Colorado and Washington residents pushed marijuana out of the closet
in 2012. Will California be the next state to legalize marijuana?
When news broke on election night that Colorado was the first state to
legalize marijuana, patrons at the trendy Casselman's Bar & Venue in
Denver erupted in cheers, then hugged each other and cried. Organizers
and friends of the state's Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
thanked everyone-elderly black ladies, young hipsters, business
execs-and there were far more people in suits than in tie-dye that
night. And nary a hint of ganja smoke inside the hip
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BLOOMINGTON - Medical marijuana is a proven pain reliever and its
legalization won't turn thousands of Illinoisans into stoners, argue
people who favor medical marijuana legislation that could be voted on
next week in the Illinois House.
"Medical marijuana has been shown in numerous studies to work," said
Pete Guither, faculty adviser to the Illinois State University chapter
of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. "Let's leave it up to the
doctors and patients to work out what medicine brings pain relief."
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FSU SSDP, NORML continue to advocate, educate on drug reform and
Don't invest in the stock of Goldfish and Cheetos just yet. At least
that's what Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is suggesting to citizens
in his state.
The caution came after Colorado and Washington became the first and
second states in the U.S. to legalize recreational use of marijuana
for adults over the age of 21 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, while Massachusetts
became the 18th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of marijuana for
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To the editor,
If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms,
marijuana would be legal and there would be no medical marijuana
debate. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an
overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco.
Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate
as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.
The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican
immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the
American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires
homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White Americans
did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal
bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.
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The legalization of marijuana has made it onto the Arkansas ballot
after years of heated debate.
Now known by the signs reading "Vote Yes on Issue 5," the Arkansas
Medical Marijuana Act has been placed on state ballots for the 2012
Election. The Act is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and
regulating a medical marijuana program in Arkansas, run by the
Arkansas Department of Health.
While several Arkansas citizens are still torn on the issue, it
wouldn't have made it on the ballot without the advocacy of several
men and women across the state.
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Students at the University of Rhode Island are attempting to end the
war on drugs. Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), is an
international grassroots network of students who are concerned about
the impact drug abuse has on our communities. The organization has
over 100 chapters at universities on five different continents. This
year, the URI chapter of SSDP was ranked the 9th best SSDP chapter in
the country by High Times Magazine.
The mission of the organization is to improve illicit drug
regulations on three different level; campus, state and federal. SSDP
aims to make sure that students on-campus are not losing their
opportunity for a prosperous future due to a substance problem or
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Sarah tied her honey-blonde hair into a disheveled bun. She caught the
blue and tan swirled glass pipe in her fragile hands and sharply, yet
smoothly inhaled the smoke, as if it were instinct. Her face slightly
ballooned; she held in the smoke for about five seconds and then let
it out with a soft hiss. She let out a sigh, and then loosened the
grip on the back of her neck the pain was leaving.
Sarah is one of approximately 136,000 marijuana users in West
Virginia, according to a 2009 report by DrugScience.org. Of the
sampled population, 81,000 reported marijuana use in the past month.
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According to drugwarfacts.com, marijuana has never been shown to cause
an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco.
Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate
as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.
According to the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy, the first marijuana
laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early
1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association.
Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been
counterproductive. White Americans did not even begin to smoke pot
until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy began funding reefer
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Deep-pocketed marijuana activists are pouring millions of dollars into
legalization measures on the ballot in Washington and Colorado, but
they are keeping their distance from a similar pot campaign in Oregon.
Marijuana legalization advocates connected with billionaire donors
George Soros and Peter Lewis say the Oregon measure doesn't appear as
politically attractive as it is in two other states -- particularly in
Washington where two recent polls show a majority favoring
Oregon's Measure 80 has not polled nearly as well, which is a "cause
for concern and a disincentive" to donate money, said Ethan Nadelmann,
a prominent national opponent of the nation's drug laws.
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Participants Present Their Cases For Pot Legalization
A great cloud rose over the Boston Common Saturday, Sept. 15, as
thousands of people from all over New England gathered for the 23rd
Boston Freedom Rally. Bringing together speakers, musicians, and many
different kinds of vendors, the rally serves as a yearly gathering
point for marijuana legalization advocates to get together and
protest the government's drug policy.
