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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Why Are Some Cops So Hostile to Marijuana Policy Reform?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

State prosecutors, police, sheriffs, and attorneys general are almost universally opposed to marijuana policy reform measures, to the point where they actually spend time and money lobbying against us. Why?

Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, the Senate Judiciary Committee blocked her nomination to head the DEA.

Let's Be Honest: The War Against Marijuana Has Failed

Joseph McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph McNamara

2010-10-25-djcdjc.jpgOver my career, I have seen firsthand how misguided our marijuana policies are for our state and our country.

If California Legalizes Marijuana, How Will Obama React?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

California legalizing marijuana seems to have become a very real possibility, and how Obama's going to handle it will be important. The state could become a "test-case" in challenging federal laws on the matter.

Legalization Up in Smoke? Not Anymore

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

I feared that Prop 19, the best-hope-to-date chapter in the battle for sane drug laws, was a lost cause. But something has changed in the public's consciousness. What explains this big swing in momentum?

Group Of Ex-Officers, Judges Support California Marijuana Legalization

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A group of former law enforcement officials on Monday endorsed a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana ...

Prohibition and Civil Unrest

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drug prohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition in the US. Legalizing drugs will put the black market out of business.

We Are All Californians

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Californians have an opportunity to do what no other state has done, indeed, what no other country has accomplished: legalize marijuana.

Cops For and Against the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

From uniformed beat cops to homicide dicks to sheriffs more and more of the nation's police officers are coming to realize that our 40-year drug war is an unmitigated failure.

Deadly Drug War

John Dougherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Dougherty

The horrific violence in Mexico is too often dismissed in the U.S. as "Mexico's problem." Only when violence "spills over" into the U.S. does it seem to register as a matter of concern.

Our Nation's New Drug Policy - NOT!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

What we've done for the last 40 years has not worked. So, why would we continue down the same path? What would happen if we put the emphasis on anti-drug therapy and education?

The Muzzling of a Cop

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

David Bratzer, a young, soft-spoken police officer with the Victoria (British Columbia) Police, decided to speak out against the War on Drugs. Now he's been ordered not to air his views.

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."

Cops Say to Legalize Drugs

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The benefits of legalizing drugs are now undeniable, and everyone from Obama's most zealous supporters to former drug enforcement officials are demanding legalization be considered a valid option.

New Drug Czar: "We're Not at War With People in This Country"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In retiring the phrase from the federal lexicon will we really be ending the "War on Drugs"? Hardly.

Open Letter to the New "Drug Czar" from Another Top Cop: End the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Congratulations Gil Kerlikowske on your confirmation as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Bit of an irony, isn't it? Two Seattle police chiefs on opposite sides of the drug war?