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…

The Fiasco In Denver: Putting The Cart Before The Horse

There is no valid reason for such a limitation, and it really reflects the remaining stigma many non-smoking Americans still associate with the use of marijuana – that it may be tolerated in the home, but is somehow an offense to society to permit smoking in a public venue.

By Keith Stroup COLORADO:  The embarrassing episode this week in Denver, when the sponsors of a city-wide initiative to legalize marijuana smoking in some bars and lounges withdrew their initiative, even after qualifying for the ballot, reminds us of the need to thoroughly vet these types of projects – especially those with the potential to set-back the Read the full article…

Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers

To qualify for MPP’s list, individuals must (1) be alive, (2) be a U.S. citizen, and (3) have consumed marijuana at least once in their life according to either their own account or that of a legitimate source. They do not need to currently consume marijuana or support marijuana policy reform.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers is intended to identify individuals who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence. It was created using the criteria employed by Out Magazine to produce its “Power 50” list of LGBT Americans, including “power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a Read the full article…

Pot Politics And The Power Of The Purse

The power of the pocketbook magnified by the resonance of digital and social media, is normalizing cannabis use in America. Pot Smoking Presidents, epileptic children and marijuana moms have redefined the social graph. Yesterday’s radical has adopted new rules and morphed into today’s business pioneer. Reflecting this change, NORML has unveiled a business partnership program, Seattle Hempfest has adding its own business summit to this year’s venerated music and free speech festival, and even right-wing business magazine Forbes has launched a pot blog.

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world. Emma Goldman By David Rheins All of us working in the legal cannabis industry owe a great debt to the selfless sacrifice of the many political activists who came before us.  Generations have stood up, protested, gotten arrested and worse over these many decades in a Read the full article…

First Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Set For 2016, Advocates Say

Goldenleaf Expands Nevada footprint

NEVADA: Hoping to build on consecutive electoral victories, advocates say they have secured the first state marijuana legalization ballot measure for 2016. Nevada state lawmakers had until Saturday to take action on the ballot measure, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use, but adjourned on Friday without voting on it, the Marijuana Policy Project notes in a statement. As a Read the full article…

These 5 Pro-Marijuana Billboards Are Set To Surround The Super Bowl

One of five billboards advocating the use of marijuana, and, in some cases, attacking football just miles from the game’s biggest stage.

NEW JERSEY:  The freeways surrounding MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. are about to be plastered with five billboards advocating the use of marijuana, and, in some cases, attacking football just miles from the game’s biggest stage. Washington and Colorado are the only two states to have legalized marijuana, so the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization Read the full article…

Nearly Every State Addressing Medical Marijuana Legislation

PENNSYLVANIA: As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use. Numerous polls have indicated that a growing majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana should be legal throughout Read the full article…

High Hopes: The Marijuana Movement's 2014 Playbook

Keith Stroup and the NORML team at High Times Cannabis Cup Seattle 2013.

After years in the political wilderness, marijuana lobbyists find themselves in a strange position as 2014 approaches: Suddenly their power and support are growing, lawmakers are courting them, and the prospects look brighter to build on major progress the movement made in 2012. Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana, Read the full article…

Is Marijuana The Secret Ingredient For NFL Success?

Hurd estimates about half of the NFL gets high during the season. The reasons for lighting up mimic the rest of society: diffusing stress, inducing relaxation and dealing with pain. Though illegal in 48 states, pot appears to be a pretty decent predictor of NFL success.

TEXAS: UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis sentenced Sam Hurd to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking. He was facing 10 years to life.   The tale of disgraced NFL star Sam Hurd is undeniably tragic. The former Dallas Cowboy will pay dearly (if not unfairly) for his transgressions when he is sentenced for his alleged role in Read the full article…