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Open Thread

February 21, 2011
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Open Thread

TalkLeft has one of those way-to-common stories demonstrating painfully that the harm of prohibition is far greater than any harm from drugs: OK Woman Gets 10 Years for Selling $31 of Marijuana. It’s the kind of story that makes you angry — at the snitch, at the prosecutors, at the system,...

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WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness

WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness

One of the fastest growing webpages in popularity regarding ‘marijuana’ is undoubtedly WeedMaps.com. Less than three years old, this marijuana consumer-friendly online service has leapfrogged in webpage traffic over traditionally popular and older cannabis-centric webpages such as CannabisCulture, High Times and, indeed, even NORML. Why? The answer is easy. Necessity is the mother of invention and...

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Responding to death without leading to more

February 20, 2011
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Responding to death without leading to more

As you may be aware already, Special Agent Jaime Zapata, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent was killed in Mexico. It’s a tragedy, of course, and it was murder, which is reprehensible, and I would like very much for those who committed the murder to be brought to justice.

On the other hand,...

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Seattle is getting ready

February 19, 2011
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Seattle is getting ready

This is probably the strongest, most well-written newspaper editorial that I’ve ever seen for the legalization of marijuana.

The Washington Legislature should legalize marijuana in the Seattle Times.

MARIJUANA should be legalized, regulated and taxed. The push to repeal federal prohibition should come from the states, and it should begin with the state of Washington.

In 1998,...

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Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes: “Legalize Marijuana”

Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes: “Legalize Marijuana”

Peter Holmes is the City Attorney for Seattle, Washington.  In this op-ed for the Seattle Times, Holmes makes good on his campaign promises to not prosecute user-level marijuana crimes and joins the growing chorus of current (Rep. Jared Polis) and former elected officials (Gov. Gary Johnson) calling for an end to adult marijuana prohibition. Marijuana is...

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Manufacturing the Drug Threat

February 17, 2011
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Manufacturing the Drug Threat

Danny at Transform Drug Policy Foundation blog has a fascinating and illuminating post on “securitisation.” Note: he does give the post a “policy nerd warning,” but despite the academic language, the thrust is easy to follow and so completely explains the world-wide expansion of the drug war and its exemption from...

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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 progressive 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 pending marijuana law reform legislation around the country. ** A note to first time readers: NORML can not introduce legislation...

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Eliminate the Drug Czar’s office

February 16, 2011
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Eliminate the Drug Czar’s office

The House is currently debating H.R. 1, which would fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year. As part of this debate, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ron Paul (R-TX) are introducing an amendment to eliminate funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the Drug Czar’s...

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This is a cure?

February 16, 2011
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This is a cure?

Researchers are looking to give lithium to marijuana users in an effort to help them quit in a new trial at the Riverlands Drug and Alcohol Centre in Lismore.

“When I first heard about this, I was a bit concerned about using lithium One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and all that,” Dr Johnston admitted....

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Indiana Senate committee backs legalization study

February 16, 2011
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Indiana Senate committee backs legalization study

Who kidnapped these Indiana State Senators and replaced them with humans?

Ind. Senate panel backs bills for study on marijuana legalization, track drugs used for meth

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A state Senate committee on Tuesday backed having the state crime policy panel study whether Indiana should legalize marijuana after hearing a legislator with multiple sclerosis say...

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Have A Question For NORML? Get Answers At NORML TV

NORML’s youtube channel, NORML TV, recently launched a new video series entitled ‘Ask NORML,’ which features NORML staff answering questions submitted by you — the marijuana law reform activist. In the debut episode, NORML founder and legal counsel Keith Stroup speaks about NORML’s past and ongoing efforts to reschedule cannabis under federal law. Subscribe to NORML...

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Cops Say Obama is “All Talk, No Game” on Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

February 15, 2011
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Cops Say Obama is “All Talk, No Game” on Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

Press Release from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

President Maintains Bush Administration Ratio Favoring Punishment Over Treatment

Just Weeks Ago, Obama Said We Need to “Shift Resources” But He Didn’t Do It

WASHINGTON, DC — A group of police officers, judges and prosecutors who have waged the so-called “war on drugs” is criticizing President Obama because his federal...

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