After gang members in the Mexican state of Guerrero admitted that they killed 43 students, dismembered and burnt their bodies, and threw them in a river protests have hit Mexico condemning the government’s failure to rein in the crime that has ravaged Mexico for decades. While crime has been a chronic problem in Mexico – which is ground zero for the drug war – the student killings seem to have been the breaking point leading to demonstrators burning down government buildings and shutting down Acapulco’s airport.
|By: patrick devlin Thursday October 2, 2014 4:05 pm|
An analysis of data collected in 2012 through the annual California Behavioral Risk Factor survey revealed that a significant majority of patients who use cannabis for serious medical conditions self-reported that the substance was effective in alleviating symptoms or treating said serious medical conditions. 92 percent of respondents who admitted using medical cannabis reported that the substance brought them relief from their symptoms, including relief from the symptoms of debilitating and life threatening diseases such as chronic pain, migraines, arthritis and cancer.”
|By: patrick devlin Saturday August 23, 2014 3:13 pm|
A frightening circumstance driven by the failure of timid and narcissistic former cannabis imbibing politicians to take action to set federal standards for the legal use of cannabis medicine has led to the indictment of a Minnesota parent who sought relief for her brain injured son using cannibidiol oils to relieve his chronic pain.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 20, 2014 11:07 am|
Law enforcement in America has often strayed from the role they should be playing in a fair and democratic society. We have seen police turn into warrior cops instead of keepers of the peace. There is no easy solution for a complex problem so long in the making. Undoing centuries of racism and decades of bad policies is not going to be accomplished quickly, but here are three broad goals to at least create a less adversarial relationship between the police and the public.
|By: patrick devlin Friday August 15, 2014 5:49 pm|
Statistics compiled by the US Department of Justice reveal that arrests of Americans for simple cannabis possession have increased by over 300 percent nationwide since 1991. Washington Post writer Christopher Ingraham analyzed data provided by the DOJ to find that since 1991 cannabis arrests have tripled even though arrests for all crimes, including violent crimes, have reduced over that same period. Ingraham noted that the figures reported by the DOJ with respect to cannabis possession arrests “are likely even higher,” as some states do not report arrest data to the agency.
|By: patrick devlin Saturday July 19, 2014 12:29 pm|
As a citizen whose family members include police officers, it is difficult to argue against the mesmerizing mantra of police commanders who claim simply to be protecting their officers (and, by the way, the police involved in the killing of Jason Westcott were found by the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney to be justified in their use of deadly force against the decedent). But there is a group of folks who know that cannabis is not a narcotic and is essentially harmless, that communities of color are almost exclusively targeted by local rough and tough militarized small time police chiefs and officers in drug war raids, and that local coppers make boatloads of cash by banging down doors in the middle of the night to lock away cannabis users – both through In Rem forfeiture actions as well as being rewarded by the feds (both Congress and the DOJ) for doing their part to continue the failed, bigoted and immoral war on drugs and on cannabis in particular – these ‘folks’ are your congresspersons and senators and President Obama.
These diners off of taxpayer-paid-for china dinner plates know full well that their self-interested promotion of the drug war is immoral, anti-science and dis-compassionate and has been a failure.
|By: patrick devlin Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:00 pm|
Scientists in England are reporting what could be a significant breakthrough in the treatment of all forms of cancer stating that their research suggests that cannabis’ psychoactive component, known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), could act to shrink cancerous tumors in patients stricken with the deadly disease.
|By: DSWright Friday July 4, 2014 1:45 pm|
While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey, opium production is hitting records in Afghanistan with “estimates that 209,000 hectares are under opium-poppy cultivation, an all-time high and a 36% increase from 2012.”
|By: patrick devlin Monday June 30, 2014 8:00 pm|
ver the course of the past couple of weeks and culminating recently in an interview on Meet the Press, it appears that the woman who would be king and her first-mate to be, the HillBilly (sm), have laid out their dry-doper vision for speaking to the concerns of both Americas’ dire-medication needers and its life changing arrest-recorded-pocket-carrying weeders – “Who cares what you think”, in a manner of speaking and referencing a quip of the highly quotable GWBush.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 1, 2014 11:02 am|
America has been turned into a nation of prisons thanks primarily to the drug war and mandatory minimum sentences. A new extensive report from the National Research Council looks at the size, cost, and cause of the American prison system and it is not pretty.
Five key finding about report show the shocking extend of the problem: