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A longtime opponent of legal marijuana, Attorney General Sessions may be planning a federal crackdown on the cannabis industry. That’s bad news for medical marijuana users like me, and also for the country. more

Aug 15, 2017 11:21 AM Op-Eds 2 Comments

When disenfranchised people have their dignity and independence restored, the community is better served. more

Nov 22, 2016 4:06 PM Dispatches

"Do we love everybody?" more

Jul 19, 2016 2:46 PM Dispatches

Eighteen members of Congress wrote to President Obama on Wednesday (PDF) urging him to take executive action to change the classification of marijuana under the DEA's schedule of controlled substances. more

Feb 13, 2014 7:35 PM Dispatches

Appearing at a House hearing on Tuesday, President Obama's deputy drug czar refused to directly answer a question on whether marijuana is more dangerous and addictive than methamphetamine or cocaine. more

Feb 4, 2014 11:26 PM Dispatches

Pot purveyors in states that permit adults to use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes will soon be able to deposit their money in bank accounts, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. more

Jan 24, 2014 6:29 PM Dispatches

Colorado's 37 newly-legal marijuana dispensaries got a bit of headrush during their first week of business, taking in a combined total of about $5 million in sales, according to early figures provided to The Huffington Post. more

Jan 8, 2014 6:44 PM Dispatches

An Iraq War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) became the first American to purchase "legal" marijuana on Wednesday morning. more

Jan 2, 2014 5:33 PM Dispatches

In the westernmost territory of the continental United States, where smoking marijuana is almost as common as drinking martinis and margaritas, a new poll finds that for the first time ever a clear majority has finally embraced the movement... more

Dec 11, 2013 8:08 PM Dispatches

Twenty years ago this month, U.S. authorities helped bring down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, but Washington's global war on drugs has not let up. In fact, it has become costlier, bloodier, more widespread and futile. more

Dec 4, 2013 8:26 PM Dispatches

By this time next week, the world will get a glimpse of what it means when a whole country fully legalizes the consumption of marijuana by consenting adults. more

Dec 3, 2013 10:11 PM Dispatches

Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader -- except when it's stupid. more

Dec 3, 2013 5:12 PM Dispatches

Two recent traffic stop videos have outraged much of the American public. In these videos, the drivers are seen being forced into anal exams, stomach x-rays and even colonoscopies after police accuse them of smuggling drugs. more

Nov 6, 2013 9:05 PM Dispatches

Taking yet another chip out of the federal government's insistence that cannabis has "no medical value," researchers at St. George's University of London announced Monday in the scientific journal Anticancer Research that six different comp... more

Oct 14, 2013 11:15 PM Dispatches

An odd thing happened over the weekend: a pro-marijuana legalization advertisement set to run on a large screen outside the Brickyard 400, one of the nation's largest NASCAR events, was abruptly pulled from circulation even though the event was h... more

Jul 29, 2013 1:59 PM Dispatches

George Zimmerman's lawyers spent part of the day Wednesday trying to convey to the jury that he is really a good guy. Zimmerman, 29, is the neighborhood vigilante and wannabe cop who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the heart in a Sanford, Flor... more

Jul 11, 2013 9:43 PM Dispatches

The ACLU put out a devastating report this week that shows how racially biased our judicial system, and how crazy the war on drugs is.The ACLU studied marijuana arrest records by race between 2001 and 2010 and found that blacks are almost 4 times... more

Jun 6, 2013 8:08 PM Dispatches

Activist, filmmaker and former narcotics cop Barry Cooper, a self-styled "drug war insurgent" who in recent years attempted to catch police misdealings on camera for an online reality show, has fled the United States with his family claiming thei... more

Apr 22, 2013 8:46 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

Making marijuana “quasi-legal” would mean that it could not be advertised, but users would not be prosecuted. Other drugs that should be on this list include cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine. more

Nov 1, 2011 12:44 PM Op-Eds

It should do away with mandatory minimums and allow judges to treat every person as an individual. It should invest in the lives of young people so they don’t get involved in drugs. And it should focus on substance abuse treatment for those... more

Aug 10, 2010 1:30 PM Dispatches

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