Category: NPR

Attorney General: Drug Sentences Need Reform, Too Many In Prison

In an interview earlier this week with National Public Radio, US Attorney General Eric Holder publicly acknowledged the obvious: -There are too many citizens in prison on low level drug charges -The mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines employed by the federal government should be reformed -The inherent outcome of the federal criminal justice system affirms serious racial disparities exist Holder: “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There have been a lot of unintended consequences. There’s been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.” “[W]e […]

American Universities: The Medical Cannabis Conundrum

Going back to at least 1998, NORML has been receiving complaints from parents and students that while the state where the university is located has legalized medical cannabis use and possession, because of the federal government’s recalcitrance and ‘flat earth’ view on cannabis’ medical utility, the student is threatened with sanctions or expulsion if they get caught with a lawful medicine. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis, more states are expected to soon join the cohort. The issue of medical cannabis on campus is a […]