Now Available: Discount Hotel Rooms For NORML Conference 2011

Now Available: Discount Hotel Rooms For NORML Conference 2011

The 40th Annual NORML Conference Convenes April 21-23 In Denver The host hotel is the centrally located and top-rated Grand Hyatt, where, NORML has procured steeply discounted hotel rooms (rack rate is usually $300-$350 night, our rooms start at $129). The room block at the host hotel for NORML conferences always sells out almost right away,...

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Open Thread

February 7, 2011
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Open Thread

What’s going on in your corner of the drug policy reform world?

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Super Bowl memories

February 6, 2011
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Super Bowl memories

Apparently there are no ads from the Drug Czar in this year’s Super Bowl. But do you remember how far they actually sunk after 9/11? Here are some of the offensive Super Bowl ads from 2002-2003.

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The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

February 6, 2011
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The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

In honor of his 100th birthday…

It’s a golden oldie…

Note: For those not familiar with this particular video, it’s a well-done edited comic mash-up of the Reagans’ talk about drugs that completely turns it around into a pro-drug Presidential talk.

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Time to overturn United States v. Place

February 5, 2011
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Time to overturn United States v. Place

… and with it, Caballes v. Illinois.

Those who have followed this blog for awhile know that I consider Caballes v. Illinois one of the more obviously clueless Supreme Court decisions of recent years. For those who don’t know, the decision basically said that a police dog alerting on a car was sufficient justification...

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Drug dogs false alert over 200 times in UC Davis study

Drug dogs false alert over 200 times in UC Davis study

One of the favorite tools of law enforcement officers looking to bust cannabis consumers is the K-9 unit (or as George Clinton once called ‘em, the “dope dog”). These dogs are highly trained to use their super sense of smell to detect narcotics and explosives. Paired with a handler, they are often...

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Jack Nicholson

February 4, 2011
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Jack Nicholson

… in the Daily Mail:

These days the hard drugs are gone, but he continues – against the Hollywood grain – to smoke cannabis. ‘I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem...

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Marijuana Testing State Services Applicants: It’s Just Wrong!

Marijuana Testing State Services Applicants: It’s Just Wrong!

I am a Latina, a forty-year cannabis consumer, a medical cannabis patient and a single mother who has had to use public assistance more than once. In 2011, Oregon and three other states have introduced bills that would require drug testing for people receiving public assistance. I am writing to present my...

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NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over a dozen 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...

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor being hung by the neck…

February 2, 2011
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Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor being hung by the neck…

Some people here in the U.S. say that the reason the drug war isn’t working is that we’re just not taking it seriously enough. We’ve got to stop being so easy on the drug criminals.

Well, let’s take a little look at how it works when you really crack down hard on drug trafficking…...

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Open Thread

February 2, 2011
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Open Thread

End this absurd war by Glenn Garvin at the Miami Herald. Great piece featuring a LEAP’s Kyle Vogt.

Illinois Blacks More Likely to Get Prison for Drugs

An Illinois state panel found Monday that Illinois blacks convicted of low-level drug possession offenses are much more likely to be sentenced to prison than...

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Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: “Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President”

Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: “Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President”

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is no stranger to marijuana law reform. Johnson was the keynote speaker at last year’s national NORML Conference (listen to his remarks here) and the topic of cannabis legalization is a prominent plank in his Presidential exploratory campaign. Today he takes to the Net in response to the President’s...

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