Who Exactly is Against Marijuana Legalization, and Why?

Consider this: the Supreme Court tipped the national scales on same-sex marriage after it had been legalized in thirty-seven states. Marijuana has some status of legality in over half the country (according to Pew Research), with new laws budding every day. Will the Supreme Court follow a similar route of judicial legalization with marijuana? Possibly. But it’s important to realize a crucial difference between marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage. Whereas there were very powerful lobbies Read more […]

Colorado Supreme Court: Employees Can Be Fired for “Legal” Off-Duty Marijuana Use

Even though marijuana is technically legal in Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court just ruled that employees can still be fired for using it: The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday affirmed lower courts’ rulings that businesses can fire employees for the use of medical marijuana — even if it’s off-duty. The 6-0 decision comes nine months after the state’s highest court heard oral arguments in Brandon Coats’ case against Dish Network. Coats, who had a medical marijuana card and consumed Read more […]

Willie Nelson is Launching His Own Brand of Weed

Willie Nelson generally stays out of politics. When he gets involved, it usually has something to do with weed. There was that one time when he purportedly smoked weed with the Slick version of his namesake on the roof of the White House, and now this—Willie Nelson wants his own brand of weed. . . . Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side. He wants it to be something that’s reflective of his passion. Ultimately, it’s his. But Read more […]

Sheriffs Suing CO to Overturn Amendment 64 and End Legal Pot

Sheriffs from Colorado, and a few neighboring states, are suing Colorado in order to overturn Amendment 64, the state amendment that legalized recreational marijuana in the state. The reasons for the lawsuit are quite interesting. Sheriffs allege that upholding Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, putting local law enforcement at odds with federal policy: As plaintiff Chad Day, sheriff of Yuma County, said: “As a Colorado sheriff, I am put in an untenable position Read more […]

Colorado Still Pot Positive

In a new survey, 90% of Colorado’s supporters for legalized pot would vote to legalize it again: More than 90 percent of the respondents who voted in the 2012 election on Amendment 64 – the measure allowing adults to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana passed 54.8 percent to 45.1 percent – said they would vote the same way today. “I’d say there’s still a lot of work to be done, especially if the priority is to keep it out of the hands of children and away from drivers, to Read more […]

Legalized Marijuana Might Reduce Fatal Car Crashes

There’s been an unexpected twist to the legalized marijuana story. It appears that the initial statistics coming out of Colorado indicate that, contrary to the dire predictions of those against legal pot, fatal crashes are actually down since Colorado legalized marijuana. Another reason to doubt the premise that more pot smoking means more deadly crashes: Total traffic fatalities have fallen as marijuana consumption has risen; there were about 20 percent fewer in 2012 than in 2002. Perhaps fatalities Read more […]

Colorado Man under Influence of Legal Pot Kills Wife

When Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana, I predicted that it would lead to more deaths in the state. Earlier this month I wrote about the death of Levy Thamba; a 19 year old exchange student from the Republic of Congo.  He and some friends had traveled to Denver on spring break.  One member of the group was 21 and had legally purchased marijuana laced cookies.  Supposedly, none of them had ever tried marijuana before.  Shortly after eating his cookie, Thamba became ‘agitated Read more […]