NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally Is May 5th

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RESIST PROHIBITION, REALIZE, LEGALIZE NYC Cannabis Parade & Founding Chapter of the Global Marijuana March Leads Worldwide Day of Advocacy and Entertainment

The 47th Annual Parade starts in Midtown and marches to Union Square Park for an afternoon rally NEW YORK: New York’s longest running annual pro-cannabis event, established by The Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1971, the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, returns for its 47th year on May 5.   A powerful roster of elected officials, including two state Read the full article…

Historical Cannabis Discussion to Take Place at CWCBExpo in Los Angeles

CWCBExpo LA is coming

“Failure Is Not An Option,” to Feature Top Drug Policy Reformists Discussing Upcoming Legalization of Adult Use of Marijuana in California. CALIFORNIA: California, the most populous state and 6th biggest economy in the world, is poised to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in the upcoming November elections.  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites

Though marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent in the same period

VIRGINIA: While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: sharply rising arrest totals for possession of pot, and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Though Read the full article…

Marijuana Advocates Portray Portland Pot Smokers At Their Most Wholesome

The Drug Policy Alliance released background video for media use portraying the 'average' pot smoker in Portland.

OREGON:  You run a TV station in Topeka and you want to illustrate a story about people who smoke marijuana.  How do you find some good footage on deadline? The Drug Policy Alliance, which helped finance marijuana legalization campaigns in Oregon and Washington, would like you to use of its new background videos of pot smokers in Read the full article…

Dr. Carl Hart: Why You Should Teach Your Kids How To Get High

“Don’t use drugs in situations or in places where you’re more likely to be caught by the police. I would much prefer you use drugs in my home or near me so I can protect you.”

CALIFORNIA:  Last week, Dr. Carl Hart, world-renowned neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University—and the first African American to be tenured in the sciences at the school, participated in a townhall phone conversation with the The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s most influential organization working to end the war on drugs and its resulting Read the full article…

Let’s Legalize And Tax Marijuana To Help Pay For Michigan Roads, Schools, Police

Taking marijuana off the black market will generate much needed revenue, allow us to redeploy law enforcement resources to focus on violent and property crime, and ease the tax burden on the middle class.

MICHIGAN:  It’s no secret that Michigan has a problem finding enough money to invest in critical priorities like roads, education and public safety. The costs of providing a good education to our kids, fixing our roads and providing even basic services to residents continue to climb. Taxpayers have made it clear in the voting booth Read the full article…

Report: Racial Disparities In Arrests Persist With Legal Marijuana

Even after legalization, blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to be charged with public use of marijuana.

COLORADO:  The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn’t solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says. The report, issued Wednesday by the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance, showed that marijuana arrests in Colorado Read the full article…

Critics Of Marijuana Legalization: Pot Backers See Dollar Signs

A proposed constitutional amendment from the group ResponsibleOhio would allow Ohioans over 21 to use marijuana, which would be grown and sold by regulated entities operated by 10 individuals.

OHIO:  The belief that marijuana is a growth industry appears to be the driving force behind a planned 2015 constitutional amendment that would ask Ohioans to authorize 10 individuals or businesses to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal and medicinal use by residents 21 or older. Despite being in the works for up to a year, Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Backers Anxious As Costs Mount, Donors Waver

The rapidly expanding legal pot industry has started to make some people rich, but the new pot capitalists are accused of being stingy about keeping the momentum for legalization building.

NEVADA:  After decades helping lead the fight against the national war on drugs, Ethan Nadelmann recently joined thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here celebrating legalization — and found the scene kind of irritating. The rapidly expanding legal pot industry has started to make some people rich, but the new pot capitalists are stingy about keeping the Read the full article…

Washington, D.C., Voters OK Legal Pot, But Congressional Hurdles Remain

Congressional Republicans believe they have successfully nullified the law but officials are seizing on a single word, setting up one of the most closely watched collisions between the two Washingtons in years.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  District of Columbia voters have overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana, but pot smokers in the U.S. capital still need congressional approval before they can legally light up. Washington voters passed Initiative 71, 65 percent to 28 percent on Tuesday, joining Oregon and Alaska in victories that add fuel to the pot legalization movement. Read the full article…