Washington State Legislators Propose Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

In a move more typically aligned with a state like Georgia, legislators in Washington State will be considering House Bill 1190, which would require recipients of TANF (Temporary Picture-106Assistance for Needy Families) to pass drug testing in certain cases to continue receiving their benefits. The bill, unsurprisingly, is sponsored entirely by Republicans (Reps. Angel, Haler, Walsh, Fagan, Orcut, and Hargrove).

Disguised as a way to stop drug addicts from spending taxpayer money, it’s far more a ploy to grow this particular branch of prohibition, and, just like the drug war itself, disproportionately effect the poor.

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Q&A With Dr. Lester Grinspoon

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Dr. Lester Grinspoon.

Dr. Lester Grinspoon has been one of the most vocal and respected voices within the cannabis reform movement for years. A retired Harvard Psychiatry Professor and author, Dr. Grinspoon tends to turn heads when speaking about how adamantly he opposes our failed prohibition on cannabis. We had the honor of speaking with him recently to ask him a few questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 What would you say is the number one reason for our country to end cannabis prohibition?

Freedom. We have a right to be able to put in our bodies what we want.

 

What caused you to start actively participating in ending cannabis prohibition?

It goes like this: In the early 1960’s, Carl Sagan and I were very close friends. We were for three decades. When I met him in the 60’s he was smoking marijuana and I, a young physician who of course knew “everything”, I told him that it was a dangerous, harmful thing to be doing.

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State-By-State Breakdown

Cannabis law reform has gained a tremendous amount of momentum in the past several years, specifically in 2012, when historical statement votes were made in both Colorado and Washington. The phaglp-puzzle-hiolitical atmosphere has shifted in drastic fashion, and we’re winning.

As the battle wages on, here’s a state-by-state look at efforts across the country to fight against this failed prohibition.

Alabama:

In Alabama, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition has been running televised ads in favor of HB – 2, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patients’ Rights Act.

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