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:
Seattle Times, 01 Aug 2014 - Advocate of Legalization Discusses Enforcement of Ban 'It's About Getting People to Stop Smoking Marijuana in Public' In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Thursday issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban.
Spokesman-Review, 01 Aug 2014 - SEATTLE - Yes, you can buy pot. You can smoke pot. You can possess pot here in the Evergreen State. You just can't do those things in public, smelling up parks and annoying pedestrians. If you're caught, the police will write you a ticket. Especially if you're black. Or homeless. And have the bad judgment to light up in the downtown core. And the bad luck to come upon one police officer in particular.
The Steamboat Today, 01 Aug 2014 - Six months after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal under Colorado law, newspapers across the country are filled with reports and editorials debating the merits of that voter mandated change. Meanwhile, the best petri dish for evaluating the impact of legal pot may be Steamboat Springs. On Saturday, The Washington Post examined the ramifications of Colorado's legal marijuana on neighboring states. "At Colorado's borders, a dividing line over marijuana," is composed of anecdotal reports from towns on both sides of Colorado's eastern border with Kansas and Nebraska and, as might be expected, finds divergent views between the states.
The Daily Iowan, 30 Jul 2014 - There are many reasons to be excited about the inevitable end of the War on Drugs, specifically the incredibly wasteful practice of marijuana prohibition. The end of wasting billions of dollars upholding an unenforceable law, the discontinuation of a system that intensifies the worst racial injustices of the American legal system through the disproportionate sentencing rates of African Americans and Latinos compared with whites, and boatloads of revenue should be reaped from taxation of the newly legalized drug. In a political environment that's up to its eyeballs in bad news, it's incredibly uplifting to find a public-policy issue in which our political representatives seem to be heading toward a sane solution.
Philadelphia Daily News, 28 Jul 2014 - As the War on Drugs Ebbs, So, Too, Should the War on Nonviolent Offenders THE NATION'S retreat from a maniacal and misguided mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.
New York Times, 14 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Decriminalization in Washington D.C. Is Contested by Federal Lawmakers WASHINGTON - A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington's mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect.
The Chico News & Review, 10 Jul 2014 - Legislature to Hear Long Overdue Drug Reform Bill Next Month A senate bill going through the state Legislature would treat crack cocaine the same as powdered cocaine. Advertisement State legislators are finally getting around to one of the most racist drug laws on the books.
New York Times, 09 Jul 2014 - Black and Hispanic defendants are more likely to be held in jail before trial and more likely to be offered plea bargains that include a prison sentence than whites and Asians charged with the same crimes, according to a two-year study of prosecutions handled by the Manhattan district attorney's office. The study, by the Vera Institute of Justice, found that race was a significant factor at nearly every stage of criminal prosecutions in Manhattan, from setting bail to negotiating a plea deal to sentencing.