Discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws is one reason that black and Latino Americans make up two-thirds of the U.S. prison population despite only comprising 12 percent and 17 percent of the U.S. population, respectively.6
State authorities are taking a deeper look at the usage and etymology of the word “marijuana.” The word “cannabis” is now considered to be a more appropriate term for using in the industry than its synonym “marijuana.” That is the main reason why Hawaii Senator decided to remove the word “marijuana” from the state’s vocabulary.
Thomas Garrett, a newly-nominated Republican congressman from Virginia, has introduced a bill aimed to stop federal cannabis prohibition. Though the initiative is identical to a failed legislation of Sen. Bernie Sanders, it has already got three co-signers.
On Thursday, four House members announced the formation of a new caucus—the Cannabis Caucus. One of the main goals of the newly created caucus is to defend states' rights to establish their local marijuana policies.
Last week, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as the new U.S. Attorney General. Since Jeff Sessions has always been vocal opponent of cannabis, it comes as no surprise that people in the cannabis industry feel threatened by his appointment. But is Jeff Sessions really that dangerous to the legal weed industry and thousands of medical marijuana patients?
After Donald Trump became the new President of the United States last week, the pot community started wondering what arguments against marijuana President Trump had and what they should expect from the new administration. Here are five possible scenarios of how Trump's presidency will affect the marijuana industry
The Indiana Senate has recently received Senate Bill No. 15 submitted by Republican Senators Blake Doriot and James Tomes. The initiative contains a request to create a hemp oil registry. This pilot registry will allow caregivers, physicians, and individuals to possess and use hemp oil for use in research and treatment of intractable epileptic seizures.
Two European countries could achieve marijuana legalization next year thanks to the political support of local opposition parties. Though it is quite difficult to change cannabis laws through public activism in Germany and the Czech Republic, the efforts of Green parties may push things along.
On the early morning of Nov. 9, Americans woke up to find the drug policy landscape radically altered. As a result of the referendums held simultaneously with the presidential election, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine passed laws to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
While more and more U.S. states consider cannabis legalization, Europe hardly moves anywhere in this direction. One of the reasons for this inactivity is the fact that the political power of people in Europe is limited, and they cannot simply address the question most politicians try to avoid.
The presidential election is quite stressful time. Moreover, the voters in nine U.S. states will have to nervous more than others, as the marijuana initiatives are also on the vote. Definitely, it is better to go through this time with some buds of marijuana. It will calm your overwhelming emotions and get you into the voting mood.
In the final stretch of the election season, the supporters of marijuana prohibition seem to be beefing up their campaign advertisements. A strong emphasis is put on the danger of children using marijuana—most ads include the message about kids' exposure to pot.
It is well known that the Marijuana Policy Project is not the only tool to control marijuana issues. Here is the list of 10 pro-cannabis politicians who understand that the use of marijuana should be legal.
Jill Stein, physician, activist, and Green Party presidential candidate, formally announced her candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination. It has also become known that the politician advocates the idea of cannabis legalization.