“Every single day people are going to prison …”

Heather Burke is a defense attorney who works on the criminal marijuana case that included the recent evidentiary hearing to reconsider the Drug Enforcement Administration classification of cannabis in US District Court in Sacramento.  In an interview with Brian Bahouth and Patricia Smith, Heather Burke shared this worthwhile reminder …  ...

Ethan Nadelmann on the 2014 Elections

Ethan Nadelmann is founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  He shared his thoughts on the results of the 2014 elections during a press conference organized by the DPA (3:54).  ...
During a press conference organized by the Drug Policy Alliance, Lenore Anderson, Chair of the Prop. 47 Campaign and Executive Director of Californians for Safety and Justice, shared her thoughts on the passage of Prop 47, a measure that reduces the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proposition 47 passed with 58.4% yes votes and 41.6% no votes out of 5,069,930...
The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act would remove penalties for adults 21 and older who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana. It would also direct the Oregon Liquor Commission to establish a system of strictly regulated and registered marijuana producers, wholesalers, processors, and retailers. Brookings Institution Fellows John Hudak and Philip Wallach published a concise guide to the three major legalization...
“The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska” is an initiative committee formed to support a ballot measure entitled, “An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana.” As the title suggests, the measure would make the possession of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older, and it would establish a regulated system of marijuana cultivation and sales.  Brookings Institution Fellows...
Audio Flash (:49): Voters in Washington, D.C. will consider marijuana legalization Initiative 71 this election day.  If passed, adults in the District of Columbia could legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and 6 cannabis plants; but what distinguishes the DC measure this election day is that it is firmly set in a racial justice context:  DC leads the nation in Marijuana arrests per capita and charges 8...
Audio Flash (1:18): Maine passed a medical marijuana law in 1999 with 61 percent of the vote.  A 2009 ballot initiative amended the law to allow dispensaries and add additional qualifying conditions, and 8 dispensaries are currently in operation.  Also in 2009, the state legislature decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis, and last year, 67% of Portland voters decided to make it legal for adults to possess up...