• January 28, 2021

Matt Laslo

Based in Washington, Matt Laslo is a veteran political and music reporter. Since 2006, he’s been a contributor with VICE News, VICE News Tonight HBO, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, The Atlantic, NPR, etc. He’s taught journalism at Boston University (MA) and The University of Maryland (BA). And he teaches political communications at The Johns Hopkins University MA in Government and Public Policy program. He can be found on most all social media platforms as @MattLaslo.

New Senate Bill Wipes Past Marijuana Records of Millions

A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators are pushing new legislation — The Clean Slate Act — that would automatically seal federal conviction records for low-level, non-violent drug offenders. Criminal justice advocates say it has the potential to be revolutionary for tens of millions of Americans whose records currently lock them out of employment opportunities, along […]Read More

Debate Over Decriminalizing All Drugs Moves to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Things got awkward for some national Democrats this November when Oregonians overwhelmingly voted against Democratic talking points and made possession of smaller amounts of federally illegal drugs — like heroin, cocaine, LSD, and meth, etc. — more like a traffic violation (a mere $100 fine) than like a murder. What was lost […]Read More

History: Marijuana Passes US House, but Progressives Say It’s Late

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives made history today when a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed the MORE Act, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has voted to decriminalize marijuana. It passed on a bipartisan vote of 228 to 164. But the victory for progressives and others in the Democratic Party […]Read More

Marijuana Myths Abound in Washington Ahead of Historic House Vote

Myths, distortions, and lies have been flying across Washington this week. But unlike a typical week in Trump’s Washington, this time they’re emanating from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue: The U.S. Capitol. That’s because the House of Representatives has been debating whether to federally decriminalize marijuana — the first congressional floor debate ever over […]Read More

Democrats and Advocates Nervous Over Dem Leaders on Marijuana

Even some of marijuana’s biggest supporters in Washington are nervous ahead of this week’s historic vote to decriminalize cannabis nationwide. They know the support is there in the public, but they don’t know if the will power is there in Congress.     “We know that it’s still kind of iffy,” Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) told […]Read More

US House Sets Historic Vote on Popular Plant Marijuana

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to make history later this week when lawmakers make a historic vote on legislation to decriminalize marijuana. When House lawmakers vote on the MORE Act Thursday or Friday, it will mark the first time either chamber of Congress has cast a historic vote to […]Read More

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