Beginning at 12 p.m., people of all different sorts streamed into the
Common. Although the college age cohort seemed to make up the
majority of those in attendance, there were some Baby Boomers and
Generation-Xers as well. Most people gathered in circles on the lawns
near the two large stages to smoke.
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After speaking before a crowd on the Boston Common at the 23rd Boston
Freedom Rally, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told The Daily Free Press that
marijuana should be legal and smoking it is an individual decision.
"I don't think anybody should be treated as a criminal for it," Frank
said Saturday of smoking marijuana.
Frank headlined the list of speakers at the rally, which also known as
The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, or MassCann, ran the
rally, partnering with the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws, or NORML.
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The University of Connecticut is ranked first in the nation among
marijuana activism and policy by High Times magazine.
The ranking, which was released in August, grades universities across
the country in terms of efforts to legalize cannabis, raise awareness
and reform drug policy.
The magazine lists the many efforts by UConn's Students for Sensible
Drug Policy (SSDP) as the main reason for their ranking.
According to High Times, "The Huskies of UConn SSDP have led the pack
this year in reforming marijuana policy both on and off campus. Most
notably, they played a huge role in helping pass medical marijuana
legislation in Connecticut by hosting rallies, coordinating
student-lobbying efforts and testifying before lawmakers."
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Peterborough's drug task force hosting series of Pot Talks discussions
with local youth
(PETERBOROUGH) The local drug task force hopes to bring area youth to
the table to talk pot this fall. During a series of planned
discussions, dubbed "Pot Talks," Peterborough youth are invited to
share their thoughts on policy surrounding the drug and it's use, as
well as learn about potential health impacts.
The move to engage youth in the debate is one of the many potential
actions outlined in the Peterborough Drug Strategy, which was released
earlier this year after two years of research.
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Drug Paradox: State, Federal Discrepancy Threatens Legal Users
Starting on Oct. 1, medical marijuana will be legal in Connecticut.
Although our state's medical marijuana law was carefully designed to
minimize the risk of federal invention, the legal reality is that the
federal government can still prosecute anyone growing, selling or
even using marijuana in compliance with state law. Our state leaders
should act to protect Connecticut's citizens, and call on President
Barack Obama to allow medical marijuana at the federal level.
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Could Kansas City be next in Missouri to lighten up on lighting up?
In 2004, Columbia residents passed a measure that greatly relaxed
penalties for marijuana smoking and possession. The advocacy group
Show-Me Cannabis Regulation said last week that it may soon mount
similar efforts in Kansas City and Springfield.
"We think those are incremental steps that could really help in
getting a statewide measure passed," said Amber Langston, the group's
campaign director and leader of the Columbia effort.
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On May 7, the Charlottesville City Council boldly recast the debate
about marijuana policy in Virginia. The council adopted a resolution
urging the General Assembly to give due consideration to
decriminalizing, legalizing or regulating marijuana like alcohol. The
council signaled that there is substantial support for changing
marijuana laws in our community.
This development undermines claims that marijuana legalization is a
marginal issue in the commonwealth. When future sessions of the
General Assembly debate this issue, our elected officials will need
to give the issue a fair hearing.
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In the Weeds
A resolution that would have marked a shift in city policy toward
prosecuting marijuana possession was ultimately passed by City
Council last week as a watered-down request for the state to
re-examine its drug policy, but that didn't keep the debate over
legalization from raging on.
At the May 7 council meeting, the chambers overflowed with citizens
ready to argue for or against marijuana decriminalization. After
hearing from recovering drug addicts, attorneys, students, and
parents, council members discussed the resolution at length. The
original draft consisted of two parts, the first encouraging the
Charlottesville Police Department to deprioritize by reducing
punishment for possession and focusing on other crimes. The final
paragraph proposed that the city address the Virginia General
Assembly about a statewide decriminalization. It was the only portion
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Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for
Psychedelics Studies, said the government and the National Institute
on Drug Abuse has a "monopoly on marijuana research" at Suffolk
University NORML's 2012 Cannabis Curriculum and Hemposium on Tuesday.
"The only place in the country that has NIDA approval to grow
marijuana for research is a government-run facility at the University
of Mississippi," he said. "We have been in court for six years trying
to get clearance."
About 65 students and speakers gathered at Suffolk University for a
forum that encouraged students to do research and projects on
cannabis and its prohibition, in addition to providing a place for
students to showcase their results.
