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Category Archive: Drug Legalization

Jul 05 2014

Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs. Again.

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A recent study confirms what has long been known, that black people and white people use drugs at very similar rates. Blacks use marijuana at a slightly higher rate than whites, but whites are more likely to use cocaine (except crack), heroin and hallucinogenic drugs. This chart shows it all:

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Jun 03 2014

House Votes to Tell DEA to Leave Medical Pot Alone

In a rather astonishing turn of events, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to an omnibus spending bill that would order the DEA not to interfere with medical marijuana use and sale in states where it is legal. The vote was even relatively easy, 219-189.

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May 29 2014

Judge: Many Innocent People Plead Guilty

A federal judge in New York did an interview with the New York Daily News in which he said that tens of thousands of innocent people have pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit because the criminal justice system gives prosecutors enormous power to coerce such pleas.

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May 25 2014

Marco Rubio vs Reality

As Marco Rubio attempts to make a comeback from plummeting poll numbers that have all but destroyed his once-promising presidential potential, he’s taking on the demon weed. In an interview with Yahoo News, he said that there is no “responsible way to recreationally use marijuana.”

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May 18 2014

Legal Pot in Colorado Working Out Fine So Far

When Colorado voters approved a referendum to legalize the use and sale of marijuana in that state, the drug warriors made all sorts of dystopic predictions. Crime will skyrocket! Roads will become killing fields due to impaired driving! Dogs and cats, living together! It’s only been a few months, but so far things are going …

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May 07 2014

Fleming: We Can’t Let Our Precious Veterans Smoke Pot!

Rep. John Fleming was one of the members of the House of Representatives who voted down an amendment that would have allowed VA doctors from discussing medical marijuana with veterans in states that allow it. On Tony Perkins’ radio show he explained his ignorant and ridiculous rationale:

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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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