Friday, August 21, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The World's Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary vs. One Rogue Prosecutor

Justin Monticello - Reason Hit and Run blog

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag soldiers on alone in her crusade against Harborside Health Center.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

TED Talk by Johann Hari:  
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong 
 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Oakland Joins the World's Biggest Pot Shop to Battle the Feds—The End of the War on Weed?

Friday, July 3, 2015

"The notion that we should live in a drug free world is not even worth discussing."
- Dr. Carl Hart

Is Cannabis an Effective Substitute for Opiate Pain Relievers?

 By Lisa Rough at Leafly

“...people already taking opioids for pain may supplement with medical marijuana and be able to lower their painkiller dose, thus lowering their risk of overdose.”

Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22880540

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

150 Cities Fight Back Against War on Drugs

By Sativa Von Teese at High Times

Why the Media Can't Get Its Story Straight About the Amazing Medical Potential of Cannabis

By Paul Armentano at AlterNet

 

The press reports on the JAMA meta-analysis of cannabinoid research were all over the place. Most of them missed the story.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Senator Cory Booker vs. Kevin Sabet - The Great Cannabis Debate

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Two Marijuana Legalization Petitions Approved In Michigan

 by Rick Thompson at TheWeedBlog

...  A third group has offered a proposal via the media...

 “The three proposals are best described as the Big Business model, the Big Government model, and the Big People model. We believe in elevating people,” said Jamie Lowell, a MILegalize Board member.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Drug war thuggery

By Radley Balko

...  "This wasn’t an underground criminal enterprise. This was a business." ...

 ... "the commando tactics here are nothing more than violence for the sake of violence." ...

Monday, June 8, 2015

UCLA Professor Finds Marijuana Is Safer to Smoke Than Tobacco

By Lori Denman-Underhill, LA Weekly


... “the association would be negative, between lung cancer and the use of marijuana." ...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Why Michigan Republicans are pushing for legalizing pot

By Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press

 "If you marvel at the way Americans who once disdained same-sex marriage have made peace with it, stay tuned: You ain't seen nothing yet." 

"After idling for decades, the campaign to decriminalize marijuana is suddenly approaching warp speed across the United States — and Michiganders who scoffed at the notion just a few election cycles ago are scrambling to get aboard the bandwagon..." 

...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years" Predicted 

 By Chris Roberts at SFWeekly

 

... " In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both Democrats and Republicans voted to approve three pro-cannabis budget amendments — and came very close to approving a fourth in support of recreational marijuana." ...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DEA eavesdropping tripled, bypassed federal courts

by Brad Heath, USA TODAY

 

The DEA has been bypassing Federal wiretap laws and restrictions by getting local prosecutors and judges to get the warrants oked.

Monday, June 1, 2015

‘Why take my vibrator?': Michigan cops legally rob ‘every belonging’ from medical marijuana patient

David Edwards at RawStory

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

 Jeff Mizanskey's Life Sentence commuted by Governor Jay Nixon
CBS St Louis

On Friday Governor Jay Nixon commuted the life sentence of Jeff Mizanskey. He is now eligible for parole.
Misanskey, 62, served 21 years of a life sentence. He was convicted on three felony drug charges related to marijuana possession.

Kofi Annan calls on the World Health Assembly to legally regulate drugs

at TRANSFORM

 Mr. Kofi Annan declared, “I believe that drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrong government policies have destroyed many more”

"Drugs are infinitely more dangerous when produced and sold by criminals who do not worry about any safety measures. Legal regulation protects health. Consumers need to be aware of what they are taking and have clear information on health risks and how to minimize them.”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In Historic Vote, Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

by: The Drug Policy Alliance

 "The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 18 to 12, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The vote is the first time the U.S. Senate has ever moved marijuana law reform legislation forward."  ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Department of Justice Announces New Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch - "As Acting Administrator of the DEA, Chuck will play a vital role in the work of this Administration and this Department of Justice to pursue American priorities, protect American interests, and safeguard our way of life."

 

Does this way of life represent the 52% of Americans that feel marijuana should be legalized or the nearly 80% that want marijuana allowed for medical use? 

 

 - Or does it represent the all out global war on drugs as in the DEA founding charter? 

 

Which American interests and way of life are you referring to?

 

 


Help Wanted

DrugWarRant - Pete Guither

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Are You THC Deficient?

 By David McCullick / AlterNet

 

 ... "The endogeneous cannabinoid system is perhaps the most important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, always with the same goal, homeostasis or the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in one's external environment." ...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here's Where The GOP's 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana Legalization

Matt Ferner at Huff Post politics

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Over 100 Major Groups Call For UN To Respect Countries That Legalize Marijuana Or Other Drugs

Johnny Green at TheWeedBlog

Leaving a Guy Imprisoned for Five Days Without Food, Water Not Enough to Get Fired from DEA  - Wrists are barely even slapped.

Scott Shackford at Reason

Jared Polis to Obama: No More Pot-Hating DEA Chiefs After Michele Leonhart

By Michael Roberts at Westword

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

David Simon on Baltimore:
Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”
Bill Keller - The Marshall Project

"We end the drug war. I know I sound like a broken record, but we end the fucking drug war." ...
 

"Take away the actual incentive to do bad or useless police work, which is what the drug war has become." ...




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEMOCRACY IS IN GREAT DANGER
(House of Representatives - April 23, 2015)

 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher - excerpt from Congressional Record

..."Our Founding Fathers wanted local people to control their communities and wanted criminal justice to be a State issue. They didn't want to have the Federal Government to have such control over our lives. And to show you how heinous this is, we passed that law here in this Congress--it won by a solid majority--that we would not supersede State law when it came to medical marijuana. Yet we have prosecutors in the United States who are still moving forward, filing charges, bringing people to court, even though the States in which they are in have agreed to legalize the medical use of marijuana. These rogue prosecutors are thumbing their noses at the law."   

"This is what happens when government gets out of line, gets away from the Constitution." ...

 ..."To say that this is arrogance and a threat to our freedom is an understatement." ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Michele Leonhart

Pete Guither at DrugWarRant

... "Truth has never been important to Leonhart during her entire career with the DEA."

"Yes, I’m glad to see her go, but not optimistic about the possibility of getting anyone in that position to replace her that would actually do what’s needed — dismantle the very agency they’ve been tasked to lead." ...

Supreme Court: Holding Motorists To Wait For Drug Dog Is Unconstitutional 

By Phillip Smith at TheWeedBlog

 ... “A traffic stop becomes unlawful if prolonged beyond the time in fact needed to complete all traffic-based inquiries,” ...