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Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid surge in executions - by Amnesty International
The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:24PM
California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Out of Assembly - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final vote in the Assembly, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won strong approval on a bi-partisan vote on August 14. SB 1010 now returns to the Senate for a final procedural vote before being sent to the Governor.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:21PM
Fresno Cannabis Association opposes Senate Bill 1262 - by Bud Green
Senate Bill 1262 would institutionalize a chaotic and ever-changing patchwork of “wet” and “dry” cities and counties, leaving medical cannabis patients in Fresno and much of the Central Valley with no safe access to medical cannabis.
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 3:02PM
Report Unveils How DEA Blocked Research and Reclassification of Marijuana, MDMA, Others - by via MAPS
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on June 10 released their new report, “The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science”. The report documents a decades-long pattern of systematically obstructing medical research and ignoring scientific evidence.
Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:03PM
Louisiana Defenders Collective Interview from WTUL News and Views (audio/mpeg 50.6MB) - by WTUL News and Views
News and Views speaks to members of the Louisiana Defenders Collective, going over the holes in the criminal justice system that make their services necessary and the particular pressures put on juveniles in the privatization of the public school system, especially the ways formerly standard in-school behavioral problems have become criminalized.
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:22AM
ACLU Sues Fresno over Medical Marijuana Bans - by ACLU of Northern California
Fresno – Today the ACLU of Northern California sued the City and County of Fresno (see PDF) over complete bans on cultivation of medical marijuana. The bans are inconsistent with state law that allows medical marijuana to be grown. The City and County also ban all medical marijuana dispensaries.
Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:00PM
Thousands Attend Annual 420 Celebration at UC Santa Cruz - by Bradley Allen
Thousands of people, though not as many as in previous years, returned to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz on April 20, 2014 (also Easter Sunday) to celebrate 420, the unorganized annual counterculture holiday. All these people have at least one thing in common; a love for smoking cannabis. Although cannabis is widely consumed throughout California, only medicinal use is legal under state law. 420 (pronounced "Four Twenty") celebrations at UC Santa Cruz, and cities throughout the world, are ...
Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:23PM
Dr. Carl Hart, author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery - by Revolution Books
Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Date:Sat May 24, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:58PM
Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana’s Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit (Book Party) - by Carolina
Modern Times Bookstore Collective 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, 94110
Event Date:Tue May 6, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:23AM
End The War On Drugs - by steve lerman
Stream or download at http://greatspeechesandinterviews.blogspot.com/ Broadcast at Access Sacramento, Sundays 6-8pm PDT at http://www.live365.com/stations/accesssacramento?site=pro
Event Date:Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:52PM
Santa Cruz Needle Exchange Numbers In: 170,373 Collected, 165,712 Dispensed - by Drug War News
The Santa Cruz needle exchange reports in the last year it has taken in more needles than it has given out. The Health Services Agency (HSA) in Santa Cruz County submitted its annual Syringe Services Program (SSP) report. From April 30, 2013 to February 28, 2014 the SSP served 876 unduplicated clients. During that period they collected 170,373 used syringes and dispensed 165,712 sterile syringes.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:50PM
SF Public Defender's Justice Summit - by Tamara Aparton
San Francisco Main Library - Koret Auditorium 30 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
Event Date:Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:00AM
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 3:55PM
Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research - by MAPS
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
Needle Litter is the Problem; Needle Exchange is the Solution - by Steve Pleich
Addressing the Problem of Needle Litter at the Source
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:00PM
ACLU's New Online Tool Allows Users to Fight Racial Bias in Marijuana Possession Arrests - by ACLU
NEW YORK – With today's release of The Uncovery, the American Civil Liberties Union has put its devastating findings on racial injustice and marijuana possession arrests into the hands of web users. In partnership with Interbrand, the ACLU has developed a simple, elegant online advocacy tool, a one-stop shop where users select their own facts, convert them into customized graphic messages, share them on social media, and send them to legislators – all in sixty seconds or less.
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:21PM
D.C. Passes Marijuana Decriminalization as Step Toward Racial Justice - by ACLU
WASHINGTON, DC – On March 4, the District of Columbia City Council passed legislation to remove criminal penalties from the possession of marijuana in amounts of one ounce or less. The bill would treat such possession as a civil offense, and awaits approval by Mayor Vincent Gray and then Congress. The vote was 10 to 1 with one abstention.
Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:58PM
Tierra Caliente: The freedom we have now, we haven’t had in twelve years - by carolina
At the barricades and in the towns, people were enthusiastic about following their own agenda, regardless of whatever plans the State might have.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:50PM
Tierra Caliente: La libertad que tenemos ahora no la hemos tenido en doce años - by carolina
En las barricadas y los pueblos se nota bastante entusiasmo para seguir con una agenda propia, sea cual sea la del Estado.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:28PM
Court Rules Warrant Is Required to Access Drug Prescription Database - by ACLU
PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time, a federal judge has ruled that patients have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their drug prescription records, and that law enforcement must obtain a warrant in order to search such information. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Oregon represented a group of Oregon patients and a physician in the lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:24AM
Crossing Borders in Templar Territory - by El Enemigo Común
By Simón Sedillo Photos: Juan José Estrada Serafín We left a municipality in Michoacan, which is often confused in the mainstream media as part of the Tierra Caliente region, but is actually Sierra. We hear that there is going to be a negotiation with the state and federal government and autonomous self-defense groups in order to accord the legalization of the self-defense groups. We head to Tepacaltepec where the meeting is to be held. The scene is surreal to say the least, but so is ...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:36PM