- Published on Friday, 20 March 2015 15:57
Researchers will score more-powerful varieties of the drug courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Residents of 23 US states can buy medical marijuana to treat everything from cancer pain to anxiety, but US scientists must wade through onerous paperwork to score the drug for study. Their sole dealer is the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which has a contract with the University of Mississippi in Oxford to produce marijuana for research purposes.
- Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:36
A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of decriminalization of the drug.
The "Beyond the Beltway" report released Wednesday by Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of marijuana legalization and 72 percent in favor of decriminalization. The drug remains illegal under federal law.
- Published on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:36
President Barack Obama said if enough states reform their marijuana laws, Congress may change federal law that continues to make the drug illegal.
Obama, during an interview with Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith released in full on Monday, said he's encouraged that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans seem to agree that current U.S. marijuana laws don't make sense.
- Published on Monday, 16 March 2015 20:39
Nevada voters will have the chance to determine whether the state will be the next to legalize recreational cannabis during the next Presidential election.
Earlier last week, the state legislature put the fate of a proposal aimed at legalizing marijuana in the hands of the people after failing to address the issue during the latest session. Lawmakers were given until the weekend to either approve or deny Initiative Petition No 1, but opted to clock out Friday evening without taking up a vote on the measure, automatically adding it to the ballot in 2016.
- Published on Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:59
A global coalition was recently assembled in an attempt to persuade the United Nations to consider the total elimination of its decades-long ban on medical marijuana.
Earlier last week, just as the 58th annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs was set to get underway in Vienna, marijuana activists from 13 countries banded together to form the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition in hopes of facilitating the reform of global drug laws.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:21
Three senators, two Democrats and a Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would allow patients to use marijuana for medical purposes in states where it is legal, without fear of federal prosecution for violating narcotics laws.
The bill makes a number of important changes to federal marijuana policies — and it deserves to be passed by Congress and enacted into law. Though this legislation would not repeal the broad and destructive federal ban on marijuana, it is a big step in the right direction.
- Published on Monday, 09 March 2015 19:46
Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Washington D.C. and Alaska this year. D.C.’s legalization has prompted some congressional Republicans to try to undermine the city’s reforms. However, the experience of states that have already legalized, and economic theory, both indicate that legalization creates more benefits than costs.
Recreational use and possession of marijuana up to two ounces is now legal in Washington D.C. for individuals 21 years of age and over (one ounce in Alaska).
- Published on Saturday, 07 March 2015 11:19
The United Nations remains adamant that the efforts displayed by the United States and Uruguay to reform marijuana laws is a direct violation of international drug treaties, and perhaps the beginning of an international shakedown - if an adequate explanation for the blatant disregard for world law is not communicated.
The latest report from the International Narcotics Control Board claims it is keeping a watchful eye on Uruguay and the U.S. due to their policies on the legalization of marijuana being “inconsistent” with the regulations hashed out during the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
- Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 12:07
For the first time, the General Social Survey — a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research — shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana.
In interviews conducted between March and October of last year — when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up — researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"
- Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 01:45
Some predict Rhode Island could be the first state in America to legalize recreational marijuana by way of the state legislature. Earlier this week, lawmakers introduced a bill that would repeal prohibition across the state and establish operations for a taxed and regulated marijuana market in a manner similar to alcohol.
State Senator Joshua Miller submitted his proposal entitled “Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act,” which would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, allowing for the possession of up to an ounce of weed and the cultivation of a single mature plant.