Seattle Times, 03 Apr 2015 - A growing gap exists between how the early marijuana-legalization laws are rolling out in Washington state and what ought to be concurrent education campaigns to give marijuana consumers science-based information to make wise choices. Initiative 502 earmarked new excise-tax revenues to the state Department of Health to pay for "medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use."
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt's stoop in Northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked joint.
Washington Post, 27 Mar 2015 - Hundreds Turn Out for Giveaway Intended to Promote Home Growing The District witnessed a massive, public drug deal Thursday - and for those involved, it was quite a bargain. With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds.
The Trentonian, 26 Mar 2015 - Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, or commands of a government. "One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." - Martin Luther King Jr. The great Spring Smoke-out of 3/21 was a billed as the first of a series of planned civil disobedience protests here in New Jersey, designed to bring awareness and change to the plight of the victims of the Pot Prohibition Gov. Chris Christie and State Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini so steadfastly embrace.
The Chief, 26 Mar 2015 - Like many, I was disappointed Bryan Raiser was forced to shut down his medical marijuana dispensary and is now dispensing only information. Not only do I believe marijuana should be made easily available to those who are sick and use it as medicine, but I also have leanings that it should be legalized, like alcohol. Heck, for a whole schwack of the population, I actually think it should be legally mandated.
Boston Globe, 26 Mar 2015 - DENVER (AP) - The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says. The report, issued Wednesday by the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance, showed that marijuana arrests in Colorado all but stopped after voters made the drug legal in small amounts for those 21 and older.
Albuquerque Journal, 26 Mar 2015 - Black People Still Far More Likely to Be Charged With Marijuana-Related Crimes DENVER (AP) - The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says.
The Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - Of all the misunderstandings about marijuana's impact on the country, perhaps none is greater than the belief that America's courts, prisons and jails are clogged with people whose only offense was marijuana use. This is the perception, but statistics show few inmates are behind bars strictly for marijuana-related offenses, and legalization of the drug will do little to affect America's growing incarceration numbers. "It's this myth that won't go away and gets repeated by people who should know better. Unfortunately, no one reads public records," said Ernie Martinez, Denver-based at-large director for the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition. "But the truth is there - and it looks a lot different than the story pushed by marijuana-legalization advocates and amplified in news media."
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2015 - The tributes to those who braved the nightsticks of Alabama state troopers 50 years ago to march for voting rights were inspiring. The state of Black America a half-century later is depressing. In a recent report titled "Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity," the Brookings Institution laid out where things stand. In 1965, the idea of an African-American president and an African-American attorney general might have been unimaginable, but despite that progress at the top, there's been regression below.
The Journal Standard, 21 Mar 2015 - Claiming that marijuana has a "lethal legacy," as Debbie Leiniger did in her March 7 "My View" opinion is not only specious and spurious, it is akin to declaring that the Earth is flat. Despite all evidence to the contrary. History shows that people have always used intoxicants. In every age, in every part of the world, people have pursued intoxication with plants, alcohol and other euphoric substances. In fact, this behavior has so much force and persistence that it functions much like our drives for food, sleep and sex.
The Trentonian, 20 Mar 2015 - I wanted to write about the fact that starting at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, hundreds of victims of New Jersey's current criminal marijuana laws will march from the Trenton train station down State Street to the State House, where a large smoky "civil disobedience protest" will begin at 4:20 p.m. But first I must cringe at President Obama's recent comments to VICE magazine. VICE is a youth-oriented media outlet that I enjoy even though I'm actually 50 and considered middle-aged now. (I can't believe I just conceded that I'm middle aged.)
Chicago Sun-Times, 16 Mar 2015 - Expert Rips Rahm's Positive Spin on Impact of Pot- Law Enforcement on Blacks, Hispanics The Emanuel administration has touted as a sign of "progress" statistics showing that the percentage of arrests to tickets in marijuana cases was about the same for blacks, Hispanics and whites in 2014.
