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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Meanwhile, as Nero fiddled

February 15, 2011
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Meanwhile, as Nero fiddled

Mexico Drug War Carnage: Nearly 40 Killed Over The Weekend

I haven’t mentioned drug war deaths in Mexico for a few weeks. It’s sad that this has become so… usual, that I find myself skipping over article after article with drug war death counts in a search to share something more… interesting.

Yet people keep dying.

In...

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Meanwhile, as Nero fiddled

February 15, 2011
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Meanwhile, as Nero fiddled

Mexico Drug War Carnage: Nearly 40 Killed Over The Weekend

I haven’t mentioned drug war deaths in Mexico for a few weeks. It’s sad that this has become so… usual, that I find myself skipping over article after article with drug war death counts in a search to share something more… interesting.

Yet people keep dying.

In...

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Who Is Secretly Working to Keep Pot Illegal?

February 15, 2011
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Who Is Secretly Working to Keep Pot Illegal?

That’s the title of this delightful read by Steven Kotler at Tru TV.

Nothing really that new to those of us who know the history of prohibition and the forces behind keeping it prohibited, but still nice to see someone else talking about it.

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A Headline You Will Never See For Cannabis

A Headline You Will Never See For Cannabis

From Reuters News Wire: Alcohol kills more than AIDS, TB or violence Drinking causes more than 4 percent of deaths worldwide, WHO warns Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday. … Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most...

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TruTV: The Great Cannabis Conspiracy

TruTV: The Great Cannabis Conspiracy

Ever wondered why marijuana is illegal in America? Apparently so too does TruTV (a division of Turner Broadcasting) and writer Steven Kotler. Growing Pot Arrests Do you get high? If so, you have a lot of company. Although no country has yet legalized marijuana, almost half of the world’s 147 nations have, to some extent, decriminalized it....

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Smart on Crime

February 14, 2011
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Smart on Crime

The Smart on Crime Coalition “is comprised of more than 40 organizations and individuals, who participated in developing policy recommendations across 16 broad issue areas. These organizations and individuals represent the leading voices in criminal justice policy.”

Well, this group has just released a report of recommendations for the Administration and Congress, and I...

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Gary Johnson at CPAC

February 14, 2011
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Gary Johnson at CPAC

Gary Johnson is one of the brightest possibilities in the Republican Presidential prospects regarding drug policy reform, and he’s not afraid to talk about it.

He hit it pretty hard in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Starting at 4:40 and going until about 6:50.

Nice to hear the cheers when he mentioned...

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Open Thread

February 13, 2011
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Open Thread

The Disastrous War on Drugs Turns 40: How Do We Stop the Madness? by Ethan Nadelmann.

What better way to mark the 40th anniversary of the war on drugs than by breaking the taboos that have precluded frank assessment of the costs and failures of drug prohibition as well as its varied alternatives. Barely...

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I am above:

February 13, 2011
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I am above:

On the drug czar’s “blog” they talk about an “Above the Influence” workshop with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), where youth engaged in a “tag-it” campaign.

In this workshop, they had pieces of paper with “I am above:” and participants added their own anti-drug message.

Here are a couple of examples:

Well, I decided that...

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We don’t know for certain, so there’s no point discussing it

February 12, 2011
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We don’t know for certain, so there’s no point discussing it

One of the most pathetic elements to prop up prohibition is the uncertainty argument put forth by the so-called academic experts in drug policy in the United States.

“We can’t even talk about legalization,” they wail. “It’s too uncertain.”

They’re fully willing to admit that prohibition itself is destructive and that what we are doing...

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