Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013
How Rick Simpson Oil Saved A Man From Cancer

Embracing the Cure: Mike McShane By Joe Bryant Time and time again would I stumble across some article or mention in a Facebook post regarding Cannabis curing cases of cancer and,I must admit, my curiosity was piqued. I had been previously aware of some of the other medical uses for the Ganja and had always been an avid supporter (imagine that!) but these recent claims had even me suspicious. I then started coming across vague mentions of this guy Rick Simpson and some kind of oil concentrate. On the heels [...]

The All-Powerful Prosecutor

 Posted by at 6:55 AM on January 17, 2013  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013
The All-Powerful Prosecutor

The tragic suicide of internet activist Aaron Swartz has brought to the forefront the immense power prosecutors hold over people’s lives.  Aaron Swartz decided to take his own life, partly because he was facing over 30 years in prison for “downloading too many free articles from the online database of scholarly work JSTOR.” This immense power is all too well-known by marijuana law reform activists who have witnessed draconian sentences levied against medical marijuana providers in federal court, despite the fact that the providers were fully complying with state law.  Hopefully, the case of Mr. Swartz will lead to [...]

Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013
Montana District Court Again Blocks Key Provisions Of Restrictive State Medical Marijuana Law

District Court Judge Jim Reynolds, who presides over a lawsuit brought by the Montana Cannabis Information Association and other plaintiffs, ruled yesterday that the State of Montana is prevented from enforcing several significant limitations on medical marijuana providers under the current law. The law as enacted by the Montana legislature would prohibit providers from having more than 3 patients and bans any form of compensation between patient and a marijuana provider.  Today’s ruling prevents those restrictions from being imposed.  According to the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), [...]

Jan 162013
 January 16, 2013
Poll Shows More Than Two-Thirds Of New Hampshire Voters Support Medical Marijuana

CONCORD – More than two-thirds (68%) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a survey conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Just 26% said they were opposed. The poll, which is being released just as state lawmakers prepare to consider a medical marijuana bill in this year’s legislative session, also found that 52% of voters would be more likely to vote for a state legislator if he or she [...]

Jan 162013
 January 16, 2013
Young Adults Encouraged To Enroll In Drug Policy E-Course

Youth RISE is pleased to launch its drug policy e-course in collaboration with the International Drug Policy Consortium for young people (under 30). The course has been designed to provide a basic overview of the main issues in the drug policy field and to provide a platform for young people to learn more about the core areas of interest in drug policy. The course will enhance participants overall knowledge of the main issues in drug policy and will provide participants with a common understanding of the variety concepts that are used in [...]

Jan 162013
 January 16, 2013
Cannabis In California: Ending The 100-Year War

California NORML Conference To Mark 100 Year War Against Marijuana All are invited to California NORML’s conference marking the 100th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in California. This two-day event, held January 26 & 27 at Ft. Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, will explore the history, causes and costs of the war on cannabis, and strategies for ending it. Following up on Cal NORML’s “Next Steps” conferences of 2011, we will discuss concrete measures to reform California’s cannabis laws, both medical and otherwise, through legislation, litigation and ballot initiatives. Speakers at this historic conference [...]

Jan 162013
 January 16, 2013
It's Time For Law Enforcement To End 'Policing For Profit'

It troubles me to see how many people in the marijuana industry and culture that have no idea how important asset forfeiture reform is. Essentially, if you get busted, cops will take your stuff (money, cars, etc) and then use those things to fund their mission of busting other people. This ‘policing for profit’ mentality is harmful to society and unfair to the people that have their stuff seized. Below is a great article out of Missouri talking about the practice. Contact your politicians today and demand reform: Some Missouri [...]

20/20 Legalization Hindsight

 Posted by at 7:15 AM on January 16, 2013  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Jan 162013
 January 16, 2013
20/20 Legalization Hindsight

The Russ Belville Show #121 US News looks at the 18-21 year-olds who still remain criminals for marijuana use in Colorado and Washington; More voices criticizing the “marijuana use causes low IQ” study; Greg de Hoedt with an update on drug reform in the UK; music by Latin Quarter.

Jan 152013
 January 15, 2013
New Study Casts Doubts On Claims That Marijuana Use Lowers IQ

While prohibitionists have hung their hat on a study that claimed that marijuana use by teens lowers IQ by an average of 8 points as a reason to continue prohibition, cannabis law reformers realize that the best way to keep marijuana out of the hands of teens is to take the substance out of the underground market.  Today, kids find it much easier to get a hold of marijuana than alcohol and cigarettes, demonstrating that prohibitionists are actually making it easier for kids to use marijuana by fighting cannabis regulation.  Now, a [...]

Jan 152013
 January 15, 2013
Study: Per Se Drugged Driving Laws Have Little Or No Impact On Traffic Deaths

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The imposition of so-called per se drugged driving laws, which create new traffic safety violations for drivers who operate a vehicle with the presence of trace amounts of certain controlled substances and/or their inert metabolites (byproducts) in their blood or urine, do not reduce incidences of traffic safety deaths. That’s the conclusion of a just-published study by economists at the University of Colorado, Denver and Montana State University. The study is available from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany as a Discussion Paper. Since [...]