The Trentonian, 13 Mar 2015 - Do you have a bucket list? My altered ego, "NJWEEDMAN," has a huge list. Topping his list for years has been taking a THC-positive pee on "just say no" Nancy & Ronald Reagan's graves. Checking this off has been held up by Nancy's continued life. Sure, NJWeedman admits that may be distasteful on many levels, but these drug war criminals deserve it. They ramped up President Nixon's racist drug war, putting millions behind bars-especially brown people-and making America the greatest police state on the planet - largely for a plant. America now imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in the world by far, holding 25 percent of the world's prisoners while having only 5 percent of the world's population. All the while, these tyrants were talking out of both sides of their vile mouths: Ronald and Colonel North imported tons of cocaine into America, creating the cocaine cartels' U.S. infrastructure with CIA assets and setting up dozens of black/brown businessmen like "FREEWAY RICKY ROSS" to sell their product. They made coke kingpins, they created the Nino Browns of every ghetto in America. The Reagans created the "crack cocaine epidemic" that ruined plenty of my friends in the late '80s. Nancy has been at the top of my death pool (a game where you guess when someone will die) every year for the last eight years, but unfortunately it hasn't happened yet.
Seattle Weekly, 11 Mar 2015 - Every single day there's breaking news in the marijuana movement. Alaska officially legalized weed on February 24, making it the fourth state in the Union to toss aside the chains of prohibition, and the next day, at the stroke of midnight, our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., followed suit. #CommanderInSpleef! But if ya think the "Just Say No" Nancy Reagan types are gently stepping aside, and the taxation and regulation of cannabis are going along swimmingly, you've been smoking too much of the recently legalized chronic.
Northern News, 09 Mar 2015 - KIRKLAND LAKE - Cannabis activist Dana Larsen says "much more serious" civil disobedience could be coming to Kirkland Lake if police opt to raid a local bong shop again. Posting online in response to an opinion piece by Northern News senior reporter Rick Owen regarding last week's cannabis rally in Kirkland Lake, Larsen said the peaceful march may have been just the beginning of things to come.
Washington Post, 09 Mar 2015 - During a visit with reggae singer Bob Marley in 1978, I asked him about the effects that smoking marijuana had on him. Relaxing in the sunroom of his home in Kingston, Jamaica, he said marijuana clarified his inner vision and inspired songs about peace and justice. Out of the "holy smoke," as Marley called it, came a plume of music that wafted far beyond the Jamaican shores, such as "Get Up, Stand Up" and another, written by fellow reggae singer Peter Tosh, called "Legalize It."
Sacramento News & Review, 05 Mar 2015 - HEY NGAIO, IS WEED LEGAL IN THE USA YET? - -Hans and Frans Not yet, but a few things that happened last week will definitely pump (clap) you up!
Washington Post, 04 Mar 2015 - Adam Eidinger was flying high. As chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, he helped spearhead the push to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital. When the law went into effect Thursday, he retreated to his campaign headquarters and took a victory toke, then another and another.
The Trentonian, 26 Feb 2015 - Late last Wednesday night I was asked if I was "going to the press conference tomorrow, aren't you part of the new coalition to legalize marijuana?" I said "no" because I didn't know what they were talking about, and I went on Facebook and was shocked to learn of this new group New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR). They held a Press Conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday 2/18. Based on the video I watched, this new group is advocating Legalization in the Garden State and uniting activists. Well, in my opinion they started off wrong in the UNITING department because apparently they deliberately excluded some long-time green-collar-type activists, the "radical contingent" of the marijuana movement and no victims groups or medical groups were invited. Actions speak louder than words.
Washington Post, 26 Feb 2015 - Marijuana Legalization Seen As a Breakthrough for the Nation's Capital and a National Movement As Thursday dawns on the nation's capital, marijuana will be a legal intoxicant, though Washington will not be Amsterdam, or even Denver. There will be no pot shops, no open-air smoking, but at least for the moment, the District - for once in its decades-long struggle for the right to govern itself - has gotten its way, and a green rush is on.