Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

If only our current Justices were as enlightened.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon on Thursday. Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. “Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages Read the full article…

Obama Plans Clemency For “Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Of People Sentenced For Drug Law Violations

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner’s left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says “Time Flies.” If only that were the case. For Scrivner, time has crawled, it’s dawdled, and on bad days, it’s felt like it’s stood completely still. She was 27 years old when she started serving a Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to “fight harder,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday. Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

SCOTUS Rules Police Have To Return Drugs Taken From Medicinal Marijuana Patients

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Cops take your pot? They’ve got to give it back if you’ve got a medical marijuana card – even one from another state. Without comment the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to disturb state court rulings that said medical marijuana patients whose drugs are taken by police are entitled to get them Read the full article…

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Some Marijuana Use

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayor Vince Gray signed a bill, today, that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As we reported, the D.C. city council voted to join 16 other states in decriminalizing some use last month. What makes D.C. interesting is that any laws passed by the local government must be reviewed by Congress and Read the full article…

Big Pot Rising: The Marijuana Industry’s First Full-Time Lobbyist Makes Rounds on Capitol Hill

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It took Michael Correia more than a week after getting his new job to tell his parents he was a marijuana lobbyist. “I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues,” he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Read the full article…

Make GOP End The Drug War

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Let’s assume that the New York Times was right this week when it asserted that in 2013, “the only issue that truly unites Republicans is a commitment to shrinking the federal government.” Even though there’s ample evidence that the GOP doesn’t actually want to shrink the government, let’s nonetheless assume that Republicans are trying to rhetorically brand Read the full article…

Congress Yawns At Colorado Delegation’s Marijuana Banking Bill

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As cannabis workers carry cash by the briefcase throughout Colorado, the lack of interest in Washington suggests that a bill to green-light banking practices for the marijuana industry is headed nowhere fast. Federal legislation that could end cash-only practices in the marijuana industry will likely remain stuck in committee this year, with near Read the full article…