Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
On The UN's Global Anti-Drug Day, Civil Society Fights Back

By Phillip Smith The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today released its 2015 World Drug Report as the organization marked the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, but civil society groups around the world used the occasion to take to the streets to demand an end to the global drug prohibition regime. The report itself was relatively anodyne by UNODC standards, noting that illicit drug was “stable,” with around 250 million people having used illegal drugs in the previous year. There was “little change in the overall global situation regarding the production, use and health consequences

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Jun 262015
 June 26, 2015
New UN Report Exposes Failure Of War On Drugs But Ignores True Causes And Solution

The United Nations 2015 World Drug Report, released Friday, details the failure of and harms caused by the war on drugs, but doesn’t grapple with the fact that problems such as alarmingly high overdose rates, control of the trade by organized crime networks and illegal sales funding terrorism are caused by the very prohibition policies the international body still supports. Also on Friday, activists in more than 150 cities around the world called attention to the failure of the war on drugs, including with a march from the U.S. State Department to the White House to demand that the Obama

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
June 26: Rally In New York As Part Of "Global Day Of Action" To End The Drug War

On Friday, a rally will be held at 1 pm in New York City in front of the United Nations Headquarters as part of the global Support. Don’t Punish campaign, where thousands of activists in over 100 cities around the world will make their voices heard. The campaign calls on governments to put an end to the expensive and counter-productive war on drugs. This war has failed to reduce drug use or supply, it costs in excess of $100 billion each year to enforce, it has led to the mass incarceration of the vulnerable and the poor, and it fuels

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Jun 162015
 June 16, 2015
The US Is Deporting Hundreds Of Thousands For Drug Offenses, Many Minor

By Phillip Smith The US government wants to throw Marsha Austin out of the country. The 67-year-old grandmother came from Jamaica to New York as a lawful resident in 1985, and has lived here ever since with her husband, seven children (two more are in Jamaica), grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All are legal residents or US citizens. By her own admission, she had problems with drugs. “I live in a drug-infested area,” she said of her neighborhood in the Bronx, and she succumbed to the lure of crack cocaine in the wake of her mother’s death. Jones racked up several minor

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Jun 062015
 June 6, 2015
Two Reasons Why Now's The Time To Step Up And Fight Against The Drug War

By David Borden StoptheDrugWar.org is at a critical moment in our work. Ourcampaign to reform global drug policy is gaining traction; but while grantors are considering major funding for it, those funds are not yet in place. We have stretched things to move the project forward already, and we need your help at this time to do more. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/global/to learn more about this effort and for links you can follow to the press we’ve gotten. Our ongoing educational publishing work also continues to play an important role, and is relied on by advocates around the world. There is no

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Jun 042015
 June 4, 2015
Throwback Thursday - Hemp Farmers Arrested Planting Hemp At DEA Headquarters

For those of you that don’t know, this week is the sixth annual Hemp History week. I thought it would be fun to post one of my favorite videos of all time. On October 13, 2009 hemp industry leaders and activists planted hemp seeds on the DEA’s front lawn. I first saw this footage on the movie Hempsters. The act resulted in a lot of arrests, but I still feel that the move was very symbolic and inspiring. This simple form of protest is still being applauded to this day, and will continue to be applauded until federal hemp prohibition is

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Jun 022015
 June 2, 2015
Several Marijuana Bills Expected To Be Introduced This Week In Congress

It’s not everyday that you hear the phrase ‘vote-a-rama’. It’s especially rare when it comes to marijuana policy. It wasn’t that long ago that a marijuana reform bill at the federal level was rare. But it appears that the flood gates are about to open. The Hill put out an article yesterday suggesting that several marijuana reform bills are about to be introduced to Congress, and ones that have already been introduced could get a vote this week. Per the article: Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice

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Jun 012015
 June 1, 2015
Check Out 'Hempstory II' In Portland On June 7th

If you are in the area: Come on out to learn about an extraordinary renewable resource: Industrial Hemp! 2015 is the first production season in Oregon! Join us for a FREE event with live acoustic music and presentations by local cultivators, manufacturers, activists, and industrial hemp legal consultant Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. With informational booths, a hemp history museum by Paul Stanford and Eric DaHemp Man Loitz, and industrial hemp product vendor booths attendees will experience first-hand the utility of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp products and samples will be available for everyone in attendance! Bring the whole family out for

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Scholarships Are Available For The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

I have never attended the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, but from what I’ve read about it online, it’s a very solid opportunity to learn more about reform efforts and how to get involved. The conference costs money, but scholarships are available. Below is more information via the event’s webpage: The Reform Conference is pleased to offer scholarship assistance to allow a diverse group of people to attend the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We always receive many more requests than we can accommodate, so please continue your search for alternate funding. Please

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May 192015
 May 19, 2015
Hemp Product Review: Nature's Root Sore Muscle Hemp Salve

About 18 months ago, I was in a head-on car collision that left my car totaled (RIP) and both my body and mind corrupted. While the injuries are not that serious, I’ve dealt with consistent neck and back pain that rarely goes away. I haven’t taken a single pain-killer or opiate in those 18 months, but I have experimented with many CBD and Hemp lotions, tinctures, and products designed to alleviate pain and not get me high. Thankfully, many of these non-psychoactive products actually work, ease my pain, and allow me to live my life. Recently, I was gifted some of

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