Business August 28, 2015
Activism, Politics August 24, 2015
RIP Larry Harvey of the Kettle Falls Five

Medical marijuana advocate Larry Harvey, whose use of medical marijuana stood at the center of the controversy known as the Kettle Falls Five case, has died, Washington’s KDWN reports. He was 71. Harvey, who received the Americans for Safe Access Patient Lobbyist of the Year Award in April, had become a national poster child for the Read More »

Lifestyle August 22, 2015
States Replacing 420 Mile Markers With 419.9

Responding to a rash of thefts targeting highway signs indicating the 420th mile of highways within their jurisdictions, a growing number of states have begun replacing the markers for the iconic number with signs for mile 419.9, the Associated Press reports. Idaho has now followed the example of Washington and Colorado in taking down the Read More »

Activism, Business August 19, 2015
Politics August 18, 2015
Obama to Treat, Not Imprison Heroin Addicts

The Obama administration has announced a new pilot program to deal with the epidemic of heroin and opiate addiction which represents a profound philosophical shift away from drug war mentalities and toward treating drug addiction as a public health problem, the Huffington Post reports. The ‘Heroin Response Strategy’ announced by national drug czar Michael Botticelli Read More »

The Leaf Goes to Hempfest

The world’s largest cannabis “protestival” is back in Seattle this weekend, and the Leaf editorial staff is once again well represented in the speaker lineup. Here’s where and when you can find us this weekend: Leaf co-founders Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris are proud to have been invited speakers at... Read More »

OMMBC Navigates Medical, Recreational

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) is just over a month away. Attendees will get the latest info on both medical marijuana regulations and upcoming recreational regulations as the conference bridges the gap between the two Oregon systems.... Read More »

States Cast Resounding Vote To Set Own Cannabis Policies

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), one of the largest and most influential gatherings of state lawmakers in the union, has cast a resounding vote demanding that the federal government end its interference in the nearly 40 states which have passed some form of cannabis reform. After garnering... Read More »

From Prison to Potrepreneur – Alex Rogers at OMMBC

Nine years ago, Alex Rogers, co-owner of Marijuana Politics, was released from a German prison, where he had finished serving a six-month sentence for cannabis related offenses. He was 35 years old and completely broke. He had... Read More »

Rohrabacher, Farr Call For MMJ Investigations

Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA), co-authors of the eponymous Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, have long maintained that their amendment, codified as section 538 of the federal funding bill, prohibits the Department of Justice from moving against businesses and... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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.... Read More »