Tag: micah

29
Dec

Seattle Mayor-Elect is Pro Legalization

Mike McGinn is the first to point out that his support for the legalization and regulation of cannabis is nothing new. The Seattle Mayor-Elect shares the same point of view as former Seattle Police Chief turned Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker, Norm Stamper. Then you’ve got Seattle Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson who just introduced a bill to legalize and tax in Washington state.

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23
Dec

Help Send Students to San Francisco

With SSDP’s International Conference rapidly approaching, some SSDP chapters are looking for donations to help them make it out to San Francisco. Each week, I’ll be posting a different video from an SSDP chapter or member asking for your help to get them to the conference. You probably heard about SSDP getting scrooged by those grinches at Chase Bank. The $25,000 we should have won

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21
Dec

Boycott Chase Bank

It’s not because we didn’t win. In fact, we’re quite positive we did win and that we were disqualified because Chase doesn’t agree with our mission. We’re boycotting Chase because they refuse to explain whether SSDP and MPP were disqualified from the contest based on the subject matter we work on. (read the previous post to learn more about the contest)

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10
Dec

10 Second Activism

That’s right folks. In under 10 seconds and with just a few clicks of your mouse you can help SSDP win $1 Million on Facebook! Just go to Click for Reform and follow the easy-as-pie steps. There’s 2 rounds of voting. The 100 organizations with the most votes will each win $25,000 and make it into the 2nd round for a chance at winning

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19
Nov

Rhode Island Eliminates Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

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.

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6
Oct

80% of Puerto Rico Murders Called Prohibition-Related

The title actually read “Drug-Related.” We know better. Just like the U.S-Mexican border, this isn’t violence caused by people taking drugs and going out on murderous rampages. These murders are fueled by a desire to control the drug trade. Something that is worth quite a bit of money. University of Puerto Rico researcher Hector Colon said that the island’s drug

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28
Sep

Attention Fellow Undergrads: I am a Sober Virgin

Here’s an example of an attempt at harm-reduction gone terribly wrong: MADD announces an exclusive license agreement with Hill Street Marketing Inc. to produce a line of alcohol-free beverages, MADD Virgin Drinks, which will provide American consumers with a delicious and socially responsible alternative to alcoholic beverages. Cool. I’m down with non-alcoholic beverages (although I prefer a nice, frosty, alcoholic Guinness myself).

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22
Sep

Cops Play Wii During Drug Raid

Surveillance video from a Florida home shows police playing Wii bowling during a drug raid. As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco’s house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.   To be

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12
Sep

A look inside a medical cannabis dispensary

Check out this video from our friends at Harborside Health Center: I don’t know how anyone can watch this and say that cannabis should continue to be prohibited and sold on the illicit black market.

7
Sep

Former President of Brazil Calls for Global Cannabis Decrim

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil, iscalling the war on drugs a failure and advocating for global cannabis decriminalization and the implementation of harm reduction policies.     “After decades of overflights, interdictions, spraying and raids on jungle drug factories, Latin America remains the world’s largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana,” Cardoso writes. “It is producing more and more opium and heroin.

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3
Sep

The Drug War Gets Worse

Drug cartel members burst into a Juarez drug rehabilation clinic yesterday, lining up patients and executing 17 of them. On the same day, newly appointed ( 2 weeks ago ) deputy police chief Jose Manuel Revueltas, was killed in President Calderon’s home state of Michoacan in western Mexico by heavily armed men in two vehicles just a few blocks from police headquarters. How many Saint Valentine’s

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25
Aug

First Latin American Conference on Drug Policy

Wow. I can’t believe it has been almost two weeks since I returned from my trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the very first Latin American Conference on Drug Policy was held August 7-8. I have finally recovered from my amazing adventures, and I am so motivated for the future of global drug policy. After my visit to Buenos Aires, it has

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25
Aug

Students for "Sensible" Drug Policy

So we stumbled across this opinion piece on proposed reform of the HEA that would restore financial aid to students with drug possession convictions. The author is in favor of barring aid students with drug convictions. Here’s a breakdown and commentary of my favorite parts of this brilliant piece: Remember the gigantic bust of students selling drugs this last spring? 75 students were busted selling marijuana,

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25
Aug

Argentina Decriminalizes Marijuana

I didn’t realize it when I left for the first Latin American Conference on Drug Policy in Argentina a few weeks ago (scroll down a couple of posts for more), but the country was on its way to setting a historical precedent in creation of sensible drug policy. While it may not be Portugal or Mexico, the new law is undoubtedly the first step in

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21
Aug

Mexico Decriminalizes Drugs

That’s right: MEXICO CITY — Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency. The law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution when the law

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21
Aug

Trey No Longer Down With Disease

Aside from setlist highlights, crunchy lot stories, and the occasional bitch & moan about hearing DWD at Shoreline and The Gorge, there’s one thing that phish fans keep bringing up: Trey is sober. And they can hear it. After being arrested on DWI and drug possession charges back in 2006 in New York, Anastasio was sent to drug court. Drug courts are a cost effective

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20
Aug

Marijuana Book Bomb Today!

Today is the Marijuana Book Bomb for the new book “Marijuana is SAFER: So Why are we Driving People to Drink?” by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert. The bomb aims to drive the book up the Amazon charts by having lots of people order the book today. So what are you waiting for?

20
Aug

The Drug War is Over!

In today’s Washington Post: Law enforcement officials announced criminal drug-trafficking charges Thursday against 43 people in the United States and Mexico, including suspected leaders of prominent cartels in a country that has been plagued with gun violence. […] The indictments “demonstrate our unwavering commitment to root out the leaders of these criminal enterprises wherever they may be found,” said U.S. Attorney

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19
Aug

SSDP Remembers Rep. Thomas C. Slater

In 2006, Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana, largely in part to Rhode Island Representative Tom C. Slater who sponsored the RI Medical Marijuana Act and worked closely with RIPAC. Sadly, Rep. Slater passed away last week after fighting a six year battle with cancer. I had the chance to meet Representative Slater and thank him for his hard

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19
Aug

3 Months in Jail… for TicTacs

I don’t actually know the brand of the mints but who cares? Back in May of 2005, Donald May was driving home from work in Kissimmee, FL when he was pulled over for expired tags. What happened next is just plain outrageous: When officers pulled Donald May over for an expired tag, they thought themints he was chewing were crack and

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13
Aug

Once You Pop, You Just Can't Stop… Those Damn Drug Cartels!

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

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11
Aug

Woman Dies After Being Denied Organ Transplant

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

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6
Jun

Strip Searching Students is Not Ok. Duh!

I’m not sure what the school administrators were thinking when they decided it was necessary to strip search 13 year old Savannah Redding because they suspected she was hiding ibuprofen in her underwear. Not only did the humiliating and unconstitutional search not find any of that oh-so dangerous ibuprofen, but those who carried out the search contended that they had done nothing

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6
Feb

Help Phelps! Boycott Kellogg's!

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

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13
Jan

Your Revolution is Over!

Somehow, El Paso Mayor John Cook’s recent comments stereotyping those who support the resolution he vetoed last week, remind me of the Big Lebowski scene where Mr. Lebowski and The Dude argue about jobs, why he is “the Dude”, and the 60’s hippie revolution; filled with pot smoking – free loving, bums. “I can tell you that all the potheads have sent

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