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Federal and state policy (e.g. ONDCP, NIDA, FDA), statements/ responses from elected officials
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 10, 2012
Mitt Romney was interviewing with a reporter from Colorado who asked a series of questions, including his opinions on civil unions or marriage equality for gay people, in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants, and Colorado’s state recognition of medical marijuana. Frustrated by the questions not leading to his preferred talking points, Gov. Romney, exasperated, asks “Aren’t there issues of significance you’d like to talk about? The economy?…”
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 8, 2012
The timing is also curious given the upcoming November election. Colorado’s nine electoral college votes are up for grabs, and Obama’s path to reelection gets very steep without the state in his corner. The legalization amendment on the ballot in November could drive otherwise complacent voters to the polls, but they may not end up backing Obama. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is not ashamed to tout his support of pot legalization, threatening to syphon protest votes that otherwise would have gone to Obama.
By Cannabis Karri on May 8, 2012
Oregon Attorney General Race boils down to marijuana policy.
By Cannabis Karri on May 7, 2012
New Hampshire Rejects Decriminalization Bill for marijuana.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 3, 2012
Some in federal law enforcement–and at the Office of National Drug Control Policy–hope that the advent of new pharmaceutical replacements for grown medical marijuana, like the Canadian drug Sativex, will make the entire issue moot in the coming decade.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 1, 2012
The bill has passed with a veto-proof majority in the House, but lacks three votes it needs to override the governor’s veto in the Senate. And the governor’s veto is a reflection of his support for law enforcement, which has always opposed any reform to marijuana laws in New Hampshire:
“The problem with it overall is it’s a bad bill, and the only way to make it better is to take marijuana out of it,” said Enfield police Chief Richard Crate, a vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 28, 2012
“Marijuana is something that real people care about.” — Jimmy Kimmel
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 26, 2012
“What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law,” Obama said.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 25, 2012
I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, “Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.” What I can say is, “Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.”
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 17, 2012
President Obama and Drug Czar Kerlikowske refer to their prohibition strategies as a “balanced approach” that includes “prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery support, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, and international cooperation.” They even provide an infographic touting their “Record of Reform” that includes this handy graph of the “balance” in the Drug War budget.