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.

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.

Tell Congress: We Need Jobs, Not Cuts

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.

Chicagoland Lawmaker Plans To Push MMJ Bill

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Another Look

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.

"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.

Losing the Mexican Drug War may be better than winning...

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.

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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.

Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle

Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rates by Stunning 20% in One Year
Susan Ferriss,

The passage of marijuana-legalizing ballot initiatives... Thom Hartmann

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

Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed in Montana

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.

US CO: Editorial: Laws Cannot Stop Marijuana Use

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’s Foot in The Door

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

Hempology 101:
Eastern Canada Cannabis Conventions

Cannabis Roots:
The Hidden History of Marijuana - Ted Smith

Alberta Farmers Cashing in on Hemp Farms

Canadian Hemp Growing Like a Weed,
Experts Ponder How to Help Industry Blossom
John Cotter, The Canadian

Hemp Can Save the World

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.

Sensible BC Marijuana Decriminalization Campaign Continues

New Poll: Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform


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Republicans Kill Marijuana Decriminalization Bill in New York
The Democrats who control the State Assembly, many of them black or Latino residents of New York City, saw a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana as a simple matter of justice: too many black and Latino men were...

Congressman to DEA Head: "Does Meth and Heroin Cause More Deaths Than Marijuana?"
POT TV - POT TV - Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen ripped into DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart with more questions about...

Congressman To DEA Administrator: "Is Heroin Worse For Someone's Health Than Marijuana?"
POT TV - Democratic Congressman Jared Polis had some tough questions for DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart about the...

10 Great Reasons to Kill Our Absurd Ban on Growing Hemp
The only people who oppose the cultivation of industrial hemp are anti-cannabis bureaucracies, politicians, drug-testing companies and U.S. law enforcement.

Study Shows No Evidence Medical Marijuana Increases Teen Drug Use
While marijuana use by teens has been increasing since 2005, an analysis of data from 1993 through 2009 by economists at three universities has found no evidence to link the legalization of medical marijuana to increased use of the drug among high

Baby Soaps and Shampoos Trigger Positive Marijuana Tests
By Maia Szalavitz, TIME - Tuesday, June 19 2012
Soaps that were specifically associated with false-positive marijuana test results include Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo.

Other products, such as Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, CVS Baby Wash, Baby Magic and even standard hospital gel hand soap, also indicated the presence of marijuana metabolites when tested, but not at sufficient levels to qualify as a positive result according to the hospital lab’s standards.

The problem is almost certainly not limited to these products, however. Researchers also tested ingredients used widely in soaps and shampoos, including polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine, which both elicited positive marijuana test results. So far, there is no explanation as to why the chemicals interfere with the test’s function, but importantly, they aren’t intoxicating; they don’t cause symptoms of marijuana exposure in children. The researchers think minute amounts of the substances were simply washing off the babies’ skin into their urine samples and confounding the screens.

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US MI: Column: War On Drugs Is Dumbest Of Them All
MapINC Recent Media Headlines Jun 23 2012

US SC: America's Senseless War On Drugs Is A War On Black And Latino
Ravenel, Thomas The Charleston City Paper 30 Jun 2012
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State Says Details About Proposed Dispensaries
The state received four applications Friday from those who hope to set up Vermont's first medical marijuana dispensaries that could be open by the end of the year, giving those who rely on marijuana for medical uses a legal means of acquiring the drug. Who the applicants are and where they want to open the dispensaries is unknown, however, as the state considers that confidential, said Francis 'Paco' Aumand, director of the Vermont Division of Criminal Justice Services in the state Department of Public Safety

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill
As promised, Gov. John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would legalize the home cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes

US CT: OPED: No One's Getting Any Legal Marijuana
Braunstein, Mark Hartford Courant 23 Jun 2012
Three weeks ago, Connecticut joined 16 other states plus the District of Columbia and legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. So now one-third of Americans have the option to medicate with cannabis - legally. The remaining two-thirds? Many can continue medicating same as before, just illegally.

