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 …
Category Archive: Drug Legalization
Nov 06 2013
Nov 05 2013
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 …
Oct 01 2013
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 …
Sep 20 2013
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.
Aug 29 2013
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.
Aug 06 2013
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.
Jul 31 2013
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.
Jul 23 2013
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:
May 22 2013
In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity in sentences for crack vs powder cocaine from 100-1 to 18-1. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the new sentencing guidelines applied to cases where the defendant had been convicted before that law was passed but not yet …
May 14 2013
Here’s a fact that may come as a real shock to people, especially given the massive disparity in the number of arrests, convictions and prison terms for drugs — black people are actually less likely to use and abuse drugs than white people. Another new study confirms that.
May 09 2013
One of President Obama’s most obvious broken promises has been on the issue of federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states where medical marijuana is legal. Despite saying repeatedly that he would shift resources against such enforcement, prosecutions have actually increased. And now there’s a new crackdown making it even worse.
May 01 2013
Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, one of the loudest and dumbest conservatives in the country, thinks he’s finally figured out why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed terrorism: He smoked pot, a “mind-altering substance that can play a role in creating communist or Islamic terrorists.”
Apr 08 2013
Harry Levine, a Queens College sociology professor who calls this country’s massive law enforcement spending and incarceration rates for marijuana a national disgrace, does an interview with New Inquiry and explains why there are so many such arrests.
Mar 27 2013
Like his father, Rand Paul can be maddening. Sometimes he sounds like a complete lunatic and other times he’s not only on the right side but is virtually alone in Congress in taking the right stand. That’s why ThinkProgress says that Democrats should be saying the things he’s saying about the disastrous war on drugs:
Feb 28 2013
This past weekend was the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, DC, and a theoretical physicist from Cal Tech gave a talk in which he laid out the many ways that the federal government impedes scientific research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana and then uses that lack of research to justify continued …