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Today the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee is considering Assembly Bill Number 1465 (A1465), which would most notably decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana, and impose a new range of civil penalties instead.
The Colorado Independent reports today that Colorado is joining Rhode Island and Washington State in “(petitioning) the federal government to change the schedule of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act." While three states have coalesced around this issue so far, more states are expected to join since 16 states (including the District of Columbia) have now passed medical marijuana laws.
Obama displays a Clintonian desire to have things both ways.July 6, 2011
There was a time, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, when Barack Obama seemed more honest than Bill Clinton. While Slick Willie notoriously claimed he smoked pot but "didn't inhale," Obama candidly admitted, "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
Lately Sullum has not been so impressed by Obama's truth-telling tendencies. He says three incidents last week vividly illustrated the president's Clintonian desire to have things both ways, even if it means insulting our intelligence.
Obama breaks his promise to respect medical marijuana laws.May 11, 2011
Two weeks ago, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire vetoed a bill that would have clarified the rules for supplying medical marijuana in her state, citing threats of prosecution by U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan and Michael Ormsby. U.S. attorneys in several other states have made similar threats in recent months, discouraging some jurisdictions from proceeding with plans to establish licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum says these threats, which are backed by the Justice Department, kill any lingering hopes that President Obama would keep his campaign promise to respect medical marijuana laws.
Cutting the Debt Is Important to 96 Percent of Americans and 74 Percent Want a Government Spending Cap
Tired of red ink and politics as usual, 80 percent say they’d consider voting for a third-party or independent presidential candidate in 2012May 3, 2011
As the federal government rapidly approaches the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, 96 percent of Americans say it is important to reduce the national debt, according to a new Reason Foundation-Rupe poll. Of those surveyed, 69 percent believe reducing the national debt is “very important.”
With the debt piling up, it is also clear that taxpayers do not trust the federal government to live within its means. In fact, the Reason-Rupe survey finds 74 percent of Americans support implementing a spending cap that would prohibit the government from spending more money than it takes in during a fiscal year. Only 19 percent oppose a government spending cap.
The most popular policy prescription for reducing the national debt is spending cuts: 45 percent of people say Congress should bring down the debt by reducing spending without raising taxes. Another 16 percent favor reducing the debt primarily through spending cuts, but are open to some tax increases; 14 percent prefer an equal emphasis on spending cuts and tax increases; 8 percent want to reduce the debt primarily through higher taxes with some spending cuts; 4 percent say current spending levels should be maintained and taxes should be raised as needed; and 1 percent of Americans say we shouldn’t do anything about the debt.
The Reason-Rupe poll included several open-ended questions that allowed respondents to voice concerns and share their own ideas. When asked to name the biggest problem facing America today, 30 percent say the economy, 23 percent emphasize jobs and unemployment, and 10 percent cite government spending, debts and deficits.
When given the opportunity to name any government program they’d like to spend less money on 22 percent of Americans suggest cutting military and defense spending.
Staying high on marijuana legalization after the defeat of Proposition 19November 5, 2010
On election night, I was in the driveway of the law offices of Bruce Margolin, head of the Los Angeles branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and L.A.'s most famous pot-crime defense lawyer. The local marijuana community had gathered there to celebrate (or mourn) the vote returns on Proposition 19. This was California’s high-profile chance to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana plants. The proposition would also grant localities the power to allow higher limits for possession and growth, and, if they chose, to legalize, tax, and regulate sales.
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- Marijuana on the Ballot in Five States in November
July 27th, 2012
- L.A.'s Illegal Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
July 25th, 2012
- Los Angeles Gives Up on Intelligent Policy, Bans Medical Marijuana Storefront Dispensaries
July 24th, 2012
- For the Obama Administration, Conceding Marijuana's Medical Potential Does Not Mean Rethinking the Federal Ban
July 20th, 2012
- Truth in Trials Act (H.R. 6134) to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients: Reps Barney Frank and Ron Paul are Supporters
July 18th, 2012
- FBI: Zimmerman Not Racist, Occupy Riot in L.A., Anybody Serious About the Deficit?: P.M. Links
July 13th, 2012
- Police Stand on Volunteer's Neck, Destroy Surveillance Cameras During Dispensary Raid
July 5th, 2012
- The DEA's Classification of Pot: Destroyed but Still Standing
July 3rd, 2012
- 5 Most Unlibertarian Supreme Court Rulings Still Standing
June 29th, 2012
- Pot Dispensary Owner Faces Life Sentence for Being Too Profitable
June 18th, 2012
- Fair-Weather Federalists
June 14th, 2012
- Obama's Secret Weapon: Voters Too Stupid to Realize His Drug Policies Suck
June 14th, 2012
- Can Licenses Protect Medical Marijuana Businesses? (Part II)
June 13th, 2012
- Expect Even More Medical Marijuana Raids Now That Obama is About to be Outed as a Past Big-Time Pot Smoker.
June 8th, 2012
- Study Finds No Link Between Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime
June 8th, 2012
- Marijuana Patient Denied Transplant Has 90 Days To Live
June 6th, 2012
- Apparently You Are An 'Idiot' if Your Presidential Vote Depends On Marijuana Legalization
June 4th, 2012
- If Colorado's Licenses Can't Protect Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Why Would California's?
June 4th, 2012
- The Garden State Looks to Follow Portugal's Example
May 29th, 2012
- “It’s nice to see a popular Democrat take a strong stance against the drug war.”
May 24th, 2012
- Support for Pot Legalization Crosses 50 Percent, With 56 Percent of Americans Now In Favor of Treating it Like Booze
May 22nd, 2012
- Poll: 74 Percent of Americans, Including 67 Percent of Republicans, Want Obama to End Medical Marijuana Crackdown
May 16th, 2012
- 3 Reasons Obama Should End the Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana
May 11th, 2012
- Will Oregon's Next Attorney General Uphold Its Medical Marijuana Law?
May 10th, 2012
- Medical Marijuana Is Not An "Issue of Significance" to Mitt Romney
May 10th, 2012
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