Tag Archives: Smart Approaches to Marijuana

April 7, 2016

Marijuana legalization is not a “bold” or “courageous” move

By Dean Whitlock

Governor Shumlin has been parroting the Marijuana Policy Project’s emotionally charged polemics about prohibition, about being first, doing it right, having the courage. Let’s take a closer, calmer look.

Prohibition of alcohol failed politically because we cut off the country cold turkey,…

State News
September 9, 2015

Coloradans now oppose marijuana legalization

Research poll shows only one quarter of voters feel regulation is adequate

On Aug. 26 news was released in Denver that is a negative for the marijuana industry.

SmithJohnson Research, a polling firm who has worked with Democrats and Republicans, released a poll finding that…

September 9, 2015

Legislators do listen

Dear Editor,

The Maine House of Representatives made big news at the end of June: it soundly defeated a bill to legalize retail marijuana, 98-45.

This is significant for two reasons. First, the margin of defeat was a full 27 points greater than the first…

March 27, 2015

The high cost of a potent drug

Today’s pot is stronger

Dear Editor,

Today’s pot is much more potent than people realize. Combine a much more potent and dangerous drug with the enhanced delivery methods available today–edibles, vapor pens, oil extracts–and the discussion about legalizing marijuana for recreational use takes…

March 5, 2015

The RAND report: a good start but lacks crucial details

We have a long way to go until we are all able to make an informed decision about legalizing marijuana. The recent report released by the RAND Corporation is a good first step in learning more about the issue, but it is imperative that…