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In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

  Dedicated cannabis and anti-drug war activist, Mickey Martin, passed away on June 20, 2017 of a heart attack at his home. To those who were close to him, this was a horrific punch to the solar plexus and to our collective work. He was gone suddenly in his early 40’s and far too soon […]

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

Many mainstream media outlets have been noting that Michelle Leonhart’s resignation from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) presents a perfect opportunity for real policy reform in the United States. Instead of appointing a new head who will blindly pursue the status quo of prohibition policies that have utterly failed, the new head of this agency […]

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted […]

Cops Gone Wild: What T-Shirtgate Exposes About Police Culture

Cops Gone Wild: What T-Shirtgate Exposes About Police Culture

Can someone pass the Advil? I have had a raging headache keeping up with the media coverage on what can only be described as T-Shirtgate. Last week a San Diego multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force (NTF) consisting of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, DEA and other state and local agencies served a search warrant on an […]

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? […]

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

IMAGE: Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (The Goodnight Hug) As a frontline police officer I spent a twenty year career responding to calls where I attempted to balance the power and authority I had to protect lives while trying not to inflict any harm. Every police officer has a story of their most horrific moment […]

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

In earlier columns, I have written about unconstitutional body cavity searches. The previous incidents occurred in Texas, but as in all trends, both good and bad, we are now seeing occurrences in other states as well. No longer is it just women that are being victimized, but men as well. Since last July because of lawsuits […]

Drug War Addict of The Year

Drug War Addict of The Year

Richard Blackwell famously started the “Ten Worst Dressed Women List” years ago to create a media furor around fashion design. Given the media’s attention to a subject that is frankly trivial, maybe we can redirect them this year to my “Drug War Addict of The Year” award. This title can be won either by an […]