Now that most of the world's problems are close to being resolved (except for the treaty regulating global trade in conventional arms) the United Nations can begin to focus on non-violent internal affairs in member nations such as the United States.
People arrested by NYPD for marijuana possession have spent 5,000,000 hours in police custody over the last decade.
Sooner or later, marijuana legalization proponents will have to take responsibility for grossly misleading the public about the health harms of pot. To persuade people to legalize, they have to perpetuate the myth that marijuana is harmless.
This mayor's assumption about any person starting up a compassionate care center is that they are fronting for the illegal behavior they really want to engage in. Pretty pessimistic, Mr. Mayor. And completely absurd as well.
In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.
Each year the federal government confiscates about 2.4 million pounds of marijuana, which is later burned at costly "drug burns." All we have to do, as citizens of LA, is convince Republicans in D.C. to box it up and send it to us. We will make sure it is burned (just a little more slowly).
What could possibly be the federal government's objection to letting the public know that about the health benefits of medical marijuana?
Will Jerry Brown be unopposed for reelection? Technically, no. Effectively? We'll see.
Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.
Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.
Surely Willie Nelson comes to mind for many people when the words "country music" and "marijuana" are mentioned together. Yet Willie has many younger allies these days as a new generation of "outlaw" artists are brazenly singing about pot.
In this week's issue, Lynne Peeples puts the spotlight on one of the rarely-discussed dangers facing soldiers in war zones: exposure to contaminated environments. And Ryan Grim and Ryan Reilly wade into the battle over medical marijuana, against the backdrop of our nation's decades-long and disastrous drug war.
I predict that there will be growing sentiment that the most realistic way to fight this serious war is by legalizing, with strict rules, the purchase of drugs -- but I predict that the effort to do such will be a failure.
The history between sex and cannabis extends back as far as 1000 B.C.E. when the Hindus would use hashish to achieve a state of Kama or as we know it, pleasure. So, does cannabis enhance the sexual experience? Well, it's difficult to argue with a culture that wrote the book of Kama Sutra.
After Colorado and Washington State outright legalized marijuana in the last election it's time for the State of Florida to get on the road of drug law reform.
Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach remains one of the most stalwart proponents of progressive politics in Harrisburg.