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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Former Seattle Police Chief Travels to Anchorage to Campaign for Alaska Initiative to Legalize Pot

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Despite years of advocating for marijuana legalization across the country, there's one thing former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper hasn't done. The 34-year law enforcement veteran has never gone door-knocking for a political campaign.

Time to Listen to the Experts on Legalizing Drugs

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.

Prosecutors Object to War on Weed

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Of all the pro-legalization arguments, this could perhaps be the strongest one. The laws don't work.

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

Sam Tracy | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Sam Tracy

Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.

'I'm Not There Yet'

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A recently retired interim police chief in Seattle replied, "I'm not there yet" when asked by a local reporter whether he could support an end to drug prohibition. As these leaders continue to dither, we will continue to experience a steady stream of exasperating, heartbreaking incidents.

Black and White and Green All Over: The Insanity of Marijuana Arrests

Bill Quigley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Crime
Bill Quigley

Nationwide, the latest numbers from the FBI report that over 762,000 arrests per year are for marijuana, almost exactly half of all drug arrests.

Holder and Gupta: Too Little, Too Late... But Heck Yeah I'll Take It!

Travis Irvine | Posted 10.19.2013 | Crime
Travis Irvine

Both U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Dr. Sanjay Gupta made headlines last week by officially changing their positions on drugs.

Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Since my book on police militarization came out a few weeks ago, it's been interesting to see the reaction from law enforcement officials. As you ...

Former Cop On New Pot Laws: 'They've Done A Wonderful Job, It's A Great Day'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.31.2013 | Denver

Earlier this week, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed six marijuana bills establishing Colorado as the world's first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana m...

Why We Need to Know

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Only in effectively reconstructing the motivations and strategies behind the Patriots Days bombing, can counterterrorism officials hope to identify and avert such acts of homegrown terrorism in the future.

Why Country Music Stars Should Join the Marijuana Majority

Jamie Haase | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Jamie Haase

Surely Willie Nelson comes to mind for many people when the words "country music" and "marijuana" are mentioned together. Yet Willie has many younger allies these days as a new generation of "outlaw" artists are brazenly singing about pot.

A Law So Awful It Literally Makes Judges Cry (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.14.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Reforming marijuana laws is a crucial part of fostering a fairer and more cost-effective justice system. The fact that these laws are finally starting to change is a heartening and remarkable development.

Maddow Talks Parallels Between Booze And Pot Prohibition

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.15.2012 | Denver

Leave it to Rachel Maddow to provide one of the most well-thought-out segments on the historic passage of ballot measures in Colorado and Washington t...

Washington State to the 'Other' Washington: Look But Don't Touch

Norm Stamper | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In every corner of our state we weighed and debated the issue, broke down the economic and human costs of marijuana prohibition, and, in the end, decided that regulating adult possession of the weed was a very smart thing for us to do.

'Regulating Pot Will Allow Police To Direct Resources Toward Serious Crime'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.18.2012 | Denver

A new ad released by the pro-pot advocates behind Colorado's Amendment 64 -- a November ballot measure that seeks an end to marijuana prohibition in t...

U.N. Misses Opportunity to Address Failed Drug War

James Gierach | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
James Gierach

The world is fraught with too much violence, too much crime, too much addiction, too many overdose cases, too many prisons, too many bullet holes, too many AIDS cases, and too many bills related to prohibition. The war on drugs has proved to be public enemy number one.

Silence Says a Lot: An Open Letter to Google About Marijuana Legalization

Stephen Downing | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Stephen Downing

In more than twenty years with the Los Angeles Police Department, where I retired as deputy chief of police, I saw a lot of puzzling behavior at close range. This week I saw some odd behavior from Google, YouTube and President Obama.

America's Longest Ongoing War: The War on Drugs

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

After more than 40 years and at least $1 trillion, America's so-called "war on drugs" ranks as the longest-running, most expensive and least effective war effort by the American government.

Drug Czar "Too Busy" to Meet With Fellow Cops

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Back in June, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition marched from the National Press Club to the Office of National Drug Control Policy headquarters. Our mission: to hand-deliver a copy of our new report.

Former Cop, Judge Collecting Signatures To LEGALIZE Pot

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Denver

A former Denver Police officer and former Lafayette judge will be collecting signatures to support the new full recreational use of marijuana legaliza...

Understanding Obama's "War on Drugs"

Neill Franklin | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

If the Obama administration really wants to go down in history as the first to take drug policy in a significantly new direction, they're going to have to change their thinking, their polices and their budgets, not just their rhetoric.

We Need a New Drug Policy

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

The day of total drug legalization will come -- just as it did with alcohol. The question is: how many more multiple billions of dollars will we spend before we finally see it's the logical way to go?

Let's Legalize Drugs to Save Cops' Lives

Neill Franklin | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Neill Franklin

History shows that no level of law enforcement talent, commitment, and resources can ever end activities that are very popular and obscenely profitable. Remember alcohol prohibition? The drug war today is little different.

Lucia Graves

Arizona Probation Officer Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after signing a letter calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana, Joe Miller was terminat...

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?