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Seattle Times sticks to its guns

March 19, 2011
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Seattle Times sticks to its guns

After the Seattle Times came out with a powerful editorial for marijuana legalization last month, the drug czar was immediately on a plane to go talk to them. Some speculated that he would apply pressure on the paper to ease off. Whether that was on his mind or not, it’s clear that...

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NORML@40: Playboy and the $5,000 Decision

NORMLtv is pleased to announce that the second installment of ‘NORML@40’ is now available for your viewing pleasure. This retrospective video collection documents the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of America’s marijuana consumer lobby from those who kept the movement going for the past four decades. In this episode, founder and legal counsel Keith Stroup recounts...

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Open Thread

March 18, 2011
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Open Thread

Well-known marijuana legalization advocate upbeat despite terminal lung cancer diagnosis

This is very unwelcome news about Ben Masel. My thoughts are with him.

I had a great time the one time we got together — for coffee and Beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.

Ben is a tireless advocate and has been...

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‘Drugs’ and ‘Terrorism’ – the ultimate free rides

March 17, 2011
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‘Drugs’ and ‘Terrorism’ – the ultimate free rides

The words “Drugs” and “Terrorism” have developed a power unto themselves. You can use them to justify any government action or expenditure and suddenly things like budget, logic, evidence or accountability are forgotten.

It’s no surprise that new UNODC director and hard-liner Yuri Fedotov understands this.

Growing links between crime and terrorism the focus of...

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NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over twenty states, and liberalization measures have been pre-filed in many more. Below is this week’s edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up — activists’ one-stop guide to the latest statewide votes and happenings relevant to marijuana law reform. For a listing of all of the pending marijuana...

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How much more surreal can the DEA get?

March 16, 2011
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How much more surreal can the DEA get?

Now I’m a full-blown opponent of the death penalty. I think it’s immoral, impractical, unfairly administered, and has way too much potential for error. I also reject the notion that a free individual can assign that duty to someone else (nominally called “the government”) and escape personal responsibility. I’m thrilled that...

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Fun with mental imagery

March 16, 2011
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Fun with mental imagery

The original headline of this New York Times article was:

US Drones Fly Deep in Mexico to Fight Drugs

I immediately had an image of a dogfight between a flying Cheech-and-Chong-sized joint and an unmanned drone.

Apparently, someone was awake and mildly aware at the Times, and they changed the headline.

The content is disturbing enough without the...

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FAIL

March 15, 2011
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FAIL

Scouring the internet for drug-war-related writing that missed the boat…

In our continuing series of pieces by students we have the rather bizarre waste of space in the Nexus titled Drug Slogan Stinks

“Nice people take drugs.”

These are the words that catch my eye on a recent AIDS Vancouver Island poster. I stop to take another...

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The Drug War fuels corruption

March 15, 2011
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The Drug War fuels corruption

No government in the world can compete with the black market in financial compensation for police officers. – Guitherisms

City Hall Plotters Accused in Gun-Smuggling Scheme

Even in a border town where smugglers have moved contraband to and from Mexico for generations, no one here expected the mayor, the police chief and a town councilman to...

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For the families

March 14, 2011
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For the families

Via NORML Women’s Alliance

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DEA raids Montana

March 14, 2011
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DEA raids Montana

VIA MPP

The Republic

Federal agents with guns drawn raided up to a dozen medical marijuana operations across Montana on Monday, the same day that a bill to repeal the state’s medical marijuana law stalled in a Senate committee.

Coincidence or political?

Montana NORML is live blogging updates on the raids.

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Ask NORML: Is Prohibition Protecting Our Children?

NORML’s youtube channel, NORMLtv, recently launched a new video series entitled ‘Ask NORML,’ which features NORML staff answering questions submitted by you — the marijuana law reform activist. On this week’s installment, Executive Director Allen St. Pierre addresses the long standing myth that marijuana prohibition keeps America’s children safe. Subscribe to NORMLtv and visit NORML’s Facebook...

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