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

Sam Tracy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.

The Real Johnny Ola: Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo

Meyer Lansky II | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Meyer Lansky II

Carole Cortland Russo, Jimmy and Flo Alo's niece who was raised by the couple, is finishing a biography about her uncle. Carole was Jimmy's constant companion in his later years, and cared for him until the end of his life.

The Rottenest City On The Pacific Coast

Findery | Posted 11.14.2014 | Travel
Findery

Originally established as a "pleasure town", Chief Justice of the US, Earl Warren, dubbed Emeryville as "the rottenest city on the Pacific Coast" in...

What Would Happen Tomorrow if Coffee Were Banned?

Quora | Posted 11.04.2014 | Taste
Quora

I'll assume this happens in the U.S., since it's what I'm familiar with. I think other instances of prohibition would be a pretty good model.

Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch of Mini-Doc 'Digging Detroit'

Kevin Walsh | Posted 11.01.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

For a few months in-between wrecking-ball and ground-breaking, Detroiters will once again have an unobstructed view of the river at the corner of Fort and 3rd -- as if looking back in time and seeing the Purple Gang hijack another bootlegger at the docks, before moving its haul up the street to the speakeasy beside the church.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

LOOK: Newly Released Documents Give Boozy Insight Into Prohibition Era

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.15.2014 | Crime

Warning: some of these images may be disturbing to those who love beer. In newly released documents and photos obtained by Ancestry.com and Newspap...

St. Pierre, a Tiny Pin Point of France and Al Capone's Prohibition Haunt: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front -- Part 10

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Back in the halcyon days of old, New France -- France's North American Empire -- covered 3,088,817 square miles, only 550,000 or so less than today's ...

Here Are The Rules To Buying Alcohol In Each State's Grocery Stores

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business

Prohibition may have been repealed in 1933, but you'd barely know it from some of the alcohol laws still on the books in various states. The legacy of...

Gospel Music: Evangelists and Their Song Leaders

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of church music that has become what we now call Gospel Music.

When Ideologues Take Over the Administrative State: Punishing Ivory Owners Rather Than Saving Elephants

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.

Retro Done Right: Michael Arenella's Jazz Age Lawn Party

Tony Sachs | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Tony Sachs

I'm a bit of a retro obsessive. I've grown sideburns and bought vintage cookbooks and polyester double-knit pullovers for a 1970-styled lounge par...

'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.

Cause and Effervescence: O-Zell Soda Bubbles Back

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 07.15.2014 | Taste
Chuck Mirarchi

While still living in Kansas City, Elias Disney, Walt and Roy's father, was growing tired and frustrated with the newspaper delivery business. In the spring of 1917, he decided to invest in a jelly company.

Women's History Month Spotlight: Women Bootleggers

Fred Minnick | Posted 05.10.2014 | Taste
Fred Minnick

You mean 1920s-era women were not all church-going sweet belles with bonnets and daisies?

The Bogus War on Drugs

Steve Mason | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Steve Mason

Did you ever stop to think about the never ending War on Drugs? It's been going on for decades, sucking up billions of dollars and accounting for much of the prison population. And yet, anthropologists will tell you that virtually all societies regularly use some sort of drug.

This State's Last Dry Town Is Reconsidering Prohibition

AP | MICHAEL MELIA | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition. Bridgewater, an affluent bedroom communit...

Talking Union

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Lionel Rolfe

Now Bernstein is gone, and the Times apparently has no one left who can or would be allowed to write intelligently about labor. Despite what you might think, Hollywood is not the only economic driver of Los Angeles.

Reefer Madness

Francis Levy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Back in the 60's college film societies used to show a l930's film called Reefer Madness as a joke. The film was reminiscent of another jeremiad the ...

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.

Legal Marijuana: a Tale of Two Coasts

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

I have spent almost 30 years studying the history and progress of our nation's drug policy and working toward reform. I believe the harms resulting from the prohibition of drugs, particularly marijuana, put our children at much greater risk than legalization does.

Is Everything You Know About Eliot Ness a Hollywood Lie?

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 01.28.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — In the pantheon of Chicago crime fighters, nobody has the worldwide reputation of Eliot Ness. He's the prohibition agent who brought...

The Temperance Movement and How We Beat the Tea Party

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

It's time we deal with the reality that, for the first time in American history, middle-class American incomes have declined for almost a generation. If middle-class incomes continue to decline, we will have a dramatically different America, a less optimistic, more sour America.

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

Why I Support the Drug Policy Alliance's 2014 California Measure to Regulate and Tax Marijuana

David Bronner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
David Bronner

Legalizing marijuana in California in 2014 will truly be the massive earthquake that hastens the demise of national and international cannabis prohibition, and all the evils that attend this draconian racist policy.