New York Times: End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

NEW YORK, NY -- What is arguably the most influential and respected newspaper in the United States is ready to free the weed. In a Sunday editorial, the New York Times called forthrightly for the end of federal marijuana prohibition. "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana," the newspaper proclaimed. "We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws." The Times's Editorial Board pondered whether to maintain federal pot prohibition while allowing the states to experiment with legalization, but decided that was not the best option. "We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use. Nearly three-quarters of the states have done one of these," the Times said. "But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law." The social consequences of marijuana prohibition are "vast" and its result is "racist, falling disproportionately on young black men,

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate floor. Senator Paul’s

CA: Medical Marijuana Patient Headed for Costly Trial Over 39 Grams of Marijuana

SAN DIEGO, CA --  Jose Calva, a legal medical marijuana patient and his attorney, Michael Cindrich went before judge Jay M. Bloom downtown Wednesday to hear the evidence against Jose in a preliminary examination.  Clayton Carr, who is a brand-new Deputy District Attorney, called two witnesses: the arresting police officer and

Seattle: Homeless; Blacks Most Likely to be Ticketed for Marijuana Use

SEATTLE, WA -- An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Officers issued 82 tickets for public possession and

Minnesota Names Michelle Larson as Medical Marijuana Director

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota has named Michelle Larson as their first marijuana director with less than a year before their medical marijuana law takes effect, the Star Tribune reports. Larson is an environmental health expert who has been instrumental in implementing Illinois’ Health Department policies. She now has until

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

What You Need to Know About DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

WASHINGTON, DC — As of midnight Wednesday, misdemeanor criminal charges for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Washington, DC have been replaced by a civil violation resulting in a $25 fine. While our nation’s capital now has some of the least punitive marijuana laws in the…

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, DC — A far-reaching marijuana decriminalization law takes effect in the District of Columbia Thursday that replaces jail time with a $25 fine for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, ending a year-long effort in the nation’s capital to reduce severe racial disparities in marijuana…

DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

DC’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

WASHINGTON, DC — A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25.00 fine-only violation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Washington, DC City Council members overwhelmingly approved the legislation, entitled “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act,” this past spring. The measure amends…

House Republicans to DC Residents: Guns are OK, Pot is Dangerous

House Republicans to DC Residents: Guns are OK, Pot is Dangerous

WASHINGTON, DC — If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won’t be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle. The GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill Wednesday that would undo the District’s…

Washington DC Marijuana Decriminalization Law to Take Effect Thursday

Washington DC Marijuana Decriminalization Law to Take Effect Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia will take effect Thursday following the expiration of a congressional review period. The law, which was approved by the District of Columbia Council (10-1) and signed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray in…

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Adding Epilepsy to Medical Marijuana Program

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Adding Epilepsy to Medical Marijuana Program

CHICAGO, IL — A bill to expand Illinois‘ medical marijuana pilot program to allow medical marijuana for patients with epilepsy, including children, has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. “This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state,” Governor Quinn said at…

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Patients suffering from intractable epilepsy could soon have access to some cannabis extracts after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a limited medical marijuana bill into law Monday. House Bill 2238 allows some patients with intractable epilepsy access to products containing marijuana extracts. Those extracts must be limited primarily to a…

Advocates Welcome New York as 23rd Medical Marijuana State but Object to Overly Restrictive Law

Advocates Welcome New York as 23rd Medical Marijuana State but Object to Overly Restrictive Law

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today that makes New York the 23rd medical marijuana state. The bill signed into law by Gov. Cuomo empowers the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to license physicians to recommend marijuana to patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy,…

Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Making New York the 23rd Medical Marijuana State

Gov. Cuomo Signs Bill Making New York the 23rd Medical Marijuana State

ALBANY, NY — On Saturday, June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law, making New York the 23rd state with an effective medical marijuana law. The law goes into effect immediately, although patients are not expected to have legal protections or safe access to medical marijuana until…

North Carolina Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

North Carolina Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday signed a law allowing limited use of medical marijuana to treat seizures, joining the growing number of states where cannabis has been legalized in some circumstances for therapeutic purposes. The legislation, called the Hope 4 Haley and Friends bill,…

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Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate…

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department‘s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific to cannabis commerce. The amendment, offered…

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory Wednesday when Congress voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from “being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws.” The amendment…

House Votes to Let Banks to Accept Deposits from Marijuana Businesses

House Votes to Let Banks to Accept Deposits from Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC — In a historic vote Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) preventing the Treasury Department from spending any funding to penalize financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under state…

Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul to Introduce Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul to Introduce Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), will introduce the REDEEM Act, groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate into society and provides greater rights to juvenile offenders. The amendment comes on the heels of an amendment…

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