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There was more politicking than in years past -- and seemingly less
marijuana smoking -- at Saturday's 41st annual Hash Bash on the
University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
A swarm of marijuana buffs gathered as usual at what they call high
noon on U-M's outdoor Diag plaza to cheer speakers with shouts of
"Free the weed!"
Some discreetly smoked pot while public safety officers stood a
stone's throw away, making 13 arrests for marijuana possession,
according to the U-M Department of Public Safety.
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Students for a Sensible Drug Policy hosts member of Law Enforcement
Her best friend was raped and murdered by a drug gang while she was
at college. Ten years later, retired Maryland State Police Captain
Leigh Maddox would lose yet another close friend during a drug sting operation.
Maddox -- now a special assistant state's attorney for Baltimore
County and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition -- spoke to
nearly 30 students in Stamp Student Union Monday about the drug war's
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Appeals Court Rules to Bring Decriminalization to A
Decriminalization of the recreational use of marijuana might be on the
ballot this November in Detroit, and perhaps statewide.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of The Coalition for a
Safer Detroit in its lawsuit against the Detroit Election Commission
on February 10. The coalition filed the lawsuit after the commission
voted to exclude a decriminalization proposal from the 2010 ballot,
despite a successful petition to include it.
In the 2-1 decision, the court declared the decriminalization proposal
should have appeared on the 2010 ballot. This ruling will force the
proposal to appear on the next viable Detroit election ballot.
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I appreciated the publication of "Cannabis activists are ready to say
'no Obama' " by Jim Greig (Feb. 29). Which candidate we vote for only
matters come that day in November. Until then, I'm going to join Greig
and just say "no" to President Obama.
The drug war (and the marijuana issue is but a part of that) is
ruining us. We have spent more than $1 trillion waging the drug war,
and it has failed.
If making pot illegal was meant to staunch its use, the law has
failed. If it was meant to stop marijuana growing, the failure is off
the chart - cannabis is now the nation's No. 1 agricultural commodity.
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Matt, a 20-year-old student at Sacred Heart University, occasionally
buys small amounts of marijuana.
He has never been caught by police, but he said friends have, and they
Faced with two choices -- charging the users with a crime punishable
by a $1,000 fine and possible imprisonment or letting Matt's friends
go after disposing of the pot -- the police chose the latter.
"They didn't arrest them," said Matt, who asked that his last name not
be published. "They just let them go."
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"...rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not
add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the
tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an
individual." - Thomas Jefferson
A movement in drug policy circles is afoot in this election season
that so far has flown under the media's radar but holds the potential
to be a game-changer.
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Despite the Federal and County Crackdowns, Smartphone-App Business Is
Medical-cannabis patients are increasingly turning to their
smartphones to easily find deals of the day, scan dispensary menus,
and even schedule dispensary-provided services such as yoga. A tour of
the Apple App Store and the Android Market reveals a rapidly advancing
world of weed apps, even amid the crackdown by the U.S. Department of
This makes sense, actually: Dispensaries ratcheted down visibility,
pulling TV and print ads and even closing shops, but have turned to
smartphone and tablet apps and email lists to roust business.
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If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms,
marijuana would be legal and there would be no medical marijuana debate.
Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose
death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco.
Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate
as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents. The first
marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during
the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical
Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages
have been counterproductive at best. White Americans did not even
begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy
began funding reefer madness propaganda. Marijuana prohibition has
failed miserably as a deterrent.
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There's been an explosive growth in smartphone app usage, despite
federal finger-wagging over marijuana.
Medical cannabis patients are increasingly turning to their
smartphones to easily find deals of the day, scan dispensary menus,
and even schedule some dispensary-provided yoga. A tour of the Apple
App Store and the Android Market reveals a rapidly advancing world of
weed apps amid the crackdown by the US Department of Justice. Whether
it's studying up on strains, finding a physician who specializes in
the medicinal herb, staying informed, or ending prohibition, the
needs of the medical cannabis industry are playing out on mobile technology.
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A Gallup Poll in 2010 Showed Americans in Support of Legalizing
Marijuana Outnumbered Those in Opposition
Even those who support marijuana legalization admit this probably
won't be their year in Iowa.
At least one Iowa Senate Republican is calling on lawmakers to
consider legislation to legalize pot for medical use, the measure
will likely stall in the Legislature again this year.
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, who has supported legalizing medical
marijuana for years, said conversation will keep the issue relevant,
but any serious action will take some time.
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Shortly before senior Kat Rodriguez's last home football game as a
student, she was returning to a tailgate near Notre Dame Stadium when
she tripped on a bicycle and gashed open her forehead.
Blood and beer spilled to the ground as Rodriguez, who was of legal
drinking age, fell to the ground.
Senior Tom Burns and a friend saw Rodriguez fall and helped her to a
Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officer. But before doing so, a
thought crossed Burns' mind -- Would Rodriguez, or his friend who was
intoxicated and underage, get in trouble? "For a split second, it
crossed my mind," Burns said.
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The feeling is all too common -- an overwhelming sense of dizziness,
compounded by an inability to place one foot in front of the other
without stumbling. While this experience is typically induced by
heavy drinking, students could mimic the effects of high blood
alcohol content using special "beer goggles" at an event Friday
sponsored by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, Health Services and
the Greek Council.
On a given day, the 15 to 20 members of Brown's chapter of SSDP may
be found on the Main Green passing out flyers about the negative
effects of government anti-drug efforts, at the Rhode Island State
House protesting decisions they believe unfairly discriminate against
drug users or in the basement of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
educating students on the dangers of alcohol abuse.
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As the race moves to a state with a big drug problem and controverisal
laws to deal with it, here's a primer on an issue that has been
largely absent from the campaign trail
The battle for the Republican nomination has moved to Florida this
week, which also happens to be a key battleground in an entirely
different fight: the $15bn federally-waged war on drugs.
Passed in July of last year, a controversial law requires the state's
welfare recipients to submit to drug testing -- and to pay for the
costs of the screening. Nearly 1,600 applicants refused to submit to
the testing last year, while over 7,000 took the test and passed.
Thirty-two of the applicants failed, the majority of whom tested
positive for marijuana.
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Bill Would Enable Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis To
A bill that would enable doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to
patients -- introduced in the House of Delegates earlier this month --
has attracted bipartisan support, moving Maryland closer to joining 16
states and Washington in legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.
Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore City) drafted HB 15 -- also known as
the Maryland Medical Marijuana Act -- which would allow doctors to
prescribe the drug to patients suffering from severe pain and
end-of-life ailments, as well as regulate the sale and growth of the
drug in the state. Although opponents of the bill have argued that the
legislation would lead to increased drug use, Glenn said prescriptions
would only be used when "doctors have exhausted all other resources."
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HEALTH / Activists Say Federal Omnibus Bill Will Put Drug Users,
Prisoners at Greater Risk
Local advocates for successful harm-reduction programs are arguing
that the federal omnibus crime bill places drug users at a higher
risk of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
They say that Bill C-10, reintroduced last September by the
Conservative Party, has more consequences than simply being "tough on crime."
It's a "regressive piece of legislation," says Sandra Chu, senior
policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, noting that
infection rates are 10 times higher for HIV and 30 times higher for
hepatitis C in prisons.
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Advocates Hope U. Senate Will Extend Good Samaritan Policy To Include
For many student activists, winning the four-year fight to implement
a Good Samaritan policy in March was only the first half of the
battle -- they have officially begun the second round to extend the
policy to include drug use.
Undergraduate senators officially submitted a policy to the
University Senate Nov. 18 to extend the Good Samaritan policy --
which protects dangerously drunk students from university sanctions
if they call 911 for themselves or a friend -- so students are also
protected if they overdose on drugs. Although students pushed for an
all-inclusive policy when they first began lobbying for Good
Samaritan legislation four years ago, they ultimately focused on only
getting an alcohol-related policy passed first. With a formal
extension proposal now in hand, they are setting their sights again
on establishing the policy they had once envisioned.
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Across Canada, protestors recently met to urge lawmakers not to "mess
up like Texas." They were supposed to be sporting cowboy hats, but in
Oshawa all they wore were expressions of dismay at the progress of a
crime bill they feel the government has no grounds for.
The protestors, though relatively few, were vociferous in denouncing
the federal government's omnibus crime bill currently sitting in the
House of Commons. C-10, as the bill is known, contains amendments to
several sections of the Criminal Code. Minimum sentences for drug
violations and more prisons were just two facets of the bill the
protestors had come to decry.
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Critics are having a hard time understanding why the Conservatives
would draft crime legislation that will see teenagers sent to prison
for sharing marijuana with their friends. It's like 'cracking a nut
with a sledgehammer,' one tells CHRIS COBB.
