Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Marijuana Policy Project Places Pro-Marijuana Billboard Across From NFL Stadium

Last night I participated in an event that is very common this time of year – a fantasy football league draft. Most of my friends are NFL fans, as am I, and we have a very fun league put together. Something that is present at every NFL related activity I have ever been to is alcohol. To many people I know, football just wouldn’t be football without alcohol. I’m happy to say that I passed on the booze in favor of some Indiana Bubblegum in joint form (although I don’t care if people drank alcohol). As is often the case,

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Virginia NORML Adopts A Highway

 Posted by at 7:24 AM on September 4, 2013  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Virginia NORML Adopts A Highway

By Sabrina Fendrick, Director of NORML Women’s Outreach A huge congratulations is due to NORML’s state chapter in the Old Dominion.  Last week, Virginia NORML joined the ranks of the the Kiwanis Club and the Cub Scouts when they posted the first NORML “Adopt-a-Highway” sign in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  And while they didn’t get highway 420 (located in Alexandria), they did get a nice segment in Northern Virginia west of the DC beltway, and just 20 miles north of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  The Northern Virginia regional affiliate, NOVA NORML has organized the first clean up to take place Sunday September 29th,

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Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Join NORML At The International Drug Policy Reform Conference

NORML is pleased to be a co-host at this year’s International Drug Policy Reform Conference being held in Denver, Colorado on October 23-26, 2013. The conference brings together more than 1,000 people who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. The Early Bird deadline for registration is September 6, 2013. Rates will increase by $100 on 9/7/13. Additionally, the group rate for an attendees’ hotel stay is available until October 1st. Register and book your room today! You will be among a broad range of drug policy stakeholders – academics, health care and drug treatment professionals, law enforcement, veterans, formerly incarcerated people,

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Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Dan Riffle Discusses Department Of Justice Announcement On Fox Business News

Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project appeared on Fox Business to discuss the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that it will not interfere with the implementation of state laws legalizing marijuana. That means Colorado can continue to move forward with implementation of the successful MPP-backed initiative to establish a legal marijuana market for adults.

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Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Steve Downing And Diane Goldstein Discuss The Drug War On Our Kids

Addressing other issues about the Chaparral drug bust, Diane Goldstein and Stephen Downing, two former law enforcement officials in Redondo Beach and Los Angeles Police Departments respectively, spoke about the war on drugs and inefficacy of zero tolerance policies at schools. Goldstein and Downing are members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an organization that believes “that to save lives and reduce disease, crime and addiction, as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition,” according to their website. “A red flag should go up for you anytime a person in a position of responsibility utters the

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Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Mexico's New Drug War Looks Like The Old Drug War

By Phillip Smith Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto came into office in December vowing to break with his predecessor’s reliance on the Mexican military to fight the so-called drug cartels. He said he wanted to concentrate on lowering crime and increasing public security instead of making high-profile busts or killings of cartel leaders, and he said he would create a militarized national police force to replace the military in drug fighting. But Pena Nieto announced last week that the new militarized national police force has been shrunk from 40,000 to 5,000, with his government citing concerns from civil society that the initiative

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Sep 042013
 September 4, 2013
Australia Political Party Calls For The National Legalization Of Cannabis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A political party in Australia called HEMP – an acronym for Help End Marijuana Prohibition – has officially launched its 2013 election campaign by fielding 12 Senate candidates across 6 states, and calling for the national legalization of cannabis. “America has given us huge encouragement,” says Michael Balderstone, President of HEMP, “Half of America now has access to medical cannabis and now they’ve started to get new regulations for recreational cannabis. So, you now, the wall is down there and no big deal, the place hasn’t gone crazy.” In Australia the production of industrial hemp is legal,

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Sep 032013
 September 3, 2013
The Oregonian To Legislature: Refer Marijuana Legalization To Voters

The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, called for legislators in Salem to work with New Approach Oregon’s Anthony Johnson to craft a marijuana legalization measure for referral to the voters in 2014.  This marks the second time the newspaper has chided lawmakers for failing to take the opportunity to shape legalization in Oregon. The editorial board noted the release of a new memo from the Justice Department outlining federal priorities for marijuana enforcement, specifically that the federal government would not interfere in the states of Colorado and Washington as they roll out their legalization measures.  The Oregonian praises the power of

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Sep 032013
 September 3, 2013
New U.S. Policy Will Embolden Global Marijuana Movement

The U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement last week that it intends – for now – to take a mostly hands-off approach to the new marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington generated many headlines and much excitement as advocates plan campaigns to reform laws in even more states in 2014 and 2016. But so far few observers seem to be talking about how the Obama administration’s strategic retreat in the “war on drugs” will impact efforts to end prohibition in other countries across the globe. Historically the United States has been eager to play the role of biggest global drug war cheerleader, often

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Sep 032013
 September 3, 2013
Cops Cry Foul Over Holder Marijuana Policy Move

By Phillip Smith Organized law enforcement has some problems with Attorney General Holder’s announcement last week that the Justice Department would not seek to block Colorado and Washington from implementing their marijuana legalization laws. In a joint letter last Friday, the leaders of seven major law enforcement groups expressed “extreme disappointment” with the move. Those law enforcement groups are the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major County Sheriff’s Association, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Major Cities Chief’s Association, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the National Narcotics Officers’ Associations Coalition, and the Police Executive Review Foundation. While law enforcement

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