Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Containing Amendment to Prevent Marijuana Reform in D.C.

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 5:53 am

On Monday the White House issued a veto threat against H.R. 5016, the appropriations bill which contains the amendment from Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to prevent D.C. from spending money on marijuana decriminalization or legalization. President Obama opposes the underlying bill for several reasons laid out in the statement but did specifically mention the Harris [...]

Drug Policy Not Mentioned in the State of the Union

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 8:29 am

Absent from President Obama’s more than an hour long State of the Union address was any reference to drug policy reform or state level marijuana legalization. While Obama avoiding the issue isn’t surprising, it is disappointing giving the focus of the rest of the speech. Having accepted there is little chance of getting anything through [...]

6 Things Obama Could Do to Help the Pot Legalization Experiment

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:51 am

In a far-reaching interview in the New Yorker President Obama expressed real concern about the racial disparity in marijuana arrests as well as the long sentences. He also said that it is “important” for the legalization experiments in Washington State and Colorado to go forward. The shift in rhetoric is welcome but actions are what [...]

Obama Calls New Marijuana Legalization Laws “Important”

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 1:00 pm

Showing that he is not immune to the rapidly shifting opinions on marijuana, President Obama told the New Yorker he thinks marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and said what Colorado and Washington have done is important. This comes only days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he has evolved on the issue [...]

Gov. Christie Is Officially Better Than President Obama on Medical Marijuana

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 10:45 am

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie is not what you would call an ally of the marijuana reform movement. He slow rolled the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana¬† law. He pushed to make it far more restrictive than necessary. He even conditionally vetoed a bill to help serious ill children get access to medical [...]

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