Neill Franklin

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled

The DEA is Obsolete and Needs to be Dissolved or Overhauled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 […]

Reform Report: Second Annual Southern Cannabis Reform Conference in Atlanta

Reform Report: Second Annual Southern Cannabis Reform Conference in Atlanta

The 2nd annual Southern Cannabis Reform conference was held in Atlanta on March 22nd.  The South is often thought of as caboose of cannabis reform; however, there are still positive strides in reform being made in Georgia and though out the southern United States. Activists in the South face extreme social and political conservatism when […]

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 […]

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray “Occupy” Lewis: Legalize Marijuana & Marriage Equality, Ban Fracking

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray “Occupy” Lewis: Legalize Marijuana & Marriage Equality, Ban Fracking

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher I’ve run into the incomparable Ray “Occupy” Lewis at Occupy demonstrations and a few Smokedown Prohibition Philadelphia protests at which we both spoke. I’m always grateful and honored to see him at these functions inspiring people with his views on cannabis legalization, marriage equality, women’s reproductive rights, free speech and the reasons we […]