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February 2013



Big news: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 introduced in Senate

Senator Ron Wyden has just introduced the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, today.

The original cosponsors are:

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – Yes, the Senate Republican Minority Leader

Press Release from Senator Wyden

This is […]

Be careful not to assume the Drug Czar has power or information

Some concern has been expressed regarding this ThinkProgress piece

Federal prosecutors will crack down on recreational marijuana dispensaries and growers even in states where they are legal, U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske told a Canadian news magazine this week. The statement appears to be the first from a federal official to state explicitly that the […]

Maybe legislatures would pass better laws…

Strong smell of marijuana reported inside Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning

A strong smell of marijuana was reported inside the Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning, 7NEWS Reporter Russell Haythorn confirmed.

The entire Senate chamber smelled like marijuana, said Doug Schepman, Communications Director for the Senate Democrats.

Senate President John Morse cracked up fellow lawmakers during the session […]

This is how it should be

David Bratzer is a LEAP speaker in Canada (and a really nice guy). For some good news today, check out this speaking engagement he had yesterday:

‘Groundbreaking’ conversation as Halifax police chief hosts session with drug law reformer

Canadian president David Bratzer said it’s the first time a Canadian police chief has asked a LEAP […]

Why suspicion-less employment drug testing is a bad idea

The federal government would like all companies to drug test all their workers, and so, of course, would the companies who make billions of dollars each year from the drug testing boom.

And yet, what value does suspicion-less drug testing actually serve? In most cases, less than none. Oh, sure, I know some defend the […]

The lazy dishonesty of the ONDCP

Rafael Lemaitre, Communications Director for the Drug Czar’s office, made this post recently: Drug Laws: Why Do We Have them, and Do They Work?

For an office that claims to want to follow science, they go out of their way to bend not only science to fit their ideology, but language as well.

Here’s how […]

Open Thread

Work and out-of-town visitors have kept me busy, but there’s still a lot going on…

Why Congress Might Legalize Marijuana This Time by Rep. Earl Blumenauer in Salon

“It’s just come to a head,” he told Salon Thursday afternoon. “This is largely going to be resolved in the next five years.”

Blumenauer, along with […]

Signs of change, part 2

In the National Conference of State Legislatures online magazine, a detailed article by Suzanne Weiss: The nation is watching closely as Colorado and Washington put new pot laws in place.

It’s a well-written article laying out the background of legalization in Colorado and Washington and essentially preparing the legislatures of other states to start […]

Signs of change

Kentucky and industrial hemp. Here’s a video of a hour-long discussion on TV about industrial hemp in Kentucky, including the agriculture commissioner and police commissioner.

And there is significant political support. Mitch McConnell Joins Rand Paul In Supporting Industrial Hemp In Kentucky

“I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development […]

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