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Open Thread

November 16, 2016
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Open Thread

Retirement continues to be a very busy time for me. Spent the past week in Chicago getting my newest Living Canvas show ready to open tomorrow.

formation uses the unique Living Canvas technique (projections on bodies) to tell the stories, poetry and songs of transgender and other non-binary individuals. It’s a pretty stunning...

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Ongoing Election Results

November 9, 2016
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Ongoing Election Results

Here’s a news site from New Orleans that is doing live tracking of the various marijuana-related votes.

Track marijuana referendum results: 9 states vote on legalizing pot

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Vote

November 6, 2016
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Vote

I voted early, as I’m heading up to Chicago to do a show. But it was a pretty dull affair, as I live in Central Illinois and there’s not much to vote for, other than making a symbolic statement.

However, in some parts of the country, your vote matters. And not just the race...

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Quote of the day

November 1, 2016
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Quote of the day

“Marijuana Arrests are the engine driving the War on Drugs”

Quote from: Watch Pusha T’s PSA Supporting Cali Marijuana Bill

Well said. It’s one of the reasons that drug policy reformers have focused so much on marijuana. It is not only the most popular illicit drug, but it is also the reason that most...

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People are ‘less concerned’ about drug problems, and that can be a good thing

October 29, 2016
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People are ‘less concerned’ about drug problems, and that can be a good thing

Americans Less Concerned About Drugs Than Ever: Poll

Sixty-five percent of Americans say that drug problems in the U.S. are “extremely” or “very serious,” according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

That’s the lowest level of concern the firm has found since it first asked the question 16 years ago, and it comes at...

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We must always watch out for the worst

October 25, 2016
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We must always watch out for the worst

Regardless of the advances we make in drug policy reform, there will always be those who have not only not learned from our tragic failures, but who are determined to bring them back with a vengeance.

The overdose crisis is bringing back one of the worst policies of the ‘war on drugs’

Last month,...

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The Humans Rights Watch and ACLU report

October 24, 2016
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The Humans Rights Watch and ACLU report

A powerful report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union: Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union call on all states and the federal government to decriminalize the use and possession for personal use of...

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Driving in circles

October 18, 2016
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Driving in circles

This just keeps coming up so many times with a lot of propagandizing and very little evidence of a problem.

A proposition to legalize pot raises DUI concerns: ‘We are going to start losing folks in astronomical numbers’ in the LA Times.

“In the state of California we are going to start losing folks...

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Changing opinions on marijuana legalization

October 12, 2016
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Changing opinions on marijuana legalization

It can take a lot, sometimes entire generations to dramatically shift the country’s views, and this is dramatic.

Pew Research Center: Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise

The share of Americans who favor legalizing the use of marijuana continues to increase. Today, 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be...

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SWAT search ruled unconstitutional in Minnesota

October 12, 2016
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SWAT search ruled unconstitutional in Minnesota

This seems big.

Hennepin County judge confronts police use of ‘military style’ tactics

That search, Hennepin County District Judge Tanya Bransford ruled, was unconstitutional. She wrote that the “military style” tactics were a violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

She was “troubled,” she wrote, “that the types of...

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