Open Thread

Another good post on the Congressional hearing on pot and driving, this time by Jacob Sullum: Stoned Drivers: The Case Against Panic

Mica, a proud pot prohibitionist who chairs a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, convened the hearing to raise an alarm about the deadly threat that legalization poses to […]

I have a question

Tom Keane in the Boston Globe: Right wing takes lead on reforming crime policy

DRUGS ARE BAD for you, no question. But wars on drugs are worse — at least the way we’ve been waging this battle. But change may be coming, and from the least likely source: the right wing. Just as it took […]

Help Us Reach the Marijuana Tipping Point

Dear NORML members and supporters, It is nearly impossible to detect the precise moment when support for a change in social policy reaches the “tipping point”, but for the marijuana legalization movement, that time was likely July 26, 2014, when the editorial board of the New York Times published their editorial entitled Repeal Prohibition, Again. For those who may have missed it, here an excerpt; it is one of the strongest endorsements I have ever read. “The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.” … “The social costs of […]

Economics 101

Tracing the U.S. heroin surge back south of the border as Mexican cannabis output falls in the Washington Post.

Farmers in the storied “Golden Triangle” region of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, which has produced the country’s most notorious gangsters and biggest marijuana harvests, say they are no longer planting the crop. Its wholesale price has collapsed […]