Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Demanding “Perfect Legalization” is a Formula for Defeat

January 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You don’t have to look too hard to see marijuana legalization efforts in several states that have a good chance of being approved by the voters in 2016. But many of those efforts are mired-down with competing proposals and competing proponents that could easily undermine the ability of supporters in those states to actually change public policy and end prohibition. The inability to accept compromise in the interest of building a winning coalition threatens to turn some of these political opportunities into losing efforts. And that would be a disaster. Specifically, different factions with different political demands are competing for control of the issue in Massachusetts, Ohio and California, three large and important states that would add enormous legitimacy and political credibility to the legalization movement, were they to approve legalization in 2016. Click here to read the balance of this column.

US AK: Legislators Want to Put Marijuana Rules on the Fast

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 24 Jan 2015 – JUNEAU – With legalized marijuana a month away, lawmakers are hoping to fast track legislation they hope will clear up legal gray areas. On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Senate Bill 30 to address underage consumption, what constitutes a public place (because public consumption of marijuana will still be illegal) and addresses driving with marijuana.

Dramatic Scene Unfolds During Medical Marijuana Hearing

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Proponents of medical marijuana testified at the Virginia Senate committee in Richmond on Thursday morning — a large contingency of which were children suffering from epilepsy and their parents — where lawmakers are considering a variety of legislation aimed at legalizi…

Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws – The Guardian

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The GuardianJamaica poised to relax cannabis lawsThe GuardianThe Jamaican cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry, the justice minister has said. Mark Golding said he expected to introduce the legislation …Jamaica Official Says Marijuana Reform Bill ReadyABC NewsJamaica ready for cannabis law reformsBreakingNews.ieJamaica approves bill in first step towards legalising marijuanaThe Independentall 93 news articles »

HIGH TIMES Legislative Roundup: Jan 19

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawmakers across the country have been scrambling to get marijuana-related legislation filed before the deadline this session. Activists, too, are aggressively working to launch signature collecting campaigns in hopes of getting their initiatives voted on in upcoming elec…

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