SEATTLE (AP) – An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.
While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The [...]
Forty years ago today, a Congressionally mandated commission on US drug policy did something extraordinary: they told the truth about marijuana.
On March 22, 1972, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse — chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer — recommended that Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of cannabis would no longer be a criminal offense. State legislatures, the Commission added, should do likewise.
“[T]he criminal [...]
By DANNY YADRON, WSJ
FORT MADISON, Iowa—On the debate stage, Rep. Ron Paul often finds himself isolated from his rivals for the White House. All the major Republican candidates call for limited government, but Mr. Paul’s platform is unique in saying that means scaling back drug laws and opposing aggressive action to rid Iran of its nuclear capabilities.
Here in Iowa, however, Mr. Paul’s mix of positions has found an audience—and it’s big [...]
Unshackle New York!
New York’s notoriously high taxes and public spending, combined with restrictive “nanny” policies, make it the “least free” state in the country, a new study has found.
The Empire State ranked 50th in George Mason University’s biannual “Freedom in the States” rankings.
“New York has by far the highest taxes in the country,” the study reads, citing steep levies on property, income and corporations compared to [...]