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Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control: UN's drug meeting in Vienna (audio/mpeg 9.8MB)
Drugreporter’s video advocacy team filmed key speeches and interviewed some of the participants at the UN's drug meeting in Vienna.
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 7:10PM
Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs" (audio/mpeg 10.8MB)
Gone viral: an excerpt of Dan Baum's piece, "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs," recently published in the April 2016 issue of Harper's magazine, has been shared across social media, resulting in videos, quotes, tweets, and more. Here's the full piece, it's a long one, with policy recommendations, data, and more.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
Ten Minutes to a Not Guilty Verdict in San Diego Medical Marijuana Concentrate Case
It is hard to say exactly when the San Diego District Attorney’s Office lost their cannabis extraction case against legal patient John Mazula.
Posted: Sun Mar 6, 2016 9:19AM
Proposed city ordinance would reform marijuana prohibition in New Orleans (audio/mpeg 23.4MB)
Interview with Kevin Caldwell - Executive Director of CommonsenseNOLA - a marijuana reform advocacy organization. Listeners learn about why a proposed city ordinance that would reform marijuana prohibition in New Orleans is needed. Discussed are issues of racial equity, summonses, citations and the negative economic and humanitarian impacts of high bonds amounts on poor people who have committed low level non-violent offenses.
Posted: Fri Mar 4, 2016 7:02PM
Perjury Entangles Sheriff Deputy in Embarrassing Web As Activists Look On
The prosecution rested their case after not having proven anything but that law enforcement are experts at reciting how to make butane honey oil. They were to have proven John was making BHO, they didn’t do it. And, there’s no honey oil, no blasted plant material, no used filters, piles of empty butane tanks or lengths of glass tubing to help them either.
Posted: Thu Mar 3, 2016 12:22PM
Day One of John Mazula's Medical Marijuana Trial - Presecution's Case Built on Dishonesty
On March 1, the prosecution began its case against John Mazula, who is charged with manufacturing medical cannabis concentrates. Our jury, seated yesterday afternoon, is mostly white men and three white women. It took all Monday morning to vet them as unbiased in favor of police.
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 7:47PM
Ask the United Nations to Reschedule Cannabis
The UN must take action to address the clear disparity between their policy and the medical, scientific and legal realities. Cannabis is scheduled in Schedules I and IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as amended by the 1972 Protocol (the “Single Convention”) which does not recognize the medical benefits. This scheduling status of cannabis was created based on a report created by the Health Committee of the League of Nations in 1935.
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 7:30PM
CDC Guidelines: Drug Urine Tests for Pain Patients - Open Comment Until 1/13/16
CDC Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain has an open comment period. The Guidelines include details regarding drug urine tests for all pain patients (Including cancer, end of life - despite claims these groups will not be affected). The Guidelines acknowledge that insurance may not cover the drug urine tests, which are known for inaccurate results.
Posted: Mon Jan 4, 2016 12:40PM
Petition - Obama: Fire DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg for Calling Medical Marijuana a "Joke."
This is a petition to fire the head DEA Chuck Rosenberg for calling medical marijuana a "joke" and enforcing unfair laws against marijuana.
Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:26PM
Worth Repeating: Suicide Rates Fall In Medical Cannabis States
Rewrite of article showing suicide rates have dropped in states that have legalized medical cannabis compared to increased suicide rates in states that maintained cannabis prohibition. Theories for why this happened is that cannabis is more effective as self-medication for depression than pharmaceutical pills and is often substituted for alcohol once legalized.
Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:16AM
Was Anchoring Medical to Recreational in Ohio Bad for Patients?
By now, everyone in the medical marijuana reform movement has seen the results in Ohio, where the commingled recreational and medical cannabis voter initiative (Issue 3) put forth by ResponsibleOhio was defeated at the polls by a nearly 2:1 margin.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 7:14PM
Canada's Plan to Legalize - the political implications
In 1967 Pierre Trudeau, who became Canada’s Prime Minister the following year, introduced legislation that would ultimately decriminalize homosexuality, noting in a famous quote that “the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.” Almost 50 years later his son, Justin Trudeau, appears poised to do the same thing for marijuana.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:40PM
National Medical Association Urges Rescheduling
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), one of the largest medical organizations in the United States, is calling for changing the federal classification of cannabis to a drug with medical uses.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:40PM
Study Confirms Long-term Cannabis Use Is Safe
A study of patients using medical cannabis to control chronic pain has confirmed that prolonged use is safe. Researchers found that pain patients using medical cannabis were no more likely to suffer serious adverse events than non-cannabis patients.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:32PM
Kettle Falls Patients Get Federal Prison Sentences
President Obama Urged to Pardon All Three Defendants and End Prosecutions
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:35PM
Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California
Receiving scant attention from marijuana legalization advocates and just about zero attention in the national media, voters in Ohio will be deciding on a very controversial marijuana legalization initiative this November. It is a cautionary tale that the backers of California’s multiple marijuana legalization initiatives should be paying close attention to.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 10:48AM
Will California's New Medical MJ Regulations Force Closure of All Los Angeles Dispensaries
The way I read the regulations it appears that there is no way for any of the currently operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles to comply with the state law and obtain a state license by 2018. Major changes will need to be made for any of the existing dispensaries to comply with the state law and obtain a license to continue operating.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:54AM
Dr. Jill Stein speaks out in Ferguson July 25, 2015 (video/mp4 32.7MB)
How many presidential candidates have visited Ferguson? While there, Jill Stein spoke against systemic racism that leads to fatalities, through forced choices in housing, education, and how we deliver justice. It is amazing she has been painted almost completely invisible by the media - even and especially the "progressive" media.
Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:28PM
Cyprus IndyMedia computers seized illegally by Police; members interrogated and harassed
Following the online publication of an article satyrizing the Minister of Health Philippos Patsalis on July 11, the Cyprus IndyMedia Editorial Collective has been subjected to a series of illegal abuses by State authorities which, so far, have also been shamefully condoned by the lower Courts. We are fighting the case at the Supreme Court and preparing, if need be, to take it to the European Court of Human Rights. o- Editorial Collective founding members Solon Antartis and Petros Evdokas t...
Posted: Thu Aug 6, 2015 12:07PM
Dr. Carl Hart at Drug Policy Alliance Conference in NOLA (audio/mpeg 19.3MB)
A Human Rights based approach to drug policy
Posted: Wed May 6, 2015 8:15AM