I have to say, I love my home state of Rhode Island. We are showing the world how to create sensible policies surrounding medical marijuana and are reforming devastating mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession – all through the legislature. All this despite a governor that has an itchy veto finger when anything calling for common sense drug policy hits his desk.
Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its support of removing marijuana from Schedule I status. The AMA has refused to budge on this for a long time now, and opponents of marijuana law reform often cite the organization’s stance in their argument that pot prohibition is a good thing. The DEA hasn’t made a stink about the announcement but I
“Our American Medical Association (AMA) urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines,” the AMA’sstatement (PDF) reads. “This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the
Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, was arrested this week for possession of marijuana and a pipe after being pulled over for speeding. He’ll only have to pay a fine for paraphernalia possession and speeding however. I like Tim Lincecum. I get the same warm and fuzzy feeling watching him pitch that I used to get watching Roger Clemens
I lived in Keene, NH for one year before moving to San Francisco to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. For 3 years before that I was going to to school at Franklin Pierce University, about 30 minutes from Keene. Recently some members of the Keene community have taken to the city’s center at 4:20 in the afternoon to
Need more proof that the drug war isn’t working? Watch the above video of 20 Mexican drug cartel members dressed as police freeing 53 inmates from a Mexico jail. The cartel members arrived in 10 vehicles and a helicopter. Yes, they have fucking helicopters. And submarines. How many of the drug dealers and users that we put behind bars in the
The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), has been a thorn in the side of educators, students, and social justice activists across the country since its creation in 1998. This year, we may see significant reform to this unfair law. A bill has been introduced byRep. George Miller (D-CA), that if passed, would remove the penalty for students with drug
A Hawaii woman diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, chronic hepatitis – infection, and end-stage kidney disease died after being denied a liver transplant by her insurance company, Hawaii Medical Service Association, because trace amounts of cannabis were found in her body. Reyes was twice denied a transplant by HMSA for “technical reasons,” such as missing required Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — because
First, Seattle Hempfest congratulates him for his new title and commends him for being one of “Seattle’s finest”. Then, he calls for an end to the “war on drugs”. And for a couple of months, he manages to remain completely silent about drugs, using the excuse that he’s still finding his way around the office. But finally, last week, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske shocks
I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge sports fan. Its quite rare for me to get excited over a football or basketball game (although baseball is the exception) and I generally prefer the Winter Olympic games to the summer – come on – you know you love watching curling. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for watching sports, I could not help
The DEA has continued to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in California since President Obama took office. We know Obama has stated the he does not support using justice department resources to undermine state law on this issue. Yet the DEA continues to waste these resources on law abiding, tax paying dispensaries. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
I’m in DC right now, gearing up for SSDP’s 10th Annual International Conference, which I’m sure you already know all about. I’m actually burning the midnight oil with SSDP’s eastern region outreach director Amber Langston. We can see Prince George’s County from her house, a place where the county council just voted to do something very unlikely to achieve the goals the council
It has been 3 months since 23 year old Rachel Hoffman was killed in a botched drug sting set up by the Tallahassee Police Department. After being arrested twice for marijuana, Rachel was given an ultimatum, turn informant of face up to 5 years in prison. As a recent Florida State University graduate and with plans to attend culinary school