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There’s a Surprising Obstacle to Ending Marijuana Prohibition in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on, among other things, a promise to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. That didn't happen. It may not happen at all this year, and state Sen. Ronald Rice (D) is one major reason why.

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Re-Criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s-Style Reefer Madness

 Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify that ‘Reefer Madness’ is a film, not a documentary.

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Jeff Sessions Is Leading America Back Into Reefer Madness

Once upon a time, the 1936 film Reefer Madness attempted to spread sensationalistic messages about marijuana to youths across the land. Just one toke, the film admonished, and you could be setting off down the primrose path to murder, hallucinations, rape, suicide, and yes, the titular madness. Yikes!

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How America's Idiotic Drug Prohibition Helped Kill Philando Castile and Give the Policeman Who Killed Him an Excuse to Walk Free

The Minnesota cop who was acquitted last week of killing Philando Castile used the fact that he smelled marijuana in the car as part of his defense. Whether Officer Jeronimo Yanez really believed Castile's presumed pot use made him more dangerous or whether the testimony influenced the jury's decision to acquit remains unknown, but its use in his defense illustrates the enduring demonization of the plant and its users.

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Chris Christie's Deranged Reefer Madness Rant

PRINCETON -- Gov. Chris Christie on Monday unleashed a diatribe against the increasing push to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, warning that it's "not time for us to be cool and say, 'Pot's O.K.'" "This is beyond stupidity," the Republican governor, who has long been opposed to legalizing marijuana, said during a speech at a…

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Reefer Madness Redux: 3 Horrible, Untrue or Wildly Overstated Marijuana Claims Made Last Week

Marijuana prohibition appears to be tottering on its last legs, but that doesn't mean its foes have given up. While we've come a long way from the Reefer Madness-type scaremongering, some pernicious old tropes still linger and new concerns are being raised.

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Gross Hypocrisy: Where the Top 9 Republican Presidential Candidates Stand on Pot

In 2014, a staggering 84 percent of Americans said the government was losing the war on drugs. Even political conservatives, once reliable hardliners on U.S. drug policy despite overwhelming evidence of its futility, have finally acknowledged that the cost of the drug war has far exceeded any benefits. At last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Christopher Beach — producer of the conservative talk radio show "Morning in America" — conceded that drugs just don’t rile the Republican base the way they once did.  “There used to be a strong conservative coalition opposed to drugs, but it's dissipated in the face of mounting public support for legalization," Beach told the Atlantic. "We're fighting against the tide on this."

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From America's Most Successful Cannabis Entrepreneur: Why I Have Devoted My Life to Pot and Social Justice

The following is an excerpt from the new book  The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness  by Steve DeAngelo (North Atlantic Books, 2015):

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Nancy Grace Tries to Impose Her Pot Hysteria on Rapper 2 Chainz - Fails Hilariously

Rapper Tauheed Epps, better known in the music industry as 2 Chainz, rebuked HLN host Nancy Grace’s argument against marijuana legalization on Tuesday, despite her attempts to sway him with footage from pot-related crimes involving minors.

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Marijuana Really Isn't Scary - And a Funny New Halloween-Themed Billboard Is Pointing That Out

As batty as most anti-marijuana messaging is these days, things were truly bonkers at the outset of cannabis’ criminalization. Reefer Madness, the famous 1936 propaganda film about the dangers of marijuana, made the entirely fabricated claim that smoking pot turned people into violent, promiscuous maniacs. After just one marijuana cigarette, people were shown attacking each other, running over innocent civilians with cars and generally losing their minds. 

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Oops! Maryland Police Chief Cites Fake News Story While Testifying Against Pot Legalization

Testifying against bills that would legalize or decriminalize marijuana, the police chief for Annapolis, Md., cited a fake news story that reported 37 people died on the first day Colorado’s recreational marijuana law went into effect.

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