It's Nail-Biting Time for the Oregon Marijuana Initiatives
In Oregon, two separate marijuana regulation and legalization initiatives that appeared poised to make the ballot a month ago

CN ON: Fraud Charges Part of Evidence Not Heard by Jury in Drug Cop Corruption Trial
The jury did not hear, however, that on Nov. 22, 2000 Pollard, Miched, Correia and Schertzer were charged - along with four other officers - with theft, fraud, forgery and breach of trust in their use of the police "Fink Fund," a cash reserve to pay informants.

Montana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owners
Sentenced On Drug Charges

A Bozeman couple that operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Dillon, Big Sky and Bozeman were sentenced in federal court this week.

Defendants Plead Not Guilty in G3 Holistic Case;
An Aug. 7 trial date has been set for six men charged with violating federal drug laws in connection with the operation and supply of G3 Holistics, a three-store chain of medical marijuana stores in the Inland area.

San Leandro in California Bans
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for One Year

After several motions failed, the City Council has agreed on a one-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

Police Raid Long Beach Medical Marijuana Collective

“Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.” Exodus:23:1,2,7

the Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie

Republicans Kill Marijuana Decriminalization Bill in New York

"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon
and the White House." ~ John F. Kennedy

Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1
☛Nixon's 40 Year War On Drugs... Drugs Won!
☛Nixon Lie Keeps on Killing
☛Once-Secret Nixon Tapes Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
☛AMA Calls For Ending Nixon's Lie?
☛Richard Milhouse Nixon to Raymond P. Shafer"
☛Nixon Commission Report
☛1972 US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
☛Richard Nixon On Pot

"You're enough of a pro," Nixon tells Shafer, "to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we're planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell."
- Richard Milhouse Nixon

"Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency, although some evidence indicates that the heavy, long-term users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug"
The Shafer Commission of 1970

Emanuel Pot Ticket Plan Gets Past Committee

US IL: Editorial: 'A Slippery Slope'
With Chicago's murder rate up 35 percent and the city too broke to hire more cops, a plan to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them suddenly has wings. ...lately the liberalization of marijuana laws has been driven not by criminal justice concerns, but by pot's potential as a revenue source for governments. Prosecuting people for possession costs money; ticketing them brings in money. This would be an easy vote for aldermen if cash were the only consideration.

CN AB: Editorial: Workplace Tests Should Have Limits
Edmonton Journal 23 Jun 2012

Baby Soaps/Shampoos Flunk WhizQuiz
☛White Paper: Drug Testing Results Often Inaccurate, Unreliable


The majority of prohibitionists
profit on the drug war,
and that is their only motive. ~DdC

“Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.” ~ Jack Herer

Uruguay Government Reportedly Plans to Sell
Marijuana to Registered Users
Jun 20 2012
Uruguay's government apparently plans to take a step beyond legalizing marijuana: It wants to sell it.

Uruguay Says It May Sell Marijuana

Canada: Why So Many Somali-Canadians Who Go West End Up Dead
There are about 3,000 Somalis who live in or near the oil-sands city of Fort McMurray. Their community is clustered in a series of low-rise apartments tucked between a grocery store, a mall and a graveyard. They come here dreaming of well-paying jobs, hoping to send money back home and end two decades of poverty. Cocaine use thrives in Alberta's oil patch, driven by those who did find well-paying jobs. In 2010, Fort McMurray RCMP laid five cocaine-trafficking charges for every marijuana charge.

CN AB: Editorial: Drugs And Oil
Calgary Herald 23 Jun 2012

OPEC Fossil Fuels vs American Homegrown Bio-diesel
Starving Babies and Illegal Food

“I shall make a covenant of peace with them. I shall rid the countryside of danger, and send them a fertile rain. I will free them from bondage. No more will they be as prey for an enemy. I will raise up for them a plant of renown to take away all their hungers and the shame of their persecutors.” -- Ezekiel 34:25

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"Germany needs the strength of every single man for the development of his national and economic freedom, therefore, no German has the right to impair his strength through alcohol abuse or drugs. Such action is detrimental not only to himself, but to his family, and above all, to his people."
- Heinrich Himmler, 1938

"Rauschgiftbekaempfung" Meant literally "The combatting of drugs" It was the unholy alliance of Nazi eugenics and american prohibition.

