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Marijuana Legalization Proponents in Washington Unveil First TV Ad

The campaign behind I-502, a ballot measure that would end cannabis prohibition in Washington State this fall, unveiled their first TV advertisement in support of the initiative. This commercial kicks off a recently announced million dollar ad campaign, which aims to keep marijuana legalization at the forefront of Washington voters’ minds as we approach...

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Hope For Industrial Hemp? Group Of Senators Seeking Legislative Sanity

Hope For Industrial Hemp? Group Of Senators Seeking Legislative Sanity

According to Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, a group of bipartisan Senators, led by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), have filed legislation seeking to exempt industrial hemp (which, in effect, is very low potent cannabis) from the Controlled Substances Act (which, concerning cannabis specifically, is largely directed at prohibiting recreational and therapeutic...

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New President of Mexico revealing hidden strategy?

August 6, 2012
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New President of Mexico revealing hidden strategy?

Or, perhaps the UNODC and U.S. has already gotten to him?

Mexico’s President-Elect Signals “Internationalization” of Drug War by Louis Nevaer

That change, however, may not be what most Mexicans were expecting.

“A transnational phenomenon requires a transnational strategy,” Óscar Naranjo, Colombia’s former director of the National Police and current advisor to Peña...

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Marijuana Law Reform Makes Governing Magazine Cover

Marijuana Law Reform Makes Governing Magazine Cover

As more and more public, economic and political attention is being cast towards cannabis legalization during the failed policy’s 75th birthday week, these apparently are the years of sober public policy writing examining what an end to Cannabis Prohibition is possibly going to look like with tax lawyer Patrick Ogelsby’s cover article in State...

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A film to put on your watch list

August 4, 2012
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A film to put on your watch list

Here’s the trailer for “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” The full film doesn’t have an official release date yet. Looks like an interesting approach.

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When A Governor Calls And Asks For Support To Reform Marijuana Laws…

When A Governor Calls And Asks For Support To Reform Marijuana Laws…

…you provide it! I want to relate to NORML supporters my recent call with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, his support for major cannabis law reforms and his wont as a re-elected governor to become a national spokesperson for cannabis law reforms before the Congress and Executive branches. Many of us have worked for too...

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This Week in Weed: July 29th – August 4th

This Week in Weed: July 29th – August 4th

Click here to subscribe to NORMLtv and receive alerts whenever new content is added. The latest installment of “This Week in Weed” is now streaming on NORMLtv. This week: A big drop in DEA marijuana plant seizures year over year and a new study illustrates how cannabis can help keep patients from the dangers...

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Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Approved for Fall Ballot in Springfield, MO

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Approved for Fall Ballot in Springfield, MO

Residents of Springfield, Missouri will likely be voting on a marijuana decriminalization measure this fall. Initiative proponents, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, submitted their final round of signatures to the city clerk in the past week and received word yesterday that they have met the required threshold of signatures for qualification. On Thursday afternoon, the Springfield...

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Last Word

August 3, 2012
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Last Word

Lawrence O’Donnell has a very powerful Last Word on the War on Drugs. Good stuff on network mainstream cable TV.

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Chatham House

August 3, 2012
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Chatham House

Chatham House Magazine has a slate of drug war articles in the current issue; some good, some atrocious. The current issue is free to read online, so you can check them out now.

In the atrocious category are:

Legalization Could Make Things Worse by Bill Hughes, former Director General, Serious Organized Crime Agency, UK;...

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Cannabis Prohibition Now Seventy-Five Years Old

Cannabis Prohibition Now Seventy-Five Years Old

Infamously, America’s federally created Cannabis Prohibition marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this August 2, 2012. The so-called ‘great failed social experiment’ of Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s barely lasted a dozen years in effect. Rightly, it took a constitutional amendment to both ban and restore alcohol products to the free market. Is there a similar...

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Unintended consequences

August 2, 2012
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Unintended consequences

One of the things about prohibition that people sometimes forget is that it so often truly does make drug-taking more dangerous.

Alcohol prohibition led to people going blind from government poisoned alcohol, and to dangerous alcohol stills that were both toxic and explosive. Crackdowns on diversion of safer pharmaceutical amphetimines led to dangerous meth...

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