How New York Voters Can End Prohibition

As a libertarian, these words really hit a nerve with me…

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New York to peacefully seize control of our government this November 7.

Cannabis legalization advocate Jerome Dewald pulled no punches when describing the opportunity we have before us to end cannabis prohibition in the state of New York.

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Jeff Sessions and the Great Cannabis Shakedown

The good folks of Alabama have a problem…

The Yellowhammer State has the highest level of prescription opioid use in the country.

Given the opioid epidemic currently facing our nation, this should be cause for concern—especially for those in Washington who wish to use government muscle to solve all of our problems. 

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Task Force on Marijuana Law Offers Little on New Policies

BY SADIE GURMAN

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Radical Rant: Marijuana Is Illegal and You Can Get in Trouble Over It

You’re probably reading that title and thinking, “Uh, yeah, no kidding—that’s why we’re fighting to legalize marijuana.”

But over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear to me that some people who jump on the bandwagon to fight for our marijuana rights don’t recognize this plain and simple fact.

So, let’s make it perfectly clear: Except for some states’ laws, marijuana is illegal and you can get in trouble over it.

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AG Sessions’ Plan for Legal Marijuana Is Still a Mystery

While the cannabis community has been waiting on bended knee for the past several months to learn the results of a federal marijuana review ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the latest reports seem to indicate that it could still be awhile before we know exactly how the Trump administration intends to proceed with legal marijuana.

Last week, Sessions took to the DOJ website to provide an update on the work of the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which was assembled in April to investigate a number of federal policies, including those pertaining to marijuana legalization. The findings of the review were due to land on Sessions’ desk by July 27.

Although the Justice Department’s inquiry has centered mostly on what it could mean for the continued existence of legal weed in the United States, Sessions’ update does not give any indication that the cannabis industry is going to suffer a federal crackdown.

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Why Jeff Sessions’ Successor Could Be Worse for Drug Reform

Someday—perhaps someday very soon, judging by how often his boss is harassing him into obstructing justice, online—Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will no longer be attorney general of the United States.

When Sessions goes, the U.S. will be different: An authoritarian embodiment of the Republicans’ Southern Strategy, who has no compunction against lying under oath about meetings with foreign agents trying to influence the democratic process, will no longer run the U.S. Justice Department.

That will be good!

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Radical Rant: Prohibition Reframing 101

I was reading one of the recent missives from the folks at Project SAMUEL[*] that lamented that construction employers in Colorado are forced to bring in workers from out-of-state because they can’t find enough applicants in Colorado who can pass a drug test.

Cue the world’s tiniest violin.

When I read stories like this, there is a special setting in my brain that re-frames the narrative from the point-of-view of adults like us who enjoy marijuana responsibly.

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Will AG Sessions Impose a Federal Pot Crackdown?

There are concerns that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will get serious about imposing a federal marijuana crackdown after seeing the results of a national pot policy review set to be submitted later this week by the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

At the beginning of April, Sessions issued a memo calling for the assembly of a special task force charged with unearthing any possible connection between legal weed and increased violent crime. Those recommendations, according to the language of the directive, are to be delivered to Sessions’ desk no later than this Thursday, July 27.

Drug policy experts like Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason Magazine, believe a federal marijuana crackdown is unlikely to happen because it “would contradict Trump’s campaign promises, cause an uproar among state officials across the country, and provoke strong objections from members of Congress who represent states with legal pot.”

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A History of the Legalization (and Illegalization) of Pot

Photo by Justin Cannabis.

With marijuana legalization spreading across the country, more and more people are open to taking a toke for themselves. In our modern culture, smoking pot has become more socially acceptable than smoking cigarettes and (for some people) even drinking alcohol.

Scientifically, it has already proven to be safer. Yet, opinions on marijuana weren’t always this lenient.

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