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Mid June 2012

U.S. Targets Landlords in Fight Against Med Pot.
Federal prosecutors are targeting medical marijuana shops in California, seeking forfeiture of the properties in which they do business. The authorities are pressuring landlords to shut down the shops or face possible loss of the real estate through the unconventional and low-key use of a civil statute designed primarily to seize the assets of drug-trafficking organizations. While some states, including California, have legalized medical marijuana businesses, the federal government does not recognize their authority to do so and has targeted the shops for violations of the 40-year-old Controlled Substances Act.

Attorney General Defends Medical Pot Crackdown
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the Justice Department's pursuit of medical marijuana growers and dispensers, saying they "took advantage" of state medical marijuana laws.

Rhode Island is now the 17the state in the nation to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs marijuana decriminalization bill
Today, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) signed legislation (PDF) into law that will reform how Rhode Island penalizes the simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana (PDF). Currently, simple possession can be penalized with a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $200-$500 criminal fine. Under the provisions of the new law – which will take effect on April 1, 2013 – most violations of possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will be penalized with a simple civil fine of $150!

Gov. Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

News Update:NY General Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Via Transform Drug Policy — the Danish Parliament yesterday officially passed a law allowing safe injecting rooms.

The dog ate my homework. In police department full of failures to properly track and store evidence, cop takes marijuana evidence home (!) and then claims the dog ate it.

African American Church Leaders Endorse Initiative 502 To Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Marijuana for Adults
Today Rev. Leslie Braxton of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, Rev. Carl Livingston of Kingdom Christian Center, and Rev. Steve E. Baber of Skyway United Methodist Church announced their endorsement of Initiative 502, which would tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and over, dedicating revenues to healthcare, research and education, and substance abuse prevention. I-502 will appear on the November 6 general election ballot.

“It’s no longer enough to say the War on Drugs has been a failure. We have to recognize that it has done damage, especially to black Americans, and we have to change course,” said Rev.Braxton. “Marijuana law enforcement has become a pretext for pushing people into the criminal justice system where they get branded with criminal records that turn them into second-class citizens facing additional barriers to education and employment.”

NYPD Police Officer Indicted in Ramarley Graham Killing
A New York City police officer has been indicted on manslaughter charges in the Bronx shooting death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. Graham, a young black man, was shot and killed in the bathroom of his own home after a team of NYPD narcotics officers followed him home, broke in, and confronted him. [...]

Marijuana Phytotherapy: How to Make Cannabis Whole Plant Resin
Learn to extract cannabis resins to help fight off illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Marijuana Activist Steve Kubby Gives the World Headbook
For the first time ever, a social networking site with top-level privacy, designed specifically for the cannabis community.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Grower Convicted
The owner of a Grants Pass bicycle shop has become the first registered medical marijuana grower in Oregon to be convicted on federal charges since the U.S. attorney’s office started cracking down on abusers of the state law.

Company Uses Hemp To Help Build Homes, Despite Costly Regulations
Chances are pretty good that if somebody asks you about hemp, your first thoughts might land on the weed that gets rolled into joints. And that’s the unfortunate reality plaguing proponents who seek to strip federal regulations on industrial grade hemp.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps CEO Arrested in Hemp Protest
David Bronner locked himself in a metal cage Monday outside the White House with a stash of hemp plants and equipment, hoping to make enough hemp oil to spread on a piece of French bread.

Hemp Activist Arrested Near White House
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Candidates in Mexico Signal a New Tack in the Drug War
The top three contenders for Mexico’s presidency have all promised a major shift in the country’s drug war strategy, placing a higher priority on reducing the violence in Mexico than on using arrests and seizures to block the flow of drugs to the United...

Marijuana Could be Barack Obama's Secret Weapon in This Election
With support for legalisation polling at a record 50%, it may be time for the president to reassess his position on drugs policy.

