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Sam Tracy
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Sam Tracy is a civil liberties activist focused on drug policy reform, technology law, and criminal justice. He works in Boston as a cannabis consultant at 4Front Advisors, where he is part of a team dedicated to ending prohibition and reducing harms by creating a responsible cannabis industry. He also works as the Social Media & Activism Director for TechFreedom, a technology policy think tank based in DC.

A Connecticut native, Sam spent time in DC and now lives in Somerville, MA. He is also a Young Voices Advocate, and has previously served as Student Body President at UConn (2011-12), on the board of directors for the ACLU of Connecticut (2011-13), and as Chairman of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2012-14).

Aside from politics, Sam is passionate about sustainability, space exploration, Spider-Man, and much more.

Entries by Sam Tracy

To Reduce Public Smoking, States Must Legalize Marijuana Cafes, Not Just Dispensaries

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:12 PM

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is working to raise public awareness of the state's marijuana laws, but banning marijuana cafes leads people to use in public spaces.

Colorado and Washington were the first two states to adopt...

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Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

(6) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:04 AM

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Last month, the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly to legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults' personal use. It's been back in the headlines lately because of Rep. Andy Harris' rider on a...

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Putting Marijuana DUI in Perspective

(167) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:42 PM

A new meta-study published this month concluded that driving after using marijuana doubles the risk of a car crash, and opponents of legalization are already touting this as a reason to keep the drug illegal. Yet before there's a public uproar for stricter marijuana DUI laws,...

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DEA Is Absolutely Losing the War on Marijuana Politics

(71) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:55 PM

This past Saturday, the LA Times published a fantastic article, “DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics,” outlining the federal agency’s downfall from undisputed moral high ground to the wrong side of history. It explains that members of Congress from both parties are finally catching up to...

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Are UK 'Porn Filters' Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

(25) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:36 PM

This January, under government pressure, many of the United Kingdom’s internet service providers (ISPs) — together providing over 90 percent of the country’s home broadband connections — turned on “porn filters” for all of their customers, requiring them to actively turn off the filters to view any content...

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The FBI Isn't Updating Its Drug-Related Hiring Policies, But It Should Be

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:26 PM

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Photo courtesy Sonya Yruel / Drug Policy Alliance.

Last week, the Internet erupted in praise, skepticism, and played-out puns following reports that the FBI was reconsidering its hiring restrictions on marijuana use. FBI Director James...

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Democrats Need to Stop Dragging Feet On Email Privacy Reform

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Imagine coming home to local law enforcement and federal officials from the IRS, DEA, and a host of other agencies going through your house, taking photographs and emptying your drawers. You ask what's going on and demand to see a warrant, only to be told they don't have one --...

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In-Flight Phone Calls May Be Annoying, But They Shouldn't Be Illegal

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Last weekend, as I settled into my airplane seat and got ready to fly home to DC, the flight attendant told us to buckle our seat belts and turn off our phones, but that we could now leave gadgets on during takeoff and landing. This commonsense change is the first...

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Marijuana Decriminalization Sends a Better Message Than the Drug War

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:27 AM

This month, the DC Council voted 11-1 to decriminalize marijuana possession. The only vote against the bill was Councilmember Yvette Alexander's, who claimed that removing criminal penalties would be "sending the message that it's OK to smoke." This all-too-common talking point needs to be put to...

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Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:50 AM

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama didn't hide his frustrations with one of the least productive Congresses in history. He focused his speech on changes he can make unilaterally, saying, "Some [of my proposals] require Congressional action, and I'm eager to work...

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DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

(17) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Last week, President Obama made his most positive statements on marijuana policy reform yet, admitting that the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol and saying it's "important for [legalization] to go forward" in Colorado and Washington. While some praised his remarks and others...

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Is the National Drinking Age Doing More Harm Than Good?

(22) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 1:51 PM

People younger than 21 cannot buy or possess alcohol in the United States, yet that age group accounts for 17.5 percent of consumer spending for alcohol nationwide -- and 90 percent of that is consumed through binge drinking. It's no secret that the legal drinking age...

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Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin made history as the first governor to devote his entire State of the State address to drug abuse and addiction. This is a great milestone itself, but his proposed increases in funding for treatment programs will only do so much to fight...

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