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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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DEA’s Cannabis Crop Seizures Down 35 Percent From Previous Year

DEA’s Cannabis Crop Seizures Down 35 Percent From Previous Year

Total seizures of cultivated cannabis plants fell an estimated 35 percent between the years 2010 and 2011, according to statistics provided by the U.S....

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Help Needed: Feds Seek To Silence Silver Tour’s Robert Platshorn

Help Needed: Feds Seek To Silence Silver Tour’s Robert Platshorn

Here is yet another example of a federal government that will twist and turn in the most constitutionally offensive manner to continue to justify Cannabis Prohibition. In a country with a sacredly held First Amendment and a self-evidently failed public policy like seventy-five years of Cannabis Prohibition, trying to silence a citizen—who spent nearly...

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Amazing Live Prison People

July 31, 2012
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Amazing Live Prison People

Check out The Strip by Brian McFadden for an excellent cartoon about our incarceration nation.

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Does Science Matter?

Does Science Matter?

As I wrote last week in an op/ed for The Sacramento Bee, when it comes to the federal government’s policy on marijuana, not so much. Viewpoints: Science supporting medicinal pot is clear via The Sacramento Bee A dozen years ago, California lawmakers did something extraordinary. They authorized investigators throughout California to conduct a series...

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Marijuana Scheduling Finally Gets Day in Court

July 31, 2012
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Marijuana Scheduling Finally Gets Day in Court

Medical Marijuana Patients Get Their Day In Federal Court With The Obama Administration

Late last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed to hear oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with...

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Quacks addicted to prohibition

July 31, 2012
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Quacks addicted to prohibition

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, which bills itself as “The Voice of Addiction Medicine,” has come out with a position paper regarind: State-level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana

About all one needs to do is look at the writing team to discover what this is about:

ASAM Writing Committee to Develop a Response to...

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It also won’t make your teeth whiter

July 31, 2012
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It also won’t make your teeth whiter

Our truly moronic drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has opened his mouth again (I actually kind of miss John Walters – he was evil, but he at least had a brain, and was a legitimate opponent).

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar: Marijuana Legalization ‘Isn’t Going To Solve Our Drug Problem’

It’s not supposed to. It’s supposed...

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Alternet: “Five Scientific Conclusions About Cannabis That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To Know”

Alternet: “Five Scientific Conclusions About Cannabis That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To Know”

Writing in the journal Science some four decades ago, New York State University sociologist Erich Goode documented the mainstream media’s complicity in maintaining cannabis prohibition. He observed: “ests and experiments purporting to demonstrate the ravages of marijuana consumption receive enormous attention from the media, and their findings become accepted as fact by the public....

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Legalization in Uruguay

July 30, 2012
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Legalization in Uruguay

A good article today in the New York Times: South America Sees Drug Path to Legalization by Damien Cave.

Uruguay has taken the experimentation to another level. United Nations officials say no other country has seriously considered creating a completely legal state-managed monopoly for marijuana or any other substance prohibited by the 1961 United...

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The DEA really is a lawless terrorist organization

July 30, 2012
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The DEA really is a lawless terrorist organization

How to the actions of the DEA in this story differ from those of criminal thugs?

Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting

So the owner of a trucking company with two trucks discovers after the fact that the DEA decided to use one of his trucks and drivers (without the...

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