Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

Addressing drug war violence in Mexico and Central America will help curb illegal immigration into the U.S.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Several GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration — largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the “good ones” back in, all while building a Read the full article…

Some Illinois Health Systems Say No To Medical Marijuana

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

ILLINOIS:  Patients must have a doctor’s signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level. Others are cautiously allowing doctors to participate in the pilot program, even conducting training sessions to make sure doctors know Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Snuffing Out Eradication Program

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OHIO:  The multi-million dollar federal marijuana eradication program may be on its last legs as more states legalize the drug and results of the program decline. Since 2010, funding for the program has been relatively stable, yet states receiving the money have reported 35 percent fewer arrests and 58 percent fewer marijuana plants seized. In Read the full article…

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…

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…

State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws

State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy.

WASHIGNTON:  State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy. The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana Read the full article…

Member Of Kettle Falls Five Sentenced To 16 Months In Jail For Marijuana Operation

A federal judge has rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker to 16 months in prison.

WASHINGTON:  A federal judge rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker on Friday to 16 months in prison. “There is no such thing as medical marijuana,” U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice said. “There is no such thing in federal law.” Zucker Read the full article…

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition Is about To Go Up In Smoke

For the first time, there is comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  When I first opened the D.C. office for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2006, to bring representation of medical marijuana patients to our nation’s capitol, I was told by many it was not worth the effort.  A quick skim of the political landscape back then showed we would be facing a Read the full article…

These Native American Tribes Legalized Weed, But That Didn’t Stop Them From Getting Raided By The Feds

California's drought is believed to be the worst in 1,200 years.

CALIFORNIA:  In the foggy early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement descended on the Pit River Tribe’s XL Ranch and the Alturas Indian Rancheria in northeastern California, seizing 12,000 marijuana plants and 100 pounds of processed pot from the Read the full article…