Donald Trump Is a Win-Win for Cannabis Re-Legalization
Jan04

Donald Trump Is a Win-Win for Cannabis Re-Legalization

President-elect Donald Trump will prove to be a win-win for the re-legalization of cannabis.  Regardless of what he does he will provide a faster path to full re-legalization than Hillary Clinton.  Ms. Clinton would have permitted medical cannabis and lots of research, all of which would be good.  But she was not in favor of rec legalization and might have put up some roadblocks barring that end.  Because some good was happening the...

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NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President
Dec31

NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President

President-elect Trump has made no secret that his pick for V.P., Mike Pence, will be carrying a large part of the load of leading the country.  Realizing that, NORML has written an open letter to the next V.P.  Here’s a sample: American drug policy is at an important crossroads and the incoming Trump/Pence Administration will inherit an unprecedented schism between state and federal law in regards to the regulation and...

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Looking for a Silver Lining in the Trump Administration
Dec27

Looking for a Silver Lining in the Trump Administration

In the written Chinese language the character for “crisis” and “opportunity” are the same.  If we take that lesson to heart, is there opportunity in the just-around-the-corner Trump administration? Even if the federal outlook is relatively grim, reform advocates could continue to see progress at the state level, especially in Democratic enclaves like New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado, California and...

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NORML Ready To Face A/G Nominee Sessions
Dec22

NORML Ready To Face A/G Nominee Sessions

Time to get some skin in the game, friends.  President-elect Trump’s nominee of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is no friend of the cannabis community.  Here’s what you can do:   Worst case scenario: AG Sessions cites the supremacy of federal law and initiates a crackdown on all state-legal marijuana operations. He unleashes his U.S. Attorneys to go after marijuana-related businesses in states like Colorado...

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Feds “Hands Off” MMJ — For Now
Dec20

Feds “Hands Off” MMJ — For Now

There will be changes in the new Trump administration.  Whether for good or ill remains to be seen.  But there’s one front where the fighting won’t break out — at least for a while.  Here’s more:   Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr...

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Re-Legalization Bringing Decreased Drug Use
Dec19

Re-Legalization Bringing Decreased Drug Use

Now here’s an interesting twist no one saw coming.  As cannabis re-legalization rolls on (no pun intended) fewer young people are attracted to any type of drug use.  Here’s some detail:   The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research is out with its latest national survey of teenage drug use, including marijuana use, and what it found was that since 2012, the year that Colorado and Washington state...

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