Four Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved in D.C.
All four proposed medical marijuana dispensaries that previously advanced through the city licensing process are now free to pursue building permits and other final approvals.

Marijuana Legislation Gaining Momentum Across U.S.
Catharine Leach is married and has two boys, age 2 and 8. She has a good job with a federal contractor and smokes pot most every day.

Cedars-Sinai Again Denies Transplant to Medical Marijuana Patient
Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) recently discovered that a second patient at has been denied a transplant

Second Medical Marijuana Patient Denied Transplant at LA Hospital

Tommy Chong Fighting Prostate Cancer With Cannabis Oil
Tommy Chong, legendary comedian and hero of the marijuana movement, told CNN in a recent interview that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be treating his condition with cannabis oil.

GA Justices Hear Case That Thermal Imaging Used

Medical Marijuana Update

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July 10 2012

Debate Club dwr

At U.S. News and World Report, there’s a Debate Club segment on Is it Time to Scale Back the War on Drugs? – featuring Aaron Houston (Yes), Neill Franklin (Yes), Paul Armentano (Yes), Kevin Sabet (No), and David G. Evans (No).

So far, in the debate club voting, the “Yes” arguments are clearly winning (no surprise, there).

A Comically Dishonest Defense of the Drug War
(by Scott Morgan, Jul 10)
There's a fun little debate series over at U.S. News & World Report featuring some of the usual suspects squaring off over whether the drug war is the best or worst thing in the world (well, it can't be both). My favorite part is Kevin Sabet's...

GOP Governor Chris Christie says the War on Drugs is a failure

If the DEA Can't Tell Us the Difference Between Marijuana and Heroin, Who Can?
(by Scott Morgan, Jun 25)
If you haven't yet seen DEA boss Michele Leonhart's frickin ridiculous congressional testimony last Thursday (or even if you have), please click over to Huffington Post where you'll find me ranting about it. 99% of the time when a drug warrior...

fed gvts drug clasifications 1 - 5 Why pot is a #1 class

Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy, and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support', fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
William F. Buckley Requiescat In Pace
Commentary in The National Review,
April 29, 1983, p. 495

Gabriel Nahas is dead at 92
from the article:

“His research, which he did as a professor at Columbia University and reported in more than 700 articles in scientific journals, suggested that marijuana contributed to cancers of the head and neck, leukemia, infertility, brain damage and a weakening of the immune system. He also wrote two books on cocaine, which he contended could cause irreversible brain damage.”

Dr. Nahas became known as much for his advocacy as for his science. He was the chairman of the scientific advisory committee of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, now the National Family Partnership. He was a consultant to the United Nations Commission on Narcotics in the 1980s and ’90s. In 1985, he appeared at an antidrug rally with Mrs. Reagan and the actor William Shatner, who was in costume as his best-known character, Captain Kirk of “Star Trek.” Dr. Nahas testified frequently at government hearings.

His critics in the scientific community sometimes assailed his methodology, questioning the large judgments he made often based on small samples. Organizations promoting the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana painted him as a villain. The New England Journal of Medicine once described his work as “psychopharmacological McCarthyism that compels him to use half-truths, innuendo and unverifiable assertions.”

Yes, that Nahas. Mr. “Monkey Smoke Asphyxiation” Nahas.

The article spends a lot of time glowingly recounting his ‘career’. It’s enough to cause you to feel nauseous, so medicate beforehand…
kaptinemo, July 10, 2012

Chapter 15 The Official Story: Debunking “Gutter Science” * Nahas’ Studies

Most of the anti-marijuana literature we have examined does not cite as much as one single source for us to review. Others only refer to DEA or NIDA. The few studies we have been able to track down usually end up being anecdotal case histories, artificial groupings of data, or otherwise lacking controls and never replicated.

Reports of breast enlargement, obesity, addiction, and the like all remain unsubstantiated, and are given little credence by the scientific community. Other reports, like the temporary reduction in sperm count, are statistically insignificant to the general public, yet get blown far out of proportion when presented by the media. Still others, like the handful of throat tumors in the Sacramento area and the high rate of injuries reported in a Baltimore trauma unit are isolated clusters that run contrary to all other statistics and have never been replicated.

The spurious results of Heath, Nahas, and the pregnant mice and monkey studies at Temple University and UC Davis (where they injected mice with synthetic third-cousin analogues of THC) are now discredited in the body of scientific and medical literature.

Though these studies are not used in scientific discourse, mountains of DEA and pharmaceutical company-sponsored literature about the long-term possible effects of these metabolites on the brain and reproduction still goes to parent groups as if they were brand new studies. This disinformation is still very much alive in U.S. government, DEA, DARE, and PDFA reports.

(Read the 1982 N.I.H.; the National Academy of Science’s evaluation on past studies; and the Costa Rica report, 1980.)
the authorized on-line version of Jack Herer’s
“The Emperor Wears No Clothes”

The Hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys

Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74

Studies the Feds Don’t Talk About

"My disease makes it very hard for me to move.
My biggest fear is that the police will come to arrest me for my medicine, tell me to raise my arms, and then when i can't do it, they'll shoot me."
- Cathy Jordan,
Florida activist with Lou Gehrig's disease

The Politics of Pot

"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why?
Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."
- George W. Bush, US Pesrodent

Giving evidence to MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Mr Lloyd (former chief constable of Cambridgeshire Police) said: “Drug dealers all over the world are laughing at law enforcement.”

“Treatment, sometimes with enforceable sanctions:

How marijuana could help cure obesity-related diseases

Obama signs federal ban of synthetic drugs

The Fallacy of the DEA:
Why the Agency Needs to Concede to Legal Marijuana

Jamie Haase, Former Special Agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
LEAP member says to the DEA – “However, when it comes to marijuana the ballgame is over”
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July 19 2012

Truth In Trials Act, MMJ Protection Bill, Nick Wing
Huffington Post Washington, D.C. July 18, 2012
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill this week designed to create enhanced legal protections for valid medical marijuana patients prosecuted due to conflicting state and federal laws regarding the legality of the substance. Under the Truth In Trials Act, sponsored by California Democratic Rep. Sam Farr and co-sponsored by other representatives such as Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), state-licensed medical marijuana users would be given the right to provide an "affirmative defense" in the case of a federal prosecution. This effectively allows them to prove that their actions, while illegal at the federal level, were in fact protected under state law. continued...

Marijuana causes insanity... in non-smokers
~ Tim Leary

3 States Mull MJ Legalization Experts Warn: Beware
Ian Duncan CN Washington July 17, 2012

Unprecedented! (dwr critque)

So what do you get when you take some paternalistic self-appointed academic policy wonks who write a book with good facts and flawed analyses and get them together with the Los Angeles Times?

Sing along with me: Reefer Madness…. Reefer Madness…

As 3 states mull marijuana legalization, experts warn: 'Beware'

“Legalization is unprecedented – not even the Netherlands has done it – it is entirely possible it will happen this year,” said Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

“The effects will be enormous,” said Caulkins, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, during an event at the American Enterprise Institute. [...]

Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, said his advice to federal officials would be “to sit down with the governor of the state and say, 'Look, we can make your life completely miserable — and we will – unless you figure out a way to avoid the exports.”

I stand by my compliments for the good stuff they included in their book, but, my God, they're a bunch of whiny know-it-all chicken-little idiots without a clue when it comes down to actually doing something about a clearly failed and destructive policy. Their desire to be “fair minded” turns them into nothing more than prohibition enablers.

Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive.

Update: Mason Tvert responds: “It’s surprising and disappointing to hear academics make such bold claims without a shred of evidence to substantiate them,” Tvert said to The Huffington Post via e-mail. “It is especially disappointing since people truly respect RAND as a research organization. Unless they retract these assertions, you will undoubtedly see our opponents citing this fanciful and baseless speculation as ‘fact’ in the future. Fortunately, RAND has shown a willingness to retract marijuana-related research, as they did when law enforcement complained about their research showing that medical marijuana dispensaries did not lead to increases in crime.”

Review – Marijuana Legalization:

What Everyone Needs to Know, part 1

What Everyone Needs to Know, part 2

ASA takes DEA back to court over rescheduling
By William Dolphin, Americans for Safe Access
March 6th, 2012 LEGAL ISSUES, Medical Marijuana, NATIONAL

An Oakland-based medical cannabis advocacy group hit the federal government with another court challenge over its refusal to recognize cannabis as having medical use. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) asked a federal appeals court to compel the DEA to move cannabis from Schedule I to allow doctors to prescribe it.

The appeal was filed Jan. 26, 2012 in response to the DEA’s recent denial of the rescheduling petition filed by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC), of which ASA and Patients Out of Time are members. That petition was originally filed in 2002 and acted on by the government only when the CRC sued for unreasonable delay.

“After stalling for nearly a decade, the government is finally going to have to answer in court for their refusal to acknowledge the medical uses of cannabis,” said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who filed the appeal. “Scientific evidence shows cannabis is one of the safest and most broadly effective medicines available.”

Since 1970, two other rescheduling petitions have sought to restore cannabis to the list of recognized medicines, but the medical record has been reviewed only once by the courts, in 1994.

The ASA appeal argues that the federal government acted arbitrarily and capriciously in ignoring medical research and practice. According to the court brief, the DEA was only able to deny the therapeutic value of cannabis by applying different evaluative criteria to cannabis than to other drugs, misrepresenting social science research, and relying on unsubstantiated assumptions.

It asks the appeals court to “require the DEA to analyze the scientific data evenhandedly,” and order it to issue “a hearing and findings based on the scientific record.”

In the decade since the CRC petition was originally filed, considerably more peer-reviewed research has been published showing the benefits of cannabis for treating a variety of serious conditions. ASA argues in its appeal that this additional scientific evidence should be recognized and considered.

The therapeutic value of cannabis has also been more widely acknowledged, including by a government institute. Last year the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, added cannabis to its list of Complementary Alternative Medicines, noting that the substance has been used therapeutically for millennia.

In 1988, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis Young conducted a hearing to review the evidence to date and take testimony from doctors and patients. He concluded that denying medical access was “unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” but that ruling was set aside by the head of the DEA.

Since then, thousands of peer-reviewed scientific articles have further described current and potential medical uses for cannabis as well as for the cannabinoid compounds that the plant contains.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Sue Federal Government over Rescheduling Delay May 23rd, 2011

Writ filed today in DC Circuit Court for unreasonable delay in answering 9-year-old petition
ASA backgrounder on rescheduling:
CRC rescheduling petition:
2006 HHS recommendation:
2010 DEA Position on Marijuana:

A formal rejection of the CRC petition would enable the group to challenge in court the government's assertion that marijuana has no medical value. "Adhering to outdated public policy that ignores science has created a war zone for doctors and their patients who are seeking use cannabis therapeutics," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of ASA and a plaintiff in the writ. Jon Gettman, who filed the rescheduling petition on behalf of the CRC added that, "The Obama Administration's refusal to act on this petition is an irresponsible stalling tactic."

Marijuana possession may be decriminalized in Belize as the Central American nation joins a list of countries from Mexico to Uruguay whose leaders have called for alternatives in the U.S.-led war on drugs. Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s government has appointed a committee to evaluate the decriminalization of up to 10 grams of marijuana

Legal for Some, Pot Crops Up in N.J.

The Drug War Finds New Ways to Fail Jul 18 2012
The federal government’s effort to battle drug abuse has been a tragic and expensive failure. But of course, admitting that would make politicians, who regularly endorse it to sound tough, seem foolish and careless with taxpayer dollars. So the War on Drugs continues, while of necessity it slowly morphs into new forms of federal waste and unnecessary intrusion into people’s lives.

Justice Department Closes Two More S.F. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Ron Paul Pushes Prescription Pot Legislation

A Big Mistake In Obama's War on Medical Marijuana
Jul 17 2012
For over a year now, the Obama Administration has been steadily escalating its assault on medical marijuana. What was already a mess has been getting worse from one week to the next, and each new attack revives the question of whether the feds have finally taken things too far.

