Activism May 28, 2015
Patient Rights Under Attack in Legalizing States

From Washington State to Washington, D.C., successful cannabis legalization campaigns have consistently promised voters that they would preserve the rights of medical marijuana patients even while opening up access to all responsible adult use. But while campaign leaders have kept their promises, government officials in Washington, Oregon and Colorado have embarked on dishonest — and Read More »

Activism, Politics May 28, 2015
Show Me Cannabis Sues 4th Secretive MO Drug Task Force

By now, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane probably wishes he’d never heard of Aaron Malin. Malin, Director of Research for Show-Me Cannabis, a Missouri reform group aiming to legalize adult cannabis use, medical marijuana and industrial hemp through the state’s 2016 ballot, began to suspect that something may be fishy with the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Read More »

Politics May 27, 2015
First Schedule I Hearing Appeal Filed

When Judge Kimberly Mueller of the federal Eastern District of California ruled against the defense motion to declare the Schedule I status of cannabis unconstitutional, she made at least one glaring error. So argues NORML attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke in the first filing to appeal Judge Mueller’s April 17th decision in the case Read More »

Politics May 26, 2015
After Burning Sleeping Baby, Sheriff Claims It Was Baby’s Fault

I have to be honest. I was going to do a full legal write-up and analysis of the federal complaint and defense briefs filed in the case of Bou-Bou Phonesavanh, the Georgia infant who was burned nearly to death at 2 in the morning after sheriff’s deputies in Habersham County, Georgia threw a flash-bang stun Read More »

Opinion/Editorial May 26, 2015
“In Defense of White Guys” Misses the Point

“Radical” Russ Belville has penned a piece for in which he attempts to push back against the arguments of Michelle Alexander and other commentators who bemoan that while black men bear the brunt of cannabis prohibition, the principal beneficiaries of cannabis legalization have been white men. In short, as Belville puts it, black guys do Read More »

A New Direction for the DEA?

The nation’s newest Attorney General has chosen to fill the void left by Michele Leonhart, who leaves her post at the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration this month, with a reformer who has indicated an intention to focus less on cannabis and to improve the agency’s processes for... Read More »

Texas CBD Bill Goes to Governor

A restrictive CBD bill is on its way to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott after the Texas State House approved it on Monday, 96-34. The bill, SB 339, is intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD,... Read More »

In the past few weeks this blog has covered some of the various ways that the Oregon Senate Committee on Implementing Measure 91, which as its name implies is responsible for carrying out the will of voters who approved Measure 91 last fall, have flaunted that responsibility. The measure... Read More »

Russ Belville has an outstanding takedown of Oregon state senator Ginny Burdick, who is disregarding the will of the voters in her own district in her attempts to hamstring patient access. The whole article is well worth the read; check it out. Read More »

A Tale of Two Bills: Why America’s Next Top Legalizing State May Be Texas

After a dramatic and contentious passage through a short legislative session, two bills in the Texas state legislature — HB 507, a cannabis decriminalization bill introduced by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), and HB 2165, a bill introduced by David Simpson (R-Longview) which would simply strike all references to cannabis... Read More »

DPA Ad Calls Attention to DEA’s Long History of Abuse, Failure

The Drug Policy Alliance has placed a mock “Help Wanted” ad in Roll Call seeking a new head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “prolong the failed war on drugs.” Primary areas of job responsibility, according to the ad, include “Mass Incarceration,” “Police State Tactics,” “Obstruction of Science,”... Read More »

Pennsylvania Next? MMJ Bill Passes Senate By Landslide

5/13/2015: UPDATED with quotes from Sen. Folmer and Steph Sherer – Ed. WCL News — The Pennsylvania Senate voted 40-7 today to approve a bill that would make it legal for seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go... Read More »

OP-ED: Support the HuffPost Crowdfund for LEAP

Donate here: When I had the honor of meeting Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) in 2013, I thanked him profusely and shared with him my heartfelt belief that the organization he leads, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is the most effective drug policy reform group working in the United States... Read More »

Brownie Mary Democrats To Invade GOP-Held Orange County

WCL News —  The conservative heart of right-wing, Republican-dominated Orange County will be invaded by bleeding-heart liberal drug-policy reformers when the Brownie Mary Democratic Club hosts a hospitality suite at the California Democratic Party annual convention in room 201 of the Anaheim Convention Center at 10 p.m. on Saturday,... Read More »