How Will Presidential Politics Affect 2016 Push For Pot Legalization?

"If she has to find herself running against a conservative Republican in 2016, I am fearful, from my own view here, that she is going to tack more to the middle. And the middle in this issue tends to tack more to the conservative side."

Advocates expect another major push for marijuana legalization in 2016, a strategy that is likely to force presidential candidates to take a position on the drug. Some wonder if their efforts will be tripped up if Hillary Clinton turns out to be the Democratic nominee. CNN’s Dan Merica takes a look at presidential politics and the Read the full article…

Panhandle Politicians Separated By Pot Policies

“It’s a failure, just as prohibition was a failure, and we ought to treat marijuana just like alcohol,”

TEXAS: In the race for State Senate District 31, which covers 37 counties from the Texas Panhandle to the Permian Basin, Republican Sen. Kel Seliger and Libertarian Steven Gibson of Midland fall on the same side of many issues. Traditionally conservative emphasis on keeping taxes low, maintaining the second amendment and securing the Texas-Mexico border all Read the full article…

Andrew Sullivan, Conservative Writer, On Marijuana: Prohibition ‘Based On Lies’

- Keynote speaker Andrew Sullivan talks with conference attendees Saturday morning after his talk. The International Cannabis Business Conference being held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

OREGON:Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors propelling what he called an “extraordinary leap forward” in cannabis policy. Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the International Cannabis Business Conference held Saturday at the Oregon Read the full article…

Florida Amendment 2 (2014), Full Text of Constitutional Changes – Medical Marijuana Production, Possession and Use.

Complete Text of Florida Amendment 2 2014

FLORIDA: Complete Text of Florida Amendment 2 2014: The following is the complete text of the amendment that would be added to the state constitution if Florida Amendment 2 is approved on November 4, 2014. (a) PUBLIC POLICY. (1) The medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal Read the full article…

Oregon Pot Advocates To Submit Signatures For November Vote

A separate marijuana ballot measure was dropped for lack of signatures. To get on the ballot in Oregon, New Approach Oregon needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures by July 3.

OREGON:  Advocates of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon plan to submit a ballot petition with more than 145,000 signatures on Thursday to force a vote in November on legalizing pot. “We are confident that our measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana will qualify for the November ballot and that Oregonians are open to the Read the full article…

Missed Deadline Pushes Alaska Marijuana Initiatives To General Election

The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It would affect ballot questions to slow down the proposed Pebble Mine, to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and to hike the minimum wage.

ALASKA:  Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election. The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It Read the full article…