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    Legalize it

  • Behind RRNY, a campaign to legalize marijuana in New York

    A once-in-20-year chance to put the issue before voters

    July 12, 2017

    Marijuana is still illegal in New York, but that did not stop more than 4,000 people from descending on the Javits Center in Manhattan for a cannabis-industry conference in June. Longtime activists in blazers decorated with weed leaves mingled among Wall Street types in crisp suits. But one man stood out among the well-heeled crowd.

  • Vermont passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana

    But governor Phil Scott vetoed the historic legislation

    May 24, 2017

    Update, June 21: After the governor reached a compromise with legislative leaders, the Senate approved the bill. But the compromise failed in the House. “Despite the setback for 2017, Vermont’s legislature operates on a biennium, and advocates expect that progress achieved this year will be built upon when lawmakers reconvene in January,”

  • Why Western medicine needs to reconsider ‘recreational’ drugs

    The idea of prescribing illegal drugs is heretical. But it shouldn't be.

    May 15, 2017

    What can doctors do to ease emotional pain? The physicians of ancient and medieval times found many plants and plant-derived substances (ie, drugs) that soothed mental as well as physical ills. Rarely did they draw a line between the psychological and physiological benefits of their remedies. Modern medicine has confirmed the overlap of bodily and mental maladies through painstaking research,

  • Cities in conservative states lead cannabis policy reform

    Missouri, Texas, and Tennessee all have cities going against state-level drug laws

    April 8, 2017

    On Apr. 4, voters in Kansas City, Mo. approved a measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana. The new law institutes a maximum $25 fine and eliminates jail time for being caught with less than 35 grams of pot. Previously, those who got in trouble for small possession could’ve been on the hook for a $500 fine and 180 days in jail.

  • Johnathan Namauleg would still be alive if not for prohibition

    He was sent back to prison after using cannabis to treat his ADHD, where he later died just shy of his 22nd birthday.

    March 7, 2017

    An investigation into Hawaii’s practice of sending prisoners to the mainland by Vice and the Nation Institute contains the heartbreaking story of a young man who would probably still be alive today if not for cannabis prohibition.

    Johnathan Namauleg first got into trouble with the law after he lit a hut on fire at the local canoe club in Maui,

  • Sessions says ‘we need to crack down’ on drugs

    In a speech to state attorneys general, Jeff Sessions ramps up criticism of cannabis legalization.

    February 28, 2017

    In a speech to state attorneys general, Jeff Sessions continued his criticisms of cannabis legalization this morning. The remarks come on the heels of his first press briefing, where he had some harsh words for the policy.

    “We need to crack down more effectively”

  • Sessions inadvertently makes an argument for cannabis legalization

    The attorney general said he is 'not a fan' of marijuana and is reviewing the Cole Memo.

    February 27, 2017

    In his first briefing with reporters as attorney general, Jeff Sessions said he was looking into the Cole Memo. The Justice Department directive instructs prosecutors not to focus their enforcement efforts on those who are complying with state laws. While not a law itself, the directive is the basis that legal cannabis programs are built on.

  • The Trump administration signals crackdown on legal weed

    'I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,' said press secretary Sean Spicer.

    February 23, 2017

    Responding to questions about the state-federal conflict in cannabis laws, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the Trump administration will crack down on states that have legalized adult-use: “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” he said.

    When another reporter attempted to clarify,

  • From East to West, newly legal states face challenges

    While officials in Massachusetts try to roll back a voter-approved initiative, their counterparts in California promise to deliver.

    January 24, 2017

    Last November’s election delivered a somewhat surprising feat for supporters of cannabis legalization: eight out of nine state ballot measures passed. Four states legalized adult-use cannabis, with Massachusetts and Maine leading the way in the Northeast.

    But while those successes seem like victories for legalization supporters,

  • Rep. Rohrabacher defends Sessions as pot activists meet with staff

    Pro-weed congressmen differ on Jeff Sessions, the President-elect's anti-cannabis pick for attorney general.

    December 8, 2016

    President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is worrisome to many supporters of cannabis legalization, despite Trump’s campaign promise to keep out of state marijuana laws.

    While some activists and cannabis professionals were hopeful due to Trump’s campaign statements that supported states’ rights,