Friday, March 27, 2015

The 4th Amendment is Another Victim of the Drug War

By Adam Bates at CATO Institute blog

 ... "Whether the issue is civil asset forfeiture, warrantless surveillance, or armed government agents barreling through your front door at 4:30 in the morning, there is a strong case to be made that the drug war has mangled the Fourth Amendment beyond recognition." ...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Conversation with President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon

Path-Breaking Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana In States That Allow It

by Jacob Sullum at Forbes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

9 Reasons We Should Never, Never, Never, Ever Legalize Marijuana

By Michael McCutcheon at Policy.Mic

... "Marijuana legalization may seem like the cool thing to do, but facts are facts. It's having a terrible impact. Here's a shocking look at the apocalyptic hellscapes Washington and Colorado have become since both states began recreational marijuana sales in 2014 " ...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Marijuana: The gateway to the 2016 presidential race


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records

by Jonah Bennett at the DailyCaller


 "A new poll has found that 61 percent of American voters agree with legalizing recreational marijuana, shattering previous records. The poll was released by the Benenson Strategy Group (BSG), while the old record of 58 percent supporting was done by Gallup in 2013."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Why marijuana isn’t at the bottom of the list

by Pete Guither at DrugWarRant

...   “Thinking about marijuana” is about more than getting high.

It’s about systemic police corruption. It’s about a failed criminal justice system that fuels situations like Ferguson. It’s about tens of thousands dead in Mexico. It’s about failed foreign policy. It’s about using bad laws to control a population and deny them basic rights. It’s about perversion of our Constitution. It’s about financial self-interest trumping science and reason.

Marijuana most definitely isn’t at the bottom of the list.

Obama: States decriminalizing pot could pressure Congress to reschedule the drug

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cory Booker on marijuana legalization

Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease, No Side Effects, New Study Shows

by David Downs-Smell The Truth-sfgate

 Investigators reported that smoking weed caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s Disease in five of the 11 subjects. Another five of the eleven test subjects saw their Crohn’s Disease symptoms cut in half.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thoughts on a wonderful thing

by Pete Guither at DrugWarRant 

"The drug policy reform movement is about ending a set of prohibition policies that cause corruption, destruction and death in just about every aspect of society. It’s not about people wanting to get high." ...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

San Diego Scientist: Every Medical Pot Study Showed A Benefit To The Patient

By David Wagner at KPBS 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say 

New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead

 By Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Federal Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced To Congress

by Johnny Green at The Weed Blog

  ... "Today US Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced separate bills to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana for adults at the federal level. Polis introduced a bill that would allow states the ability to choose to legalize marijuana without fear of federal intervention, and a federal regulatory structure would be built to accommodate those new laws. Blumenauer’s bill would tax marijuana at the federal level, in addition to any taxes that may be imposed by state and local jurisdictions."

A Quarter of the U.S. May Soon Live Where Weed is Legal 

by Phil Mattingly at Bloomberg politics

Group Urges Holiday Inn Boycott Following Lawsuit To Shut Down Colorado Marijuana Industry

by Matt Ferner at Huff Post politics

Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Marijuana As A Depression Treatment? Rat Study Suggests It Can Alleviate Chronic Stress, Mental Illness

By Lecia Bushak at Medical Daily

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Landmark Study Finds Marijuana Is Not Linked to Car Crashes 

USA Today nevertheless perceives a "new driving threat from dopers."

by Jacob Sullum at Reason

Monday, February 9, 2015

High Price: Thinking about Drugs with a Social Conscience - Dr. Carl Hart

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Johann Hari:   
Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

Monday, February 2, 2015

The President's Budget: 

Drug War on Cruise Control

By Phillip Smith at AlterNet

 If everyone agrees the drug war is a failure, someone forgot to tell the president and the Congress. 
Its Official: marijuana is 100 times safer than alcohol
Pub Med

A comparitive risk assessment was done that found that alcohol was rated "high risk" at the top of the assessment, and marijuana was assessed as "low risk" at a level of comparison rated 100 to 1. Most other drugs including tobacco were assessed as "high" risk.

New Study Finds Daily Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Brain Abnormalities

 by Justine Alford IFL Science

"The work has been published in The Journal of Neuroscience"

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Prohibition and Legalization - Danica Noble - TEDxKamuela Danica Noble is the Washington Coordinator for the NORML Women of Washington and an antitrust attorney. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Cops Testify That Marijuana Is “Excellent” Medicine

 by Rick Thompson at TheWeedBlog

“It gave me my life back. It was a good thing.”

 “The medical marijuana was excellent, completely different from the narcotics. I could still do things, still carry on daily chores,”

Jeb Bush is a hypocrite about marijuana, Rand Paul says

 By Jake Miller at CBS News

 Rand Paul:  "This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do,"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unintended victims in the drug war
By Leonard Pitts

...  “Ask your local law enforcement officials if they will be following Holder’s lead. And if not, why not? Because — and this should go without saying — in a nation with a constitutional guarantee against “unreasonable searches and seizures” there is something obscene about a practice that incentivizes police to, in essence, steal money from law-abiding citizens and leaves said citizens no reasonable recourse for getting it back.”
                                                                          ~ ~ ~

We need more than a memo from Eric Holder to stop this asset forfeiture abuse. Holder’s memo sounds good, but how will it actually stop this? The truth is that it won’t. Cartel bosses and their minions are not the ones suffering from this ill conceived policy of letting Law Enforcement take property without a charge or conviction.
Add drug sniffing dogs for a final insult and you have a winning formula for harassing the public in search of treasure. If this is all that we can expect from the Supremes, and the congress keeps sitting on its thumbs, we can resign ourselves to this new “Bill of Wrongs”. 

Just don’t ask me to salute.
Does anyone feel safer? I think some reformers are right about the creation of a police state. These unusual solutions, which were meant to win a drug war,  have destroyed our constitution. 

We want it back.   -TC

Thursday, January 22, 2015

 President Obama:
"...We've treated this (marijuana) exclusively as a criminal problem, and I think that its been counter productive"...   
- (at 11 minutes into video)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think 
 by: Johann Hari - Author of 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'
at Huff Post politics the blog

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Drug war fueling racial unrest

by Joseph Galeani 

...    "How much more damage must our society sustain before we embrace the inevitable and end this ill-conceived war on drugs?"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Study shows Cannabidiol is protective against a widely used chemotherapy drug
EU pub med

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Marijuana Tax Millions? Hallucinations Up In Smoke, Yet Feds Propose 50% Federal Tax Too

by Robert W. Wood at FORBES

Saturday, January 10, 2015

How Police Departments Can Mend the Rift With the Public

by: Frank Serpico

... "The “war on drugs” is not working. In fact, it’s really a war on the disenfranchised. Recreational marijuana use should be legalized nationwide, and all nonviolent drug offenders should be released from prison. Small-time dealers should no longer be penalized. Marijuana arrests should not be a make-work program for corporate prisons, where people of color are grossly overrepresented for such offenses, engendering recidivism and mistrust of the system. Enforcement of marijuana laws drains police resources that would be far better spent investigating serious crimes. It’s no secret that this generally benign plant was criminalized as a means of control. It is time for this to end." ...