Obama Talks Marijuana Decriminalization And Reclassification

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  President Barack Obama is the most powerful former marijuana smoker in America. He’s never tried to conceal that, but he has generally laughed off the questions—and there have been many—about whether he’d legalize marijuana.

Only recently, with no more elections to fight for his party, has Obama started to tell interviewers that he wants softer treatment of a popular drug that shares Schedule I status with far deadlier substances like heroin and LSD. In an interview with Vice, after a semi-apologetic question from Shane Smith, Obama expressed optimism that marijuana could be reclassified.

“We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” said Obama. “At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana.”

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

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 said he experimented with marijuana but “didn’t inhale.” [Read more…]

2013 Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

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. [Read more…]

Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Names Cannabis Strain After CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta

COLORADO: Joining a long list of celebrities like Willie Nelson and Barack Obama who have namesake cannabis strains, a new type of medical marijuana –  Gupta Kush – has been named after CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. [Read more…]

American Mayors: Let Them Smoke Pot

It has been more than seven months since voters in Colorado and Washington State chose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, in contravention of federal drug laws. It has been more than three months since Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would announce his department’s response to the new statutes “relatively soon.” [Read more…]

American Mayors: Let Them Smoke Pot

It has been more than seven months since voters in Colorado and Washington State chose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, in contravention of federal drug laws. It has been more than three months since Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would announce his department’s response to the new statutes “relatively soon.” [Read more…]