Category: prohibition

How Did U.S. Attorneys React After Jeff Sessions Opened the Door for a Marijuana Crackdown?

Earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Department of Justice guidelines that had been put in place during President Obama’s second term, guidelines that allowed marijuana legalization to operate basically unmolested by federal authorities in states where voters had approved it. This move by Sessions opened the door for each U.S. Attorney to use their own discretion when determining which marijuana cases to prosecute since all activity pertaining to cannabis is illegal under federal law. This means the eyes of the cannabis community have moved to individual U.S. Attorneys and what their plans are, especially in states...

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Sessions Advisor Suggests Giving Doctors the Right to Drug Test Anyone and Force Users into Treatment

Just weeks before the New Year, when California was set to open recreational sales, followed by Massachusetts and Maine later this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a closed-door meeting with a small group of drug policy experts to discuss options for handling the quickly spreading state-level legalization of cannabis. One of those policy experts was Dr. Robert DuPont, a drug warrior from the 1970s, who in the 1980s lead the spreading of the then-popular “gateway drug” theory, which has since been proven false. DuPont was at the hearing to speak on drugged driving – an issue he has...

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Utah Police Presentation Claims Legal Weed Leads to Impotence, Intellectual Disabilities and Opioid Deaths

Recently, police officers in Utah gave a presentation about what was being called “The Multiple Ills of Marijuana.” These alleged ills included impotence, a weakened immune system, mental disability, an increased likelihood of crashing your car, increased risk of cancer, psychosis, gum disease, depression, memory loss and heroin overdose. County Sheriff Terry Thompson and Lieutenant Casey Warren of the Riverdale Police spoke to an audience in what was called a “townhouse meeting”, but it didn’t seem like any citizens got a chance to speak or ask any questions. Had they been given the opportunity, they’d likely have taken the...

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TV’s Dr. Oz Says Marijuana Could Be an Exit Drug for Opioid Addiction

Getty One of the major battlefronts in the war against marijuana has always been the culture war. TV, radio, movies and now the Internet have played a major part in the prohibition of cannabis and in the tearing down of that prohibition. Earlier this month a major salvo was fired in that war from an unlikely source: Dr. Mehmet Oz. And it happened in unlikely place as well, on the Fox News morning show. .@DrOz: “Medical Marijuana… it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.” pic.twitter.com/VjlPgHybwk — Fox News (@FoxNews) September 19, 2017...

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NORML Petitions Google to Remove Apps Depicting Bloodthirsty Filipino Drug Warrior

AP Rodrigo Duterte, the sitting President of the Philippines, is a bloodthirsty psychopath. Specifically, Duterte seeks to spill the blood of illegal drug dealers and users. The Filipino president once bragged about executing drug dealers himself. Duterte also said he’d “be happy” to kill the remaining three million illegal drug dealers and users in his country. He is personally responsible for the killings of over 12,000 people in the past year. The Google Play Store is hosting games that allow users to play as the prohibitionist maniac Duterte, as he goes on a digital killing spree. A few of...

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More Money Going to Federal Lobbying Efforts From the Marijuana Industry

Getty There is no doubt that federal law has a major impact on marijuana law reform efforts. In fact, not only does federal law affect what happens on a federal level, it also casts a dark shadow over efforts at the state level. Many state politicians balk at the very idea of marijuana law reform simply because it is illegal federally. This means that if cannabis law reform efforts are ultimately to succeed, then the industry is going to have to gain some influence in the halls of power in Washington D.C. And for better or worse, the way...

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