• January 23, 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.

Veterans Want Medicinal Marijuana but Trump’s Blocked Access

It’s Veteran’s Day, so lawmakers are going through their annual ritual of paying lip service to American troops, past and present. But veterans want and deserve more than ass kissing from the political class: They want their government to have their backs like they had ours. But when it comes to the deadly intersection of […]Read More

Is Marijuana Why We Don’t Know Who Won the Election?

The nation’s political class should have learned an important lesson last evening: voters like marijuana and other substances more than they like politicians, of any stripe. Even as we’re all on eggshells awaiting the outcome of the presidential election, there’s no question voters in deep red and bright blue states alike agree that they’re over […]Read More

New Jersey Just Became the 12th State to Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey has now joined 11 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands in spurning the federal prohibition on marijuana, as voters in the Garden State overwhelmingly supported a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis. “Garden State voters spoke resoundingly. They are demanding their lawmakers end the failed policy of […]Read More

House Democrats say Pelosi Dropped the Ball on Marijuana

Democrats have unified around Joe Biden, but an increasing number are also demanding party leaders – from top to the bottom of their party’s leadership ranks – finally take drug reform seriously. The growing rift has been slowly coming to a head for years, but it boiled over in the House recently when vulnerable, more […]Read More

Don’t Let Twitter Kill Love: Big Tech Makes You Hate the Other Party

Big Tech’s cosmetic changes ahead of the 2020 election are mere smokescreens. These Silicon Valley firms remain supersized and divisive actors in contemporary political discourse (if we can even call it ‘discourse’ anymore). These social media firms basically admitted the disservices they’ve knowingly peddled to us through our devices when they overhauled their advertising policies […]Read More

America Needs a True Debate About Drugs and Racism Already

Election 2020 has been a lot of things, but ‘substantive’ is surely not one of them. That’s why my hat’s off to the next president of the United States – because both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden actually focused on some policy issues in this year’s final presidential debate. Thankfully, the […]Read More

Did the Sackler Family Just Beat America?

The Trump administration is spiking the football after securing an $8.3 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma – in what officials claim is the largest settlement with a pharmaceutical company in American history. But the deal isn’t even a slap on the wrists of the members of the Sackler family who are allegedly walking away with […]Read More

Inside the GOP Civil War Over Marijuana

The Republican Party is at a crossroads when it comes to marijuana policy, but you wouldn’t know that if you merely listened to GOP leaders in Washington. While the majority of Republican voters – and a handful of GOP candidates – now support cannabis legalization in one form or another, Republican leaders spent the summer […]Read More

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