Clear thinking about drug policy
Director, Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
President, Policy Solutions Group, Inc.
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Pot critics take heart from Ohio victory

Pot critics take heart from Ohio victory

By Tim Devaney, Published: November 04, 2015 at 07:22 PM EST Anti-marijuana advocates are drawing encouragement for battles ahead after an overwhelming two-thirds of Ohio voters rejected a bid to legalize pot on Tuesday. The Buckeye State opted not to become the fifth state to allow adults to smoke pot recreationally, in what critics are...
Why Ohio voted against legal marijuana — and what it means for the future of the pot debate

Why Ohio voted against legal marijuana — and what it means for the future of the pot debate

By Christopher Ingraham, Published: November 4, 2015 Wednesday morning ushered in a new chapter in the battle over legalizing pot. On Tuesday, voters rejected a controversial marijuana legalization measure at the polls in Ohio, despite polling showing support in Ohio for marijuana legalization. Voters balked at the specifics of the ballot initiative, which would have created an oligopoly on marijuana production...
Ohio Marijuana Legalization 2015: Voters Reject Recreational, Medical Cannabis Initiative

Ohio Marijuana Legalization 2015: Voters Reject Recreational, Medical Cannabis Initiative

By Jackie Salo, Published: November 03, 2015 at 10:13 PM Ohio residents voted down a proposal Tuesday that would have marked the first time that a state simultaneously legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana, the Associated Press reported. But fears that the measure would establish a monopolized cannabis industry ultimately left even marijuana advocates conflicted. Residents faced two proposed constitutional amendments...
Marijuana Legalization 2015: Ohio Weed Vote Represents A Shift Toward Big Business

Marijuana Legalization 2015: Ohio Weed Vote Represents A Shift Toward Big Business

By Tim Marcin, Published: November 03, 2015 at 8:33 AM The hippies are out and the suits are in. As the marijuana industry continues to bloom nationwide, Ohio voters were poised to vote Tuesday on a constitutional amendment that would make pot legal and put the industry in the hands of big business interests. Under the plan set out...
How evolving public attitudes on marijuana could affect the 2016 presidential race

How evolving public attitudes on marijuana could affect the 2016 presidential race

By Evan Halper and Kurtis Lee, Published: November 02, 2015 at 3:00 AM Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind? Some are beginning to believe there is. The latest...
The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

By Josiah M. Hesse, Published: November 01, 2015 On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the children!” argument by pointing out that dealers are currently...
Smart Approaches to Marijuana ranks the 2016 presidential hopefuls

Smart Approaches to Marijuana ranks the 2016 presidential hopefuls

By Gintautas Dumcius, Published: October 26, 2015 at 6:18 PM Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group opposed to legalization of the drug for recreational purposes, released a 2016 campaign scorecard on Monday ranking 18 candidates for U.S. president, including Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Rand Paul. The candidates receiving an “A” from the group were...
Pot use doubled as laws slackened – even before all out legalization

Pot use doubled as laws slackened – even before all out legalization

By Story Hinckley, Published: October 22, 2015 The number of US adults using marijuana doubled between 2001 and 2013, as have the number of adults who are victim to marijuana dependence and abuse, according to a study published Wednesday in the JAMA Psychiatry, an American Medical Association publication. Ten percent of adults reported using marijuana...
MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

By David Bauder, Published:  September 3, 2015 at 2:18 PM EDT   NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV’s parent company about the program’s multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong message to young viewers.Show host Miley Cyrus was...
New poll shows more Coloradans opposed to legal marijuana

New poll shows more Coloradans opposed to legal marijuana

By Megan Schrader, Published: August 25, 2015, Updated: August 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm A poll sponsored by the Community Alliances for Drug Free Youth shows that slightly more than half of Coloradans are now opposed to marijuana legalization. According to a release from SmithJohnson Research, 51 percent of 600 likely voters in Colorado said...
Joe Biden's Stance On Legal Weed Won't Have Smokers Too Thrilled About His Possible Presidential Campaign

Joe Biden’s Stance On Legal Weed Won’t Have Smokers Too Thrilled About His Possible Presidential Campaign

By Greta Jochem, Published: August 25, 2015 People have been speculating for months about whether or not Joe Biden will run for president. According to CNN, a senior Democrat reported that on Tuesday that Biden received a “blessing” for a 2016 run from his boss, President Barack Obama. Biden’s been hinting at a campaign, but...

More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed

By Martin Kaste, Published: August 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM ET, Updated: August 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM ET When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, people wondered if it would mean more stoned drivers on the roads. Two and a half years later, one trend is clear: Police are arresting more drivers with pot in...