Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Petition Gets Enough Signatures To Earn Debate In UK Parliament

In the United Kingdom, people can gather signatures for petitions and force a debate in Parliament for whatever topic the signatures were gathered for. One was started for cannabis legalization, and in just a handful of days, the 100,000 signature threshold was met. There is a deadline of January 2016 to gather the needed signatures, but as of this blog post, not only had the goal been achieved already, it was smashed with over 175k total signatures gathered and climbing. Below is the language of the petition: Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing

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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Marijuana Law Reform Beyond America's Borders

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director While America’s public support for domestic prohibition of marijuana appears increasingly waning, quantifying the types of marijuana law reforms internationally could constitute a full time job for the eager. This day’s news alone from overseas about cannabis law reforms strongly suggests that the contagion to end pot prohibition is hardly an America-only phenomena: Israel – The country’s deputy health minister announced today that medical cannabis will be made available for retail access via commercial pharmacies. Italy – Cannabis law reform group in Italy claims 250 out of 945 members of Italian Parliament support

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Jul 212015
 July 21, 2015
Interview With "The Cartel" Author Don Winslow

By Dean Becker Internationally acclaimed novelist Don Winslow’s The Cartel, a hard-hitting and gut-wrenching tale of the Mexican drug wars, hit the stands late last month and is currently #17 on the New York Times best seller list. A sequel to his best-selling novel of the cartels, The Power of the Dog, Winslow’s latest effort is a true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, greed, corruption, brutality, revenge, and justice set in the past decade of spiraling prohibition-related violence in Mexico. Roughly 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico’s drug wars since 2006, and another 20,000 or so have simply vanished. That

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Jul 112015
 July 11, 2015
Tell The Senate To Support Hemp

I received the following message from Vote Hemp: The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S.134, only has nine (9) cosponsors. The most recent cosponsors are Senator Bennett (D-CO), Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baldwin (D-WI). We are grateful for their support but we need many more. This important legislation would greatly benefit opportunities in terms of jobs and economic development in legal hemp states by removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Together we can pass this legislation, but we need your support today. Add your name to show the Senate the overwhelming grassroots support behind the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

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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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