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Marijuana and the Democracy Disconnect

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

When it comes to marijuana, democratic principles take a back seat to fear, ignorance, and political expediency.

Prediction: Washington State Will End Marijuana Prohibition in 26 Months

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

If we can agree on an initiative that's drafted to appeal to swing voters (meaning it can't be too radical) and it's placed on the November 2012 ballot, I predict that marijuana will be made legal in Washington state in just 26 months.

Legalize Marijuana? Perish the Thought, Says Drug Czar -- Banish the Herb...and the Verb!

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The new Drug Czar: "The discussion about legalization is not a part of the president's vocabulary under any circumstances and it's not a part of mine."

Ryan Grim

UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In ...

White House Czar Calls For End to 'War on Drugs'

Wall Street Journal | GARY FIELDS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting "a war on drugs," a move that would ...

Obama Nominating Seattle Police Chief as Drug Czar

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

What gives me hope is the fact that Seattle has been at the cutting edge of harm reduction and other drug policy reform developments in the U.S. over the last decade.

Gil Kerlikowske: Obama's Drug Czar

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden officially nominated Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as chief of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Wednesday. ...

Obama's New Drug Czar Couldn't Be Any Worse Than Bush's. Will He Be Any Better?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Current Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will no doubt do a better job as the nation's "drug czar" than his predecessor, John Walters, who was a fanatic enemy of science and reason.