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ACLU Report Shows  Disturbing SWAT Trends

ACLU Report Shows Disturbing SWAT Trends

The ACLU released a new report on Friday, and it says something truly shocking: they estimate that only 7% of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for barricade or hostage situation. In reality, these paramilitary teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants (typically related to the War on Drugs). […]

“Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” Documentary Opening in NYC, Denver, Seattle

“Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” Documentary Opening in NYC, Denver, Seattle

NEW YORK CITY – Marijuana documentary “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” is set to open theatrically at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street) beginning this Friday, June 13. The film is slated for daily screenings at 3:15 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. from June 13 – 19. Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, […]

The Women of the International Women’s Cannabis Coalition

The Women of the International Women’s Cannabis Coalition

Women the world over are ending prohibition…Again. This is the motto of the International Women’s Cannabis Coalition, consisting of over 250 members worldwide with 60 chapters “dedicated to spreading knowledge and truth about cannabis and pursuing what should be our rights and freedoms in our own medical care.” The women of the IWCC strive to share scientific studies, medical […]

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

IMAGE: L’Aubade, Pablo Picassso I was entertaining a customer in our cannabis vapour lounge (420 Session) a couple days ago.  We had the usual chit chat and banter about pot–what kind I like, what kind of vaporizers are best, you know, the usual.  Then the War on Drugs came up, and after taking a hit […]

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

Photos Courtesy of Cheri Sicard In the course of my job as a cannabis activist I regularly say a lot of things that surprise the general public.  Since they’ve been subjected to decades of government sponsored brainwashing, most people are not up on the real facts which often run counterintuive to what’s expected: smoking marijuana […]

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 […]

The Return of the Boston Pot Report

The Return of the Boston Pot Report

Submitted by Cara Crabb-Burnham and Keith Saunders After a 6-month hiatus, a move to a new internet radio station, a reunion of the ‘A’ lineup, and a return to Friday afternoons, the Boston Pot Report did not miss a beat on its WEMF Radio debut on April 4. “It feels like going home again, having […]

New Jersey Should Tax and Regulate Marijuana

New Jersey Should Tax and Regulate Marijuana

PHOTO: Lefty Grimes/SativaCross The Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey urges the state to adopt a program of legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana distribution for adults, similar to the program in Colorado. This is the most efficient way to meet the needs of the numerous patients in this state who can be helped by medical marijuana. […]

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 […]