Paul Ryan Rival Used Medical Marijuana

congressional candidate Amar Kaleka

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Democratic congressional candidate Amar Kaleka used medical marijuana in California on his doctor’s advice after his father was killed by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, he told The Associated Press on Friday. Kaleka is mounting a longshot bid to unseat former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in the 2014 Read the full article…

Congress Yawns At Colorado Delegation’s Marijuana Banking Bill

Most Colorado members are in favor of the bill, but the delegation is mixed.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As cannabis workers carry cash by the briefcase throughout Colorado, the lack of interest in Washington suggests that a bill to green-light banking practices for the marijuana industry is headed nowhere fast. Federal legislation that could end cash-only practices in the marijuana industry will likely remain stuck in committee this year, with near Read the full article…

North Carolina Lawmaker Pushing For Legalization Of Marijuana Oil

State Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, is pushing for the legalization of marijuana oil.

NORTH CAROLINA: State Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, is pushing for the legalization of marijuana oil. McElraft says she is planning to file a bill to legalize it because research shows it may help children with dravet syndrome, which causes seizures. Last year the general assembly defeated a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana, but McElraft Read the full article…

John Hanger Withdraws From Race For Pennsylvania Governor

We have driven the debate on issue after issue, such as charter school accountability, reforming our cruel marijuana policies that harm patients and ruin the lives of good people, as well as energy and environmental policy.

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger today withdrew as a Democratic candidate for governor. “At its outset, in November 2012, this campaign had three goals,” Hanger said today. “First, propose bold, transformational policies to strengthen education, create good-paying jobs, protect our environment, produce clean energy, and bring forth a new birth of freedom for all Pennsylvanians.  Our second Read the full article…

Lisa Bowman: Conservatives Should Support Cannabis Rights

Ending prohibition is not a liberal-conservative battle. It is a fundamental right.

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Republican legislators, such as Sen. Dan Newberry of Tulsa, are rallying Republicans to support anti-cannabis legalization. They use divisive rhetoric such as calling supporters of cannabis legalization “liberals.” As a Republican myself, I am curious: When did using legislation to allow government to trump the rights of individuals become conservative? When did refusing to Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

The proposed platform change comes as 3,000 California Democrats met this weekend at a 3-day convention in Los Angeles, where they heard an appeal Saturday by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom on the issue.

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would back a Marijuana legalization measure “if it is the right initiative.”

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Maine Democrat Tries to Make Marijuana And NSA Wedge Issues

Bellows is relying on wedge issues to form, as she tells TIME, an “unusual coalition of support” around civil liberties, including legalizing marijuana.

MAINE:  Susan Collins is the only Republican Senator facing re-election in a state carried by Obama in 2012. Yet her Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows, a former Maine American Civil Liberties Union director, has received little outside financial funding or national political guidance.

Jerry Brown Worries About Marijuana Legalization And ‘Potheads’

"I'd really like those two states to show us how it's going to work. The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK. But there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “fiscal discipline is the fundamental predicate of a free society,” but it may help if everyone isn’t getting stoned. Expressing reservations about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Brown said a great nation requires a more alert citizenry “than some of the potheads might be Read the full article…

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Vows Workable Medical Marijuana Program This Year

MARYLAND:  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults. Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a Read the full article…