End of the Drug Czar? Trump Proposes Huge Cuts to White House Drug Office

Donald Trump may be following through on a campaign promise more quickly and easily than building a wall or removing millions’ of Americans’ healthcare. And this is one Trump promise that drug-reform advocates can applaud. Trump wants to slash funding for the office of the national “drug czar” by 95 percent, according to a Read more about End of the Drug Czar? Trump Proposes Huge Cuts to White House Drug Office[…]

Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana

BY MICHAEL KUNZELMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court’s chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. In a withering dissent Wednesday, Chief Read more about Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana[…]

DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to further capitalize on the modern day drug war by ramping up the prosecution of cases involving people who manufacture, traffic and use pharmaceutical substances outside of their medicinal function. According to National Public Radio, Uncle Sam’s leading drug enforcement hammers quietly announced a plan last month Read more about DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War[…]

Chris Christie, Opiate Czar: Treat Addiction “Like AIDS” (But Don’t Legalize Marijuana)

For helping elect President Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reward is solving the nation’s opiate crisis. Christie is chair of a national commission on opiate abuse. Trump saw fit to form the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis quickly, putting it together in March, even before he named a Read more about Chris Christie, Opiate Czar: Treat Addiction “Like AIDS” (But Don’t Legalize Marijuana)[…]

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico

On Friday, Mexico’s lower-house Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to allow use, production and distribution of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. The vote was an overwhelming 371 in favor and seven against with 11 abstentions. The legislation was already approved by the Mexican Senate in December and now goes to the desk of President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature. The passage Read more about Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico[…]

To Some, Aggressive Justice Dept. Stance Looks Like Step Back

BY SADIE GURMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, America got tough on crime. Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms. But as crime rates dropped since 2000, Read more about To Some, Aggressive Justice Dept. Stance Looks Like Step Back[…]

France’s Presidential Contenders All Want Marijuana Reform (Except for the French Trump)

The United States owes much to France—independence, a certain iconic statue, Anthony Bourdain’s attitude—and now, America is poised to deliver a favor in return. Liberating Paris during World War II was nice, but nearly no one alive remembers (nor, in the postmodern era, does anyone not in America really much care). Reciprocation relevant to Read more about France’s Presidential Contenders All Want Marijuana Reform (Except for the French Trump)[…]

Latest Israel-Palestine Problem: Marijuana

Generally speaking, the United States tries to distance itself from Hamas. And since the U.S. is the chief supplier of arms and foreign aid to Hamas’s antagonists in Israel, the feeling of enmity is entirely mutual (no matter how many keffiyehs and Palestinian flags are spotted on American college campuses).  But the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist Read more about Latest Israel-Palestine Problem: Marijuana[…]

Just Like Obama: Whitehouse.gov Petition Asks Trump To Back Off Marijuana

Aside from drone warfare and domestic spying, Donald Trump is embracing at least one innovation from the Barack Obama days. Within days of taking office, Trump’s people scrubbed climate change science from the EPA website, but in a nod to the power enjoyed by online mobs in the Trump era, his administration has thus far Read more about Just Like Obama: Whitehouse.gov Petition Asks Trump To Back Off Marijuana[…]

Los Angeles Sheriff Thinks Feds May Target Marijuana

BY MICHAEL BALSAMO ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department expects federal drug agents will attempt to step up marijuana enforcement as California moves forward with legalization. But he believes there isn’t the manpower to conduct widespread raids on growers and businesses selling marijuana. In a wide-ranging interview Read more about Los Angeles Sheriff Thinks Feds May Target Marijuana[…]

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