Jim Crow's Drug War:
Why the War on Drugs is a War Against Black People
Attorney Michelle Alexander has been shaking things up across the nation over the past two years, yet you may not have heard of her. Her book, The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, takes on race and the War on Drugs in ways few people would dare to approach. The point of her book is that there is a new Jim Crow system that traps many African-Americans in a permanent underclass.
JIM CROW 2012
The Racist Ganjawar
Protecting Your Rights in a College Dorm
Over at Flex Your Rights, we've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to protect your rights when you're living in a college dorm.
A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell
Hey! The Drug Czar is Required to Lie.
Backward Thinking On Hemp
Feds Must Allow States to Restart Industry
On questions surrounding cannabis aka marijuana aka hemp, the states are light years ahead of the federal government...
How ridiculous is this? A hemp stalk grown to make fabric or cosmetics is classified by federal law as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, the same as heroin. Cocaine and morphine are Schedule 2 substances, classified as more useful and less harmful than hemp.
California’s Humboldt State University Launches Marijuana Institute
California’s Humboldt State University announced recently it would form a new institute that combines experts from the fields of economics, psychology, sociology, politics, geography, social work and public policy to help better inform the nation’s ongoing debate on marijuana reform.
Seven Year Old Mykayla Comstock's Leukemia Treated with Medical Marijuana
Mykayla Comstock, 7, is one of 52 children in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Her mother administers a daily dosage equivalent to smoking up to 10 joints of the drug in 24 hours to treat symptoms of leukemia and chemotherapy for leukemia.
The Healing Power of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped
Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states, but it's clear we've discovered a fraction of its potential for health.
US TX: Support For Marijuana Legalization Growing, Advocates Say
Advocates of legalizing marijuana in Texas say they are optimistic that their message will begin to catch on with Texas voters after Colorado and Washington state voted Nov. 6 to approve legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.
Occupy Love: Documentary Film Celebrates Bravery of Non-Violent Activism
Trust filmmaker Velcrow Ripper to not waste any time getting to the heart of the matter.
An Ineffective Way To Fight Crime
More than a year has passed since Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the New York Police Department issued a memorandum ordering officers to follow a 1977 state law that bars them from arresting people with small amounts of marijuana unless the drug is being publicly displayed. Even so, a lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society in June and pending in state court makes the case that the police are still arresting people illegally in clear violation of both the commissioner's directive and the state law. More than 50,000 possession arrests were made last year.
Few Smoke Signals For Freedom
SACRAMENTO – When it comes to real political change, the people almost always are light years ahead of the politicians, most of whom are so worried about re-election that they take only carefully crafted positions that appeal to their core constituencies.
If anything, the general election reaffirmed the big-government status quo, but there was one good sign from the national results, as voters in Washington and Colorado passed, with strong majorities, measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Voters ignored the hysteria of Republican and Democratic politicians and did the right thing.
COMBAT AGAINST CANNABIS CRACKDOWN
- SENSIBLE B.C. COMES TO KAMLOOPS
"We're leaving a nightmare," said Dana Larsen of his hope for the decriminalization of cannabis. No stranger to the world of cannabis advocacy, Larsen has focused his most recent efforts on decriminalization with his Sensible B.C. campaign. Larsen is touring B.C. to promote the campaign, stopping in Kamloops on Nov. 20.
Would Legalization Change B.C.?
What is really at stake if B.C. follows Washington state and Colorado and successfully legalizes marijuana? Money, of course, that other green substance. Let's start with the estimated value of the illicit pot growing industry here in B.C. It's often claimed to be between $6 billion and $8 billion, a fairly rough estimate given that none of the principals are filling out any corporate tax forms or quarterly earning reports.
B.C. Marijuana Activist in Ottawa to Push For Change
Riding the wave of what some are calling a “cannabis spring,” B.C. marijuana activist Ted Smith brought his “Hempology 101” convention to the Ottawa Public Library’s central branch Sunday.
Editorial: Time for a Third-Way Drug Policy
Texas -- When voters in Colorado and Washington recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, their actions left Mexico President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto wondering whether tracking down pot growers in Mexico is a futile strategy.
Can Obama & Peña Nieto Clear the Marijuana Smoke?
President Obama and Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto already had more than enough on their bilateral agenda. When Peña visits the White House on Tuesday, he and Obama will briefly engage concerns ranging from immigration reform to trade with Asia. But a figurative yet pungent cloud of marijuana smoke may hang over their conversation as well — in the form of this month’s historic decision by voters in the states of Colorado and Washington to legalize pot.
