War on Drugs: End in Sight?

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Selena Toji: Drug law enforcement should not be predicated on where a person resides. If the U.S. is beginning a process of divestment from the War on Drugs, we must do so consistently and with a critical eye to how policies are implemented locally.

Will America See Marijuana Legalization in Our Lifetime?

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David Love: As is the case with same-sex marriage, the tide seems to be turning on public attitudes on marijuana. For the black community, with so many young people incarcerated for possessing small quantities of the drug, the stakes are high.

Joint Etiquette Beyond “Don’t You Bogart That Joint My Friend . . .”

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Scott Prosterman: Why not legal marijuana California? Because this state is rife with reactionary forces, and the focus of the Justice Department’s get tough policy.

Friday Feedback: Medical Marijuana a Mistake?

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Friday Feedback: This week Jack and Dusty comment on Kevin Sabet’s “The Case Against Medical Marijuana.” Maybe marijuana doesn’t lead to other drug use, but permissive attitudes in society DO lead to more drug use, and legalizing pot is absolutely a step along that path.

The Case Against Medical Marijuana

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Kevin Sabet: But smoked marijuana is not medicine, and it is not based on science. Anyone living with smoked medical marijuana in their state knows that it has turned into a sad joke.

Questions Remain in Government’s Anti-Cigarette Campaign

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Walter Brasch: If the federal government demands health warnings on cigarette packs, why doesn’t it also demand similar warnings on other products that also carry known health risks, like liquor?

Marijuana Initiative Challenges Costly, Bloody Drug War

Tom Hayden: I support the November ballot initiative because our country’s long drug war is a disaster and there is an alternative that is better for our health, safety and democratic process.

California NAACP Endorses Legalizing Marijuana: Is It Me, or Is Somebody High for Real This Time?

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Anthony Samad: The NAACP is a civil rights group. Why is it endorsing the California initiative to legalize marijuana? Who is behind this initiative? Join the discussion.

L.A.’s Marijuana Problem (and the Solution)

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If they want to address the weed issue, they need to figure out how to tax it and use that money to save the jobs of the employees who are losing theirs because the City is broke.

Black People: It’s Time to Nut Up or Shut Up

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On any other occasion, had the Los Angeles Police Department arrested and booked a young Black female and then let her go in the middle of the night without her purse, car, or cell phone, in the middle of nowhere never to be seen again—Black people would be screaming off with their heads.

800,000 Americans Busted Annually for Pot

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The drug war has also unleashed a torrent of racism in the form of unjust sentencing, which confines crack-cocaine users who are mostly black to prison for longer terms than powder snorters, who are mostly white.

Reefer, Sports, and the Constitution

I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to learn that prominent college and pro athletes have been indulging in marijuana. I thought that went out of style when Reagan put an end to the fun of the 60’s and 70’s. Seriously now, seriously now; it’s time to re-visit this issue. Recent stories tell of college [...]

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