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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

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Gary Johnson Still in the Race

November 3rd, 2011

Presidential candidate and marijuana supporter Gary Johnson still feels good despite poll numbers.
Gary Johnson Legalize Medical Marijuana
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

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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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Who’s the next Medical Marijuana State?

November 15th, 2010

As we all know right now that Arizona became the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana in the United States.  The ballot initiative passed with 50.13% of the vote.  Talk about a tight squeeze, which law enforcement all opposed.  The great thing about this is the people got what they want and that’s what makes this country so beautiful.

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Failure of Prop 19 impacts recreational use

November 5th, 2010

Gabriel Rodriguez is a student at Laney College and is an advit smoker.  The 20 year old voted in favor of Prop 19 this past Tuesday, but after the results came in he just sat in a corner of the student center at his college.  He sounded resigned about it and said that Prop 19 wouldn’t have benefited every anyway.  You can’t be down about it, you just have to try harder in 2012 to get more people to the polls to vote in favor.

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Prop 19: Update on Marijuana Taxes

November 5th, 2010

Voters in California rejected prop 19 this week.  A curious thing happened however when the votes were tallied up finally.  As voters rejected Prop 19, a statewide initiative that promised to tax marijuana, they voted overwhelmingly for local measures to do so.

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Seattle mayor calls for marijuana policy review

November 4th, 2010

Back in October there was a raid on a suspected marijuana grower, who actually turned out to be a medical marijuana patient.  Now the Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn, is calling for the city, King County police, and prosecutors to join him in a review of marijuana enforcement policies.

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Why did Prop 19 go down?

November 3rd, 2010

They are saying that Prop 19 failed in part due to many proponents emphasizing the wrong arguments for legalization.  Many supporters promised major benefits to California’s budget because of reduced expenditure on marijuana prohibition and increased revenue from marijuana taxation.  Not to mention Mexican drug violence would fall substantially.

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Prop 203 brings down Arizona from its high

November 3rd, 2010

The measure failed yesterday by a little over 6,000 votes.  If Prop 203 became legal it would have allowed people, with sever pain, to be able to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.  The reason why people opposed it was that they say citizens would have faked pain in order to get a prescription for marijuana.  If that is the case wouldn’t it be better to legalize marijuana fully then?  This way you don’t have to worry about people falsifying records and pretending just to smoke marijuana.

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Judge orders Medical Marijuana business to stop

November 2nd, 2010

District Judge Dusty Deschamps on Friday granted the restraining order sought by Jason Christ, but refused his request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former employees.  The Montana Caregivers Network have been ordered to stop operating a medical marijuana consulting business pending a hearing.

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