Category Archive: Drug Legalization

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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May 22 2013

Appeals Court Cuts Crack Sentences

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 …

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May 14 2013

Whites More Likely to Abuse Drugs

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.

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May 09 2013

DEA Ramping Up Marijuana Enforcement. Again.

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.

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May 01 2013

Kincaid Revives Reefer Madness

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.”

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Apr 08 2013

700,000 Pot Arrests Explained

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.

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Mar 27 2013

Rand Paul on the War on Drugs

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:

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Feb 28 2013

How the Government Impedes Scientific Research on Marijuana

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 …

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Dec 24 2012

Inequality and the War on Drugs

Conor Friedersdorf has a bone to pick with David Frum, one of his fellow voices of relative sanity among conservatives, on the question of the war on drugs and its clearly disproportionate effect on the poor and minorities. Frum is confused by those who are concerned about inequality but want drugs legalized:

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Dec 12 2012

Conservatives Don’t Like WA Votes on Pot, Marriage

On election day, voters in the state of Washington legalized marijuana use and gay marriage, prompting Jen McCreight to assume she was going to wake up the next day to find a haze of pot smoke and glitter. Others, especially the Christian right types, are beside themselves about it. Including the Discovery Institute’s David DeWolf:

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