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4. How The Flaw In Elections Foisted Prohibition On America

Ted Wachtel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Ted Wachtel

In 1920, on the first day of Prohibition, people must have looked around and thought, "How the hell did this happen?" Wayne Wheeler, leader of the National Anti Saloon League, knew exactly how it happened.

War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

Of Brexit, Baptists, Booze And A History Of Naïve Blunders

John A. Tures | Posted 06.25.2016 | World
John A. Tures

America will soon face a similar number of temptations to renege on all kinds of international agreements that it signed in good faith with other nations. Supporters will promise all kinds of benefits they can't deliver. Learn from the British and the Baptists.

Tales of Mazatlan's Plaza Machado

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Built in the 1820s, the plaza has been drawing visitors ever since. No one's really sure why he came to Mazatlan, but in the late 1820s a fellow fro...

Speakeasies Worth Traveling For

Erin Block | Posted 05.27.2016 | Travel
Erin Block

The best part of traveling is finding adventure in unexpected places. This is probably why the speakeasy craze has become so popular. The speakeasy dates back to the 1920s and the Prohibition Era when the sale of alcohol was illegal in the United States. Soon, hidden saloons began to pop-up where patrons could drink in secret. Now, the trend is reborn.

Prohibition Again?

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

I interviewed James Hedges, Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States to find out why he was running for POTUS.

Ahead Of A Key Meeting, Russia Is Driving Global Drug Policy Into The Ground

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the w...

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

Should We Stop Using the Word 'Addict'?

The Influence | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
The Influence

When I argue for greater compassion towards addicts, I often get somebody replying who says something like: "Then you shouldn't call them 'addicts.' Stop using that word." It's a serious argument, and one that is worth thinking through in public.

Some Say This Herb Is A Solution To Opioid Addiction, But Drug Warriors Want To Ban It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics

America's drug war is changing. Marijuana, long demonized without evidence as one of the world's most dangerous drugs, is now legal, at least for medi...

Examining India's Beef Ban: Why this Brahmin isn't a Fan

Ria Chakraborty | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Ria Chakraborty

Every Sunday morning, a few of my friends and I meet up at our favorite crêperie for brunch. While crepes, butter, bananas, strawberries, and a plen...

Fair Trade Cocaine

Violeta Ayala | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

The drug war brought violence to Latin America, but let me tell you it's also brought opportunity and created a way to escape a system of deeply-ingrained poverty for hundreds of thousands of people.

How To Use Guilt To Spice Up Your Sex Life

Pamela Madsen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Guilt can keep us "in line," and take over our lives and convince us that we are "bad people" and stop us from living our lives fully. Guilt is a tricky number. But guilt can be an aphrodisiac too. Some of the best sex is so good exactly because we are so bad!

Let's Misbehave: A NYC Celebration of the 82nd Anniversity of Prohibiton Repeal

Karim Orange | Posted 12.08.2015 | New York
Karim Orange

photo: Michael Blase Last Saturday marked the 82nd anniversary of prohibition repeal in the United Stated. New York City celebrated in style at the ...

Ladies Who Like To Drink Owe A Little Thanks To Prohibition

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts

You've never been to a saloon. Maybe there was a kitschy bar in your hometown with "saloon" in its name, but, rest assured, it was in name only. You'v...

Cannabis & Wellness: The Spa Connection

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Harding-Bond

To gain insight on what is causing the momentum, I decided to talk to Sandra Hinchliffe, author of The Cannabis Spa at Home. How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More.

The GOP of the 1920s Lives!

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
M.W. Jacobs

There is a striking similarity between the GOP of the 1920s and that of today. Indeed, today's GOP resembles no other as much as that of the 1920s. As a political movement dedicated to never changing, conservatism has succeeded admirably.

A Long Weekend in France Without Leaving North America (Really!)

Saul Gitlin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Travel
Saul Gitlin

For the discriminating traveler looking for something different that combines an international flair with rich history and natural beauty, the territory is a "hidden gem" among North American tourist destinations.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island: It's the Cat's Pajamas

Tony Sachs | Posted 08.13.2016 | New York
Tony Sachs

As far as I'm concerned, there's never a bad time to wear a straw boater, suspenders and spats while doing the Charleston and drinking moonshine. But the best time to do so is when thousands of other people are doing the same thing.

A Guide to 10 Wacky Weddings in Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.10.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Looking for a place a little, er, unconventional to tie the knot? How about on top of a 2,000-year-old Maya pyramid? Or maybe in a church named after 11,000 virgins? Or on a beach where old-time movie stars used to whoop it up? If ideas like these ring a bell, consider these 10 spots south of the border.

Abortion in Texas: Lessons From Prohibition

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.29.2016 | Women
David A. Grimes

Abortion has been with us as long as has pregnancy. It will not go away. Should safe, legal abortion become inaccessible (the goal of Republicans), women in large numbers will choose other options.

The History of Moonshine, as Told by the Internet

Liquor.com | Posted 05.19.2016 | Taste
Liquor.com

Moonshine goes by many names: hooch; white lightning; corn likker; mountain dew; white whiskey. The illicit stuff has been around long enough to take ...

F. Scott Fitzgerald Invented Gatsby in This House

Sarah Stodola | Posted 05.18.2016 | Travel
Sarah Stodola

It's become somewhat of a national pastime to recreate the milieu of F. Scott Fitzgerald, especially in the summer months, when flapper dresses and resurrected cocktails are easiest to flaunt.

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.