Dear Santa: Please Get My Congressman to Vote for Reclassifying Marijuana

All she wants for Christmas is to have the federal government to finally reclassify marijuana.

CALIFORNIA:  All Jacqueline Patterson wants for Christmas is for you to sign her petition aimed at getting the federal government to finally reclassify marijuana, which is currently a Schedule 1 drug that the Drug Enforcement Agency considers of no medical value and as dangerous as heroin. Classifying pot a Schedule 1 “doesn’t make sense to Read the full article…

A.G., Congress Refuse To Budge On Pot

A battle is shaping up in Washington, DC over the City Council's decision Tuesday to ban marijuana use in bars and at private events.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the ‘worst of the worst’ drugs as far as the DEA is concerned — literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine. Drug Read the full article…

Board Hears Debate Over Reclassification Of Marijuana

A special marijuana review committee will decide if they recommend reclassifying marijuana to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy later this week.

IOWA:  An Iowa Board of Pharmacy committee listened to debate Monday over reclassifying marijuana. Reclassifying marijuana from Schedule 1, highly-abused drugs with no medical use, to Schedule 2, drugs that have medical use, could be a step toward legalizing medicinal marijuana production and distribution in the state. This is the next step proponents said must Read the full article…

Can You Guess How Much Money Legalizing Marijuana Would Save?

Even if the public's opinion of whether marijuana should be legalized varies state by state, a lot of money is spent in policing marijuana, which is listed as a schedule 1 illicit drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In just a little more than two weeks, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia will become the third through fifth states (and capital in the case of D.C.) of the country to vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana sales. While an October 2013 Gallup poll showed that, for the first time Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule." Holder didn't indicate Friday that he would be willing to do that unilaterally.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

Federal Restrictions On Pot Are Under Review

The first potential actualization on the federal rescheduling of marijuana is finally happening.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The federal government is reviewing its heavy-handed restrictions on marijuana, Food and Drug Administration officials confirmed Monday. This is potentially huge news for marijuana legalization and medical marijuana advocates. If the review finds any medical value in marijuana, it could mark the beginning of the most significant shift in American drug policy since the war on drugs Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

"It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

A Marijuana Tidal Wave?

Supporters make hemp, which is the cousin of marijuana but contains little of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, sound like a wonder crop. It can be used to produce products as varied as hemp seed, hemp oil, cloth and energy-producing biomass, about 25,000 different products in all.

The marijuana industry just got a critical boost in its effort to become a massive and completely legitimate business. On Friday, two federal law-enforcement agencies released coordinated statements clearing the way for banks to take deposits from and offer financial services to marijuana producers and retailers without fear of prosecution for money laundering. To say Read the full article…

As Marijuana Laws Change, Health Risks Of Pot Use Are Weighed

In this case, the president seems to be more correct than the government, says Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "No question about it," Miller says. "It's absolutely clear that marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol."

Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot? President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more Read the full article…

Lawmakers Push Obama to Soften Marijuana Rules

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

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  More than a dozen members of Congress called on President Barack Obama on Wednesday to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of hard drugs, seizing upon his own comments in a recent interview that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol. “We were encouraged by your recent comments,” the letter from 17 Democrats and one Republican said. Read the full article…