance to appear on the state’s November ballot. The Republican-dominated state Legislature has until June 5 to decide whether to pass the measure, which would not require the governor’s signature. If legal weed moves [...]

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Pushes Medical Marijuana Research

By | May 22nd, 2018|featured, Florida, GOP, News, Politics|

Sensing a change of prevailing political winds on the issue of cannabis, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz is defying conventional opinion. “A lot of people think we can’t pass cannabis reform in a GOP-controlled Congress,” Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times. But with the deck stacked overwhelmingly against an end to the federal ban on [...]

Marijuana by the Numbers

By | May 17th, 2018|criminal justice, featured, March 2018 Issue, Politics|

Examining cannabis through the available data gives us certainty. Numbers are precise. Statistics settle arguments and help place issues into context. So we’re taking a closer look at cannabis data in terms of arrests, use, cultivation, availability and consumption to find out what the numbers tell us about marijuana in the United States. According to [...]

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Predicts Marijuana Will Be Descheduled in Next Four Years

By | May 15th, 2018|Earl Blumenauer, featured, John Boehner, News, Politics, Schedule 1|

The movement to end the prohibition of cannabis is a decades-long project. At times, it can be difficult to gauge how successful the movement has been, especially since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. But according to some lawmakers, big changes could be much closer than they might appear. In fact, Rep. Earl Blumenauer [...]

Sen. Kamala Harris Joins the Ranks of Marijuana Justice Act Sponsors

By | May 11th, 2018|Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Marijuana Justice Act, News, Politics|

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Ca.) is undeniably a rising star in the Democratic party. Her announcement Thursday that she would back federal marijuana legalization has quickly propelled her to the ranks of progressive heavyweights like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). A potential 2020 contender for the White House, Harris’s recent statements signal she [...]

14 Politicians Who Smoked Weed

By | May 6th, 2018|Barack Obama, bernie sanders, Clinton, Culture, Dana Rohrabacher, featured, Politics, Ted Cruz|

When faced with the daunting decision of electing a public official to represent you, it is critical to know who’s on the ballot. Where do they stand on immigration policy? How about universal, free health coverage? Are they cool with the current gun laws? No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re [...]