Legal bandits (Updated)

May 23, 2011
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Legal bandits (Updated)

Via Radley Balko comes this excellent asset forfeiture cash stealing investigation by News 5 in Nashville.

Again, this isn’t a surprise to us, but as evidenced by the anchors at the end of this segment, most of the population is not aware that this kind of thing goes on in this country.

Update:...

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Can’t stop this

May 21, 2011
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Can’t stop this

With the black market value of illegal drugs, there’s no way that drug warriors have a chance to stop the drugs. Trying to overcome the laws of supply and demand is harder than defying gravity.

Even without the violence and corruption that insures the power of the black market, the ingenuity and determination of...

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Rapture Open Thread

May 21, 2011
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Rapture Open Thread

And these are the people who usually accuse us of wanting to get ‘high’…

Well, the impending predicted rapture (6 pm on May 21) has been quite entertaining. Alas, it will end soon. Based on the jokes I’ve heard, very few people if they even believed it (which they don’t), would actually want to...

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Oregon Supreme Court: Medical Cannabis Patients Have Second Amendment Rights Too

Great news today from Oregon’s Supreme Court (as compared to SCOTUS!) regarding personal responsibility and liberty in ruling for a medical cannabis patient who was denied their full Second Amendment rights simply because they use cannabis. The case was largely championed by NORML Legal Committee member and Amicus chair Leland Berger of Portland and from...

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Drug dependency treatment should be voluntary

May 19, 2011
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Drug dependency treatment should be voluntary

This week, the World Medical Association and the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations have called for compulsory drug detention centers to be closed.

Sarah Evans at Open Society Foundations has the story: Shut Down Abusive Drug Detention Centers

As many as an estimated 400,000 people worldwide are currently held in drug...

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Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate Sings “I’ll Legalize Medical Weed For You”

The voters of Miami Beach will soon go to the polls to elect a new mayor and they can choose our old friend and comedian Steve Berke (who did a popular video in support of Prop. 19 last year), who, once again, is communicating to the masses through his talent and creativity. Steve, if I...

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Supreme Court eviscerates 4th Amendment over marijuana smell

Supreme Court eviscerates 4th Amendment over marijuana smell

In a case decided yesterday, Kentucky v. King, the US Supreme Court has ruled that cops who smell marijuana coming from your home can break down your door and arrest you, just as long as they knock first and claim to have heard you destroying evidence. They don’t need a warrant or probable cause, either....

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Fourth Amendment not valid if police say they thought they heard something.

May 17, 2011
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Fourth Amendment not valid if police say they thought they heard something.

The latest from the Supremes

(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana and feared he was trying to get rid of incriminating evidence.

Voting 8-1, the justices reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court...

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Alternet: ‘The Five Worst States to Get Busted With Pot’

Alternet: ‘The Five Worst States to Get Busted With Pot’

Police prosecute over 850,000 Americans annually for violating state marijuana laws. The penalties for those busted and convicted vary greatly, ranging from the imposition of small fines to license revocation to potential incarceration. But for the citizens arrested in these five states, the ramifications of even a minor pot bust are likely to be...

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Cannabis and the Environment

May 16, 2011
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Cannabis and the Environment

This is nice to see… At Health News Digest: Would Legalizing Pot be Good for the Environment? (The answer is “yes”) It’s a short article, but it hits the high points. Fact is, not only would legalizing pot be good for the envir...

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Pot Smokers are smarter than Sophie Scott

May 15, 2011
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Pot Smokers are smarter than Sophie Scott

Pot smokers still see it as harmless: study – By national medical reporter Sophie Scott

A national survey has found many people see cannabis as a soft drug, with nearly half underestimating the harmful impacts it may have.

May have? What does that mean? Cannabis may cause a shift in the space-time continuum. The...

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Pot Gardens and Strategies

May 14, 2011
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Pot Gardens and Strategies

Fred Gardner writes Obama Never Promised You a Pot Garden

Drug-policy-reform advocates are complaining bitterly that they have been double-crossed by Barack Obama. “What’s Behind the Obama Administration’s About Face Regarding Medical Marijuana?” asked Paul Armentano of NORML in the Huffington Post May 5.

“Obama’s Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana,” was the headline...

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