The Trentonian, 09 Jul 2015 - Important stoner alert: huge marijuana protest at LOVE PARK, Philadelphia 7/10, @ 4 p.m. SMOKE DOWN PROHIBITION https:// www.facebook.com/ events/469747533199955 . I usually say joint, but lately I haven't been Passing the Joint much because I've been taking bong rips - oops, Chalice inspirations. I have several Chalices, which are my sacramental bongs. Don't laugh; some use cannabis religiously, so if you're using a bong - oops, Chalice for religious purposes, shouldn't it be protected by the First Amendment? I think so.
The Trentonian, 04 Jul 2015 - This week our infamous governor, Chris Christie, made headlines again with the announcement of his presidential campaign, following the release of polls showing an all time low approval rating by NJ residents. He's also ranked 11th, last place, among all the Republican candidates. Among the many crazy policies he has proposed is his stance on weed. He recently stated that he would go after legal cannabis states if elected president. With the public support for cannabis growing, and the number of states with legal recreational and medicinal cannabis growing, does Christie really seriously believe the majority of Americans will support a candidate with prohibition campaign?
Prince George Citizen, 02 Jul 2015 - Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime. Anyone who has followed the controversy about marijuana since the heyday of the Le Dain Commission can only shake his or her head at the lack of common sense. Every intelligent person who has studied marijuana and the laws that criminalize it has concluded the century-old prohibition should end and the easily cultivated weed more appropriately regulated to help the sick and stop the imprisonment of our kids.
The Trentonian, 25 Jun 2015 - I had a great Father's Day with four of my five children. My one child, Ajanea, doesn't communicate with me. Her mind was poisoned by her scorned mother, who refused to allow me to bond with my daughter for 15 years. The Burlington County Family Court judges helped her with this by preventing me from having a relationship with my daughter because I publicly spoke THE TRUTH about marijuana. Free speech didn't exist in family court for me, and it ruined my relationship with my daughter. I hear I'm a grandfather, too, but I don't know thanks to Judge Bell and her bigoted co-judges. I don't hate too many things, but I'll tell anyone who'll listen: I hate the Burlington County Family Court judges, especially Judge Maria S. Bell. If you think Blackmen get the short end of stick in the criminal system, take a look at family court. Since becoming a columnist for The Trentonian and being viewed as a champion underdog by the community, I've been inundated by people presenting me with their problems and asking me to write about them. I have for a few and feel bad for others I haven't worked in, but here are a couple.
Albuquerque Journal, 24 Jun 2015 - Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and two other members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee want to know more about why federal narcotics agents seized $16,000 from a 22-year-old African-American man in April when the Amtrak train he was taking to Los Angeles stopped in Albuquerque. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents made the seizure after they had talked to Joseph Rivers about where he was going. He was not charged with a crime, but the money was seized because agents said they believed, based on their conversation with Rivers, that it was somehow linked to narcotics trafficking.
Stabroek News, 19 Jun 2015 - While the norm in most places nowadays is to run into a pharmacy and pick up some medication if one is feeling ill, the truth is that pharmacies, as we know them, have only been around for a couple hundred years. People, however, have been on planet Earth for thousands of years.
The Gazette, 17 Jun 2015 - Colorado pot users have no fear of federal or local law enforcement. As of this week, they might start fearing the boss. The federal government lacks resources to enforce its laws against recreational or medical marijuana. It also lacks authority to require local or state police to enforce federal laws. But an employer can say no to drug-using employees, prohibiting them from using marijuana for any reason at any time.
Miami Herald, 15 Jun 2015 - Pot enforcement was a big ongoing story back when I landed my first newspaper job 45 years ago. Oh my, how we did love those police-combat-scourge-of-marijuana stories. The Mississippi town where I worked suffered plenty of sure-enough serious crime, but robberies and burglaries, even the occasional Saturday night juke-joint killing, would hardly turn an editor's head. If the local police managed a pot bust, that was front page stuff.
Boston Globe, 01 Jun 2015 - With a major battle in the making over marijuana legalization next year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and a passionate advocate for those struggling with drug addiction, is emerging as the most likely face of the opposition. Walsh said he would "absolutely" be willing to take the lead opposing the anticipated referendum in 17 months, presuming no other high-profile leader steps forward.