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A Badge of Honor: Busted on the Boston Common

A Badge of Honor: Busted on the Boston Common

A Badge of Honor: Busted on the Boston Common

By Keith Stroup  on September 8, 2014

As we approach the annual Boston Freedom Rally in mid-September, held on the historic Boston Common, I thought it might be a good time for me to share with the readers the details of a bust I experienced, along with High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick, for sharing a joint at the combined NORML/High Times booth at the 2007 Freedom Rally.

The reality is that marijuana smokers remain the target of aggressive and misguided law enforcement activities in most states today. They read about the newly-won freedoms in a handful of states, and dream of the day when their state laws will become more tolerant; but they are still being busted in large numbers and have to worry that next knock on the door may be the police with a search warrant, about… Continue reading

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

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Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

By Paul Armentano

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

September 3, 2014

Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states in 2014 enacted legislation that promised to provide patients, particularly those suffering from intractable epilepsy, the opportunity to use cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic plant cannabinoid recognized for its anti-convulsant properties. The problem? So far, patients in none of these states possess the ability to legally access the compound. And there is no indication that this situation is going to change any time soon.

That is because CBD remains classified as a schedule I prohibited substance under federal law. (Congressional legislation, HR 5226, to amend CBD’s status was introduced in July.) As a result, multiple federal agencies — including the FDA, DEA, NIDA (US National Institute… Continue reading

Teens aren’t rats; tell them truth about pot

Teens aren't rats; tell them truth about pot

Teens aren’t rats; tell them truth about pot

By Sabrina Fendrick
Posted:   08/23/2014 05:01:00 PM MDT1

Re:”‘Lab Rat’ teen pot campaign is a worthy effort <http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_26317803/lab-rat-teen-pot-campaign-is-worthy-effort> ,” Aug. 12 editorial.

The Denver Post’s endorsement of Colorado’s latest teen anti-pot campaign,  though well-intentioned, fails to recognize that the tactics employed by the state –  including putting human-sized rat cages as large props on street corners and running “shock and awe”-type TV ads –  will do nothing to discourage teen use.

Yes, teens should absolutely be made aware of the potential risks that cannabis consumption can have on their developing bodies. However, like The Post’s editorial board points out, “kids don’t react well to over-the-top drug messages.” Comparing Colorado teens to rodents in a science experiment is disingenuous and will do nothing to encourage kids to stay away from pot.

In fact, it may have… Continue reading

United For Care Bus in Florida

What a great way to advertise the upcoming election in Florida. It will be the first southern state for medical! This election in November will make great strides toward removing cannabis prohibition.

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Vote Yes On Medical Marijuana

WPost: Share of arrests for marijuana possession has more than tripled since 1991

Possession arrests have tripled since 1991

Possession arrests have tripled since 1991

Hello all,

For anyone with a long enough memory and experience with the Washington Post and cannabis prohibition, the newspaper’s slow evolution (started soon after the death of publisher Katherine Graham in 2001 and was accelerated by change of editor in 2006) from prohibition lapdog to critic, has to recognize this editorial/content change as another major ‘tea leaf’ of once prohibition-friendly institutions no longer uncritically kowtowing to the govt and their agencies anymore in regards to cannabis:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/13/the-share-of-arrests-for-marijuana-possession-has-more-than-tripled-since-1991/

Today, some editors and writers @ WPost are parroting the same arguments NORML and other reform groups have been championing for years, and putting up credible and verifiable information that behooves reformers…and I say: ‘Welcome to the club. The more, the merrier. The faster cannabis prohibition falls in total!’

:D)

-Allen

NORML

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Cannabis Should Be Legal

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Cannabis Should Be Legal

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Cannabis Should Be Legal

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Cannabis Should Be Legal
by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
August 13, 2014

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that adults ought to legally be able to consume cannabis in the privacy of one’s own home, according to results of a nationwide HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released late last week.

Seventy-two percent of self-identified Democrats and 70 percent of Independents said that the private consumption of cannabis should be legal. Republican respondents endorsed private consumption by a margin of 50 percent to 39 percent.

Fifty-five percent of respondents – including 62 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents – also said that they supported statewide laws seeking to tax and regulate the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults, such as those recently enacted in Colorado and Washington. By contrast,… Continue reading

DEA Warns Parents of Pot Legalization Ripple Effect

635Another example of cops not just enforcing the law, but trying to maintain unpopular cannabis prohibition laws… Allen St. Pierre/NORML

DEA Warns Parents of Pot Legalization Ripple Effect
Kevin Killeen

August 11, 2014 5:23 PM
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning parents to beware of the new attitude toward marijuana this school year.

DEA special agent in charge in St. Louis Jim Shroba says the legalization of the drug in Colorado has had a ripple effect on youth culture.

“Whenever we see laws in states that pass measures allowing for the recreational use of marijuana, then it normalizes it for the entire society – for all the 50 states,” Shorba says.

Parents should warn their pot-prone children – ages 12 to 19 – that the drug is still illegal here, it is addictive and it can cause cognitive development problems, he says.

Legalization efforts across the… Continue reading

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