prohibition

Thank You For Not Smoking

Thank You For Not Smoking

In a recent editorial discussing the FDA and e-cigarettes,The Christian Science Monitor asks: Should the agency [FDA] assume that millions of Americans choose to be nicotine addicts, with the federal role simply to make the use of electronic cigarettes as safe as possible? Or should the FDA see this powerful addiction as inherently wrong, both for individuals […]

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 […]

This Is (Really) Your Brain On Drugs

This Is (Really) Your Brain On Drugs

PHOTO: Rachael Leigh Cook “Your Brain On Drugs, Any Questions?“ We have all seen the “this is your brain on drugs” commercials. I call them the “egg” commercials. There’s an egg, and a person says, “This is your brain.”  Then the person cracks an egg into a skillet and says, “This is your brain on […]

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher In 2009, lame-duck New Jersey Governor John Corzine (D) signed bills from the legislature both allowing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana in the state, knowing full well when incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie took office, he would veto both. “As a state, New Jersey is one of the hardest battlegrounds because it […]

Nearing The End Of Cannabis Prohibition, Please Don’t Forget About The Pot POWs

Nearing The End Of Cannabis Prohibition, Please Don’t Forget About The Pot POWs

At the precipice of ending cannabis prohibition in America and replacing it with logical alternatives—such as taxing and regulating cannabis for the benefit of society—please don’t forget about America’s prisoners of the War on Drugs, the longest running war in U.S. history, particularly the prisoners of the battle against marijuana. Currently, there are an estimated […]

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

John Stuart Mill “Liberty and Marijuana”

In a recent opinion piece Project Sam’s founder Kevin Sabet used John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” to posit “Civil Liberties Erode When Drug Use Widens.” “John Stuart Mill famously wrote: ‘… over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.’ … ‘The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over […]

The Power of Women to Create Social Change

The Power of Women to Create Social Change

Although women have served in leadership roles throughout our past, I believe our capabilities are still untapped, not just in drug policy reform, but in many other fields as well. The biggest roadblocks to women in leadership are not just placed on us by society, but by ourselves through our acceptance of the roles dealt […]

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

PHOTO: Aftermath of an alcohol-prohibition era mob hit in Los Angeles, circa 1933. For the first time, the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legal. In fact, it has not only just become a majority belief, it’s become trendy to talk about—marijuana legalization is probably the only topic that can really bridge the conservative-liberal […]

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 […]