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- Marijuana's Ugly Cousin - Industrial Hemp
In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act banned the cultivation of industrial hemp, but that didn’t negate the American manufacturer’s need for the fiber. Currently, the industrial hemp market in the US is a $500 million industry, which consists entirely of imported hemp goods from China, Europe and Canada.
- Crime and Violence in the Mile High City
There’s been a lot of debate from both sides of the aisle regarding whether the legalization of marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington has been worth it in terms of decreasing violence and protecting the public. The initial cries from some law enforcement groups and anti-legalizers claimed that Colorado and Washington would fall into collapse and both states would be reduced to a citizenship of munchie-fiending couch potatoes who simultaneously commit random acts of violence.
- Fear and Loathing in El Paso: Texas' Marijuana History
Marijuana wasn’t always illegal. Like most substances now considered unlawful and highly dangerous, there was once a time when cocaine, heroin and marijuana could all be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy.
- Musc Festival Owner Takes a Hit for Concertgoers
With SXSW in March, Austin City Limits in September and a whole bevy of smaller festivals in between, Texas is no stranger to large music festivals. For different people, festivals mean different things; some come for the bands, some for good times with friends, and some for the drugs.
- Dallas Fort Worth Marijuana Lobbyists in Training
With the changing political landscape of marijuana legalization nationwide, activism in the Dallas Fort Worth area has grown more visible and popular. With over 400 new members since 2011, DFW NORML has been one of the fastest growing chapters in the country.
- Minnesota Medical Marijuana: What it Means for You, Legal or Not
Medical marijuana is a very controversial topic. Recently, there have been 16 states with pending legislation or ballot measures on medical marijuana: Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: Cause v. Correlation
Almost half of all American adults, 48% to be exact, have experimented with marijuana at some point in their life. While many of those staunchly opposed to marijuana legalization argue that weed is a gateway drug for harder, more dangerous substances, many scientific studies have frequently discredited this theory. Marijuana’s label as a gateway drug is likely more a case of mistaken identity of cause for correlation.
- Should a Person Plead Not Guilty, Even Though They Are Guilty?
The main center of the criminal justice system is that all persons are innocent until proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. In other words, the only way you can be found guilty is if prosecution is able to prove it.
- On The Coast of Florida, How Many Drugs Have Washed Up?
Reports of drugs having washed up on the shores has been going on for many years. Just in the last 20 years, major headlines have been made by the billions of drugs that have been confiscated - and this is just the drugs that are found.
- Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments (ENFORCE) the Law Act
This past week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4138 ENFORCE the Law Act with a simple majority, 233-181. The act, an acronym for Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments, was written to ensure that the president upholds his constitutional obligation to execute the laws that legislature enacts.