Marijuana Policy

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Beer vs. Weed: Alcohol industry lobbies against legalizing pot

Beer drinkers and pot smokers aren’t considered rivals, but their corporate entities are. The alcohol lobby, afraid of losing market share, is funding the fight against pot legalization. There are five states that will vote on pot legalization in 2016: Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. In nearly every state, PACs funded by the alcohol, beer, and […]

Legalizing drugs would reduce crime [Opinion]

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The following opinion editorial was a response to Ryan Girdusky’s column, “Why drug legalization will not end the cartel.” Interested in contributing to Red Alert? Find out more here.  Crime reduction and reduced drug use are the two main goals of drug prohibition. On both counts, prohibition has been an utter failure. Advocates of prohibition claim […]

Why drug legalization will not end the cartel

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Marijuana is already legal in four states and voters in eight more will cast their ballot this November on whether their state will allow recreation pot. Supporters of legalizing cannabis, especially libertarians who support decriminalizing most drug use, have made the argument that their efforts will bankrupt the cartels and bring their dangerous regimes to […]

Arizona’s marijuana vote expected to bring more young people to the polls

This May 11, 2016, photo shows marijuana plants at a home near the Green Springs, Ore. Only a handful of medical marijuana growers have applied for Jackson County permits to keep growing on rural residential land: even though growers without permits face fines of up to $10,000 and orders to remove their plants. (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP)

A vote to legalize marijuana in Arizona could be a way to increase the state’s youth turnout, KTAR News reported. Secretary of State Michele Reagan notified Republican Governor Doug Ducey that the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act met the signature requirements to be placed on the ballot on Thursday as Proposition 205. Valley political strategist Chris […]

Thanks to the DEA, 600,000 pot users won’t be as lucky as Malia Obama this year

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Just days after Malia Obama was caught on camera allegedly smoking marijuana, the DEA announced that it would be rejecting yet another petition to reschedule the substance from Schedule I of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. The decision to continue classifying cannabis in the same category as heroin is problematic — not only because research […]

California to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana

File - In this April 20, 2016 file photo, customers buy products at the Harvest Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

On Tuesday, California’s secretary of state announced the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state had secured enough signatures to go on the ballot. “Its supporters have raised $3.53 million, The Sacramento Bee reports — nearly 31 times more than what opponents have raised,” NPR’s Merrit Kennedy noted. “The initiative would allow adults age 21 […]

Was Seattle’s biggest ‘Pot Shop’ too high to pay new minimum wage?

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Liberals love the idea of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour just as much as they support pot legalization, but when the two are mixed together, some things get lost in the fray. The Stranger reported that Seattle’s most successful cannabis retailer, Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, forgot to pay their employees the new […]

GOP Congressman confesses to using marijuana in office, looks to overturn federal prohibition

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) may look like your average Republican congressman, but don’t let his appearance deceive you. He’s personal friends with Dan Bilzerian, the first congressman in decades to admit he uses marijuana, and he is on a one man mission to protect states that have legalized pot. The Washington Post reported that Rohrabacher told a group of […]

New state laws don’t change millennials’ views on pot

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A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that new medical marijuana laws do not affect the views of adolescents in those states. Researchers concluded that young people in the U.S. today hold more liberal views on marijuana usage overall, but were unable to pin down a reason for the trend. Views […]

Pennsylvania becomes the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana

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The war on drugs lost another battle as Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes on Wednesday. The bill will be signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, a longtime supporter of the initiative, and is hailed as “a bipartisan effort” that has “overcome years of obstacles,” according to The […]

Top 9 most pro-pot states

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Recreational marijuana legalization has been a cornerstone policy that Generation-Y overwhelmingly supports. According to Pew Research, even 63 percent of Republican millennials want pot to be legal. Not all states are the same however. Some are extremely enthusiastic towards pot legalization, while others are less likely to change policy. Estately created a list of the most […]

Study: Weed smokers skip class, do worse in college

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With all the calls to legalize marijuana and weed’s popularity among young people, it’s important to keep in mind that the drug isn’t completely harmless. As WebMD reported, a study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors found that those who smoked pot tended to skip class, and the more they smoked, the more they skipped. Missed […]

Rand Paul stands as the lone voice on many policies on the GOP stage

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Rand Paul highlighted his differences during the second Republican debate, but it might explain his weak showing in polls. Throughout the debate, Paul highlighted his unpopular opinions among other candidates, as The Nation noted. On foreign policy, the war on drugs, and criminal-justice reform, Paul stood alone. “I’ve made my career as an opponent of the Iraq […]

Man in prison for 21 years for marijuana now free

Jeff Mizanskey, left, speaks after being released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center, after serving two decades of a life sentence for a marijuana-related charge in Jefferson City, Mo., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.  His release followed years of lobbying by relatives, lawmakers and others who argued that the sentence was too stiff and that marijuana should not be forbidden.   (AP Photo/Columbia Missourian/Justin L. Stewart)

A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole based on marijuana convictions is free today after 21 years in prison. Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced as a “prior and persistent offender” in 1994 when “he was found taking part in the purchase of several pounds of marijuana,” according to KOMU. Mizanskey was convicted of possessing more than […]

In early voting states, Republicans want marijuana reform

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A poll in key early voting states found strong support among voters in early primary and caucus states for curbing federal involvement in marijuana laws. According to The Hill, 67 percent of New Hampshire Republican voters and 64 percent of Iowa Republican voters want relaxed federal enforcement of marijuana laws. The changing opinions within the […]

Marco Rubio would crack down on states with legal marijuana

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the RedState Gathering Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republicans tend to support states’ rights, but when it comes to marijuana legalization, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has vowed to make an exception. Much like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rubio would enforce federal law and crack down on marijuana users in states which have legalized recreational use. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press last Sunday, Rubio […]

Ohio might become the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana use

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Ohio voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would allow medicinal and recreational use this fall. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted verified that enough signatures were collected by ResponsibleOhio to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot. Once the Ohio Ballot Board approves the amendment’s language, it will be official. The amendment would […]

Leaked DOJ memo contradicts itself on drug laws

In this June 22, 2005, file photo, Drug Enforcement Agents remove marijuana plants from a dispensary in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The Department of Justice has had issues with states on their marijuana laws, but it’s made worse by the contradictory positions the department itself has taken. In an attempt to defeat a provision that limited the department’s interference with state drug laws, the Department of Justice exaggerated its interpretation of what the provision could do, […]

Despite law, feds continue to raid marijuana dispensaries

In this Friday, June 26, 2015 photo, Bear Westerlind - an employee at the medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack - displays different types of marijuana flowers sold at the shop in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

Drug policy conflicts between the states and the federal government are coming to a head. Two congressmen who pushed an amendment to protect state drug laws against federal overreach have now called for an investigation into the Department of Justice. Representatives Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) sent a letter Thursday to Inspector General Michael […]

Scott Walker: Marijuana is a state issue, but feds should still prosecute state-legalized weed

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Scott Walker claims he considers marijuana a “state” issue—but also says he would allow the federal government to prosecute state-legalized weed.