Category: prohibition

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.” — 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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Family Claims Marijuana Killed Their Son

Getty The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent can go through. It can lead to many reactions, grief being the most palpable. But often it also leads to something else: a search for answers. Why would someone so young lose their life so early in its span? Sometimes the answer is easy to ascertain, things like car accidents and drug overdoses are causes that are easy to see. But when the cause is unknown, it can make an already unbearable situation even harder to handle. A good example of this is the death of Michael...

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Marijuana Could Play a Big Part in the 2020 Presidential Election

Getty I know what you’re thinking: isn’t it a bit early to be talking about the 2020 U.S. Presidential election? There was a time when I would have agreed with that sentiment, but no longer. In today’s political arena, the battle is always joined. Every hour of every news cycle must be treated as its own mini-battle, each contributing to the success of the wider war. In this case, the war is the fight for cannabis legalization. Those who oppose legalization are already gearing up for 2020 and beyond. Those familiar with the game of chess know the concept;...

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The DOJ Recommends No Changes to Marijuana Policy

Getty It’s been about three months since Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the Department of Justice to assemble a task force to determine the best approach to certain policies, including the charging and sentencing of federal marijuana cases. Since then, many folks have been questioning exactly what this report would turn up – with many suggesting that they may find a way to link cannabis to violent crime as a reason to enforce harsher sentences. However, this week the DOJ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety “has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance...

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