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.

Obama’s Improved Pot Rhetoric Is Just Rhetoric for Now

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 10:35 am

I hope Obama’s new tone is going to be a precursor to a shift in policy but for now his administration claims they are just words. Actions are what really matter.

Special Report: “After Legalization” Jon Walker interview on We Talk Radio

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 6:55 am

Jon is on We Act Radio with Melissa Byrne this morning to discuss the future of marijuana policy after it is legalized and his upcoming book on the subject: After Legalization: Understanding the Future of Marijuana Policy. It begins at 10:00am ET. Listen in.

We have just 4 days left to reach our $5,100 goal to fund the editing, publishing and promotion of this book on Kickstarter. Please consider pledging your support to this great project if you have not already.

Ron Paul Thinks His Son Will Run for President in 2016

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 1:15 pm

No one probably has a better sense of Rand Paul’s future political plans than his father and Ron Paul is pretty sure his son is going to run for President.

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