11:41 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder tells the Huffington Post that he had "youthful experimentation" of marijuana. In other words, he smoked pot in college.
As the liberal website reports:
Asked about his own personal history with marijuana, Holder told HuffPost he used pot in college and had characterized it as "youthful experimentation" in background checks for various federal nominations.
"Yeah, I certainly have said in my four, five, whatever number confirmation hearings I've had that you fill out the forms, that I had 'youthful experimentation' -- I think was the phrase that we were told to use -- when I was in college," Holder said.
Holder also told the Huffington Post he's "cautiously optimistic" about legalization in Washington and Colorado:
Based on the reports he has received out of Washington and Colorado, Holder also said he thinks things are going about how he'd expected them to go.
"I think what people have to understand is that when we have those eight prioritiesthat we have set out, it essentially means that the federal government is not going to be involved in the prosecution of small-time, possessory drug cases, but we never were," Holder said. "So I'm not sure that I see a huge change yet, we've tried to adapt to the situation in Colorado with regard to how money is kept and transacted and all that stuff, and try to open up the banking system."
"But I think, so far, I'm cautiously optimistic," Holder continued. "But as I indicated to both governors, we will be monitoring the progress of those efforts and if we conclude that they are not being done in an appropriate way, we reserve our rights to file lawsuits."
7:11 AM, Jan 28, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Monday morning, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) blog at Whitehouse.gov published an entry titled: "Support for National Association of School Nurses' [NASN] Position on the Legalization of Marijuana." However, the original link for the post is now meet with a "Sorry, the page you're looking for can't be found" message, and the most recent post on the ONDCP blog is dated January 20.
7:09 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is now openly criticizing Barack Obama for his recent comments over the question of marijuana legalization, according to multiple reports.
3:24 PM, Jan 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama says that he believes marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol.
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Jun 17, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 38 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
An email from the National Cannabis Industry Association (yes, even the potheads have lobbyists now) landed in The Scrapbook’s inbox last week. The PR blast announced: “30+ Cannabis Industry Leaders Head to D.C. to Deliver a Message to Congress: ‘Tax Us—Fairly.’ ” (“Legalize it, don’t criticize it,” sang reggae great Peter Tosh in 1976; “legalize it, tax and regulate it!” say today’s Toshes.)
Lessons from the marijuana market. Apr 15, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 29 • By JOSHUA GELERNTER
The economist Leonard E. Read once explained the effectiveness of free markets with the parable of the pencil: Pencils seem simple enough, just some wood with graphite inside and a bit of rubber at the end—but, he said, “no one in the world knows how to make a pencil.”
8:01 AM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
When asked whether he favored legalizing marijuana, former president Jimmy Carter made clear that he did.
3:19 PM, Sep 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new poll finds that assisted suicide and medical marijuana are popular in the state of Massachusetts.
May 7, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 32 • By JOHN P. WALTERS
Even smart people make mistakes—sometimes surprisingly large ones. A current example is drug legalization, which way too many smart people consider a good idea. They offer three bad arguments.
The former New Mexico governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.10:25 AM, Dec 6, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hasn’t been shy about his support for marijuana legalization or his personal use of the drug during his younger days. “I never exhaled,” he joked in a recent interview with The New Republic. But in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Johnson admitted publicly for the first time that he smoked marijuana more recently—from 2005 to 2008—for medicinal purposes, he says.
3:26 AM, Nov 3, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reports that Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana in California, has failed: