Anti-Drug War

Largely without merit

by Pete on December 18, 2014

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Yep. That’s the answer to the decision by Nebraska and Oklahoma to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s laws legalizing marijuana. Also, “ridiculous,” and “moronic.”

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Drug enforcement is not racist by John P. Walters and David W. Murray.

Yep, that John Walters. The former drug czar, and subject of hundreds of drug warrant postings. And yes, Continue →

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Surgeon General

by Pete on December 16, 2014

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There is a new surgeon general, and Kevin Sabet approves:

Congratulations to the new @Surgeon_General Vivek Murthy, who opposes marijuana. “I don’t recommend marijuana.” http://t.co/TB0FMuQxoy

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Earlier this year we noted here that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives had enacted two pro-medical marijuana amendments.

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Drug War Victim David Hooks

by Pete on December 11, 2014

David Hooks

Another outrageous case that’s been added to my Drug War Victims page.

Police shoot, kill Georgia grandfather during no-knock drug raid

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Students say the darndest things

by Pete on December 11, 2014

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I haven’t posted one of these for a while — the college student anti-drug piece that appears to be attempted regurgitation of DARE-style propaganda without any actual comprehension.

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Kevin Sabet pretends that his argument about the dangers of marijuana is a legitimate critique of legalization, and that things like context and relative risk can be ignored.

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The text of the omnibus spending bill approved by the House includes the following remarkable passages (pages 213-214):

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No mistakes

by Pete on December 8, 2014

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Rand Paul on marijuana: ‘I made mistakes’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hinted to a local Kentucky television news station that he smoked marijuana in college. […]

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Samuel T. Wilkinson from the Yale School of Medicine blindly follows the S.A.M. playbook in The marijuana industry is following the trail blazed by Big Tobacco.

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Drug policy that shows us up

by Pete on December 4, 2014

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Still not perfect, but here are two examples of drug policy that help to drive home just how incredibly horrendous is U.S. policy.

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The Reefer Madness That Just Won’t Die

by Pete on December 1, 2014

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It’s no surprise that marijuana became a player in the #Ferguson controversies. Michael Brown’s use of cannabis was a major part of the grand jury discussions, essentially playing the part Continue →

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USA Today on Asset Forfeiture

by Pete on November 23, 2014

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USA Today came out with an editorial opposing civil asset forfeiture. When police play bounty hunter: Our view

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Possible election fall-out

by Pete on November 20, 2014

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Disturbing article from the excellent new The Marshall Project: Right and Left Unite on Drug Sentencing. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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This has been out for a bit (and even had some discussion in comments here), but I really wanted to put it front and center, because this kind of thing Continue →

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Shrunken Brains!

by Pete on November 10, 2014

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Los Angeles Times once again doing its best Daily Mail impression:

Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says

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Asset Forfeiture

by Pete on November 10, 2014

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One of the things I find that absolutely stuns people when I give talks about drug policy reform is the totally corrupt system of civil asset forfeiture in this country, Continue →

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I guess Kevin was right…

by Pete on November 9, 2014

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Marijuana Overdoses Kill 46 In Oregon During First Week Of Legalization

Only four days after Measure 91 passed, Oregon is reconsidering it’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Fear of commerce

by Pete on November 7, 2014

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Jacob Sullum really nails it in this piece: Fear of Cannabis Commerce Didn’t, Won’t, and Shouldn’t Stop Legalization, where he takes on both Kevin Sabet and his “Big Marijuana” mantra, Continue →

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Learning from the results

by Pete on November 6, 2014

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Tuesday was definitely a great day for drug policy reform. With cannabis outperforming most of the candidates, it may even start to sink in with more politicians that opposing drug Continue →

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Election Thread

by Pete on November 4, 2014

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This is the day – get out and vote.

Post election stories, results, discussions here.

Here’s a pretty good recap of today’s marijuana votes:

If Legal Cannabis Wins in the US Midterms, It’s Continue →

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