Month: October 2013

Marijuana – the silent killer

Malta

Asked whether he would discriminate between hard drugs and soft drugs, Fr Cordina said that in terms of social responsibility, there is no difference between them.

“The abuse of hard drugs is easier to detect due to its overt symptoms. Yet marijuana is known as the silent killer. It affects the mind, leaving the […]

Tweets from the Conference

Update: Statement of the day from Uruguay –

#Uruguay rep on #marijuana reform: “we’d rather breach intl #narcotics conventions than intl #humanrights law” #reformconf

Exactly. I’ve long felt that that’s the easiest (and most true) approach to dropping out of the conventions. The simple fact is that the drug war, as conducted under the conventions, […]

Fetal protection

Shackled and pregnant Wis. case challenges ‘fetal protection law’

… seems to me there needs to be fetal (and mother) protection from drug warrior busybodies.

In cases like Beltran’s, “the woman loses pretty much every constitutional right we associate with personhood,” said Lynn Paltrow

We’ve seen so many permutations of this, from mothers having their […]

Things we won’t miss

Nick Gillespie has a nice piece in Time: 8 Things We Won’t Miss When Pot is Legal Everywhere

Legalizing pot won’t create a problem-free country any more than tearing down the Berlin Wall solved all the problems in East Germany or ending de jure segregation fixed race relations in the U.S. But it would reflect […]

NORML Partners with The Family Law & Cannabis Alliance

It’s no secret that there has been a proliferation government agencies across the country removing minors and infants from their home, based solely on the fact that a parent is a cannabis consumer, and the false presumption that the presence of marijuana poses a danger.  This even occurs in states with a legal medical marijuana program, or where marijuana possession is no longer a criminal offense.  Some of these experiences can be incredibly traumatic to the child, as well as the parents, as officers have a tendency to use aggressive […]

Can we help NIDA with its drug-free goal?

The government is once again seeking the elusive “drug free” fantasy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Please share: It’s Red Ribbon Week (Oct 23-31). Be part of the creation of a drug-free America by taking the Red Ribbon pledge: http://bit.ly/151SyIp

Drug-free America? Really? How?

I asked them for their definition of “drug free America,” but […]

DC City Council Committee to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Decriminalization

The DC City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold public hearings on legislation introduced earlier this year by Councilman Tommy Wells, B20-0409: The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Act of 2013. The measure will receive two public hearings, one on Wednesday evening from 6:30pm until 9:00pm at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library located at 1800 Good Hope Road SE. The hearing will reconvene Thursday at 11:30am in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. NORML will be […]

58

May seem like a simple number, but it’s very big.

New Gallup Poll

58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana 39% oppose

That’s a 19% differential.

Tipping point passed.

HISTORIC HIGH: 58% of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized

Gallup released new polling data today that shows an overwhelming majority of Americans want marijuana to be legalized. According to their survey, 58% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, while only 39% are opposed. This is up significantly from the last time Gallup polled the question in 2012, when only 48% of Americans were in favor and 50% were opposed. For historical perspective, the first time they surveyed this question in 1969 a paltry 12% of Americans were in favor of legalization. The support for marijuana legalization has seen unprecedented momentum […]

Marijuana Legalization Returns to Center Stage in Maine

Earlier this year, we came within just 4 votes on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives on legislation that would have put marijuana legalization before state voters this fall. While that effort fell short, voters in the city of Portland will still have the chance to vote on marijuana legalization this November. Question 1 will be on the Portland ballot and would legalize the adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. With just two weeks left, we can use all the help we can get to […]