Colombian President Endorses Medical Marijuana Bill

By: Friday August 15, 2014 2:26 pm

This is another example of how Latin American seems to be moving towards a new approach when it comes to drug policy. Over the past few years top officials across the region have talked openly about the possibility of big changes and last year Uruguay adopt a new law legalizing and heavily regulating marijuana for adults.

 

John Oliver Takes on the U.S. Prison System With Puppets

By: Monday July 21, 2014 3:17 pm

If you haven’t been watching HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver you’re really missing out. Oliver takes advantage of the weekly format to devote long segments to topics that don’t often get a hearing from other late night comedians, let alone the corporate news media — often with hilarious results.

Last night’s episode provided a perfect example as Oliver spent 17 minutes eviscerating the national disgrace that is the U.S. prison system.

Sentencing Commission Votes to Retroactively Apply Their Big Drug Sentencing Reductions

By: Friday July 18, 2014 12:30 pm

Congress has until November 1st of this year to disapprove of this policy. Given that the Senate has recently been working on their own sentencing reform measures and Congress in general has been gridlocked, it is very unlikely they will intervene to stop this change.

Pew Poll: Americans Have Turned Against Tactics and Logic of the Drug War

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 10:44 am

Overwhelmingly the country thinks we need to move from a law enforcement approach to a public health approach for dealing with illegal drugs. The poll found 67 percent think the government should be primarily focused providing treatment to people while just 26 percent think the government should mainly focus on prosecuting users.

Focusing on treatment has majority support among every age group, race, party affiliation, and education level. There is a realization we can’t arrest/jail our way out of the problem. This is not unfortunately how the federal government spends its money on drug policy.

Hey, here’s a way to apologize

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:30 am

Libertarian fantasist Paul Ryan got himself in some trouble (not with his base mind you) by seeming to imply that poor people, especially African-American males, are lazy. The shock of this lay in the fact that the race and class-baiting was implied, rather than explicit.

Nevertheless, Ryan, with Presidential aspirations, spent the next few days pretending to care.

The Myth That America Was Once Close to Legalizing Marijuana

By: Monday February 24, 2014 11:10 am

One myth I keep encountering in marijuana policy is the idea America was really “close” to legalizing marijuana in the late 70′s before there was a backlash. The rehashing of this myth was the one big problem in what was otherwise a good Washington Post article about the history of the legalization.

VIDEO: DEA Official Announces Drug Bust of Son /s

By: Friday February 7, 2014 5:55 pm

The drug wars absurdity laid bare in this humorous clip.

Obama’s Deputy Drug Czar Admits Cannabis Is Less of a Public Health Threat Than Prescription Drugs and Alcohol

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 4:50 pm

In an exchange at a congressional hearing on Capital Hill today, an elected representative and an appointee of an elected representative squared off over a non-political truth about the relative safety of cannabis compared to America’s legalized drugs, specifically prescription pharmaceuticals and alcohol in a committee hearing today on Capitol Hill.

Spin Won’t Change the Fact the President Was Wrong on Marijuana Scheduling

By: Friday January 31, 2014 1:09 pm

One of the many falsehoods was Obama said, “First of all, what is and isn’t a Schedule One narcotic is a job for Congress.” This is not what Obama believes because that is not how his administration has run drug policy during his tenure.

His administration has repeatedly made drugs Schedule I without going through Congress.

Drug Policy Not Mentioned in the State of the Union

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 10:10 am

Absent from President Obama’s more than an hour long State of the Union address was any reference to drug policy reform or state level marijuana legalization. While Obama avoiding the issue isn’t surprising, it is disappointing giving the focus of the rest of the speech.

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