In The Weeds: Republicans Paul, Christie, Perry Open To Softer Pot Laws Ahead Of 2016

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has arguably been the most vocal on the subject, saying the federal government should leave the issue entirely to the states.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republicans eyeing the White House in 2016 are pushing their party to change its stance and accept a softening of federal marijuana laws — a dramatic shift from the GOP’s most recent contenders who railed against the drug and questioned its medicinal value. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has arguably been the most vocal on the Read the full article…

Charlie Crist On Medical Marijuana In Florida: 'I Will Vote For It'

"This is an issue of compassion, trusting doctors, and trusting the people of Florida," Crist said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. "I will vote for it."

FLORIDA:  Gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist (D) said he will vote for a November constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. “This is an issue of compassion, trusting doctors, and trusting the people of Florida,” Crist said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. “I will vote for it.” Polls show the ballot Read the full article…

Pennsylvania Candidate for Governor: Legalize Marijuana Now

"The motto of the campaign is jobs, not jails and the legalization and taxation of marijuana. This is a very important issue to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Pennsylvanians," Cohen said.

PENNSYLVANIA: As Pennsylvania’s race for governor begins to take shape, one candidate has chosen the controversial issue of marijuana legalization as one of the cornerstones of his campaign. John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, today unveiled two campaign billboards that send an urgent message on the subject: legalize and tax marijuana now.

Bill Maher: Pot ‘Way Less Dangerous’

Maher, who has been vocal about his use and support for the legalization of marijuana, cited statistics of those who have died from alcohol abuse and prescription drug overdoses, but added there has not been one recorded instance of “marijuana overdose.”

CALIFORNIA:  Liberal comic Bill Maher praised the president for his comments that marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol that were published this week in an interview with the New Yorker, but thinks he doesn’t go far enough in supporting legalization. “I just think it shows how out of whack we are with this issue because Read the full article…

Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have destroyed many more," Annan said.

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new Read the full article…

Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have destroyed many more," Annan said.

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Makes Sense For Indiana

There are many practical reasons to legalize marijuana.

INDIANA:  I don’t like marijuana, and I don’t enjoy socializing with people under its influence. But what separates me from most elected officials is that I am not so arrogant as to believe that my personal preferences function as divine mandates.  Just because I don’t enjoy something, does not mean that you should not have Read the full article…

Bill Clinton: 'I Never Denied That I Used Marijuana'

“I didn’t say I was holier than thou, I said I tried,” Clinton told Fusion's Jorge Ramos on Tuesday. “I never denied that I used marijuana. I told the truth, I thought it was funny."

NEW YORK: Former President Bill Clinton said he “never denied” smoking pot. “I didn’t say I was holier than thou, I said I tried,” Clinton told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Tuesday. “I never denied that I used marijuana. I told the truth, I thought it was funny.” When asked about drugs during the presidential race in 1992, Clinton famously Read the full article…

2013 Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

The 2013 "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users" list is meant to identify people who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Marijuana Polcy Project has released its second annual “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users” list. There has been quite a bit of variation since last year, including several additions and a number of people dropping in rank or off the list entirely.