In 2012 I supported Amendment 64 in Colorado, a common sense step toward ending the archaic prohibition mindset that has resulted in the U.S. leading the world in the incarceration of our people -- a prison system packed with non-violent drug offenders.
Long before there were antiretrovirals, characters like the loving, grandmotherly "Brownie Mary" Rathbun became famous as they offered "compassion" (in her case, pot brownies). This was often the only medicine some patients had to alleviate the symptoms associated with AIDS.
The marijuana reform movement has broken through as a legitimate political and cultural force. We're at a tipping point where it's starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if -- but when. But what about the other drugs?
How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work. We can't arrest our way out of this problem. Take it from someone who tried for 34 years.
The magnitude of our victories in Colorado and Washington makes what once appeared impossible -- drug law reforms grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights -- seemingly inevitable.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...
As someone living with MS, I have a special interest in health care practitioners being allowed to recommend medical marijuana here in New York.
The UCR's failure to track Latino arrests as a separate category also conceals the racially targeted policing that we suspect is at play in Latino communities, just as it is in black communities.
It's not simply a battle of politics and laws that takes place in legislatures and courtrooms. It is a war that is being waged in our neighborhoods on a daily basis, adversely affecting millions of people every year, and costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of million dollars.
*That [marijuana] is not a drug. It's a leaf." Arnold Schwarzenegger A few months ago, a very close friend of mine called me in tears. She said polic...
It's not just that I disagree with Doug Fine about marijuana policy. What I find disturbing is that the Post published a piece containing numerous major factual errors without, it seems, much thought.
Although the outcome of a recent study was framed as, "Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States," a closer look reveals the roots of old school reefer madness.
As we progress through the next round of discussions on immigration reform, we will need to discuss further how marijuana law will continue to impact peoples' immigration status.
As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a hot spot for weekend travelers. There are hundreds of things to do, from sightseeing at historic sites and museums, and smoking in coffeeshops, to simply enjoying its upbeat nightlife.
Yesterday, the New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill for fourth time. The need for the Senate to act swiftly and pass the bill has never been more urgent for thousands of New Yorkers or for me personally.
While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.