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,” ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Whatever Chris Christie says, marijuana is not a gateway drug by any measure

by Miriam BoeriAssociate professor, Bentley University

 ... "If anything, marijuana can work as a gateway out of hard drug use—an exit strategy that needs to be studied and, possibly, implemented at the policy level."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bill Maher Creates Petition to Make 4/20 a National Holiday - 4-17-15

Monday, April 13, 2015

Liquid Medical Marijuana Shows Promise for Epilepsy 

By Robert Preidt at WebMD

  - Child and adult patients who took cannabidiol had big drop in seizure rates, study found

Where Do Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana?

By Tom Angell at marijuana.com

 

"The 2016 presidential field is starting to take shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana."

"Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption.This post will be updated as new candidates officially enter the race." ...

Democratic voters love marijuana legalization. Hillary Clinton doesn't.

by German Lopez at Vox

  "All we really need from the next administration is to respect state marijuana laws," says Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project

Friday, April 10, 2015

I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful.

by Bruce Barcott at Time

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades to fight the war on drugs

Brad Heath at USA TODAY

The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance

by Scott Shackford at Reason.com 

 
... "Federal officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are actually the source of our current domestic mass metadata collection madness, not the National Security Agency (NSA)" ...

Marijuana Straight Talk - Pilot

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Federal government admits medical marijuana works on brain tumors, but still plans to prosecute patients

by Blue Telusma at theGrio 

 
... "So while one government agency is admitting the benefits of marijuana in medical treatments, the Justice Department is pushing forward with prosecuting medical marijuana users in spite of the data substantiating its value"...

  - Drug Policy Alliance Director of National Affairs, Bill Piper: 

“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder need to rein in this out-of-control agency,”

Why Does The War On Drugs Persist?

Alva Noë at NPR


Saturday, April 4, 2015

How Everyone Can Benefit From Daily Cannabis Oil
"Cannabis is the key to unlocking preventative medicine," says neuroscientist Dr. Michelle Ross. "It helps protect your DNA from damage so it can actually slow down the aging process... I think everyone should use cannabis oil, you should learn about it, you shouldn't be afraid."


In this short clip from the 'Reset with Amber Lyon' podcast, neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross explains why she believes everyone can benefit from daily use of cannabis oil, or 'vitamin weed' as she calls it. Dr. Ross is a former drug researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, turned medical marijuana advocate.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Congressmen Say DOJ's Interpretation Of Their Medical Marijuana Amendment Is 'Emphatically Wrong'

by Matt Ferner at HuffPost politics

Sam Farr (D-Calif.) : 

"Stop going after patients and dispensaries"

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Did The Federal Government Just Admit That Marijuana Can Shrink Serious Brain Tumors?

Jonah Bennett at DailyCaller

...  A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.” ...

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 " ...