Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 24 Sep 2014 - Research Focuses on Marijuana's Harm, and Ignores Its Medical Benefits Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.
Badger Herald, 22 Sep 2014 - Citing a history of inefficient enforcement and racial disparities, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said he supports the idea of legalizing marijuana. As some serious drug issues are rising in Madison, such as a surge in heroin-related crimes, Koval said he would rather see his force's energy go toward solving those rather than continuing to pursue controlling marijuana crimes.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Sep 2014 - Too many people have seen their lives upended after being arrested with small amounts of marijuana. The time it took to reach a compromise on marijuana arrests in Philadelphia was worth it. It should lead to a dramatic reduction in the thousands saddled with debilitating criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug for recreational use.
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused.
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - In Municipal Court Not Just Those Issued by Police Officer Facing Discipline Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer's personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources.
Washington Post, 18 Sep 2014 - Organization Plans Ad Campaign in Days Before City Vote has formed to oppose the legalization of marijuana in the District. A group has formed to combat the legalization of marijuana in the District, an issue residents will vote on this fall.
Western Courier, 17 Sep 2014 - Marijuana legislations in the United States Over the past couple of years, 22 states have either legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana. Alaska, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon have all legalized marijuana for medical use and decriminalized the possession of specific amounts of marijuana. Other states have also decriminalized the possession of specific amounts, including Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. Recently, Washington and Colorado took the next step and legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Unfortunately, the possession of a small quantity of marijuana will result in jail time or fines anywhere else in the U.S. Even with the new policy, the overall drug law has stayed the same. However, no state has taken action to decriminalize or legalize drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs. First, prohibiting a drug does not eliminate the drug market. All prohibition does is raise costs and consumer prices. To protect and continue production of the product, those who are marketing it turn to guns and violence instead of being able to resolve disputes with courts, lawyers or arbitration.
The Trentonian, 11 Sep 2014 - "We standout in our corruption, New Jersey is unique" wrote Bob Ingles, author of "The Soprano State". His book details the "you-couldn't-make-this-up" true story of the corruption that has pervaded New Jersey politics, government and business for the past thirty years. As U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie made his name on corruption - busting state officials, bullying his way through towns, legally hammering away with the full weight of the federal government. State officials cowered at the mere mention of his office.
Buffalo News, 08 Sep 2014 - Evidence From Legalization in 2 States Will Help Guide Decisions in the Rest Federalism is the American theory of using the 50 states as legal and social laboratories whose experiments can inform the other states and the federal government about practices that are worth duplicating and those that are not. To the benefit of the rest of the country, Colorado and Washington state have embarked on an experiment that may answer many questions about the use of marijuana and how governments deal with it.
The Trentonian, 07 Aug 2014 - Over 1.7 million people have read my material on my website, NJweedman.com. But now I'm mainstream - a columnist for The Trentonian. I expect there to be some amount of consternation and criticism directed at me and the editors of The Trentonian for giving me this platform to make my voice heard. So bring it on. Of all the newspapers in New Jersey, The Trentonian has been the most receptive to my cause, and so it makes sense it would be the publication to enable me to reach out to the public like this. For that I'm grateful and yes, I lit up an "illegal" phattie and ate a THC-infused brownie banned by Governor Christie to celebrate. Today, I want to introduce and explain myself to the readership. I want you to understand where I'm coming from and where I'll be going with this "Cannabis Column." I'm not only a marijuana activist - I'm a black man. I've dealt with the racist aspect of this government declared war firsthand, and I speak out about it.
The Stranger, 06 Aug 2014 - One Officer Wrote Nearly 80 Percent of the City's Marijuana Citations. Why Was That Fact Hidden From Chief Kathleen O'toole? The bad news came in three waves. The first came on July 23, when the Seattle Police Department once again made cringeworthy national headlines, this time for the way cops were issuing tickets to people caught using marijuana in public.
Seattle Times, 05 Aug 2014 - THE one-man protest against legal marijuana waged by Seattle Police Officer Randy Jokela made a joke of a serious new law. The veteran cop wrote 80 percent of the city's public marijuana consumption citations over the last six months, according to new city data. He showed contempt for the law, voters and his bosses in scribbling ad hominem commentaries on infractions, including ones he apparently wrote based on a coin flip. Regrettable behavior, indeed.
Charleston Gazette, 02 Aug 2014 - Most Americans realize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco - yet booze and cigarettes are lucrative legal products, while pot-puffers face jail. This contradiction makes no sense. The New York Times, America's flagship newspaper, finally has launched an all-out crusade for legalization of marijuana. It declared: