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How Will Obama’s New A.G. Handle Marijuana?

How Will Obama’s New A.G. Handle Marijuana?

The following article was written by Tom Angell and was originally published by Marijuana.com. It is reprinted with permission. Tom Angell is the founder of Marijuana Majority and has previously worked for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. His perspective on the highly political process of having an attorney general nominated and approved is well-informed and […]

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

PHOTO: Zak23984/Wikipedia Commons For fifteen years, I have sought the most knowledgeable people on the planet to discuss the policy of Drug War. I’ve interviewed more than a thousand congressmen, scientists, doctors, all kinds of politicians, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police chiefs and priests. I’ve invested more than 30 thousand hours investigating this one subject. […]

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Over the weekend, the internet found something more important than the impending Superbowl to talk about: the Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in a New York hotel room. According to the police source that alerted the media to the death, Hoffman was reportedly found near baggies of what they believe to be […]

More Words of Wisdom for Senator and Lady Gaga Fan Jeff Sessions

More Words of Wisdom for Senator and Lady Gaga Fan Jeff Sessions

Lady Gaga said marijuana is addictive, so it must be true, right? Absolutely, according to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Here are some other words of wisdom from musicians that Mr. Sessions should take to heart: “Ganja is Natural from the earth/Mine cure from I and I head to I and I toes/Yeah, mon/So many cures.” –Batch […]

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

IMAGE: Mickey Martin Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had some nasty words about President Obama’s recent statements on marijuana’s relative health risks and disparities in its enforcement at a recent meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association. While video or transcripts have yet to emerge, some law enforcement veterans expressed surprise […]

High Time for Cannabis Reform in Pennsylvania

High Time for Cannabis Reform in Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama is speaking out on the legalization debate, saying marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol or different from cigarettes. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the President told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a recent interview. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I […]

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

PHOTO: Jonathan Oakley What’s worse than going to jail for cannabis?  Your children taken away by child protection services for it.  If you’re incarcerated, you receive a specific custodial sentence — which may be reduced for good behavior or perhaps even commuted — during which you are guaranteed visits with your family.  You can count down […]

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

Its street names, appearing first in Europe around 2004 and in subsequent years on the streets of the United States, evoke cosmic experiences in far-off places: “K2” references the world’s second-highest mountain without any hint of the tranquility in the name of its taller neighbor, Everest; “Spice” alludes to the sci-fi novel Dune with its compelling descriptions […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Prohibition Cannot Cure Addiction

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Prohibition Cannot Cure Addiction

PHOTO: My friend Scott Cohen at prom, 11 year’s before his death. by Tom Donohue Scott Cohen was my best friend in high school. He was the instigator within our small band of misfits, and we had been through many adventures together, from working on our cars, to going on road trips, flying to Daytona […]