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Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Given that their name is essentially their mission statement, it should come as little surprise that the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums(FAMM) is approving of California’s recent passage of Proposition 47, a law which reduced penalties for common drug and theft crimes. Founded in 1991 by Julie Stewart, FAMM has been fighting for the reform […]

In the News: Racism and Marijuana Prohibition

In the News: Racism and Marijuana Prohibition

PHOTO: Chuck Grimmett, Creative Commons The surge of attention marijuana has seen over the last year has been monumental. People are fighting for their rights, demanding access to medication, and protesting jail time over a plant. Women are starting to understand their pivotal role in the success of marijuana legalization by reclaiming their identities as […]

The War Isn’t Over: Legal Marijuana in Colorado Inspires More Progress

The War Isn’t Over: Legal Marijuana in Colorado Inspires More Progress

I watched my friends and colleagues prepare for the big day of legal adult recreational sales of marijuana in Colorado from the highly restrictive medical marijuana “Garden State” of New Jersey with joy in my heart. We have seen incredible changes in the past few years with the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado and […]

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine The November Coalition (TNC), a charitable nonprofit education foundation that has worked to end drug war injustice since 1997. The following is a speech that TNC’s Executive Director Nora Callahan delivered in June of that same year at the First International Drug Peace Day Rally in San Francisco, California. It is as important […]

Retired State Police Officer Leading Charge to End Drug Prohibition

Retired State Police Officer Leading Charge to End Drug Prohibition

PHOTO: Ed Roper Photography Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a 5,000-member organization, with 75,000 public supporters, representing cops, judges, prosecutors, FBI/DEA agents and prison wardens who want to legalize and regulate all drugs after witnessing the horrors and injustices of the War on Drugs. Neill Franklin, LEAP’s Executive Director was in Philadelphia last week to speak […]

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 […]

Cabinet Urges Obama To Respect Voters and Allow Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana

Cabinet Urges Obama To Respect Voters and Allow Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana

PHOTO: Jill Stein. Text provided by Green Shadow Cabinet Today, the Green Shadow Cabinet sent President Obama and others in the administration a report that recommends the federal government respect democracy and federalism by allowing implementation of laws that would regulate and tax marijuana in Washington and Colorado, as well as laws in 18 states and the District of Columbia that allow […]