He's an 18-year-old the law defines as a man. He comes from a solid
middle-class family. He's a smart, hardworking person with great
potential and he's never been in trouble with the law.
Like millions of Canadians teenagers before him, and at least a
quarter of his contemporaries, he's going through a marijuana phase:
something that reliable justice statistics show he will eventually
grow out of, just as many police officers, politicians, doctors,
teachers and lawyers grew out of.
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Federal Prosecutors Target Legal Marijuana Trade Despite Obama's
Liberal Stance on Medical Use of Cannabis
Steve DeAngelo doesn't have the luxury of worrying about a threatened US
government crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries like the one he
runs in Oakland, California. For him, the crackdown is already in full
As the head of the largest pot dispensary in the country, with more
than 80,000 customers and annual revenues of more than $20m, DeAngelo
always knew he would have a big target on his back if the federal
authorities chose to challenge the state laws that allow him and
thousands of other operators across the United States to sell
marijuana on the open market.
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Mexican drug cartels are no doubt thrilled with the Obama
Administration's crackdown on voter-approved medical marijuana
dispensaries. So much for change and 2008 campaign promises to
respect states' rights. So much for jobs. The medical marijuana
industry is one of the few job creators in the current down economy.
If Obama succeeds in destroying the domestic medical marijuana
industry, international drug cartels will move in to meet demand and
reap the profits. This is basic economics. As long as there is a
demand for marijuana, there will be a supply. Replacing domestic
growers with organized crime groups that also sell cocaine, meth and
heroin is not necessarily a good thing.
Marijuana prohibition is a gateway drug policy. Students who want to
help end marijuana prohibition should contact Students for Sensible
Drug Policy at www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com.
Sincerely, Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy
Group Hopes Policy Will Extend Coverage to Drugs
Members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy are gearing up for a
familiar fight this semester -- pushing for a Good Samaritan policy
that applies to those under the influence of drugs.
After a three-year push from members of the university community --
including many in SSDP -- the University Senate approved an official
Good Samaritan policy in March, which protects dangerously
intoxicated students from university sanction if they call for help
for themselves or a friend. While this is the first full semester it
will be enforced, members of SSDP said they are already mobilizing
different on-campus groups to extend the policy to students on drugs.
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Nearly 1,000 people gathered on the steps and lawn of the state
Capitol this afternoon to decry attempts to change the medical
marijuana law passed by voters in 2008.
With the distinct smell of marijuana in the air and signs declaring
"Let My People Grow," and "Fight Criminals, not Sick People," the
rally was one part "Hash Bash" and one part protest rally.
Speaker after speaker decried the recent raids on medical marijuana
dispensaries and efforts made by the legislature and Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette to water down the law, which passed with 63% of
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Drug use among college-age adults is increasing, driven largely by an
increase marijuana use, a national drug-use survey has found.
Nearly one in 10 Americans report regularly using illegal drugs,
including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or
prescription drugs used recreationally, according to the National
Survey on Drug Use and Health made public today. The survey, sponsored
by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), collects the data from interviews with 67,500
randomly selected people 12 years or older.
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To the Castlegar News editor, Re: 'Police strike new charter with schools and community groups' (June 30).
Again with the D.A.R.E. nonsense? How many times does a program have
to fail before it is abandoned?
The problem with most drug "education" aimed at young people is that
it mostly consists of fear-mongering: "Don't! Or you will get in
medical, social, or legal trouble!" Indoctrinations, certificates,
slogans, promises and vows -- all of it has proven to be of little help
and at least some harm. Don't believe me? Since D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education) first started in the mid-1980s, drug use among
Canadian teens has quadrupled!
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The Proposed Bill Would Leave the Regulation of Marijuana to State Governments.
HR 2306, the bipartisan bill known as Ending the Federal Marijuana
Prohibition Act of 2011, was introduced into Congress on June 23 by
D-Rep. Barney Frank with the support of R-Rep. Ron Paul. If passed,
the bill would not legalize marijuana, but would remove regulation
from the federal level and be left to the discretion of the states.
The bill lists a number of sections in federal law where marijuana
would be removed, essentially striking it from the federal list of
"controlled substances." The states would then have the power to
regulate, tax or prohibit them on their own terms. "A bill to limit
the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption
of marijuana, and for other purposes," the HR 2306 bill document said
in its introduction. According to Politico, the bill is modeled after
the 21st amendment, which repealed the alcohol prohibition. During an
interview about the proposal, Paul said that the prohibition is a
catastrophe. Kids are able to obtain marijuana more easily than
alcohol and marijuana is beneficial for many cancer patients, he
said. "The war against marijuana causes so much hardship and
accomplishes nothing," Paul said. "We knew prohibition of alcohol was
very bad, so this is just getting back to a sensible position on how
we handle difficult problems." According to their website, the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws [NORML] and
their state affiliates, like Washington NORML, act with the intention
to educate the public, lobby state and federal officials and gain
overall support for the elimination of the criminal prohibition on
marijuana. Kevin Oliver, the executive director of Washington NORML,
said they need support for the bill. "Once the bill has been
introduced and has a bill number, we should all begin asking our
elected representatives in the House to co-sponsor the measure,"
Oliver said. Brady Irwin, the CFO for the WSU branch of Students for
Sensible Drug Policy [SSDP] and NORML, said that this legislation
would be a huge win for the anti-prohibition movement. He said he
does not know if this bill will be the one, but it is a step in the
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Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. "war on drugs," a
policy of zero tolerance first declared by then-President Richard
Nixon in 1971, but members of the MSU branch of Students for Sensible
Drug Policy hope that this anniversary will be the country's last.
MSU Students for Sensible Drug Policy, or MSU SSDP, held a candlelight
vigil at 8:30 p.m. Friday outside the Capitol to protest what they
consider to be failed prohibitionist drug policies and to remember the
people who have died because of them.
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June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon, citing
drug abuse as "public enemy No. 1," officially declared a "war on
drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war
on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.
The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization promoting
drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human
rights, will host a press conference at 1pm on Thursday, June 16 at
the Newseum in Washington D.C.
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The war on drugs has failed. It's time to legalize marijuana,
decriminalize other drugs, and implement science-based policies
instead of fear-mongering.
These are not the words of drug-reform advocates, but those of the
Global Commission on Drug Policy, a 19-member panel made up of
high-profile international experts. The panel's June 2 report declared
the war on drugs a failure in no uncertain terms.
If the drug war was supposed to accomplish anything, it was to
decrease the consumption of drugs and limit access to them. Quite the
opposite has happened.
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LEGALISE CANNABIS marches were held in Dublin and Cork on Saturday.
Large numbers of participants turned out from an alliance of groups
including Cork Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Legalise Cannabis
Ireland and the De Criminalise Illegal Drugs group.
Participants in the fifth annual Legalise Cannabis marches have
stressed that the money that is raised through the drugs trade would
be better spent by the Government than by criminal gangs who currently
Roscommon-Leitrim TD Luke Ming Flanagan told attendants at the rally
in Cork on Saturday afternoon that anyone who believed that legalising
cannabis would lead to more people using hard drugs should listen to
the facts from the Netherlands.
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April 20 Is Valued in Cannabis Culture, and the Protest Served As a
Way to Gather in Celebration.
About 30 students gathered on the sky bridge between the Lighty
Student Services Building and the Glenn Terrell Mall Wednesday. The
smell of incense filled the air as students gathered with signs
reading "Cannabis is safer than alcohol," "I love pot" and "End
marijuana prohibition." Members of the WSU chapter of the National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students
for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) met Wednesday to march from Lighty to
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Police Called to UOIT Campus at April 15 Just Say Know Event
OSHAWA -- A drug education conference at UOIT took an ironic turn
Friday afternoon when a guest speaker invited to talk about the
challenges faced by medical marijuana users says he was harassed -
for being a medical marijuana user.
Ben Fudge, an Oshawa resident and federally exempted medical
marijuana user, was among nine speakers on the agenda for the April
15 Just Say Know conference, the first event of its kind at the university.
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The Recreational and Medicinal Communities Get Together - Somewhat
Since I started writing this column last October, I've been amazed at
the number of organizations and events, and the complexity of
marijuana activism. The most recent event to appear on my personal
horizon is the May 7 Cures Not Wars Cannabis Liberation Day. The fact
that it is taking place is no surprise. What surprises me is that it
has been going on since 1994 in New York, and in Detroit since 2001.
I never heard of it before and apparently it has not been big in the media.
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