Pot-Smoking Moms Defend Their Habit


Marijuana Reveals Memory Mechanism
Jul 17 2012
Until recently, most scientists believed that neurons were the all-important brain cells controlling mental functions and that the surrounding glial cells were little more than neuron supporters and “glue.” Now research published in March in Cell reveals that astrocytes, a type of glia, have a principal role in working memory. And the scientists made the discovery by getting mice stoned.

White House: No Marijuana for PTSD
Jul 18 2012
An effort to persuade the Obama administration to legalize marijuana for sufferers of post-traumatic stress was met with rejection from the White House.

Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression
Military Veterans Say Pot Eases PTSD
Cannabis, the Importance of Forgetting

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Senate Judiciary Chair: End Mandatory Minimums

Hawaii House Speaker Files Marijuana Legalization Bill
Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki (D-8) Friday introduced a bill to legalize the possession of marijuana by adults and create a system of taxed and regulated legal marijuana commerce. The measure, House Bill 150, would allow people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow an as yet unspecified number of plants in a secure location.

David Bowie's Son Reveals He Backs Medical Marijuana

The Michelle Rainey Memorial Bench Warming

Israel Tests Marijuana Medical Use as Lebanon Continues to Destruct Cannabis Crops

Judge Blocks Restrictive Parts of Montana's New Medical Marijuana Law
A Helena district judge for a second time has issued a preliminary injunction to block parts of Montana’s more restrictive 2011 medical marijuana law from being enforced.

Two Medical Marijuana Initiatives Qualify for Los Angeles Ballot
Los Angeles Ballot May Include 3 Medical Marijuana Plans

Michigan Medical Marijuana Questions Left Open by Plea Agreement

In Indiana, Both Parties Call For Lighter Pot Penalties

NeverGetBusted: Tips To Fool Drug Dogs CC
K-9s cannot smell through material. Odors permeate out and create a scent cone that the dog detects. Almost everything has pores for odors to permeate. Even plastic baggies have tiny, microscopic pores.

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Nationwide Protests of Health Canada's New Medical Marijuana Regulations
CC - The International Hempology 101 Society is spearheading a nationwide protest of Health Canada's proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, (MMPR) on February 21 outside MP offices across the country.

BC Attorney General Dodges Questions
About Marijuana Decriminalization Ballot Initiative
CC - British Columbia's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Shirley Bond, responding to questions about the Sensible BC marijuana decriminalization campaign, said that Canada's federal government is ultimately responsible for making or changing the drugs laws the province must enforce.

Wash. Looks To Build Strict Controls for Marijuana
By Mike Baker, Associated Press
Olympia, Wash. -- Washington state officials are looking to build a strictly regulated marijuana system that could forestall federal concerns about how the drug will be handled once it's available for public purchase. Rick Garza of the Washington Liquor Control Board said Monday he expects the federal government will try to take action if Washington's system has loose controls. He said it's important for Washington to have a strong regulatory structure, such as how participants in the system are licensed and how the product is handled from growth to the point of sale.

After Being Denied a Medical Marijuana Defense, Another Montana Cultivator was Convicted in Federal Court Yesterday
Former Univ. of Montana quarterback Jason Washington is the latest casualty in Obama Administration's war on medical marijuana

California Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
A Stockton man accused of selling marijuana at storefronts in Stockton and Sacramento under the guise of supplying marijuana for medical purposes has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on manufacturing and distribution charges.

The State Of Medical Cannabis In the City of Sacramento

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Against Legalization of Marijuana

Washington City Bans Collective Medical Marijuana Gardens
On advice from its attorney, the Bremerton City Council on Wednesday night banned collective medical marijuana gardens authorized under a 2011 state law.

Being Smart On Crime Is Being Tough On Crime
US TX: Editorial: Jan 20 2013

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"the taxpayers and the business community are both being harmed,"

Out West, Pot Farming's Future Still Uncertain
US WA: Jan 20 2013

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