On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support

By Rob Kampia  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it’s time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions. Much has Read the full article…

Who’s Legalizing Marijuana In U.S.?

MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will — if successful — prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

By Brianna Gurciullo, Karen Mawdsley and Katie Campbell, News21 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. One of the most powerful and influential groups — Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project – was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two Read the full article…

Is Donald Trump More Sensible Than Hillary Clinton on Marijuana?

Donald Trump appears unlikely to support major marijuana reform in the United States.

As his poll numbers continue to rise in the Republican primary, Donald Trump remains a focus of media attention. Building on his popularity among Republicans, the business magnate multiplies media appearances, giving journalists the opportunity to question him on his political positions on a variety of issues. Most of the discussion around Trump’s platform relates to his Read the full article…

Most 2016 Candidates Are Opting For A Federalist Approach To Marijuana

Jeb Bush, LincolnChafee, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and Bernie Sanders

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been vocal about his dedication to maintaining the war on drugs, commenting on several occasions that he would use his power as president to prevent states from legalizing marijuana. While Christie might have found himself in good company back in 2012 or 2008, most of the 2016 candidates from both parties Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Could Be On 2016 Ballot In Michigan

At least one and possibly two more measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use could still be on their way to the ballot.

MICHIGAN:  Two measures to legalize marijuana could appear on the November 2016 state ballot after the Board of State Canvassers approved petition wording Thursday. At least one and possibly two more measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use could still be on their way to the ballot. The board on Thursday unanimously approved petition wordings for the Read the full article…

Senate Passes Bill Allowing Growing Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate.

WASHINGTON: Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs Read the full article…

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

New marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.

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…

Editorial: Congress Lags Public On Marijuana Legalization

A marijuana plant grows at the River Rock marijuana growing facility in Denver.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A Gallup poll released this week showing that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana should send a clear message to Congress. It is time to talk seriously about decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and leaving the regulation of pot to the states. The federal government already is leaning this way Read the full article…