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The Real Case Against Decriminalizing Marijuana

Terrance Hamm | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Terrance Hamm

Times are pretty hard now. You can turn on the news and bear witness to all types of negative news stories. WTOP reports that unemployment rates are c...

Marijuana Legalization Could Cut Violent Crime

The 420 Times | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Despite police fears that legal marijuana businesses attract crime, including under-the-table drug dealing, weapons violations and robberies, a new study says the opposite might be the case.

One Legalization Initiative Is Left in California

The 420 Times | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

After a lot of fuss about California's attempts to legalize recreational marijuana, efforts to get on the 2014 ballot are winding down.

U.S. Attorney General Endorses Reduced Sentences for Drug Crimes

The 420 Times | Posted 03.17.2014 | Crime
The 420 Times

On Thursday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appeared in front of the United States Sentencing Commission to endorse a proposal that would reduce prison sentences for people convicted of dealing drugs.

Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Regulations Passes Senate in Washington

The 420 Times | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Senate in the state of Washington has approved legislation that would basically revamp the current medical marijuana program regulations.

Washington, DC City Council Voted to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The 420 Times | Posted 03.07.2014 | DC
The 420 Times

If the bill successfully traverses the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny, those caught in possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less will be subjected to a $25 civil fine as well as having to forfeit the marijuana and any paraphernalia used to consume or carry it.

Marijuana Decriminalization Sends a Better Message Than the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If our elected officials really cared about reducing drug use and sending the right message to youth, they would abandon our failed experiment with prohibition -- and decriminalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is a big step in the right direction.

18 in Congress Tell Obama to Give Pot a Chance

The 420 Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Eighteen members of the United States Congress this week wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I outlaw to a lower level that would allow medical uses.

Obama Legalizes Limited Hemp Farming

The 420 Times | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Maybe the Prez is mellowing out just a little. He actually signed a bill into law that grants limited legal status to the outlaw industry of hemp production.

Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in Oklahoma

The 420 Times | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Sooner State residing senator was also quick to point out that the perpetuation of the current prohibition of marijuana diverts the attention of law enforcement officials from more serious crimes.

Legalize It -- The Economic Argument

Ranjit Dighe | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Ranjit Dighe

Just as the Super Bowl is a monument to commerce, arguments about legalizing marijuana tend to contain a lot of dollar signs.

DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

The DEA has always ignored facts that support reforming drug laws, even when they come from within the agency.

Maryland May Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Weed

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

In addition to a proposed law to fully legalize marijuana, Maryland is contemplating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts the d...

President Obama Affirms MATV's Message

Joy Strickland | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Strickland

My son who was an innocent victim of drug prohibition violence. Armed with the knowledge that people and communities of color have borne the brunt of our nation's drug war, we rebranded MATV to be a clear and strong voice for drug policy reform.

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

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.

They Didn't Get Caught - But Others Did and Others Will

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Criminalization does not deter drug use. Globally each year millions of people receive criminal records for drug possession with the young, Black and poor most actively targeted.

Save America's Most Dangerous City: Provide Entrepreneurship Education to Every Child

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Our smart, savvy urban youth know it's tough to get a job, and know they can make real money selling drugs -- and most of them have never been taught anything about legal entrepreneurship.

Imagining Rational Drug Policy: If You Build It, It Will Come

Amanda Reiman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.

Five Errors the Washington Post Should Have Caught About Marijuana

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

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.

The Decriminalization Downfall

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Marijuana decriminalization is a tiny Band-Aid that has been touted as a quick fix for state governments across the country. Want to deal with overflowing prisons? Decriminalize. Want to make citizens happy? Decriminalize. Unfortunately, a Band-Aid is pretty bad at healing a bleeding artery

Decriminalizing Drugs Is Working In Portugal

Der Spiegel | Wiebke Hollersen | Posted 03.28.2013 | World

Before he got involved in the global war on drugs, João Goulão was a family physician with his own practice in Faro, on Portugal's Algarve coast. Ar...

Bloomberg: I Oppose Legalizing Weed

AP | Posted 02.15.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana – or any other illicit drug. Bloomberg discussed the issue on his week...

A Response to Steven Chapman's 'The War On Pot: Not a Safe Bet'

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

People can disagree about whether or not legalization would result in a net benefit or net harm to society. But making up facts or revealing only half-truths gets us nowhere near the reasoned debate on this issue that we all crave.

Marijuana Legal for Beverly Hills and Berkeley Californians; for Everyone Else, Who Knows?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Media
Nathan Robinson

The New York Times's article on marijuana in California is something of a masterpiece, in that it manages to discuss the drug war for 1300 words without mentioning poor people.

Hunter Stuart

WATCH: Politicians Talking About Pot: The Supercut

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

For those who want marijuana legalized, Tuesday's election brought major victories. But many were quick to point out that under federal law, pot remai...