India: 'Undue Haste Shown In Expelling IIM Students Caught Smoking
The swift expulsion of three students allegedly caught smoking marijuana in their hostel rooms at Indian Institute of Management, Indore, this past week has led Delhi's student and teaching fraternity to believe that the Institute acted in undue haste and failed in its moral duty towards the students.
ExpoCannabis Shows Growing Cultural Acceptance of Cannabis in Spain
In the midst of protests against austerity measures and talks of independence, a hazy cloud of smoke arose from the Cubierta de Leganes at one of the most chilled atmospheres on the planet: ExpoCannabis in the city of Madrid.
Dutch Plan to Ban Potent Marijuana From Cannabis Cafes
Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten told parliament last week that the government intends to classify marijuana with a THC content of 15% or more as a Class A drug like heroin and cocaine and bar it from being sold in the country's famous cannabis coffee shops.
Pot Confiscated By Police is Returned to Medical Marijuana User
The Colorado Court of Appeals orders Colorado Springs police to return 55 marijuana plants and almost 7 pounds of processed marijuana they seized from a cancer patient who was later acquitted of drug charges.
Appeals Court Orders Return of Man's Medical Marijuana
The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that Colorado Springs police must return more than 60 pounds of marijuana they seized from a cancer patient who was later acquitted at trial of drug charges.
Seattle Police Guide To Legal Marijuana Goes Viral
The most-read news release in Seattle police history includes advice about getting high at a magic show and what could happen if a police dog smells the ounce of "Super Skunk" stashed in the trunk. It artfully ends with a video clip of Gandalf the Gray blowing a bit of "Old Toby" into a smoke ring shaped like a sailing ship. It is a strange, new world of soon-to-be-legal marijuana in Washington state, thanks to Initiative 502. And the Seattle Police Department's willingness to play along has gone viral, gaining it attention from the Irish Independent to The New York Times to Rachel Maddow's "Best New Thing in the World," passed among online readers from Honolulu to Paris like a ... well, you know.
Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rates by Stunning 20% in One Year
Susan Ferriss, Alternet.org
Colorado MJ Activists Debate How Hard to Push
By John Ingold
Colorado marijuana activists, empowered after backing a successful legalization effort in the state, are in the midst of a dialogue about how far to press their success. At a recent forum, advocates talked about whether the movement should continue to step lightly in Colorado politics — being accommodating toward law enforcement and welcoming of strict regulations — or act like a political powerhouse whose measure garnered more votes than any presidential, gubernatorial or U.S. Senate candidate has ever received in Colorado.
First Ever Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Set to Open in Arizona
Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal in Florida?
Petition Says Yes
Medical Marijuana Illinois: Special 'Veto Session'
Part of HB 30 includes the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, allowing qualified patients under medical care to buy and use up to 2.5 ounces pot during a two-week period.
Uruguay Marijuana Legalization Bill
Allows Home Grows and Sales
A Uruguayan bill that would create a system of state-licensed marijuana sales and commercial cultivation was presented to Congress Wednesday, and, according to Reuters, includes a provision that will allow Uruguayans to grow their own at home or in clubs.
America's War on Drugs Sputters to an End
By Diane Dimond Huffington Post
Time To End The War on Drugs by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Marijuana Advocates Find Champions In Congress by Lucia Graves
‘Everybody is a Victim’ by Eugene Jarecki
How To Pass A Drug Test by Barry Cooper
Unfortunately, the United States is not a free country, and citizens are often forced to give urine or hair samples to their bosses as part of employment agreements or to police during the enforcement of draconian laws. Thankfully, it is very easy to pass these tests.
Barry Cooper is a former Texas narcotics officer and current marijuana activist, filmmaker, entrepreneur and regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. Find his work at NeverGetBusted.com.
Eastern Canada Cannabis Conventions
The Hidden History of Marijuana - Ted Smith
Canadian Hemp Growing Like a Weed,
Experts Ponder How to Help Industry Blossom
John Cotter, The Canadian
Marijuana Legalization or Decriminalization
Backed by Most Canadians
CN BC: Column:
It's Time To Decriminalize Marijuana
BC's Marijuana Market
Could Generate $2.5 billion in Taxes Over 5 Years
British Columbia’s cannabis market could generate more than $2.5 billion in tax revenue over next five years. New study challenges argument that BC’s cannabis market cannot be taxed.
New Poll: Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform