Civil Asset Forfeiture Looks Like A Criminal Enterprise


Civil Asset Forfeiture Looks Like A Criminal Enterprise

Posted 06:49 PM ET

Takings: Few Americans are probably aware that law enforcement authorities are free to seize their property even when they’ve done nothing wrong. But it’s a growing racket that needs to be shut down now.

In 2007, Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson were driving through Texas on annual trip to see Henderson’s father. Pulled over by police for driving in the left lane without passing, they were taken to the station and told they fit the drug dealers profile – though no drugs were found on them or in the car, and they were traveling with Boatright’s two young sons.

But they did have a roll of cash to buy a car at their destination. Apparently it caught the eye of police.

At the station, they were given two choices: face charges of money laundering and child endangerment, or… 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

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

Ironically, both CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are heavily reliant on a combination of federal drug-prevention education grants and funding from pharmaceutical companies. Founded in 1992, CADCA has lobbied aggressively for a range of federal grants for groups dedicated to the “war on drugs.” The Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, a program directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was created through CADCA’s advocacy. That law now allocates over $90 million a year to community organizations dedicated to reducing drug abuse. Records show that CADCA has received more than $2.5 million in annual federal funding in recent years. The former Partnership for a Drug-Free America, founded in 1985 and best known for its dramatic “This is your brain on drugs” public service announcements, has received similarly hefty taxpayer support while advocating for increased anti-drug grant programs.

The Nation obtained a confidential financial disclosure from… Continue reading

Cannabis Facts 2014


The newest version of “CANNABIS FACTS” is now available on our website, thanks to Tennessee NORML and National NORML Board member Paul Kuhn.

CLICK ON THIS LINK or the “Cannabis Facts” button at the top of this page:


It is the easiest way to educate yourself and others on the issues we all care about.  Please take time to study it, download it, print it out, share it with your doctor and others.

Even Opponents Of Legal Marijuana Wouldn’t Call The Cops On A Pot-Smoking Neighbor

This is a great article that shows the public isn’t concerned about cannabis use. The laws need to change now, not tomorrow or next year or from the next president. Instead of asking for change from our elected officials maybe it’s the time to insist that they effect the change.

Congressman Cohen Urges Attorney General Holder to Reschedule Marijuana


Although Tennessee NORML is not directly involved the following event we wish them well and much success in educating the public. The event may reap valuable media attention and open discussions, across the state. Hopefully it will lead to more open minds and positive overall results.  The goal of Tennessee NORML is to change laws related to cannabis in this state, to improve the quality of life for applicable patients. This following * is posted on behalf of Bernie Ellis and Rep. Sherry Jones.

Thanks and we’ll see you there.

The Tennessee NORML Board of Directors

*We ask all Tennesseans who support re-establishing a medical cannabis program in Tennessee to join us in Nashville on Monday, January 27 for a day of lobbying, networking, sharing and learning. Here is the tentative schedule.

Today through Friday — Call your state legislators, your House and Senate members, and schedule appointments… Continue reading

1 8 9 10 11 12 14