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INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

Did you know that estimates indicate the United States consumes as much as 40% of the world’s illicit drugs? Or that Pablo Escobar wrote off businesses losses from rats chewing on his giant bags of money? A recently published inforgraphic, available on the Top Criminal Justice Schools website, shows some interesting facts about the global […]

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

Content Note: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. People want to believe that law enforcement officers’ sole objective is to protect and serve the citizens of the municipalities and jurisdictions they serve. Unfortunately, over the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the nature of the police force in […]

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

IMAGE: Neal Fowler, Creative Commons I looked for her for years. I asked around, I googled her name on the regular. Things would remind me of her now and then, and I’d be flooded with waves of regret that we hadn’t kept in touch. Sarah was the child of two schizophrenic parents. She didn’t know where […]

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

IMAGE: Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth Can someone else control you? Can they control your thoughts, your emotions, your decisions, actions or reactions? Some would argue that laws control you and your behavior. But people choose to break the law everyday in all kinds of ways, both large and small. Some would say that an employer […]

New Jersey: Legalization Bill Drop Imminent & Marijuana Myths Dispelled

New Jersey: Legalization Bill Drop Imminent & Marijuana Myths Dispelled

Won’t be long before Senator Nick Scutari drops a bill to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in NJ.  I’m guessing his marijuana legalization bill hits the hopper on (or about) March 25th.  For folks like me working to end marijuana prohibition, that’s good news.  But late March isn’t far off so we don’t have much […]

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are people, too. This is sadly something that many people in the cannabis community seem to be forgetting, throwing around the  words “druggie,” “meth-head,” and “junkie” as though a single factor (whether or not a person has used certain drugs) determines any human’s worth. Let me make something perfectly clear: being addicted to a […]

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

If you haven’t seen the video coverage of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) grilling the drug czar’s chief deputy Michael Botticelli at Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on marijuana policy, you should. The lines of questioning are similar to Rep. Cohen’s questioning last year of DEA Director […]

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

I do not approve of the so-called hippies, but I do not approve of any government control over drugs. The government does not have the right to tell any individual what to do with his or her health and life. You probably know that I received a prescription for the stimulant Benzedrine, or “speed.” I […]