Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 7, 2014 12:37PM ET
As more states move to legalize marijuana and seek tax and other economic benefits from the drug, artisanal marijuana growers are being squeezed out. Welcome to the days of Big Marijuana.
Mar 5, 2014 10:47AM ET
On Tuesday night, Washington, D.C.'s council approved a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Mar 4, 2014 11:49AM ET
Yesterday, the first marijuana commercial to be widely distributed by major TV networks aired on Comcast, and it is very, very different from the first local marijuana ad, which aired in California in 2010.
Feb 20, 2014 1:13PM ET
When Colorado legalized marijuana in a 2012 vote, the state told voters that it could earn $70 million in tax revenue from the drug. That was wrong.
Feb 14, 2014 2:24PM ET
As promised, the Obama administration has now officially spoken on the matter of banks and pot dispensaries.
Feb 14, 2014 11:14AM ET
Oregon is on the brink of legalizing recreational weed, but some citizens do not want the drug sold in their towns.
Feb 10, 2014 5:23PM ET
Patrick Kennedy, one-time member of Congress and lifelong member of the Kennedy clan, will appear on The Colbert Report on behalf of an anti-marijuana-legalization group. Which is pretty ironic, given Kennedy's drug-related arrests.
Feb 4, 2014 8:38PM ET
Deputy drug czar Michael Botticelli admitted today that marijuana, while dangerous, is not as deadly as other drugs, both legal and illegal. And though he's not in favor of legalizing weed, he is opposed to harsh jail sentences for its users.
Jan 29, 2014 11:52AM ET
As more states legalize recreational marijuana (with President Obama's tacit approval), the tension between federal and state law is getting worse.
Jan 28, 2014 12:20PM ET
Yes, tourists can take advantage of Colorado's new marijuana-friendly laws, but there are still rules to be followed.
Jan 27, 2014 12:07PM ET
A vocal minority has managed to ban marijuana commerce in certain municipalities in Colorado, where recreational weed is legal.
Jan 24, 2014 11:24AM ET
The ongoing tension between state and federal law regarding the sale of marijuana has left banks at a loss for what to do.
Jan 23, 2014 1:41PM ET
In the battle between the hippies and squares, the hippies just won: Texas Gov. Rick Perry supports decriminalizing marijuana.
Jan 21, 2014 1:05PM ET
Obama's comments have given state lawmakers and citizens hope that legal weed is right around the corner.
Jan 19, 2014 8:09PM ET
There's a lot going on in David Remnick's 17,000-word profile of Barack Obama in this week's New Yorker, but his statements about the legalization of marijuana are getting all the attention.
Jan 18, 2014 5:56PM ET
The New England Patriots were warned by head coach Bill Belichick about avoiding the temptation of legal marijuana in Colorado ahead of their big game against the Denver Broncos tomorrow. Patriots fans, on the other hand, seem to be having a blast.
Jan 15, 2014 6:14PM ET
New Hampshire wants to become the next state to join pot-smoking havens like Washington and Colorado by legalizing the green stuff, but the Governor has other ideas.
Jan 15, 2014 5:29PM ET
There are four ridiculous things about Dylan Byers' confused piece about why there are more columns in opposition to marijuana legalization than in support.
Jan 8, 2014 10:52AM ET
We should all be concerned about Joe Scarborough. The host of MSNBC's Morning Joe has an utterly nonsensical column on Wednesday defending his opposition to marijuana legalization — "pot just makes you dumb."
Jan 8, 2014 9:51AM ET
On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart turned his attention to the hazy culture wars presently blazing across Colorado's newly legalized weed industry
Jan 7, 2014 2:30PM ET
Since January 1, a wave of weed information - and misinformation - has us totally confused and lethargic and needing a snack. Let's take a trip down memory lane, to last week, and see what people have been saying so far.
Jan 3, 2014 6:43PM ET
Joining the ranks of squares who oppose smoking pot was Joe Scarborough on the Friday edition of Morning Joe. Marijuana, he said, "just makes you dumb" — but, then, basically everything is dumb according to Scarborough.
Jan 3, 2014 12:33PM ET
The worst effect of the mainstreaming of weed is not massive marijuana overdoses — that's an unfunny hoax, dummies — but that weed is no longer cool.
Jan 3, 2014 10:19AM ET
We don't want to alarm you, but some kids who smoke weed grow up to be professional columnists who rail against drug use without understanding the deeper racial implications of their arguments. Scary, right?
Jan 2, 2014 2:41AM ET
Marijuana went on sale in Colorado on January 1, following its legalization way back in 2013. Residents were very excited.
Dec 24, 2013 9:46AM ET
Colorado pot smokers are getting ticketed for partaking in public this year four times as often as they were in 2012, either because they don't know it's illegal or are too stoned to care.
Dec 10, 2013 9:15PM ET
Uruguay, which recently became the second Latin American country to legalize gay marriage, is now the first country in the world to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
Dec 10, 2013 12:55PM ET
Uruguay’s senate is set to pass an historic bill (link in Spanish) today that will make the country the world’s first to legalize marijuana.
Nov 7, 2013 2:50PM ET
Marijuana has been giving alcohol a bad name. So contend booze lobbyists, who are getting sick of an ad campaign that makes the claim that pot is safer than their beloved beverages.
Nov 6, 2013 11:00AM ET
Here's a quick roundup of those "down ballot" contests that make local elections so much more interesting.