Southern GOP Lawmaker Defends Medical Pot: ‘We’ve Never Had An Overdose On Marijuana’

police groups and Hickenlooper, a Democrat, have called on lawmakers to curb the practice of assisting other recreational pot users.

GEORGIA: As state lawmakers consider a medical marijuana bill in Georgia, the measure is getting support from an unexpected source: a conservative Republican state representative. During a radio interview on the Bryan Crabtree Show late last week, State Rep. David Clark (R) discussed HB 722, a proposal that would expand Georgia’s medical marijuana regime. Clark, a self-described “Constitutional 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…

What The Elections Tell Us About The Future Of Marijuana Legalization

The various marijuana campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail sales..

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia passed measures in favor of legalizing pot, Florida rejected the use of medical marijuana. The various campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail marijuana. Philip Wallach and John Read the full article…

Pot Researcher Abruptly Fired By University Of Arizona

“I pulled all my evaluations and this is not about my job performance.”

ARIZONA:  The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The firing of Suzanne A. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, puts her research in jeopardy and Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

Conservatives like Portman, troubled by the vast federal spending on jails and seeking a distinctly conservative approach to crime and poverty, have found allies in Democrats and civil libertarians who have long argued for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

Paul Ryan Rival Used Medical Marijuana

congressional candidate Amar Kaleka

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Democratic congressional candidate Amar Kaleka used medical marijuana in California on his doctor’s advice after his father was killed by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, he told The Associated Press on Friday. Kaleka is mounting a longshot bid to unseat former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in the 2014 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…