Bernie Sanders Announces Bill To Abolish Private Prisons, Hints At Marijuana Policy Platform

The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base. Appearing at a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Read the full article…

Sheriffs Are Asking For Armored Trucks To Wage War On Marijuana. Yes, Really.

A number of sheriff's departments have requested mine resistant armored vehicles specifically in order to combat marijuana in their communities.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:   If you’re going to wage war on drugs, you need to be outfitted like a warrior. That seems to be the rationale behind hundreds of police department requests for armored trucks submitted to the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014. The requests, unearthed in a FOIA request by Mother Jones magazine, shed light on how Read the full article…

Company Patents Cannabinoid-Releasing Chewing Gum

AXIM Biotechnologies recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It’s a perfect storm situation for AXIM Biotechnologies. July 9, The FDA announced serious warnings for NSAIDs anti-inflammatory drugs- drugs which AXIM say their medicated gum can replace. AXIM  recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum. CanChew Biotechnologies will hold the patent for production with a 50 year licensing agreement with AXIM. Read the full article…

Ending Job Discrimination Against Marijuana Smokers

One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana. In 49 states (Arizona is the sole exception), a private employer is legally free to fire anyone who tests positive Read the full article…

Marijuana Law Creates Confusion But Finds Growing Acceptance In District

The new world of marijuana in the nation’s capital is one where residents have been able to legally possess, privately consume and grow limited amounts of pot since February.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d’oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana. In the Read the full article…

Federal Cannabis Bills In Political Purgatory

Although a number of Democrats have stepped up in support of the CARERS Act, the bill simply has not managed to pick up enough Republican supporters to advance it into the next phase of the legislative process.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While there has been a great deal of anticipation over the past several months in regards to whether the CARERS Act would pass in 2015, some of the latest reports reveal that this legislation, which seeks to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level, has not managed to attract enough bipartisan support to catapult Read the full article…

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked To Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Study Finds

While the rate of monthly teen marijuana use did tick upward in those states, the change wasn't statistically significant, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence Read the full article…

Will DC Be Next with Recreational Dispensaries?

When our nation’s capital legalizes recreational marijuana dispensaries, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Our nation’s capital may well be the next jurisdiction to legalize recreational marijuana dispensaries. And if that occurs, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy. That is, of course, important for the 658,893 people who live in the District, and the 6,033,737 people who live in the Read the full article…

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, voted in favor of legal, recreational marijuana. Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 Read the full article…

D.A.R.E. Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post

The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. accidentally showed a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology this week.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) appeared to have made a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology Monday when it published a letter to the editor endorsing marijuana legalization. It turns out it was an accident. The post, titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was published in The Columbus Read the full article…