Dems Rally Around Marijuana In 2014 Push

Colorado's police chiefs are gathering to talk about legal weed,  from highway safety to home hash production.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Lawmakers across the country are turning to relaxed marijuana laws as a winning issue ahead of 2014. A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon led the group of 17 Democrats plus California Read the full article…

Is Texas Ready To Get Kinky About Hemp?

TEXAS:  He’s run for office three times and lost. But here he is again, the novelist and troubadour that made a name for himself by turning country clichés into satiric social commentary, running for office. Richard “Kinky” Friedman (he got the nickname for his hair) is running as a Democrat for Agriculture Commissioner, and he has Read the full article…

Is Texas Ready To Get Kinky About Hemp?

Kinky Friedman says hemp could potentially be more drought-friendly alternative to cotton.

TEXAS:  He’s run for office three times and lost. But here he is again, the novelist and troubadour that made a name for himself by turning country clichés into satiric social commentary, running for office. Richard “Kinky” Friedman (he got the nickname for his hair) is running as a Democrat for Agriculture Commissioner, and he has Read the full article…

Seven State Legislators Support Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization

Joining Sargent’s pot proposal in the Assembly are Reps. Terese Berceau and Brett Hulsey of Madison, Rep. Sondy Pope of Cross Plains, Rep. Fred Clark of Baraboo and Rep. Tod Ohnstad of Kenosha.

WISCONSIN: Nearly three weeks after introducing a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, has attracted six co-sponsors, all Democrats. Joining Sargent’s pot proposal in the Assembly are Reps. Terese Berceau and Brett Hulsey of Madison, Rep. Sondy Pope of Cross Plains, Rep. Fred Clark of Baraboo and Rep. Tod Ohnstad of Kenosha. Read the full article…

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Backs Medical Marijuana, Would Consider Decriminalization

I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.

TEXAS: Our newspaper’s editorial board sat down today to interview Wendy Davis and her opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal. It was my chance to ask her marijuana questions that her staff (and likely GOP opponent Greg Abbott’s staff) had been ducking me on. Let’s get right to this transcript of her answers: Read the full article…

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Backs Medical Marijuana, Would Consider Decriminalization

I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.

TEXAS: Our newspaper’s editorial board sat down today to interview Wendy Davis and her opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal. It was my chance to ask her marijuana questions that her staff (and likely GOP opponent Greg Abbott’s staff) had been ducking me on. Let’s get right to this transcript of her answers: Read the full article…

Iraq War Veteran, Marijuana Legalization Activist Launches Independent Candidacy For New Jersey Congressional District 12

NEW JERSEY:  Iraq War veteran Don DeZarn launched his independent candidacy for U.S. Congress in the 12th District. Speaking on Friday to a gathering of New Jersey Veterans for Medical Marijuana, DeZarn announced his challenge of sitting U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12). DeZarn highlighted his core goals, which include establishing congressional term limitis and abolishing Read the full article…

Vice President Joe Biden Not High On Marijuana Legalization

“I think the idea of focusing significant resources on interdicting or convicting people for smoking marijuana is a waste of our resources,” Biden told TIME.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama Administration is not pushing marijuana legalization on the federal level, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday in an exclusive interview with TIME. Just weeks after President Barack Obama told the New Yorker that the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol, Biden said the administration supports smarter enforcement, but not outright legalization. “I think Read the full article…

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…