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Expert Panel Releases Initial Marijuana Policy Report, Announces Public Phase - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – An initial progress report released today by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, identifies three key issues related to the possibility of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults to which the commission has devoted significant research and analysis during the past 18 months.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:07PM
NJ Gov. Christie Claims Cannabis Legalization is "Blood Money" - by Clown Award Goes to Christie!
At a recent speech given in a drug treatment facility NJ Gov. C. Christie claims that legalization is "blood money" when in fact the opposite is true. This comedian who plans to run for Pres. in 2016 believes then that there is no blood money made in the illegal status of drugs that spurn the cartels and resulting violence of gang warfare? Am nominating NJ Gov. Chris Christie for the 2016 Cannabis Clown Award for making the most logically fallacious statement thus far in 2016!
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:29PM
NJ Bill to Legalize Cannabis, Gov. Christie Threatens Veto - by Green Lantern
In New Jersey, Senator Nicholas Scutari has introduced a bill (S1896) that would tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol. Despite several deaths (Sabina Rose and others) resulting from the state's ineffective medical cannabis program, Gov. Chris Christie remains stubbornly in denial of the scientifically proven medical benefits of this outlawed plant. His overt refusal to accept reality of science results in creating medical cannabis refugees and some who never left the state and became deceas...
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:11AM
Measure K Committee Craps Out Again--Another Free Ride for the SCPD - by Robert Norse
The Measure K Committee, created by voter initiative in 2006 here, in Santa Monica, and in Santa Barbara was supposed to be the first step in holding the local PD and similar agencies accountable and moving to end Marijuana Prohibition. I detailed the agenda and some preliminary concerns about the Committee pro-police bias at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/05/18762458.php . The well-oiled rubberstamp proceeded as ever
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 11:06PM
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
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
Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guys - by Ano
This is a Greco-Roman nation, gathered in a Hodenosaunee longhouse. As they wrap themselves in the Constitution they mean to shred, that is the self-evident Truth the Tea/GOP Party ultimately cannot face. Our legal godfathers---the ones Glenn Beck loves to conjure---were Deistic liberal humanists whose core beliefs he hates. (http://www.analhde.com) They dumped that tea because they despised the corporation that owned it and the idea of empire it (and today's corporate-military right...
Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:59AM
Federal Prohibition Against Legalized Medical Cannabis Enables Robbery, Kidnapping - by Another Angry Patient
The kidnapping, torture and castration of a local medical cannabis dispensary owner plays into the hands of the federal prohibition against medical cannabis and prevents the voters of states like CA and CO from being able to put their votes for legalization into practice. By creating a hostile business climate and forcing dispensary owners to deal in cash the federal government directly enables these sorts of kidnappings and robberies. Yet big banks continue to launder drug cartel money? Hypo...
Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:37AM
Pirate's Cove Launches To Avenge Silk Road - by Pirate's Cove
It appears that the forces of tyranny, especially in the USA - will never learn. For every freedom loving information activist they take down, a hundred will spring up. Every time they censor or seize a web site, we will re-build it bigger, better and more secure than before. And so today we announce the launch of the Pirate's Cove.
Posted: Fri Nov 1, 2013 7:51PM
Panel Led By Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Study Marijuana Legalization in California - by ACLU
SAN FRANCISCO – The ACLU of California announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will chair a blue ribbon panel that will study the complex legal and policy issues that must be resolved as California considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults.
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:34PM
Gov. Brown Vetoes Modest Drug Sentencing Reform Bill - by ACLU
SACRAMENTO – On October 12, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have modestly reformed California’s drug sentencing laws for simple possession, significantly reduced incarceration costs for counties and helped the state end its ongoing incarceration crisis.
Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:36PM
The Killing Fields: East Oakland, the Panthers, and the CIA - by anon
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:08PM
Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing for All Students - by ACLU
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. On September 13, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, a federal district court told a Missouri college to end its unconstitutional program of requiring all of its students—irrespective of their course of study—to submit to suspicionless drug-testing.
Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:39PM
U.S. Senate Leaders Should Be Arrested and Charged With Treason - by dave darrow
Despite a truth many Senators were willing to vote for Charles Hagel, as more than worthy choice for Secretary of Defense, our on-the-ground facts show us that we Americans are stuck with defense contractor and Israel-firster suck-ups like Lindsey Graham—and his whiny, albeit slick, style of political correctness—such as his recent show-trial that attempted to stigmatize anything that suggested criticism of Israel’s right-wing agenda. Graham’s strategy-driven klieg-light approach (cle...
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:45PM
The End of an Era - by Steve Pleich
Reflections on the eviseration of local needle exchange
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:24PM
Drug Dealers Admit Berkeley PD Have Asked Them To Assault Cop-watchers - by Berkeley-Leaks
"The cops said they would make things hard for us, if we didn't get you to leave." - Anon drug dealer, revealing deal with police Today on Feb 3rd (2013) Drug dealers in People's Park have admitted today that Berkeley Police has recently asked them to assault local cop-watchers in retaliation against a complaint being heard by the Berkeley Police Review Commission which involves local police reform and Occupy activists. The dealers explained that the police have made a deal that BPD would...
Posted: Sun Feb 3, 2013 2:52PM
Hustler Magazine: "LIBERATE the GREEN RU$H" by Allison B. Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence - by Allison B. Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence
The War on Drugs is a joke - not to mention a lingering tragedy for the families it breaks up and the honest Americans doing hard time for victimless crimes. "L.A.'s Dopest Attorneys" lay out the truth about soft drugs and why the Obama Administration should bow to the inevitable and legalize now.
Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:59PM