Tagged: Legalization

NEWS: Canada: Big Marijuana Opposes Plain Packaging

As the Canadian government gets ready to introduce legislation to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” before the summer, one area that Big Marijuana and public health advocates are scrutinizing is the issue of branding and promoting the marijuana products. Will the Canadian government heed public health advice or bow to marijuana industry pressure?

NEWS: US Elections: Mixed Results For Pot Legalization

Mixed election results
Arizona resisted legalization, but deep pocketed pro-marijuana investors prevailed in California, and in fairly close votes in Nevada and Massachusetts. We trail in Maine by less than 1%, and are not ready to concede that race yet. A new governor in Vermont was elected who has said he is against marijuana legalization. And several Oregon cities rejected marijuana sales. However, Denver may have voted to allow indoor marijuana use at bars, cafes or art galleries…

NEWS: Meet: Big Marijuana’s Top Lobbyist

Mason Tvert is the director of communications for Marijuana Policy Project and has taken up the role of the United States’ top lobbyist for legalizing marijuana. The Boston Globe chronicles his tactics and lobbying schemes in an interesting article…

BLOG: Civil Society And Illicit Drugs

From my perspective I can see that a group of civil society people – with rich donors and vast economic interests behind them – promoting not only decriminalizing but legalization of marijuana and a number of Harm Reduction Organizations are very active to raise the question of the UN Conventions on Drugs. When listening to representatives from different regions, there seems to be no public support for this and most likely we will see status quo. But there’s a lot of fuzz.