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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

So, President Trump has announced his nominee for the bench: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.

A lot can happen between announcement and confirmation, so obviously nothing is certain yet, but it’s worth taking a look.

There are a lot of potential problems with this nominee, but there are also some potential bright spots (all from a […]

Your next Attorney General?

[Via Radley Balko]

Ethan Nadelmann stepping down from Drug Policy Alliance

Ethan Nadelmann’s Farewell Letter to Drug Policy Alliance Staff

The time has come for me to step aside as executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

This is just about the toughest decision I’ve ever made but it feels like the right time for me personally and also for DPA. It’s almost twenty-three years since […]

Odds and Ends

Tom Angell has been consistently ahead of the pack on all things related to marijuana news and politics – he’s had a great connection with lawmakers as well. Now he has a new email newsletter, currently titled “Generic Marijuana Newsletter.”

You can view it here and, if you wish, hit subscribe in the upper left […]

President Obama’s pardons and commutations

Obama grants final 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders

Obama didn’t seriously focus on pardons and commutations until 2014, two years into his second term. But, on Thursday, his last full day in office, Obama announced 330 more commutations, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715. He has granted commutations to more people than […]

More bad ideas

DEA Experts Call for Better Link Between Drug and Terrorism Policy

Executive Editor Tom Julia interviewed Mike Chapman, Richard Fiano, Derek Maltz and Steve Murphy for 90 minutes about federal drug policy and how the Trump Administration can better combat the dual — and increasingly linked — threats of illicit drug trafficking and the funding […]

If you have to go to the inauguration, you might as well…

Marijuana legalization supporters to hand out 4,200 joints at Trump inauguration

Marijuana legalization activists in the nation’s capital plan to hand out thousands of joints during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as a way to raise awareness of about the fragility of legal pot under his administration.

The advocacy group behind the ballot initiative that legalized […]

Highs and lows of 2016

Interactive Map: International Drug Policy Developments of 2016

Nice global perspective on developments. A lot is still going on.