Politics May 19, 2015
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 rescheduling drugs. Incoming US AG Loretta Read More »

Politics May 18, 2015
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, and only trace levels of THC. Read More »

Activism, Opinion/Editorial May 18, 2015

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 not only legalized and regulated the Read More »

Business May 16, 2015

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 »

Activism May 13, 2015
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 prohibition from the Texas code — 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: https://www.crowdrise.com/thenextten-leap 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 »

FINAL ACTION CALL – Oregon MMJ Vote TODAY

This morning, the Oregon Legislature’s Implementing Measure 91 Committee will take up a bill, SB 844, which would, as written, severely curtail the rights of Oregon patients. The bill would have been much worse but for the ardent work of concerned activists who flooded the inboxes of the Measure 91... Read More »

OR MMJ Patient Activists Score Early Win

After an 11th hour call to action by this blog and others to save Oregon medical marijuana patients from a punitive bill which would effectively eliminate most patient rights in the state, activists can claim an early and significant success. As Measure 91 c0-proponent and dispensary operator Alex Rogers... Read More »

David Simon on Baltimore: End the Drug War

The Marshall Project published an interview with David Simon yesterday on the various ways that the US War on Drugs has created the police culture which resulted in the death of Freddie Gray. No write-up of my own could do a better job of drawing the connections on an... Read More »

New Bill Would End Federal MMJ Patient Prosecutions

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has introduced a new bill which appears to target the same aims of the so-called “Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment,” which many advocates claimed would end federal raids in medical marijuana states when it passed by bipartisan vote last year. Unfortunately, the poorly-worded language of last year’s amendment left... Read More »

Will Congress Let Veterans Use MMJ? Vote Could Be Today

As early as this afternoon the U.S. House could vote on an amendment that would allow doctors that work for the Veterans Administration to discuss medical marijuana and recommend its use in states where it is legal. The bipartisan amendment is being offered by Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Heck (R-NV),... Read More »