One Million

March 20, 2013
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One Million

This was the front page of the Huffington Post yesterday.

NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Making 440,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests Over Last Decade

NEW YORK — The NYPD spent 1 million hours making 440,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession charges between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report released Tuesday —...

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Who is your role model?

March 20, 2013
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Who is your role model?

Saruman: “Your love of the halfings’ leaf has clearly slowed your mind.” — Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Saruman: “It is his excessive consumption of mushrooms, that have addled his brain and yellowed his teeth!” — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Of course, Radagast...

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Report: New York City Cops Spent One Million Hours In Staff Time Making Marijuana Possession Arrests

New York City police spent an estimated one million hours in staff time making low level marijuana possession arrests between the years 2002 and 2012, according to the findings of a study released today. Authors of the study report that City law enforcement personnel engaged in approximately one million hours of police officer time...

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Takes Dig at Pro-Legalization Senate Candidate Dan Winslow

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Takes Dig at Pro-Legalization Senate Candidate Dan Winslow

At a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston this past weekend, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took a jab at pro-legalization Republican State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), who is currently vying for the Republican nomination for Senate in Massachusetts’s upcoming special election. Addressing the crowd, Senator Warren said, “I advise everyone to pay very...

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Finding allies

March 19, 2013
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Finding allies

I’ve long been disappointed that there hasn’t been more public interest shown from gun rights activists in ending the war on drugs. The war on drugs has affected them in two significant ways: as a back door method of restricting gun ownership, and as means of fueling gun violence leading to public backlash on...

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Interesting…

March 18, 2013
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Interesting…

Washington State Selects Botec Analysis Corp. as Finalist for Marijuana Consulting Contract

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will announce tomorrow that it has tentatively selected Botec Analysis Corp. to provide cannabis-related consulting services tied to the emerging recreational marijuana industry, according to information obtained by MMJ Business Daily.

Little public information is...

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Maryland: Lawmakers To Debate Marijuana Legalization Bill Tomorrow

NORML will be among a number of advocacy groups in Annapolis tomorrow to testify in favor of House Bill 1453, which seeks to legalize and regulate adult marijuana consumption in Maryland.

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Odds and Ends

March 16, 2013
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Odds and Ends

Back from an exciting trip to New York. Saw some great shows and ate some amazing food. As usual, walked all over the city, and the weather mostly cooperated.

A lot has been going on, and hopefully you’ve been following the comments where our team has been hard at work on the couch.

Here...

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What excuse do we have for doing a better job regulating chewing gum than heroin?

March 15, 2013
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What excuse do we have for doing a better job regulating chewing gum than heroin?

That’s the premise behind this excellent article in Alternet by Bill Fried: What Would It Be Like If Heroin Were Legal

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Representative Nancy Pelosi: I Think State Marijuana Laws Have to Be Respected; I Think Tax and Regulate

Representative Nancy Pelosi: I Think State Marijuana Laws Have to Be Respected; I Think Tax and Regulate

In an interview with the Denver Post, published this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke about the marijuana legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington in November. When asked, “What are the measures in Washington (DC) that might address states that legalize marijuana and what is your view of federal policy?,” Minority Leader...

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Take Action to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Take Action to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Last month, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation, House Resolution 499, which would effectively end the federal prohibition on marijuana and allow states to set their own policies. House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, transfer the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate...

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Victory?

March 11, 2013
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Victory?

It’s often been noted here that calling the drug war a failure is only true depending on what you consider to be the true goals of the drug war.

Kevin Carson does a nice riff on that with Fifteen Benefits of the War on Drugs

1. It has surrounded the Fourth Amendment’s “search and...

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