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Cannabis in the Commonwealth: Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates on Marijuana

Cannabis in the Commonwealth: Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates on Marijuana

One of, if not the, highest profile election this year is the Virginia gubernatorial race. Things are beginning to heat up as we enter the final two month stretch before the election on November 5th and NORML thought it was worth looking at how the issue of marijuana law reform has come into play....

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25 Years Ago: DEA’s Own Administrative Law Judge Ruled Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law

Friday, September 6, 2013 marks the 25-year anniversary of an administrative ruling which determined that cannabis possesses accepted medical utility and ought to be reclassified accordingly under federal law. The ruling, issued in 1988 by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis Young "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling," determined:...

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Support for Marijuana Legalization Blooming in the South

Support for Marijuana Legalization Blooming in the South

It is often said that the South will be the last region in the United States to take up marijuana legalization, but, as support grows nationwide, it is becoming evident the southern states likely won’t be left behind. Polling data released today by the ACLU of Louisiana revealed that 53% of Louisiana voters supported...

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Open Thread

September 5, 2013
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Open Thread

Someone at the Baptist Press has got their panties in a bunch. Feds surrender on marijuana policy

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Obama administration has waved the white flag in the war on drugs by deciding not to challenge state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a Southern Baptist public policy expert says.

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The People Who Profit from Marijuana Prohibition are Upset with the DOJ

September 5, 2013
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The People Who Profit from Marijuana Prohibition are Upset with the DOJ

SAM sends a letter to the DOJ: Re: State Laws Legalizing Marijuana

We represent tens of thousands of people working in drug prevention, drug and mental health treatment, medicine, criminal justice reform, and millions of individuals and families in recovery from alcohol and drug dependence.

Right.

And, of course, it’s signed by a Who’s...

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Single Convention threatened?

September 4, 2013
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Single Convention threatened?

Well, no, not really, but it’s fun to actually see articles suggesting that the U.S. should withdraw…

To Make Marijuana Legalization a Reality, This Should be Obama’s Next Step by Jessie Bullock at PolicyMic

Firstly, the U.S. should withdraw from the convention. Withdrawing from the convention is an action recognized by international law, and...

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Pot Czar leaving the room…

September 3, 2013
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Pot Czar leaving the room…

‘Pot Czar” Mark Kleiman Packs Up

When it hired Kleiman last March, the LCB said it had budgeted an initial $100,000 for the much sought-after consulting work. The state ended up paying much more–$814,000, as of last week, with one payment still pending, Smith tells SW.

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VA NORML Adopts a Highway

VA NORML Adopts a Highway

A huge congratulations is due to NORML’s state chapter in the Old Dominion.  Last week, Virginia NORML joined the ranks of the the Kiwanis Club and the Cub Scouts when they posted the first NORML “Adopt-a-Highway” sign in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  And while they didn’t get highway 420 (located in Alexandria), they did...

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Odds and Ends

September 3, 2013
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Odds and Ends

Andres Oppenheimer A turning point in the U.S. drug war

“This puts the United States in an awkward position in respect to its drug war export policy,” says John Walsh, a drug expert with the Washington Office on Latin America, a group that supports pot legalization. “The United States is going ahead with...

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It’s always the money

September 1, 2013
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It’s always the money

The cops depend on drug war money from seizures and drug war funding… prisons, treatment centers, drug testing companies, federal agencies, politicians, and more all profit from prohibition.

So it should be no surprise…

New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

Funding crime labs through court-assessed fees creates another channel...

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Urging people to become ascended beings composed of pure thought

August 31, 2013
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Urging people to become ascended beings composed of pure thought

Prohibitionists depend on a lack of conscious thought and sweeping generalizations. Here’s someone who took the impossible notion of “drug-free” even a step further…

Hudson Summer Fest to showcase positives of being drug free

“We’re trying to show the positive side of not using substances. You can be as cool as the band leader...

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How dare we take this away from them?

August 31, 2013
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How dare we take this away from them?

Delightful article from Ryan Grim on the reaction from some police groups… Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder’s Marijuana Policy Announcement

WASHINGTON — A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn’t want to give...

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