Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:17 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers — “disproportionately black and Hispanic youth,” [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Ron Paul’s Newsletter Problem Re-Emerges

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 8:15 am

I think it’s fair to say that Ron Paul doesn’t like to take questions about the newsletters that bore his name in the 1990s. He walked out of an interview with Gloria Borger when she peppered him with questions about it. Paul’s argument is that this came up in the 2008 campaign, and therefore it [...]

Study: Marijuana Not a Gateway Drug

By: Friday September 3, 2010 9:59 am

The numbers for Prop. 19, the marijuana-legalization law, have bounced around, but basically it’s a toss-up race where the resources of either side will matter. The No on 19 folks signed up Sen. Dianne Feinstein and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to drive their campaign, and so far the rhetoric has been predictable, with lurid [...]

Obama Lauded For New Policy On Medical Marijuana

By: Monday October 19, 2009 12:37 pm

Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Obama Administration moved away from DEA raids and crackdowns on legal medical marijuana dispensaries in 14 states. The Administration had previously been criticized for allowing raids to go forward despite rhetoric claiming that they would focus on higher-level drug trafficking than the dispensaries where sick Americans can seek relief. Now [...]

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