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Category Archive: Drug Legalization

Mar 18 2014

Alexander: Legalization is Not Enough

Michelle Alexander, author of the incredible book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Revised) [ THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS (REVISED) BY Alexander, Michelle ( Author ) Jan-16-2012, makes the important point that ending the war on drugs, if it ever happens, will not …

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Feb 28 2014

Reefer Madness in Maryland

The state legislature in Maryland is considering a couple bills that would either decriminalize or legalize marijuana in that state. The police chief of Annapolis went to testify against those bills and offered up a fake story from a satire site in his testimony:

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Feb 25 2014

The Mythical Meth Epidemic

A new report finds that the massive media hype about the horrible meth epidemic was exactly that, mostly hyperbole. This is, in fact, a repeat from every other vastly exaggerated drug crisis over the last hundred years, from reefer madness to crack babies.

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Jan 28 2014

Awww. The Narcs Don’t Like Obama Telling the Truth

President Obama came out recently and made the entirely accurate statement that smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol and the people who spend their lives trying to destroy the lives of people who smoke pot are very upset about it, including the head of the DEA:

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Jan 21 2014

Nancy Grace’s Reefer Madness

Nancy Grace had Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, on her show and had her usual hysterical and melodramatic overreaction. Marijuana must remain illegal, she declared, because it causes people to “kill whole families.”

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Jan 09 2014

The Racist Nature of Marijuana Arrests

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Surveys have long shown that black and white people use, buy and sell marijuana at pretty much identical levels, but the numbers of arrests, convictions and incarceration has long been wildly disparate. Adam Serwer published this chart that demonstrates this for the last few years:

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Dec 24 2013

Seriously, This Must Stop

Here’s another absolutely repulsive case of the government essentially committing sexual assault on someone on the suspicion that they have drugs in a bodily orifice. And all based on an “alert” from a drug-sniffing dog, which are wrong about 80% of the time.

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Nov 06 2013

Columbia, SC Should Fire Their Police Chief

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I suppose I should be accustomed to being routinely appalled by the thinking and behavior of law enforcement officials by now, but I find myself in a bit of shock over statements from Ruben Santiago, the Interim Police Chief in Columbia, South Carolina, on the agency’s Facebook page. After taking criticism for a big pot …

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Nov 05 2013

Krokodil? Call It Reefer Madness 2: Electric Bugaloo

A couple weeks ago my Facebook news feed, like yours I imagine, exploded with dire warnings complete with horrifying pictures about the dangerous epidemic of krokodil, a cheap version of heroin that was supposedly sweeping the nation. My response was one big eye roll. Here we go again, I thought. And the Chicago Tribune reports …

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Oct 01 2013

ALEC Goes Public With Opposition to Mandatory Minimums

The American Legislative Exchange Council, which has been responsible for pushing some of the most appalling legislation in the country, is at least getting it right when it comes to mandatory minimum sentences. After quietly supporting reform behind the scenes (which is how the group nearly always operates), the group’s Cara Sullivan has gone public …

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Sep 20 2013

Drug Possession Most Common Cause of Arrest

The FBI has released the 2012 Uniform Crime Report and it shows that drug law violations were the single most common cause for arrest in the United States, with the overwhelming majority of those arrests being for possession only. The numbers are quite ridiculous.

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Aug 29 2013

Another State Drug Testing Failure

We’ve already seen that drug testing for welfare recipients has cost more than it saved in other states and now Utah has found the same thing. Their system was quite different from Florida’s, involving a written test that was supposed to tell who needs to be given a drug test.

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Aug 06 2013

Obama vs Bush on Medical Marijuana

During his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly said that if elected he would make sure the DEA shifted its focus away from those states were marijuana is legal. In reality, the opposite has happened. He’s actually spent more in 4 1/2 years fighting medical marijuana than Bush did in 8 years.

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Jul 31 2013

Nope, Drug Testing Doesn’t Save Money

The New York Times has some final numbers from the brief time the state of Florida was requiring drug testing for everyone on food stamps. The result: Much lower rates of drug usage (almost entirely marijuana) than the general population and no money saved for the state.

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Jul 23 2013

World Anti-Doping Agency Changes Pot Rules

The World Anti-Doping Agency has changed its rules on marijuana testing, raising the threshold for a positive test far higher in order to only catch those smoking pot during competition, not in between competitions. It’s a good start, but still not far enough:

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