Month: September 2013

US Marijuana Arrests Remain Largely Unchanged in 2012

The FBI released their crime and arrest statistics for 2012 today and, despite the fact that a majority of Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized, the total marijuana related arrests in the United States is largely unchanged year over year. In 2012, marijuana arrests as a percentage of all drug arrests dipped very slightly from 49.5% in 2011 to 48.3% last year. This puts the total number of marijuana arrests at about 749,825 (compared to 757,969 arrests in 2011). 87% of these arrests were for possession only, meaning that […]

Help Put the Message of Marijuana Legalization Before Millions with a NORML Super Bowl Ad

UPDATE: We did it! NORML’s entry is #1 Most Popular! Keep voting to make sure it stays that way. Intuit Quickbooks is currently running a contest, with the grand prize being a professionally produced ad run during the big game this year. The first round of the contest is public voting and we are pleased to say NORML, after just a few short days, has skyrocketed to the #6 most popular submission. Together, we the people, are ending America’s war on pot. With the last election and with the recent […]

Taking on Frum and the SAM club

Fighting marijuana… or reality?, by David Nathan at CNN, is a response to David Frum and really hits this point well

Cannabis is habit forming in a small percentage of users. Marijuana intoxication impairs driving, though the risk is similar to that of drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%, which is well below […]

The real villain is the drug war

Radley Balko’s latest post is a sobering one in a lot of ways (watch the video).

Various thoughts come to mind afterward.

What a tragedy.

Finally a case where there is some accountability.

Four years? When they go after state-legal marijuana providers with longer sentences?

It’s good that the officer was held to account, […]

Senate Judiciary Committee with mandatory minimums hearing

September 18 at 10:00 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 […]

Dismantle the DEA

Great OpEd by Bill Piper in the Seattle Times: Guest: Is it time to get rid of the DEA?

THIS year is the 40th anniversary of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Already plagued by scandals, the agency has recently been revealed to be collaborating with the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency to spy […]

A ‘right’ drug war?

Doesn’t exist.

The Concord Monitor seems to think it does. Editorial: The right drug war, and the wrong one

The right drug war, as the appearance of a member of the ultra-violent Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel in U.S. District Court in Concord yesterday demonstrates, is essential and remains under way. Hard drugs, like the ton […]

Feds Reaffirm That They Will Not Likely Challenge State Legalization Laws

Speaking today before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General James Cole reaffirmed that the Justice Department is unlikely to challenge statewide legalization efforts, provided that these efforts impose “robust regulations” which discourage marijuana sales to minors and seek to prevent the diversion of cannabis to states that have not legalized its use. “We will not … seek to preempt state ballot initiatives,” Cole told members of the Committee, adding that state “decriminalization [laws] can co-exist with federal [drug] laws.”

Congressional Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Today

Today at 2:30pm eastern, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold their first ever hearings regarding marijuana legalization and the conflict it creates between state and federal law. The hearing will be held in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. You can live stream the hearing here. The hearing was scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of […]

Senate Hearing on Federal-State Marijuana Law Conflict

Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws — follow this link for the live webcast. Also live on C-Span.org.

Today (Tuesday) at 2:30 pm Eastern, 1:30 Central, 11:30 am Pacific.

Please limit comments on this post to discussion of, and reporting on, the hearing and related items.

Kevin Sabet’s written testimony for the hearing Seven […]