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Drug War Contractors Misplace Millions

September 11th, 2012

Major holes in accountability allow private contractors for the DEA and Defense Department to siphon millions into personal accounts. According to Washington, “that’s the only way we can do it.”

Drug War Contractors

A week after an international panel came out saying the American Drug War has failed the United States Senate came to a similar conclusion. A commission headed up by Senator Claire McCaskill found that the level of drug war spending is unjustifiable. McCaskill said, “It’s becoming increasingly clear that our efforts to rein in the narcotics trade in Latin America […] have largely failed.” » Read more: Drug War Contractors Misplace Millions


Oh, the Irony! Connecticut Criminalizes Fake Pot.

July 2nd, 2012

Within days of decriminalizing the real thing, Connecticut lawmakers are making possession of synthetic cannibal and legal saliva a crime.

Synthetic Marijuana

In case you were unaware, on June 8th Connecticut passed SB1014, to decriminalize pot or as the bill puts it a “non-criminal violation”. This means anyone caught with under a half ounce of pot is subject to a ticket and fine similar to that of a speeding ticket. This is another big victory against the drug war, and the Connecticut legislature deserves praise.
Before this bill was even signed by the governor, however, the Connecticut Senate had started working on a bill that would criminalize possession of synthetic pot. Synthetic pot is made to simulate the effects of pot, but until March was not regulated by the government. In March, the Federal Government reclassified synthetic pot as a schedule 1 controlled substance. This is the same level of restriction placed on heroin, meth, and real pot. The bill to legalize pot was passed only after Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman stepped in to break the 18-18 tie. The bill to make synthetic pot illegal, on the other hand, passed 36-0. » Read more: Oh, the Irony! Connecticut Criminalizes Fake Pot.


Gary Johnson Still in the Race

November 3rd, 2011

Presidential candidate and marijuana supporter Gary Johnson still feels good despite poll numbers.
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To many Gary Johnson is quickly becoming another Republican also ran, but not if you ask him. Despite being left out of the New Hampshire debate, he feels that he has the momentum. His pro-pot Libertarian views have not been received as well in the GOP as fellow Libertarian Ron Paul. He is currently polling at just one percent, while Paul is around ten. Front runners Bachman and Romney have been consistently around twenty-five percent. Johnson is not deterred. As he put it, “there are 126 candidates on the Republican side of the ticket right now.” While that is a bit of an exaggeration, the numbers will whittle down to Johnson’s benefit. Johnson compares his campaign to his successful campaign for Governor. Less then six months before the Gubernatorial primary, Johnson was polling with only two percent of the vote. Despite this he went on to win not just the primary, but also the election. » Read more: Gary Johnson Still in the Race


Former Candidate for California Governor Targeted by Police

September 27th, 2011

Steve Kubby who ran for Governor of California in 1998 was arrested for possessing medical marijuana. In jail, he nearly died from lack of access to the drug.

Steve Kubby

In the 1960, Steve Kubby was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called pheochromocytoma. This disease is normally terminal and his doctor Vincent DeQuattro was amazed to find him still alive in 1996, not to mention in good enough condition to run for the Governor’s office. Kubby ran and lost as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of California. Following his loss, he went on to craft what would eventually become Proposition 215 that legalized medical marijuana in the state. In 1999, however, he was raided by police. When he was put in prison, he was denied access to medical marijuana. Even this short break from his medication caused a disease he had lived with for forty years to almost kill him.

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Medical Marijuana Robbery Illustrates how Crime is Handled in a Legal System

September 5th, 2011

A marijuana courier was held at gunpoint and robbed of the marijuana he was delivering in Los Angeles. Amazingly, there is no retaliation mob hit planned.

Police and Marijuana

Anyone who objectively studies marijuana is forced to conclude that most of the societal problems are caused by prohibition, not marijuana. In an illegal marketplace people are denied the means of solving disputes that are normally available. When made available, people use a third neutral party to settle disputes namely, courts and lawyers. In the illegal drug market, participants revert to more primal means of settling disputes, survival of the fittest. Drug Cartel A and Drug Cartel B have a disagreement and the streets run red until one side either closes up shop or is wiped out. This is the image of the drug war that is plastered on headlines across America. Everyday we see stories like “Four Killed in Drug Related Gang Violence” or “Fifty People Killed in Juarez Mexico.” What never seems to be reported upon are situations like the one that recently happened in L.A.

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Canadian Judge may have Legalized Marijuana

August 17th, 2011

In response to Canada’s severely flawed medical marijuana system, Judge Donald Taliano found that prohibition itself was unconstitutional.

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The drug war has long made a mockery of the American Justice System.  In Canada however, the Justice System is making a mockery of the War on Drugs.  Canada has had a system of medical marijuana in place for several years. On April 12 of 2011, Judge Donald Taliano of Ontario heard the case of R. v. Mernagh.  Matt Mernagh is a Canadian medical marijuana patient who has been treating his fibromyalgia and seizures for years.  Unfortunately he was unable to find a doctor who was willing to sign the paperwork to allow him to legally use marijuana.  The police then raided Matt’s house and seized all the plants he was growing for his own use and charged him for growing without a license.

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What We Learned from Prop. 19’s Failure

July 28th, 2011

In 2010 the California ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana failed. What lessons have we learned to help us succeed in 2012?

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In November of 2010 California voted 54% to 46% not to legalize marijuana. This came as a devastating shock to the war on the drug war, as many polls had it passing. Within hours of its defeat, however, plans were being made to try again in 2012. Looking back on what happened in 2010, what can be done differently to guarantee our success?

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Panamanian Dictator Indicted for Drug Trafficking was Supported by CIA

July 19th, 2011

Ex-Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug trafficking charges following the US invasion of Panama in 1989. Evidence of his involvement in drug trafficking, however, goes back to the 1950’s when the United States was his supporter.

Marijuana Panamian Dictator

Manuel Noriega was a career soldier, who through opportunistic support during the revolution in the late 1960’s and a possible assassination, has become the de facto leader of Panama by the early 1980’s. His involvement with the American CIA goes back to the late 1950’s. By the time of the 1989 invasion of Panama, Noriega had become a key player in the Medellin Cartel. After his arrest, he was convicted in 1992 on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. He was released in 2007 and extradited to France, who in 2010 sentenced him to another ten years.
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Canada’s Marijuana Church

July 12th, 2011

Like marijuana? Hate clothes? Canada’s Church of the Universe could be for you.

Canada’s Marijuana Church

The Assembly of the Church of the Universe was founded by Walter Tucker in 1969 in Ontario. The Church of the Universe treats marijuana as a holy sacrament and encourages use among its member. The church believes that marijuana is the sacred tree of life spoken of in Psalms and Revelations. The Church also promotes nudity as a means to end gender discrimination. They see this practice as deriving from Genesis as well as that Adam and Eve were nude prior to the original sin. » Read more: Canada’s Marijuana Church


Marijuana Penalties

May 3rd, 2011
Marijuana Penalties

Marijuana Penalties

Marijuana laws differ from place to place within the US and penalties ranges from a fine amounting to few hundred dollars up to prison sentence of few years across various states. It is a rather complicated procedure keeping a tab on the laws followed in all the states across the county in comparison with the federal laws which is in complete opposition to any form of marijuana use be it medical or non-medical purpose.

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