Cannabis policy has a hard time shaking off its roots in the culture wars. Since the action around non-medical legalization action so far has largely been through voter initiatives rather than conventional legislation, the argument takes place mostly in sound-bites rather than policy memos.
This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science
It should be possible to say that we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults.
Cohen's bill, which is being sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has been assigned to the House Judiciary, Oversight
In Missouri, which has some of the nation's harshest marijuana laws, there are two separate efforts underway to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Currently in Missouri, you can spend up to a year in prison for possession of a single joint, even if it's your first offense
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who famously refused to say whether heroin is worse for your health
Those states are: These aren't the only states working to loosen up punitive marijuana laws. Efforts are also underway in
More than any other demographic, seniors are poised to be the biggest pot users in America should cannabis be legalized. It's law-abiding adults who will begin using pot in greater numbers, and the associated lameness of watching their parents ripping a bong will, if anything, probably decrease teen use.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is strongly in favor of retaining current marijuana laws. Since taking power, Harper's
Elections Have Consequences: It's Time for the Obama Administration to Acknowledge That Marijuana Prohibition Doesn't Work
Never has there existed greater public support for ending the nation's nearly century-long experiment with pot prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic Election Day votes in Colorado and Washington underscore this reality. But is the Obama administration listening?