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Partnership for a Drug Free Canada is disturbed that some people know the truth

February 27, 2014
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Partnership for a Drug Free Canada is disturbed that some people know the truth

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TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – A recent national study¹ commissioned by the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada revealed that almost 25% of parents of teenagers did not consider driving while high on cannabis to be as bad as drinking and driving. Meanwhile, almost a third of teens (32%) did not consider...

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Barthwell Watch

February 27, 2014
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Barthwell Watch

Yes, we do keep track of Andrea’s public activities here at the Rant. After all, we’re the ones who exposed her Illinois Marijuana Lecture series and her End Needless Death program, both based on falsehoods.

She’s been director of more companies than I can count – simply keeps creating new ones.

Haven’t seen much...

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National Black Caucus Of State Legislators Calls For Liberalizing Marijuana Penalties

Members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators recently resolved at their Annual Legislative Conference in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. The NBCSL represents more than more than 650 African-American legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

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Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop exemplifies law enforcement self-interest trumping truth

February 26, 2014
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Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop exemplifies law enforcement self-interest trumping truth

There’s a distinct buzz out there about this event: Annapolis police chief apologizes for citing hoax story in testimony against marijuana legalization

Testifying against bills proposed in Maryland to legalize and decriminalize marijuana, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people died the first day marijuana was legalized in...

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NORML Argues Police May Not Question Citizens Based on Marijuana Odors

NORML Argues Police May Not Question Citizens Based on Marijuana Odors

NORML filed an “amicus curiae” brief with the Massachusetts Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 18, urging the court to place more limits on police questioning and searches for possession of small amounts marijuana. Attorneys Steven S. Epstein, of Georgetown, and Marvin Cable, of Northampton, authored the brief. In Western Massachusetts, a judge ruled that...

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Oh, good. We arrested a bad guy.

February 25, 2014
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Oh, good. We arrested a bad guy.

The head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested.

From what I can tell, he’s probably a pretty bad guy who should be put away for a long time.

And yet, when you look at the practical results of this arrest, the overwhelming consensus is that one or both...

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Ohio: Majority of Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana, Nearly 9 out of 10 Support Medical Use

Ohio: Majority of Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana, Nearly 9 out of 10 Support Medical Use

Polling data released today by Quinnipiac University revealed that a majority of Ohio voters support legalizing marijuana for recreational use and nearly 9 out of 10 support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. When asked if they supported or opposed allowing adults in Ohio to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, 51%...

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More Than 40 Maine Lawmakers Sign Memo Urging Consideration of Marijuana Legalization

More Than 40 Maine Lawmakers Sign Memo Urging Consideration of Marijuana Legalization

On Friday, more than 40 state lawmakers in Maine co-signed a memo authored by State Representative Diane Russell that was delivered to the Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee. The memo encouraged the committee to keep all options on the table in their upcoming financial deliberations, including potential tax revenue derived from an adult, non-medical...

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How to report on drugged driving

February 24, 2014
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How to report on drugged driving

These articles are from last week, but I didn’t get a chance to comment on them then.

In recent years there has been an explosion in reporting on “drugged driving.” (I have my own news filter on that term.) Most of this reporting has been over-the-top exploitative fear-mongering; most of it has been really...

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The crazies

February 22, 2014
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The crazies

After dealing with the truly ugly behavior of Patrick Kennedy and Kevin Sabet on a daily basis, it’s almost refreshing to return to one of the old-style crazies.

That’s right, our old friend Cliff Kindaid of AIM, after seemingly avoiding talking about the drug war for too long, has surfaced: Obama Encourages Drug Money...

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Open Thread

February 20, 2014
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Open Thread

Got a lot of stuff going on at work right now, so posting has been light for a couple of days. Be sure to check the comments as there are always some good discussions going on around the couch.

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NORML PAC Endorses Shenna Bellows for US Senate

NORML PAC Endorses Shenna Bellows for US Senate

NORML PAC is pleased to announce that it has endorsed Shenna Bellows in her campaign to represent the state of Maine in the United States Senate. “Shenna Bellows has been at the forefront of the fight for marijuana legalization even before beginning this campaign,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “During her tenure leading...

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