Colorado Marijuana Law Point Of Contention During GOP Debate; Bush Smoked 40 Years Ago

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders told a live audience of more than 1,700 students, which erupted with applause. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

CALIFORNIA: Colorado’s recreational marijuana law took center stage for a time during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night. It certainly was a political point of contention. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his position that if he’s elected president, he would enforce the federal law and make it illegal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado. Jeb Read the full article…

Hemp Homes Could Hit New High As Growing Cannabis Gets Legal

Buoyed by influential bi-partisan supporters, including GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,

By Wendy Koch, National Geographic  The Declaration of Independence was drafted on paper made from it. Henry Ford built car parts with it. George Washington grew it. Now, as more farmers are allowed to harvest this multi-purpose plant, hemp might see a new heyday—in homes. The United States is rolling out a come-back mat for an ancient Read the full article…

Members Of Republican Party Make Strong Push To Legalize Marijuana

Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition are pushing an intense effort to get the plant legalized in Texas.

TEXAS: Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition are pushing an intense effort to get the plant legalized in Texas. Wednesday night the organization held an informational meeting about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Fox 26′s Isiah Carey spoke with some of the people crucial in that campaign.

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War At 25, Part III

"…the Republicans had established themselves as the party of hard drug policy and the Democrats were struggling to keep up. This explains why there were no major shifts in federal policy after the Democrats recaptured the White House in 1992."

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three 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 Part III: “We need is another D-Day, not another Vietnam…” A major obstacle for President Bush at this time was the deficit. A popular pledge in his Read the full article…

Republicans Jump Into Florida Campaign Against Medical Marijuana

Deep-pocketed Republicans have since jumped into the battle. The Drug Free Florida campaign, which opposes the amendment, has raised $2.7 million, including a $2.5 million contribution from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican donor.

FLORIDA: The stakes are getting higher – politically and financially – in Florida’s heated campaign over a November referendum to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. The latest financial reports by the two main groups fighting the legalization of medical marijuana show a total of more than $7.7 million has been raised to oppose the constitutional Read the full article…

Why Republicans Are Slowly Embracing Marijuana

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

CALIFORNIA: After years of voting down almost every proposal championed by pot legalization advocates, the House made a surprising move this week, approving a measure that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from busting state-licensed medical marijuana operations. The action in the GOP-dominated House reflected a continued shift in thinking on the issue for lawmakers 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…

In NY GOP’s View On Pot Easing

"There's a stigma out there that we're the 'Party of No,'" Langworthy said Wednesday, adding that he's been speaking to Republican state senators and prodding them to support the bill.

NEW YORK: In another sign that momentum might be shifting on the issue of medical marijuana, a rising leader in the Western New York branch of the state Republican Party is calling for the passage of a bill that’s currently blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate. Approval of the measure, contends Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, would help with the Read the full article…

Colorado policymakers fire back at Gov. Christie over pot comments

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DENVER — Few people still take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seriously as a presidential contender, which may explain the governor’s comments Monday derisively referring to this critical swing state as a land of “head shops popping up on every corner.” During a radio appearance Monday, Christie responded emphatically to a caller who asked about Read the full article…