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Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher I’m doing a phone interview with Ed Forchion – otherwise known as NJ Weedman – as he navigates New Jersey’s public transportation system during the evening rush hour. As Forchion walks through Trenton, moving from bus to train and back to bus again, I quickly realize I’m not the only one who wants […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

Every year, the federal government spends $20 billion on marijuana prohibition — money that is mostly directed at arresting and incarcerating individuals with small personal amounts of marijuana. This means instead of hiring new teachers, creating new libraries or improving national road systems, the United States is allocating its vital resources toward the prevention of […]