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President Obama has magically increased the number of days you can smoke marijuana before getting arrested

June 11, 2013
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President Obama has magically increased the number of days you can smoke marijuana before getting arrested

Marijuana Possession Enforcement is Down Dramatically Under President Obama by Keith Humphreys

This is one of the most bizarre defenses of President Obama that I’ve ever seen.

Humphreys’ basic thesis is that even though marijuana arrests have remained high during President Obama’s term, marijuana use has gone up, so arrests as a percentage of...

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Christian Science Monitor not interested in legalization

June 9, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor not interested in legalization

… or freedom or democracy.

Obama helps nip pot legalization in Latin America. How about in US?

For all the political flak that President Obama is receiving for digital surveillance of Americans, he deserves some praise for protecting Americans on another front. His administration has helped dampen moves by some Latin American leaders to...

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Quotable

June 9, 2013
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Quotable

“Solving unsolved crimes is a noble objective, but it occupies a lower place in the American pantheon of noble objectives than the protection of our people from suspicionless law-enforcement searches. The Fourth Amendment must prevail” – Justice Antonin Scalia, dissent in Maryland v. King (2013).

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The only argument against legalizing hemp is that law enforcement is too stupid to know the difference

June 6, 2013
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The only argument against legalizing hemp is that law enforcement is too stupid to know the difference

Legal Hemp On The Ropes: Senate Effort Running Into Stiff Law Enforcement Opposition

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This is an open thread.

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Michele Leonhart institutionalizes perjury

June 5, 2013
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Michele Leonhart institutionalizes perjury

In 2003, I wrote a feature on the then Drug Enforcement Administration Deputy Director nominee: DEA Bad Girl Michele Leonhart.

In it, I talked about her horrendous lack of ethical standards in her work with super-snitch Andrew Chambers:

When Michele Leonhart moved to St. Louis, she hooked up with the most prolific snitch of...

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The drug war is racist

June 4, 2013
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The drug war is racist

Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests is Worse Than You Thought

In six states, plus the District of Columbia, blacks are over five times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites are. The national average? Black Americans are arrested nearly four times as much. And it’s not because of increased use of...

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Open Thread

June 3, 2013
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Open Thread

I’m on the road again. Hosting our annual community New York Theatre trip. This time, I have a record-breaking 95 people on this trip, seeing 6 shows as a group, and I’ll be conducting walking tours of the city as usual.

Needless to say, this is likely to keep me pretty busy, and I...

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Legalize all drugs

June 2, 2013
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Legalize all drugs

Just in case anyone has forgotten, that is the position of Drug WarRant — legalize and regulate all drugs. Sometimes we end up talking a lot about marijuana, because it’s in the news so much now, but it’s good to remember that the end goal is legalization and regulation. Period.

And that’s the point...

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A curiosity

May 31, 2013
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A curiosity

A lot of people are now talking about Jamen Shively – a name I had not heard before Thursday. Here’s the basics:

A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by...

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Rat Park

May 30, 2013
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Rat Park

We’ve showcased the outstanding work of cartoonist Stuart McMillan before.

Well, Stuart has a new drug-war-related piece about the Rat Park experiments led by Professor Bruce Alexander who saw the flaw in the research that had seemed to suggest hopeless addiction was inevitable with easy access to drugs.

Particularly if you’re not familiar...

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