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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXVIII

Last week we discussed how many, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, use cannabis to aid their creative processes. Here, poet Allen Ginsberg states how marijuana helped him better “apprehend” music. Ginsberg was known for using marijuana, discussing it in his writing, and advocating for its legalization. In his poem “America,” he writes: “I smoke marijuana every chance I get,” and

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXVI

Ethnobotanist Terence McKenna points to two significant paradoxes inherent in criminalizing cannabis in the United States. First, hemp was legal when the Declaration of Independence was written–to the degree that the document was written on hemp. Yet, due to longstanding stigmatization of marijuana specifically, hemp remains an underutilized resource we could be using for a vast array

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXIII

Dr. Carl Hart hits the nail on the head here. Firstly, it makes zero sense for the DEA to base decisions about rescheduling marijuana solely on its medical capabilities when the DEA itself states that the basis for drug schedules is two-fold: “Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5)

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Will State-Legalization Leave Room for Sustainable Cannabis?

There has been a good amount of discussion recently about food, farming, and the sustainability of our agriculture industry, and as more states move toward legalizing cannabis, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, the cannabis industry will become a not insignificant part of this discussion. A couple months ago, Hilary Bricken (one of my firm’s lead

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXII

We do imply that it’s a safe drug — in fact we downright assert it to be such — and that’s because it is. But like pretty much anything, cannabis has its downfalls. For example, a recent study indicates that smoking cannabis may put you at greater risk of gum disease. The real reason Representative Rehm feels

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXXI

Here, Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson speaks to one aspect of marijuana legalization on which most of us can probably agree: the importance of personal freedom. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Just last week, we about a similar statement from Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. That two presidential candidates from such significantly different parties have both

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Jamaica is Working on its Cannabis Regulations

I had the opportunity last Friday to spend some time with officials from Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority. The University of Washington’s Cannabis Law & Policy Project and the Washington Office on Latin America put the event together so that Jamaica’s cannabis regulators could speak to a few experienced cannabis business and regulatory lawyers to get

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXX

Green Party presidential candidate (and physician) Jill Stein really says it all here–marijuana is not dangerous, and keeping it illegal benefits no one and instead puts many in danger. Keeping marijuana illegal fosters a vast illegal market that can itself be unsafe, and marijuana legalization has already started to put an end to that. In

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXIX

In Marijuana And Racism: Bearing The Blunt Of The Problem, we wrote about how our nation’s drug laws have always been and still are disproportionally applied to African-Americans. In They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LXX, we discussed how Richard Nixon started the War on Drugs to divide White and Black America so as to further

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXVII

      Alcohol and cannabis have similar histories of criminalization. Though alcohol is now legal in every state and sustains a large industry cannabis remains federally illegal, as well as illegal in many states. Officers of the law frequently have commented on how those who use alcohol cause more problems than those who use cannabis and on