Seeking to Thwart Will of Voters, DEA Pushes For Continuation of Disastrous Drug War Policies On Eve of AG Holder’s Appearance Before Senate Judiciary Committee, Advocates Hopeful Obama Administration Will Continue to Allow Orderly Implementation of New Laws For the second time in six months, former DEA heads have collaborated to urge Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose state-level efforts to tax and regulate marijuana. Yesterday, they sent a letter to Holder calling on him to block implementation of new laws in Colorado and Washington. Holder will appear tomorrow before [...]
By Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.Org As the nation awaits the Obama administration’s response to marijuana legalization votes in Colorado and Washington, Tuesday saw a two-pronged attack on the whole notion. On the one hand, former drug czars and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) heads lined up to urge the administration to act now to strangle legalization in its crib, while on the other, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned that allowing states to legalize would violate international drug control treaties. Legalization supporters rejected the attacks, comparing the ex-DEA chiefs to Prohibition [...]
Thumbs up of you can’t get enough dabbing in the Southern California sunshine! In part two of our coverage of the 2013 San Bernardino / Los Angeles High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, join Gil from WeedMaps.tv as he explores day two of this HIGHly anticipated weekend. The event took place February 16th and 17th culminating with the awards ceremony Sunday night. As always, it was a huge success! For those of you that think you have to go to Amsterdam to experience a High Times Cannabis Cup WAKE UP! There’s [...]
The next episode of “Weed Country” airs tonight at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel. After finding out his farm was ripped up, grower Nate Morris is forced to turn to his old friend, BE Smith, in order to keep working on a treatment using cannabis for a young sufferer of epilepsy. Matt Shotwell arrives at Grace Farms and has a rocky first meeting with his would be supplier, Mike Boutin. However, the two ultimately decide that working together might be a benefit for both of them.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today issued a statement in response to eight former chiefs of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) asking President Obama to nullify Colorado and Washington state laws legalizing personal marijuana use: “As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once observed, states are the laboratories of democracy. The federal government should concentrate on shutting down meth labs – not the laboratories of Democracy. The people of Colorado and Washington voted to implement these laws, and the federal government should respect their will. States have a right to [...]
The Denver Post reports on the decline in the number of medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, but notes that the number of patients has remained steady. Medical marijuana patients appear to be getting their medicine somewhere other than the dispensary. Are they growing more of their own? Buying it the old fashioned way that doesn’t involve a storefront? Radical Russ Belville goes behind the headlines.
By Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.Org The Kansas Senate approved a bill requiring welfare and unemployment benefits recipients to undergo drug tests if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are using drugs. But the definition of “reasonable suspicion” includes having worked in a field where drug testing is prevalent. Democratic legislators successfully amended the bill so that its provisions also include lawmakers. The Republican-backed bill, Senate Bill 149, passed on a 31-8 vote, largely along party lines. According to the bill, reasonable suspicion may be arrived at, but is not limited to, “an applicant’s [...]
This event serves to unite the SSDP chapter network for a day of training, workshops, discussion, networking, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs. Sessions will be led by Aaron Houston, Stacia Cosner, Drew Stromberg, and Devon Tackels, of the SSDP national staff. Registration will be $25 per person and will include entry to the event, breakfast, name tag, and printed materials. Register today: http://ssdp.org/events/drug-policy-activism-boot-camp-chicago/register/ Participants will be responsible for arranging their own lodging. Based on advertised rates and [...]