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Medical Marijuana News

Georgia Senator For Rescheduling Marijuana But Believes Gateway Theory

March 10, 2017, 1:20 pm Russ Belville

As first reported by Tom Angell at MassRoots, during a telephone town hall meeting, US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) responded to a question from a constituent with multiple sclerosis who asked about his positions decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. Sen. Isakson told the woman that he “believe[s] in its use for medical […]

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Marijuana Legalization News

Sessions: “We Will Enforce Law,” Won’t Rule Out RICO Marijuana Case

March 9, 2017, 10:30 am Russ Belville

Appearing this morning on conservative talker Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered “we will enforce law” to Hewitt’s question about whether the Department of Justice will file a racketeering (RICO) case against recreational marijuana businesses in states that have legalized marijuana. Sessions then pivoted from discussion of […]

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Global Drug War News

Senator Ties Pot To Opiates Through Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana Gateway

March 8, 2017, 1:20 pm Russ Belville

On Monday, Ohio Senator Rob Portman spoke during a hearing on the epidemic of opiate overdose affecting the nation. His comments reveal how retrograde politicians and tough-on-crime drug warriors are going to demonize recreational marijuana use by linking it to the misery caused by addictions to heroin, oxycodone, and fentanyl. […]

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Cannabis Activism

Sign the Petition for States’ Rights on Marijuana Policy

March 7, 2017, 12:21 pm Russ Belville

A new petition at Change.org calls on the chairmen of two US House committees to hold hearings on the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. The Act, officially H.R. 1227, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, leaving the states free to set marijuana policies as they choose. […]

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Cannabis Activism

Jimmy Carter Cannabis Cancer Cure Claim is “Pants On Fire” Fake News

March 6, 2017, 2:20 pm Russ Belville

While “fake news” lately may be Donald Trump’s favorite reply to any factual story that paints him unfavorably, there is the actual problem of fake news that circulates through the social media feeds of people in their ideological echo chambers. The cannabis community is no exception. Last month, MassRoots called out The […]

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Marijuana Legalization News

Virginia Marijuana Reform: Baby Steps and Bombshells

March 6, 2017, 12:01 pm Russ Belville

One of the last places you’d expect to see marijuana law reform moving forward is in Virginia. The urban areas of NoVa (northern Virginia) are tied to the politics of Washington DC and the rural areas of the rest of the state are reliably conservative and Republican. But lately, the […]

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Global Drug War News

Trump’s Lies About Drugs And Immigrants Crossing Our Borders

March 1, 2017, 12:13 pm Russ Belville

“We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth.” –President Donald J. Trump, Address to Congress, […]

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Marijuana Legalization News

More Anti-Drug Remarks from Attorney General Sessions

March 1, 2017, 8:56 am Russ Belville

The transcript of remarks by Attorney General Sessions to the state Attorneys General has been posted. It contains a few more quotes I missed in the first reporting of the speech. Mr. Sessions acknowledges that crime rates are near historic lows: Overall, crime rates in the United States remain near […]