Marijuana Industry Advocates Find GOP’s Lack Of Pot Talk A Major Bummer

Instead the sector was addressed in a quick-hit jocular manner then dismissed and disparaged.

COLORADO: With the third GOP primary debate in pot-friendly Boulder, Colo., there was some expectation the booming marijuana industry would be a hot topic of conversation. Instead the sector was addressed in a quick-hit jocular manner then dismissed and disparaged. Ganjapreneurs looking for a Rocky Mountain high for their business efforts found instead an aloof circle Read the full article…

Chris Christie’s Claim That He ‘Supported And Implemented’ New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Christie said he supported medical marijuana in a limited scope for certain patients. But he criticized the law for not being tough enough, and said he wanted to see it “tightened up a little bit.”

NEW JERSEY:  In New Jersey, we have medical marijuana laws, which I supported and implemented. … I’m not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I’m against the recreational use of marijuana.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015 Several claims from the second Republican presidential Read the full article…

Carly Fiorina Suggested Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than Alcohol. She’s Wrong.

This distinction should be a big deal for Fiorina and other presidential candidates: Getting this right isn't just a matter of being informed; it's also key to understanding some of the major issues surrounding marijuana, alcohol, and drug policy today.

During her factually troubled debate performance last week, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina accidentally made at least one somewhat accurate remark: “We are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having beer. It’s not.” Fiorina is right — just not in the way she meant. She was arguing that pot is more Read the full article…

All Of These Presidential Candidates Have Admitted Smoking Marijuana

Sen. Rand Paul asserted that “kids who had privilege like [Bush]” are often given a pass when it comes to admitting past drug use, whereas people from poorer backgrounds — often minorities — are more likely to go to prison for using marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: One of the lighter moments of Wednesday’s epic slog of a Republican presidential primary debate came when former Florida governor Jeb Bush joked that his mother, the former first lady, would not be happy that he admitted having smoked marijuana “40 years ago.” The line got a fair amount of laughs from the audience, but Read the full article…

Colorado Marijuana Law Point Of Contention During GOP Debate; Bush Smoked 40 Years Ago

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders told a live audience of more than 1,700 students, which erupted with applause. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

CALIFORNIA: Colorado’s recreational marijuana law took center stage for a time during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night. It certainly was a political point of contention. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his position that if he’s elected president, he would enforce the federal law and make it illegal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado. Jeb Read the full article…

GOP Contenders Just Saying No To Fight Against Pot

Only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and long-shot candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) support a federal crackdown on state policies legalizing cannabis, which is still classified as a Schedule I drug — the most dangerous category, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

GOP presidential candidates are by and large staying away from the debate over marijuana legalization, an issue once embraced by Republican occupants of the White House. They have stayed largely silent as support for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana has gained public support.  Fifty-three percent of adults nationwide say marijuana should be legal, while 43 percent say the Read the full article…

House Republicans Say No To Allowing Federal Studies Of Medical Marijuana

The amendment to a bill scheduled for debate Thursday on the House floor would have encouraged the National Institutes of Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration to work together to allow studies of the benefits and risks of marijuana to treat cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Medical marijuana is now sold in nearly half of all states, and even one red state has legalized it for recreational use. Veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are clamoring for access to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Loosening pot laws polls better in three swing states than any 2016 presidential candidate. But House Republicans Read the full article…