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It’s Time to Grow: Hemp History Week June 2-8, 2014

It’s Time to Grow: Hemp History Week June 2-8, 2014

Every day, more and more Americans discover the benefits of hemp. This ever-expanding market includes healthy food and body care products, as well as eco-friendly textiles, clothing, auto parts, and building materials. But despite hemp’s growing popularity, an outdated and misguided Federal policy – created in the 1930s – currently prevents U.S. farmers from growing […]

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

There has been a lot of talk recently about prison crowding and clemency. We are past the point of debating if our country has a prison problem. The facts that we imprison one in 100 of our citizens, and that the “land of the free” is home to 5% of the world population and 25% of its prison […]

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

As a criminal defense lawyer, a great deal of my practice involves the defense of those who are caught up in the injustice of the Drug War. Even after three decades of drug defense, I am daily stricken by the futility, absurdity and unfairness of this monumental blunder, especially with respect to marijuana.  Recently, I […]

Know Your Rights: Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Use Drug Sniffing Dogs

Know Your Rights: Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Use Drug Sniffing Dogs

According to Black’s Legal Dictionary, probable cause is defined as; “a reasonable ground to suspect that a person has committed or is committing a crime…more than a bare suspicion but less than evidence that would justify a conviction [it] must be shown before an arrest warrant or search warrant may be issued.” The part of […]

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

As my family and I celebrate the Fourth of July each year, I look at the rich and varied experiences of my life. It was not easy growing up; the American dream eluded my father and mother. Divorce, economic issues and separation made our lives difficult, but our problems were not insurmountable. Like many other […]

A Universal Right to Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness

A Universal Right to Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The United States Declaration of Independence On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. That’s 237 years ago […]

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

In a recent opinion piece Project Sam’s founder Kevin Sabet used John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” to posit “Civil Liberties Erode When Drug Use Widens.” “John Stuart Mill famously wrote: ‘… over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.’ … ‘The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over […]

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

Reposted with special permissions from Etc. Magazine, photos courtesy of Jacob Davis by Jacob Davis On March 19th, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq–I woke up late again with a soggy T-shirt, courtesy of the racing thoughts and bad dreams which always prevent me from getting much rest. There never is any rest for the […]

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur

“Each generation must go further than the last or what’s the use in it?” -Meridel Le Sueur My junior year of high school was a mixture of colliding elements. I was supposed to know what I wanted to do with my life. By not knowing, my parents felt I was working against the unexpressed aspirations […]

I’m So Angry!

I’m So Angry!

I’m angry. Not at you. Well, maybe it is at you. But it’s not just you. It’s everything. I believe that everyone has a default emotion. Some people are naturally happy. Take a shit in their water glass and they’ll call it chocolate milk, or gravy, or whatever the expression is. Some people tend to […]