Kevin Cranford Will Have His Revenge on Harry Anslinger

    Kevin Cranford loves Baltimore, and he has some ideas about how cannabis can help turn it around. After spending most of the new millennium in Charm City, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in television production from Morgan State University, Kevin decided to put his considerable talents toward ending marijuana prohibition. Now […]

New York Dispensary Wants to Give You Cannabis

Yesterday’s News — July 13, 2105       Syracuse dispensary will donate portion of profits to families in need Citiva Medical, a company looking to open a cultivation center and dispensary in the Syracuse area, announced a plan to provide assistance to families in need of medical cannabis for children. Because the average monthly […]

The Future of Legalization: Give It Up, Oregon

  Making friends in Oregon just got a lot easier. As of midnight on July 1 anyone in Oregon can possess up to an ounce of cannabis in public while hoarding up to eight ounces inside their homes. It is still very much illegal to consume cannabis in public, and that includes your front porch […]

Weed in Texas Goes Commercial

Yesterday’s News – May 13, 2015   Texas Cannabis Commercial The Texas legislature is currently considering two cannabis bills: HB2165, which would legalize marijuana in the state, and HB507, which would decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis. It’s clear that the latter has a much greater chance of passing, so Texans for Responsible Marijuana […]

Out of the Basement: Considering Cannabis with Congress

Women Grow Lobby Days     I resolved this year to be as authentic as possible, to be honest and courageous in owning my identity and speaking my truth. I’m generally not shy about asserting myself, but I’m also a person who adapts to make others more comfortable. Which means that I’ve usually avoided discussing […]

Yesterday’s News — December 2, 2014

because nobody’s ready for today yet     The world’s first bank offering services to the cannabis industry is waiting for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to determine if it will provide them deposit insurance coverage. But Fourth Corner Credit Union may be able to seek private funds instead if Colorado’s commissioner approves. The […]

AG Nominee on Cannabis — A Lynchian Mystery

  Over the weekend, President Obama officially announced Loretta Lynch, two-time United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as his nominee for Attorney General. The Harvard-educated prosecutor, who has no personal ties to the president and is generally thought of as a qualified, solid choice, would be the first African American woman to […]

The Future of Legalization: Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2

  The Law, Briefly   With about 52 percent of the vote, Alaska passed Ballot Measure 2 and became the fourth state in two years to legalize recreational marijuana while taxing and regulating sales. (For comprehensive coverage from the Alaska Dispatch News, click here.)   Once the measure becomes law it will be legal to possess […]

Election 2014

    Tomorrow is a huge day in the effort to end cannabis prohibition across the U.S., with legalization measures on the ballots in Oregon, Alaska, and the nation’s capital and a medical initiative up for vote in Florida. Additional decriminalization proposals will be decided in municipalities in three states, and Guam could become the […]

Oregon Senator Pretty Sure He Supports Legalization

    One down, ninety-nine to go! Less than two weeks before Election Day, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) became the first member of the United States Senate to publicly almost-endorse legal recreational cannabis, telling Talking Points Memo last Wednesday, “I lean in support of it.”   It being Measure 91, the initiative that would make Oregon the third state to […]