Four Reasons the D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative will be the Most Interesting to Watch

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:01 pm

Marijuana legalization is going to be on the ballot in three big jurisdictions this November: Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C.. Of the three D.C.’s Initiative 71 should be the one most interesting to watch unfold. Here are 4 reasons why: 1) Racial justice will be front and center – “The overarching theme of the campaign is [...]

Marijuana Arrests Plummet in Washington State Because of Legalization

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 8:09 am

One major aspect of marijuana legalization is working exactly as hoped by eliminating thousands of low level marijuana arrests. New information from Washington State shows that low level marijuana filings for adults over 21 in 2013 dropped to just 2% of what they were the year before legalization. According to court data gathered by the [...]

Lt. Gov. Newsom to Chair Panel on Legalizing Marijuana in California

By: Friday October 18, 2013 8:35 am

On Thursday the ACLU of California announced that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) would chair a panel to resolve the issues needed to legalize marijuana in California. Late last year Newsom publicly endorse marijuana legalization and earlier this year told the California Democratic Party that it should back the idea. The panel will include legal [...]

The War on Marijuana is Deeply Racist

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 6:55 am

The very origins of marijuana prohibition are rooted in racism. The plant was first outlawed because of concerns it was being used by “dangerous” Mexicans and African-Americans.  A century later the practice and execution of the war on marijuana remains heavily racially biased. According to a new report by the ACLU even though whites and [...]

57% of Hawaiian Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday January 11, 2013 9:03 am

In just the last few decades there has been a radical change in opinion about marijuana legalization in Hawaii with support for reform growing significantly in the past seven years. According to a QMark Research poll commissioned by the ACLU, a solid majority of voters in the state now support legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana for [...]


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