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Prohibition

A Blunt Reform Redux?

Anya Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anya Morgan

Is Obama furthering his reputation as the new New Dealer with his tentative support of the legalization of marijuana?

Michael Shannon Channels Kim Fowley in Runaways

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Los Angeles punk music scene is at the center of The Runaways, which opened in limited release on March 19 and goes wider in a couple of weeks.

Why Students Hold the Key to Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

If we're going to finally end this 70+ year failed public policy known as marijuana prohibition, then we need students to play a lead role.

Alienation of the Nation and Peggy Noonan in Particular

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The simplest and only way to eliminate the mess on our borders is by revoking our current immigration law and allowing everyone who can find work here to come and do it legally.

First Ladies And Their Causes: A Brief History

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Being first lady often comes with the responsibility of picking an official White House cause to promote while one's husband is president. For Mic...

The Secret Bowling Alley

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

A hidden Prohibition-era bowling alley? In Queens? Yes, I'm definitely interested. I took a trip to see it today -- just incredible.

Teetotalers For God Take The Pledge

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Humanism isn't the same as atheism. To that extent, the American Humanist Association has co-opted a word and distorted it for their own purposes.

The Deadly Ignorance of "Drug Warriors"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.

Tobacco-Related Health Costs: $800; Booze-Related Health Costs: $165; Pot-Related Health Costs: $20 -- Any Questions?

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

A new study has directly compared the societal costs of marijuana and alcohol, as well as tobacco, and the final tally isn't pretty.

The Hanged Census Worker: Why Appalachia Hates Feds

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

The U.S. government began its life back in 1791 by shafting the Appalachian area. People have not forgotten it, perhaps because it has yet to stop happening.

Marijuana in America: More Mainstream Than Ever, More Arrests Than Ever!

Tony Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Newman

Need more evidence that marijuana has gone mainstream in America? This morning on The Today Show, Matt Lauer chatted up a piece on so-called "Stiletto Stoners:" educated, professional women who favor marijuana as their intoxicant of choice -- and are increasingly comfortable admitting it.

Pot Wars: A Bipartisan Failure

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

Democrats calculate they will have nothing to gain by legalizing. Republicans fear angering a socially conservative base of voters all too eager to forget its beer-bonging college days.

Andrew Sullivan's "Special" Treatment Should Be Standard

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

Sullivan may have received special treatment, but he received the appropriate treatment. Now, we need to change our marijuana laws so that this appropriate treatment is the rule, not the exception.

Marijuana Use By The Numbers

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

By age 25, 54 percent of the population has admittedly used marijuana. Does anyone still believe that marijuana prohibition is working -- or that all of these people deserve to be behind bars?

Ending Drunkenness in America

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Hopefully, teens will never drink. Instead, they can consume tons of corn starch in soft drinks and snack foods.

Who Are the Drug Lords?

Dean Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dean Becker

The real kingpins are bankers, pharmaceutical house CEOs, weapons manufacturers and a thousand other corporate interests whose gross profits depend on violence, hatred, distrust and deception.

420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence -- and the other is not -- what are we to make of our nation's marijuana laws?

4/20: National Pot Smokers Day

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

April 20th is "National Pot Smoking Day," a counterculture holiday where people across the world celebrate the conspicuous consumption of marijuana.

Mexican Drug Lord Officially Thanks American Lawmakers For Keeping Drugs Illegal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
David Henry Sterry

As an epidemic of murderous violence rages on the Mexican-US border, El Chapo is laughing all the way to the bank.

Drinking Good for Depression? The Possible Repeal of Religious Repression

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt, many states are now advocating an end to what many boozers and businessmen alike deem antiquated puritanical pap. The Christian Right is not amused.

Obama's New Drug Czar Couldn't Be Any Worse Than Bush's. Will He Be Any Better?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Current Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will no doubt do a better job as the nation's "drug czar" than his predecessor, John Walters, who was a fanatic enemy of science and reason.

The End of Prohibition?

Mary-Charlotte Domandi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary-Charlotte Domandi

What are the advantages and disadvantages to legalizing drugs? What would happen to international drug cartels? How would it affect the work of law enforcement?

Friday Talking Points [57] -- End Of Prohibition 75th Anniversary Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Brian Williams, NBC's talking head extraordinaire, is probably a decent guy, a guy with whom you could sit down and have a beer. [More on the alcohol...

Drinking to the Progressive Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, or the repeal of Prohibition. Tonight, throughout the land, patriots shal...

How to Fix the Economic Meltdown and Stop Terrorism: Legalize Heroin and Whores

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Henry Sterry

The bottom line, economically, is that there is a big beautiful sexy cash cow to be milked here.