More Nails in the Drug War Coffin: Top Stories of 2014
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2014 was another nail in the coffin in the United States` disastrous war on drugs. The majority of the country now supports marijuana legalization and Oregon, Alaska and D.C. made it a reality by legalizing it. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan and Presidents of Latin America called for an end to the drug war and for legally regulating drugs.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continued to speak out against racist mandatory minimum drug laws and mass incarceration. President Obama made national news when he spoke out against racist marijuana enforcement and said ....
The Daily Chronic | December 17, 2014 | Anchorage, Ak
Attempt to Ban Marijuana Sales in Alaskas Largest City Fails
Thomas H. Clarke
An attempt to ban retail marijuana sales in Anchorage, Alaskas largest city, failed after four hours of public testimony Tuesday night.
The proposal, introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Demboski last month, was defeated in a 9-2 vote. Demboski and Paul Honeman a former Anchorage police lieutenant were the only two members of the Assembly to vote in favor of the measure. The third original co-sponsor of the proposal, Assembly member Dick Traini, voted against it.
Several Assembly members expressed concern that the ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding mari....
Mayor Ed Murrays office plans crackdown on marijuana-delivery businesses
The city of Seattle plans to shut down marijuana delivery services, which became popular after the state legalized recreational marijuana.
David Mendoza, a policy adviser to the mayor, said in a city council briefing Wednesday that the mayors office will work with Seattle police on operations against these businesses. Delivery services which are illegal will get a single chance to stop operating, Mendoza told the council.
One strike and we seize your product and tell you to close, said Mendoza.
After a second strike, SPD will make arrests, he said.
Jason Kelly, a spok....
How to fix medical marijuana in Washington with one simple bill
First, lets recap how medical marijuana in Washington got so screwed up:
State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, sponsors SB 5073 in 2011. Bill would create regulated medical marijuana system.
It passes Legislature.
Could be No. 2 Feds threaten to arrest everyone in state for conspiracy to distribute or profit from illegal drugs sales.
Then-governor Chris Gregoire freaks out.
Then-governor Christine Gregoire scratches out just enough of the law to unintentionally make selling marijuana through dispensaries supported by collectives a vaguely state-legal enterprise.
The marijuana industry is following the trail blazed by Big Tobacco
Samuel T. Wilkinson
Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and Washington for guidance. We should not overlook, however, valuable lessons from our experience with another legal drug: tobacco.
In the late 19th century, the landscape of tobacco consumption was very different than it is today. Tobacco use was much less prevalent, and cigarettes accounted for a tiny portion of consumption. Yet by the mid-20....
Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles
Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington.
Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. But while some two dozen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes under some conditions, Washington went into the vanguard, with Colorado, by saying it could be consumed legally just for the fun of it.
Legalizing recreational marijuana did not turn Washington into a statewide version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Reefer Madness. It has not been a huge tax bonanza for state coff....
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