Activism, Politics July 31, 2015
The Conservative Case for Legalization: Q&A with Judge Jim Gray

Judge Jim Gray is one of the last people that you would expect being a proponent for ending drug prohibition. Judge Gray is a true conservative who has become one of the top spokespeople for the drug law reform movement Read More »

Activism July 30, 2015
DARE Accidentally Endorses MJ Legalization

It was almost the best gift legalization advocates received all year. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as DARE, has spent decades telling schoolchildren (including this author) to “Just Say No” to marijuana. For a few hours earlier today, however, they appeared to just say yes to legalization. Christopher Ingraham, a reporter for the Washington Post Read More »

Politics July 30, 2015
New Directions in Federal Cannabis Policy?

Signs of a shakeup in federal cannabis policy continue to accumulate, as the directors of both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have recently made public comments on cannabis and cannabinoids that seem to fly in the face of the substances’ current legal status under federal law. First Nora Read More »

Activism, Politics July 29, 2015

For California patients, Thanksgiving is coming early this year: Melinda Haag, the US Attorney for the Northern District of California and the bane of medical marijuana growers and distributors from Humboldt County to San Jose, will resign her office on September 1st, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Haag announced her resignation after notifying Read More »

Activism, Business July 29, 2015
State of the Union — Cannabiz Comes to LA

With all eyes on California’s attempts to legalize cannabis through the 2016 ballot, the Golden State’s cannabis industry is showing definite signs of maturation. The State of Marijuana conference returns for a second year as Los Angeles’s premier professional marijuana event, to be held on September 26 at Real Office Centers in Santa Monica. This Read More »

Five Handy Responses to Reefer Madness

By Anthony Franciosi As a cannasseur, do you ever have those frustrating conversations over pot legalization with that one old school relative who is completely against marijuana use? 4/20-friendly folk always seem to hear the same sentiments from the anti-cannabis crowd: “Marijuana is a gateway drug! Cannabis is addicting!... Read More »

The Flowering of the Cannabis Web

  It’s no wonder that cannabis and the internet go hand in hand; from Apple to Google, many of the biggest players in Silicon Valley have been founded or heavily influenced by stoners. Still, it’s taken too long for web sites specific to the cannabis industry to come full... Read More »

Cannabis is Safer than Child Protective Services

By Savanah St. Clair Foster care can be a dangerous place for children. Foster children may be neglected, injured, sexually and physically abused, or even murdered by foster parents. But for foster children living in medical marijuana states, often the greatest danger can be CPS itself. There are cases... Read More »

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Comes to Portland

By Alex Rogers The 4th Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) kicks off in Portland at the downtown Hilton, September 12th to the 13th. The OMMBC has sold out in previous years in both Ashland and Eugene; but now heads to Portland for the first time. I am proud to help organize... Read More »

The Real Story Behind the Founding of 710

We all know it was a small group of teenage boys in Marin County who started smoking cannabis after school at 4:20pm who began the global phenomenon that is the April 20th cannabis holiday, 420. We know their names, why they started 420, how it spread, and we even... Read More »

To mark the 20th anniversary of the photo exhibit Human Rights 95: Atrocities of the Drug War (www.h495.org), showing families of non-violent drug offenders incarcerated as a result of the U.S. War on Drugs, its organizers Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad have announced plans to update and rerelease in... Read More »

Colorado MMJ Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

A recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court over whether companies can legally fire their employees for using cannabis for medical purposes in compliance with state law could have consequences far exceeding the limited question answered in the Court’s written opinion. The unanimous opinion, delivered Monday, addresses principles of... Read More »

Santa Ana PD Operating Like Mob, Lawsuit Alleges

In the wake of a viral video apparently depicting police officers eating cannabis-infused brownies and smashing surveillance equipment at a Santa Ana, California-based medical marijuana dispensary, several members of the raided collective have filed an explosive lawsuit alleging a shocking pattern of behavior more befitting an organized crime ring... Read More »

Nip It In The Bud: Misleading report on cannabis exposure in children

: This study was looking at all exposures, as I had previously reported, but they record how many of them were accidental and as it turns out the vast majority were accidental dosings, with only about 10% being intentional. As I previously reported, the words “accidental” and “unintentional NEVER appear in... Read More »