prohibition

Catch-422: How The War On Cannabis Ties Us Up In Knots

Catch-422: How The War On Cannabis Ties Us Up In Knots

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF JOHN DVORAK With a tip of my hempen chapeau to Joseph Heller, I have identified a phenomenon I call “Catch-422.” With the full-throated (and paid for) assistance of the mainstream media for the last 70+ years, our government’s Reefer Madness campaign has demonized cannabis, stigmatized entire classes of society and destroyed […]

Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

On Election Day 2013, voters in Maine’s largest city sent a resounding message by voting to legalize adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana – by a massive 65%-35% margin. But while the vote was a huge win for Portland, it’s an even bigger win for the country. To understand exactly why, we must go […]

Medical Marijuana Gets Complicated in Washington State

Medical Marijuana Gets Complicated in Washington State

 Recreational vs. Medicinal, Part 2 of a 2 part series on cannabis in Washington State During its signature drive and campaign, voters were told that I-502 would legalize cannabis and there would be no changes to the medical cannabis laws in Washington State.  This has proven to be untrue. To understand legalization’s impact on medical marijuana […]

When The Drug War Pulled An Assad

When The Drug War Pulled An Assad

Everyone should be outraged by the cowardly gas attack perpetrated in Syria last month. To use chemical weapons to deliberately poison one’s fellow citizens is a despotic act of the most hideous order. Have you heard about the time the United States’ government did just that? As Deborah Blum reports, the US Treasury began a […]

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 […]