Prohibition

Media Breakthrough, Part II

March 31st, 2009 29 Comments Kate Zawidzki

More and more mainstream commentators are questioning marijuana and drug policies. Now CNN’s Jack Cafferty  weighs in.

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Medical Marijuana, Prohibition, Tax and Regulate

MPP on CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News”

March 30th, 2009 30 Comments Kate Zawidzki

In what turns out, sadly, to be the last episode of CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” aired Mar. 28 and 29, D.L. devoted a large block of the show to proposals to make marijuana a legally regulated and taxed product for adult consumption. The first segment included an interview with yours truly, followed by Ronald Brooks of the Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition, who wants to keep arresting and jailing marijuana users.

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Aaron Houston Stresses Seriousness of Marijuana Debate on Russia Today

March 27th, 2009 No Comments Kate Zawidzki

MPP Director of Government Relations Aaron Houston talks about President Obama’s flippant response to the question of decriminalizing marijuana at the first “Online Town Hall” on Russia Today. He also discusses how taxing and regulating marijuana will help quell the violence associated with the drug war in Mexico and provide a much-needed boost to the economy. 03/27/2009

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White House Questioned On Marijuana After First “Town Hall”

March 27th, 2009 No Comments Kate Zawidzki

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs is asked to clarify President Obama’s position on legalizing marijuana and on medical marijuana after he brought up the topic in the first Online Town Hall. Questions involving marijuana reform appeared in several categories and received far more votes than any other policy issue. 03/26/2009

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DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Collective 03/26/2009

March 27th, 2009 No Comments Kate Zawidzki

A week after Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would only target marijuana growers and collectives that were in violation of BOTH state and federal law, the DEA raided Emmalyn’s California Cannabis

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Tax and Regulate

Obama got it wrong

March 26th, 2009 221 Comments Kate Zawidzki

President Obama addressed the idea of taxing and regulating marijuana at an online town hall event today. His words: “No, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.”

Clearly, he got that wrong. But that isn’t everything. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical Marijuana

DEA in California: New story but same old dirty tricks

March 26th, 2009 22 Comments Kate Zawidzki

Yesterday, armed federal DEA agents raided Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic, a licensed medical marijuana facility in San Francisco. This action – seemingly at odds with the recent policy change announced by the U.S. Justice Department – drew the ire of San Franciscans, who overwhelmingly support medical marijuana access.

DEA raids S.F. medical marijuana collective, photo by MPP's Troy Dayton - March 25, 2009
DEA raids S.F. medical marijuana collective, photo by MPP's Troy Dayton - March 25, 2009

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Prohibition, Tax and Regulate

A Media Breakthrough?

March 25th, 2009 63 Comments Kate Zawidzki

Something is stirring in the U.S. news media that I was beginning to think I’d never see: In last two or three months, a complete rethinking of our marijuana laws has become a legitimate issue in the eyes of the mainstream media — something it hasn’t been for a long time.

To illustrate how big this is, let me take you back to early 2002, shortly after I started as MPP’s communications director. The first time I ever called CNN to try to pitch them a story on marijuana policy, it went like this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical Marijuana

Lynch trial update

March 24th, 2009 19 Comments Kate Zawidzki

Yesterday, the federal sentencing of medical marijuana provider Charles C. Lynch was postponed until at least April 30. Judge George H. Wu held off sentencing in order to give the prosecution time to provide him with a written copy of the new Department of Justice policy on medical marijuana.

In what might be a positive development for Charlie and supporters of medical marijuana, Wu said that the policy change could impact his sentencing decision.

According to reports from folks in the courtroom, the prosecution fought hard to urge the judge to impose a mandatory minimum five-year sentence.

Watch Reason TV’s coverage of the press conference that followed yesterday’s decision:

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Rob Kampia Debates Marijuana Regulation on CNBC Power Lunch

March 22nd, 2009 No Comments Kate Zawidzki

MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia debates the failure of the war on marijuana and the benefits of taxation and regulation on CNBC Power Lunch. Also on the show was Asa Hutchinson, former head of the DEA. 03/20/2009

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