NORML@40: Marijuana Advocates and the Shafer Commission

The third installment of ‘NORML@40’ is now available for viewing on our YouTube Channel, NORMLtv. ‘NORML@40′ is a retrospective video series that 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 looks back...

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Cannabis Inhalation Associated With Spontaneous Tumor Regression, Study Says

Cannabis Inhalation Associated With Spontaneous Tumor Regression, Study Says

Cannabis inhalation is associated with spontaneous brain...

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Open Thread

March 22, 2011
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Open Thread

New Report Finds “Drug Courts Are Not the Answer”

At two briefings on Capitol Hill today, the Drug Policy Alliance released a groundbreaking new report, Drug Courts are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use (www.drugpolicy.org/drugcourts), which finds that drug courts have not demonstrated cost savings, reduced incarceration, or improved...

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Updates from the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

March 22, 2011
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Updates from the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The UNODC likes to work in semi-secret, so you won’t see video or transcripts of their proceedings. The only real way to get a glimpse is through the fine live-blogging done by CND blog (a project of the International Harm Reduction Association).

These entries are paraphrases of what goes on in the sessions by...

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Updates from the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

March 22, 2011
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Updates from the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The UNODC likes to work in semi-secret, so you won’t see video or transcripts of their proceedings. The only real way to get a glimpse is through the fine live-blogging done by CND blog (a project of the International Harm Reduction Association).

These entries are paraphrases of what goes on in the sessions by...

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Sweden? Really, Gil?

March 21, 2011
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Sweden?  Really, Gil?

In one of the more absurd moves this administration has made regarding drug policy so far, the drug czar has chosen Sweden as a drug policy model for the U.S. to emulate.

Director Kerlikowske also highlighted both nations’ common experiences with drug use, and showcased Sweden’s successful balanced public health approach and opposition to...

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Commission on Narcotic Drugs

March 21, 2011
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Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Today is the beginning of the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria

The agenda appears to be more the same — administering and strengthening the destructive policies they’ve been following for half a century. I see Gil Kerlikowske got his pet project – drugged driving – added to the...

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Drug cops lie

March 20, 2011
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Drug cops lie

There’s a big scandal that’s been going on in San Francisco, regarding some drug busts in the Henry Hotel, and something surprising that happened. Apparently cops have been lying in court regarding how those busts went down.

That, of course, is not the surprising thing. It’s the fact that they got caught on video.

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Ambassador to Mexico resigns

March 20, 2011
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Ambassador to Mexico resigns

Clinton: US ambassador to Mexico has resigned

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, who criticized his host government’s handling of the drug problem in a cable divulged by the WikiLeaks website, has resigned, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday.

President Felipe Calderon, who met earlier this month with Obama at the White...

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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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