Month: September 2013

‘We just enforce the law…’

That’s one of the biggest whoppers in drug policy enforcement.

A clear disdain for the law and the will of the people, along with a concerted effort by law enforcement to push for marijuana prohibition point of view in legislation, is evident in all their lobbying efforts and public relations activities. It’s also clear that […]

Oklahoma: Majority Of Voters Endorse Marijuana Law Reform

Oklahoma, City, OK:  A majority of likely Oklahoma voters back legalizing the use of medical marijuana and also support de-penalizing pot possession penalties for recreational users, according to survey data released by SoonerPoll.com and commissioned by the Oklahoma state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Seventy-one percent of respondents said that they support amending state law to allow for physician-authorized patients to consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Twenty states and Washington, DC, have enacted similar policies since 1996. Oklahoma citizens also strongly backed amending […]

Crooked Smile Video

This is probably the must-see music video of the year.

As FUSE reports, the “video is a commentary on America’s War on Drugs, dedicated to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the seven-year-old who was shot and killed during a Detroit police raid. Cole stars as a drug dealer who, despite his illegal line of work, is a […]

Those 70,000 deaths? Just a communications error.

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón Admits Errors in Handling Drug War

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón lamented the label of the crisis his country faced – and continues to face – between government forces and the country’s drug cartels as a “war” and not a drug strategy. […]

Calderón admitted that his administration failed in […]

PhillyNORML and The Panic Hour Return to the Liberty Bell for Smoke Down Prohibition IX

The monthly protest of draconian federal cannabis laws continues in front of the Liberty Bell with the ninth Smoke Down Prohibition Rally on Saturday September 21st. PhillyNORML, comedy activism crew The Panic Hour and marijuana legalization advocates from around the country will peacefully gather at 5th& Market Streets on The People’s Plaza at Independence Mall National Historic Park to seek redress from our United States government. Speeches will begin at 3:30PM with scheduled speakers: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger, PA medical marijuana advocate Louanne Speese-Stanley, registered New Jersey medical marijuana […]

The Bitch of Living

This USA Today piece, which focused on binge drinking, had some advice:

Pediatrician Patricia Kokotailo, director of adolescent medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on alcohol use by youth and adolescents, says parents should: […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Mandatory Minimums

This morning at 10 am Eastern:

Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Witness List

The Honorable Rand Paul, United States Senator, State of Kentucky The Honorable Brett Tolman, Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Salt Lake City, UT Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, TX […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Mandatory Minimums

This morning at 10 am Eastern:

Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Witness List

The Honorable Rand Paul, United States Senator, State of Kentucky The Honorable Brett Tolman, Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Salt Lake City, UT Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, TX […]

District of Columbia Looking To Legalize Marijuana

Today in Washington, DC, At Large City Councilman David Grosso (I) will introduce legislation before the District of Columbia City Council that seeks to eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis by adults over the age of 21, provide the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration with the authority to license and regulate the production and taxable sale of cannabis, and to seal the criminal records for those previously charged with cannabis-related crimes. The introduction of this legislation proceeds a summer of an ACLU report on […]

Addiction – it isn’t just about the drug

For the most part in this country, we’ve gotten past the moral argument against overall drug legalization, although that still exists. Today, it’s all about addiction. We can’t legalize drugs because they enslave people and cause them to be addicts, and if we legalize drugs their availability will insure that there will be a massive […]