Washington AG Ferguson Statement On Sessions Letter

“Any action from the Department of Justice short of allowing our well-regulated, voter-approved system to continue is unacceptable. I will continue to defend the will of Washington voters.”

WASHINGTON:  In response to a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding Washington’s marijuana regulations, Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement: “I was disappointed by Attorney General Sessions’ letter, which relies on incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information on the status of Washington’s marijuana regulations. I’m also disappointed that he has yet to accept my repeated Read the full article…

NORML: Medical Marijuana Must Be Part Of Solution To Opioid Crisis

Activists at a June 17 rally in Washington, D.C. calling on President Obama to end the War on Drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: NORML ( National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) released the following statement regarding the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis first meeting this on June 16. Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director said: “Tens of thousands of lives have been adversely impacted by the nation’s opioid epidemic. We Read the full article…

Colombia To Legalize Commercial Sale Of Medical Marijuana

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law.

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs. The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law. It will regulate regulating 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…

Seattle’s Hempfest Takes On New Feel After Legalization Of Marijuana

This weekend, more than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Myrtle Edwards Park to partake in one of Seattle's most unique and aromatic festivals: Hempfest.

WASHINGTON:  This weekend, more than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Myrtle Edwards Park to partake in one of Seattle’s most unique and aromatic festivals: Hempfest. The festival started almost 25 years ago as a movement to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state, but now the focus has shifted to a loftier goal of promoting Read the full article…

Higher Ground: Hempfest Still Matters, Dude

Seattle Hempfest

WASHINGTON:  “Not so sure about hitting Hempfest this year, bro,” said my biggest stoner pal TJ, loading yet another fat bowl of black market Blue Dream. “I mean, we legalized it. What’s the point?” “I’ll tell you why,” I replied, sucking down the tube. “As soon as I can remember what the question was!” Amazingly, Hempfest Read the full article…

Sheriffs Are Asking For Armored Trucks To Wage War On Marijuana. Yes, Really.

A number of sheriff's departments have requested mine resistant armored vehicles specifically in order to combat marijuana in their communities.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:   If you’re going to wage war on drugs, you need to be outfitted like a warrior. That seems to be the rationale behind hundreds of police department requests for armored trucks submitted to the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014. The requests, unearthed in a FOIA request by Mother Jones magazine, shed light on how Read the full article…

How Prohibition Is Making Legal Marijuana More Dangerous

All were convinced that the ongoing legalization of marijuana has created an opportunity for people with a high tolerance for risk to make a killing.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Prohibition claims to exist to make society safer. “A Drug Free America”, the ideology of hypocrites kissing their martinis while sneering at those who intoxicate differently. A system that creates immeasurable wealth and power to a select few at the expense of the many. Since the declaration of the War on Drugs Read the full article…

Police Chief: Legalize Marijuana, Use Tax Revenue To Fund Drug Treatment

Police Chief Koval said he would like to see the state “acknowledge the failure” of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the “infinite amount of challenges” posed by drugs such as heroin.

WISCONSIN:  Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs. The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War at 25

U.S. President George H. Bush holds up a copy of the National Drug Control Strategy during a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Sununu in the Oval Office, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1989 in Washington. Bush will address the nation on television Tuesday when he will ask Americans to join in the war against narcotics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg “Good evening. This is the first time since taking the oath of office that I felt an issue was so important, so threatening, that Read the full article…