Eighty-two years ago today, the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act effectively banned the sale and use of cannabis in the United States. The support garnered to pass this act was propelled by racist fearmongering. While the Marihuana Tax Act was overturned in 1969 through a ruling in the Supreme Court case Leary v. United States, marijuana prohibition was rolled up into
Celebrate Repeal Day by making a gift to SSDP to show your support for ending the War on Drugs, and your tax-deductible gift will be doubled. 85 years ago today, alcohol prohibition was repealed in the United States. From 1920-1933, the prohibition of alcohol led to the consumption of dangerous, unregulated products of unknown provenance; rampant violence linked to criminal
84 years ago today, alcohol prohibition was repealed in the United States with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. From 1920-1933, the prohibition of alcohol caused rampant violence linked to criminal organizations that controlled the supply of illegal alcohol; wasted government spending in a futile effort to stop people from drinking; and consumption of dangerous, unregulated products of unknown provenance.
It’s time to retire. One day before the 80th anniversary of federal cannabis prohibition, Senator Corey Booker introduced groundbreaking legislation to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. This bill is not the first to propose doing so — but it is the first to do so with the explicit intent of targeting the racist origins and continued racist
On Saturday, March 29th, dozens of SSDP students, supporters, and alumni gathered at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for the 2014 SSDP Northeast Regional Conference! The event was a huge success, with roughly 80 students and experts in drug policy reform joining together for an unforgettable day packed full of drug policy oriented events. Many of the events themselves were
This article was originally published at The Libertarian. This past Friday marked the anniversary of national alcohol prohibition. Prohibition would have been 94 years old on January 17th; the 18th Amendment first went into effect on that date in 1920. The state of Georgia had tried alcohol prohibition as early as the 18th century, and wisely abandoned it after finding
Yet another embarrassing attempt at defending marijuana prohibition has been published in a major news outlet. David Brooks at the New York Times makes the usual personal criticisms of marijuana smokers while ignoring the serious issues surrounding prohibition. The old claim that marijuana simply makes the user stupid, apparently invulnerable to scientific evidence, resurfaces again in Brooks’ piece. “Stoned people
This article originally published at http://the-libertarian.co.uk/ Readers have presumably all heard of LSD and the drug commonly known as ecstasy, and I have written here previously about their medical uses. There is another substance being investigated for the treatment of some of the same medical issues, however, and it is similarly restricted by a severe prohibition in US federal law. Ayahuasca
When advocating for sensible drug policy reform, it is important to keep in mind not just the economic costs, but the costs in human lives and freedoms. The victims of the drug war are not statistics, but real people. They are people killed for defending their homes or cooperating with law enforcement. They are people denied the treatment they need
Written by Jess Cochrane This article also appears on http://witness4peace.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people_11.html Ask any well-informed policy wonk in the U.S. what they think about drug policy, and they’re likely to tell you what is quickly becoming mainstream opinion: that our nation’s approach to drug policy has failed. Surely, there are many examples that prove that the U.S. policy of prohibition has done
UM Ann Arbor SSDP Excutive Board Members Clockwise from top left: Nick, Jacob Fromm, Sebastian Swae-Shampine Sahana Rajan, Emily Basham, and Murphy VanSparrentak. Name: Nick Zettell School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Chapter Position: President SSDP: When did you first get involved with SSDP? Nick:My Freshman year I went to a mass meeting made some lifelong friends right then and there.
The European Union continues to register deep divisions in drug policy. On the one hand there’s Portugal, scion of the progressive movement, a country that offers treatment over incarceration for small amounts of possession. And on the other hand there’s Hungary, where years of progressive organizing around drug issues may have just evaporated, returning instead to the bete noire of prohibition. Hungary’s
Believe it or not, two weeks ago marked the first time in history that a member of Congress specifically called for taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol — from the floor of the House of Representatives! During debate over a terrible pro-drug war resolution that was cynically fast-tracked through the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the lone member to rise in opposition
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
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
Check this out! This is LEAP’s press release (verbatim) regarding this awesome victory for free speech! SEATTLE, WA — A Mountlake Terrace police sergeant who was fired after publicly criticizing the “war on drugs” has reached an $812,500 settlement in a lawsuit he filed against the city and police department, among others. Under the settlement, Sergeant Jonathan Wender has been