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Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

This past week I have watched both the print and television media’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson. For the first time, the mainstream media has finally started to question the militarization of law enforcement and its impact on our communities. My question is: What took you so long? […]

Reality Check: When Cops Lie, Patients Lose

Reality Check: When Cops Lie, Patients Lose

Photo: Tristan Schmurr How Colorado’s North Metro Drug Task Force killed medical marijuana in Arkansas Back in October of 2012, when Arkansas was getting ready to vote on medical marijuana, KARK sent reporter Marci Manly to Denver to get the real scoop on medical marijuana in Colorado. While she was here she interviewed various individuals, including […]

How To Assert Your Rights When You Encounter The Police

How To Assert Your Rights When You Encounter The Police

If you use pot you are a criminal. This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation to try and stop you (though state […]

Police Not Required To Protect And Serve When Small Amount Of Marijuana Is Present

Police Not Required To Protect And Serve When Small Amount Of Marijuana Is Present

Martha Little* came home late one frigid January night to a dark home and found her kitchen door had been kicked in. She lived alone, and this was the third break-in. The first two had been reported to the police, and although she had been out late celebrating her brother’s birthday, she removed anything related […]

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 […]

A Few Good Cops Against The War on Drugs

A Few Good Cops Against The War on Drugs

So what’s a nice girl like me writing in a place like this? Just as my high school friends were amazed that I became a police officer, my police officer friends were equally as surprised when, in 2010, I started speaking for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and why I chose to do so. What […]

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

In 1983, I was hired as a police officer in the community that I grew up in. If you had asked my friends, they would have said law enforcement was an unlikely professional choice for me, but I understood that it would not just challenge me personally, but that I could also make an impact […]