By Phillip Smith Last fall, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica proposed legalizing marijuana commerce and cultivation (marijuana possession has never been a crime there), but shortly thereafter postponed action on the proposed legislation in the face of public opposition. Now he’s ready for the country to have a discussion about it. In December, Mujica postponed action on the bill, even though his party and its allies control the legislature. He cited polling that showed 64% of the public had reservations about allowing pot sales and cultivation. Mujica continues to support the bill, but wanted [Continue Reading]
This is a great video that came out a little while ago, but it’s worth a revisit. It’s been working it’s way around twitter all weekend it seems like. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition co-founder, Peter Christ, appears on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY and takes on all aspects of our disastrous War on Drugs. Captain Christ is vice-chair of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Vienna, Austria: Cannabis is consumed by an estimated 75 percent of all the world’s illicit drug users, making it the most widely used illicit substance in the world, according to the United Nation’s 2012 World Drug Report. Of the world’s estimated 300 million (6.6 percent of the global population) annual illicit drug consumers, some 225 million (5 percent) use cannabis, the report found. Authors concluded, “Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit substance … and consumption is stable.” In 2010 (the most recent year for which international data was available), marijuana consumption was [Continue Reading]
South Eastern Wisconsin N.O.R.M.L. is proud to present “Breaking the Taboo” a documentary Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Find out why several world leaders – including two former US Presidents – are calling to end the War on Drugs. SE Wisconsin NORML Breakin’ The Taboo The Miramar Theatre 2844 N. Oakland Ave. Milwaukee WI Friday, March 22nd **Only $5 at the door** Buy tickets online, or at the door: http://www.themiramartheatre.com/event/239999?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=28267 View the Breaking the Taboo trailer: http://www.breakingthetaboo.info/ 8p – 9:30p Smooth Operators 9:30p – 10p First half of Breaking the Taboo 10p [Continue Reading]
Drug prohibition has failed. Drug usage rates have not declined, and illegal drugs are more available—and cheaper—than ever before. At the same time, the costs of the drug war are staggering. More than $1 trillion taxpayer dollars have been spent. More than 50,000 SWAT raids occur each year. Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are wasting their lives away in prison at our expense. And more than 60,000 people have been murdered in Mexico over the past six years. AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR provides a brief history of drug prohibition, [Continue Reading]
By Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.Org It is increasingly clear that the “war on drugs” has failed and there needs to be room for new approaches, the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said Thursday. UNDP head Helen Clark’s remarks ahead of the presentation of the organization’s 2013 Human Development Report came in a pre-ceremony interview with Reuters. Clark is no small-time functionary. From 1999 to 2008 she served as the prime minister of New Zealand — three terms, according to Wikipedia – and before that headed the nation’s ministry, among other others. As UNDP [Continue Reading]
Amsterdam’s famous smoker friendly coffeeshops are always in danger because of the new policies of Netherlands. Each year, a “weedpass” law tries to get through, but coffeeshops survived because they’re also a very important tourist attraction of the Netherlands. So what’s it going to be in a couple of years? What’s the real danger here? Will the prohibition ever work without getting the black market into the city? This is a journey into the Amsterdam’s most famous and also most secret places.