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Why Government Dictating What People Put In Their Bodies Violates Personal Liberty

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

If people can't regulate their chemical intake for themselves, what hope is there for them in the modern universe?

Moral Versus Health Scales: Where Do Sex, Smoking, and Drinking Fall?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

The United States has had a long, see-saw moral and public health battle over alcohol.

Reagan Turns 100: Media Fawning Ignores His Disastrous "War on Drugs"!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

It's interesting that in all of the press I've read so far celebrating Ronald Reagan, I have not seen one word about his radical escalation of the drug war -- and the devastating effects that had on our society.

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?

Remembering Our Imperfect Constitution

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up. But this weekend also brings us another important, albeit far less happy, moment in our Nation's history: the ratification of the 18th Amendment.

Nice People Take Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tony Newman

We need to educate people about the possible harms of drug use, offer compassion and treatment to people who have problems, and leave in peace the people who are not causing harm.

Montel Williams Cited for Pipe at Airport: TSA Should Look for Bombs Not Bongs

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Piper

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and went public with about his medical marijuana use in late 2003. Since then, he has tirelessly campaigned for changes in state and federal laws.

New York Magazine Editor, Bushwick Moonshiner

The New York Observer | Irina Aleksander | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

"So you just yeasted?" David Haskell, a features editor at New York magazine, asked a young man in a blue T-shirt named Simon, who was sitting in a vi...

Drug Czar Blames Rising Teen Pot Use on Medical Cannabis Laws Rather Than on His Own Failed Policies

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

For Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske and his mindless rhetoric, never forget the words of novelist Upton Sinclair, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Bridget Brennan Drug Bust: Columbia Students, Not Colombian Kingpins

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

While the "Ivy League" bust is generating a wave of press and the prosecutor is loving her 15 minutes of fame on national TV, the reality is that these busts are all hype and PR.

AP Nails It Again: Cartel Arrests Don't Accomplish Sh*t -- But Do Increase Violence

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

The AP story confirms what critics of drug war have said for years: The government is quick to boast about large arrests and seizures, but its efforts result in little, if any, slowdown in the drug trade.

The Crusade Against Four Loko

Alex Vadukul | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Vadukul

We should not have to suffer the irresponsibility of a few. Demonizing the drink is unjust because abusing any powerful alcoholic substance can lead to similar harmful consequences.

Ignorance and Intimidation = Delay Not Defeat in March Toward Pot Legalization

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

For several months California's Proposition 19 appeared headed for victory. That it lost yesterday is a tribute not only to youth-voter impassivity but to the power of ignorance and coercion.

Legal Pot or Bust!

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

While this election season looks like a horrendous death spasm of a dying empire, the energized movement to end prohibition in California is one of its few healthy developments.

George Washington Orders All Californians to Legalize Pot

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Harvey Wasserman

Tom Jefferson preferred marijuana to tobacco, or to any other crop he grew. He wrote his wonderful Declaration on paper made from it. Ben Franklin built an entire mill that used hemp as its primary stock.

Is 2010 the Turning Point in the Failed War on Marijuana?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Before a single vote tally is reported, it should be noted that -- regardless of any results next week -- 2010 might already go down in history as a major turning point in the government's failed war on marijuana.

Hemp is the Hidden Key to Legal Marijuana

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

When Californians go to the polls November 2, they may end a marijuana prohibition that's had devastating impacts on state's public health and civil liberties, while costing it billions.

California Marijuana Proposition Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The federal government is going to have limited legal options, at best, if it tries to overthrow the "will of the people" (assuming, of course, that Proposition 19 actually passes), as evidenced best by the fact that the medical marijuana laws still stand.

Restoration Not Retribution

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gretchen Burns Bergman

Why would a respectable, responsible and caring group of parents want to legalize marijuana? Because we are fed up with the violence and the loss of lives and liberty caused by the war on drugs.

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.

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.

Is Roger Clemens a Victim of the Drug War?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Anthony Papa

The drug war has slowly but surely infiltrated the public's eye through different vehicles. Now it is attempting to bring its message through the sport of baseball.

Wikileaks Founding Fathers: Caveat Lector

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Weller

The GOP and Tea Party better look out. Wikileaks has gained access to classified documents written by the nation's founding fathers.

Ten Minutes with: Cypress Hill

Fabio Periera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fabio Periera

"So you wanna be a rock superstar, and live large--a big house, five cars?" Well, nobody knows best how to get there than B-Real and Sen Don of Cypres...