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Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

On October 20, 2014, the City of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that authorized City of Philadelphia police to charge a summary citation (similar to a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor narcotics offense. In 2012 activists with Philly NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, investigated the police […]

Oklahoma Police Shoot Possibly Pregnant Teen and Charge Boyfriend with Her Murder

Oklahoma Police Shoot Possibly Pregnant Teen and Charge Boyfriend with Her Murder

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of felony murder laws, you might be shocked by what you’re about to read. Police in Oklahoma readily admit that they shot and killed an innocent 19-year-old girl. However, it’s her boyfriend who is facing criminal charges, not the officer who fatally shot her. Last week, on September […]

Petition: Free Jeff Mizanskey, Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

Petition: Free Jeff Mizanskey, Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

There’s a petition on Change.org that has been building momentum. It is a petition requesting clemency from the Governor of Missouri for a man who has been in prison for twenty years and faces life without parole for a non-violent cannabis crime. Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced under Missouri’s harsh three-strikes law. He had been arrested […]

Benton Mackenzie and Family Face Prison for Cannabis Despite Terminal Condition

Benton Mackenzie and Family Face Prison for Cannabis Despite Terminal Condition

Hot. Sticky. Just plain ick of a drive in search of answers and a need to meet the Mackenzie family face to face. Dragging my husband along on an especially muggy day, we headed to visit with Benton, his wife Loretta, their son, Cody and Benton’s parents, Dorothy and Charles Mackenzie. I honestly don’t have […]

Fixin’ Stupid: The War on Weed 2.0

Fixin’ Stupid: The War on Weed 2.0

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.                                                        -Bertrand Russell What is it about Marijuana that is worth […]

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 […]

The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly

The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly

IMAGE: Dr. Deborah Malka Dr. Fred is one of those warm, gifted doctors that you’re lucky to find in times of illness. Pragmatic and compassionate, he helped many families to feel more at ease before the surgery of a loved one. As an anesthesiologist, he traveled across India performing free operations on children and even […]