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Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

Jacob Sullum|Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) gathers together all the horrible things that have happened in Colorado since the state began loosening its marijuana laws in 2001. The result falls short of the terrifying effect the authors presumably were hoping to achieve.

The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to “document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado,” with an eye toward informing the “ongoing debate in this country concerning the impact of legalizing marijuana.” Given the provenance of the report (a government agency that would not exist without drug prohibition), readers may be skeptical of this just-the-facts pose. It becomes increasingly risible as you wade through the document, which considers only bad effects of legalization, down to the uniformly… Continue reading

Open letter from a Tennessee Mom

Sandy McClurg Bush writes:

I have been hesitant to talk about this publicly for obvious reasons, but have decided that the potential benefits for my family greatly outweigh the risks of negative backlash so here goes nothing…….

As most of you now know our son Cameron has a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy called infantile spasms. Despite being on medications he is still having anywhere from 3-20 seizures every day, on average. Over the last few weeks I have spent many hours researching something that I now feel has a very real possibility of helping my son, medical marijuana. I believe that many people’s hesitations and oppositions to this are based on misinformation, so I would like to ask all of you to put aside what you think you know about it and allow me to share what I have learned through my many hours of research.

I have… Continue reading

It Is Immoral to Cage Humans for Smoking Marijuana

That’s why Colorado and Washington have the most moral drug laws in America right now.


Under the law in 48 states, here’s what can happen when an adult is thought to possess marijuana: Men with guns can go to his home, kick down his door, force him to lay face down on the floor, restrain him with handcuffs, drive him to a police station, and lock him in a cage. If he is then convicted of possessing marijuana, a judge can order that he be locked in a different cage, perhaps for years.

There are times when locking human beings in cages is morally defensible. If, for example, a person commits murder, rape, or assault, transgressing against the rights of others, then forcibly removing him from society is the most just course of action. In contrast, it is immoral to lock people in cages for possessing or ingesting… Continue reading

Should Grandma Smoke Pot?

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At our last June NORMLTN monthly meeting, we learned about an excellent program and movement called “The Silver Tour.”

It teaches seniors about the benefits of medical cannabis. It includes a video called “Should Grandma Smoke Pot” which makes numerous points about why and how to lobby for change.

Take a look  at the link, scroll down to the video and enjoy. Please share it with as many people as you can, it’s also available on Youtube and builds a solid, logical case to help us convince TN legislators that it’s time to change the laws.

A simple way to do it, is search this site for your representative’s email and send the link with a short note that states you’re in their district and why you think this is important to look at this and change the law.

We’re making progress but every letter and email we send… Continue reading

“Marijuana Finally Legalized” Should Be The Headline

Reprinted with permission by Caz Loth.

“Marijuana finally legalized,” is the headline that should be appearing on the front page of newspapers across the country instead of, “The biggest bust in the county,” or “$100K seized in pot bust.” One of the most diversely useful plants on the planet has been co-opted by governments to make money. That’s the simple explanation. Its one more lesson in control when free beings can be told how to self medicate by a power that is out mostly for its own good and often to the detriment of its citizens. How we have allowed a small group of individuals, police, lawyers, judges, correctional facilities and drug dealers to monopolize the benefits of this extremely valuable plant through prohibition is hard to understand.

No government should be able to regulate what plants the citizens of the planet use. All the plants on the planet were… Continue reading

Don’t let the Trolls win.

Whether you’re online or not, there are people who will hate on what you have to say. That shouldn’t prevent you from organizing your community and communicating with members online and offline, yet many people tell me something like, “I don’t want to be on Twitter because then people might say bad things about me.”

I’m going to focus my advice on dealing with trolls on Twitter, because that seems to be the platform where trolls scare people the most. But it applies to any communications, online or offline.

  1. Stay on-message. If you wouldn’t say it to a reporter, don’t say it online. Simple as that. (If you say something stupid at a press conference, you don’t blame the microphone. An off-message tweet is your fault, not Twitter’s.)
  2. Only engage if it helps you. Almost no one gets positive value from engaging trolls. Before you engage, ask yourself: am I… Continue reading

They Came to Change the Law: NORMLTN March Meeting at Sunset Grill

They Came to Change the Law: NORMLTN March Meeting at Sunset Grillmmj2013small

The March 2013 monthly meeting of NORMLTN featured about 30 new and returning activists willing to change the laws in TN. We heard from Rev. Aaron Colyer, founder of Tennesseans for Medical Canabis Now, who will visit several state legislators on Tuesday March 5th, MTSU student, Alex, working on showing the film, “Breaking the Taboo” at the college, and the comedian, Neal, who’s preparing a medical marijuana benefit show at The End April 9th and 23rd.

We also went around the room and heard from old and new members discussing why they’ve come. Answers ranged from vets who’d rather smoke for medical reasons than take pharmaceuticals with harmful side effects, to those who want the laws changed so they don’t have to fear persecution and risk losing job, house and freedom if they use marijuana.

We… Continue reading