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To End the War on Drugs: A Guide for Politicians, the Press and Public

Cover, To End the War on Drugs
Cover, To End the War on Drugs

Dean Becker, author
Dean Becker, author

Dean Becker

The website featuring the book is: EndTheDrugWar.us. It currently features an excerpt, the index of interview subjects (from Donald Abrams, to Kevin Zeese), quotes from early reviewers, and of course some links to buy it in various formats.

Open Letter of Congratulations (and Warning) to Uruguay

Dear People of Uruguay, Uruguayan Leaders, and the Natural Environment,

Joy in Heaven

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear [Yeshua].

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable:

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

“And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Attributed to: 
Jesus (NIV)

Granny’s List, A Huge Cannabis Compendium of Medical Marijuana Studies, with Links

Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List - January 2013

Bill Fried: What if Heroin Were Legal?

Right now, street thugs and international cartels have the power.
Does that really make us safer?

Legal Heroin But Prescription Tylenol?!

Social Objection to Ending Prohibition

“What sense does it make to have prescription Tylenol but legal heroin?!”

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Here is an editorial I first published in January 18, 2010. In order to push it back out through the RSS feed I’m changing the publication date.

1922, Must Christians Choose Between the Bible and Prohibition?

In 1922 John Erskine Ph.D., LLD, published a short book, more like an extended essay, entitled, Must Christians Choose Between the Bible and Prohibition? In the first paragraph he sets out t

Alzheimer’s Disease Information Pages

A useful collection of information about Alzheimer’s Disease and also research on the use of marijuana to treat it.

Drug Policy Reform Websites that Use Drupal

This is a growing list of websites concerned with drug policy reform that use the best Open Source Content Management System available: http://Drupal.org.

Drug Policy Alliance Announces Saturday’s Historic Meeting of Central American Presidents

Saturday: Central American Presidents to Hold Historic Meeting to Discuss Strategies to Reduce Prohibition-Related Crime, Violence and Corruption

Scoundrels and Oppressive Laws

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

Attributed to: 
H. L. Mencken

Stanton Peele Takes on AA, the Toughest Drug to Quit, and Prohibitionists Perverting Kids

Here are three recent pieces worth reading.

In this first piece, he points out (among other things) the harms inflicted by the zero-tolerance and abstinence-only mindsets.

Please Support Guatemalan President

http://signon.org/sign/support-gu...

LEAP supports this. You can find a link to it on their homepage, upper right sidebar.

I have much to publish here, but have to get it in order first.

So much happening.

If you haven’t, please call, write, and/or email all your politicians on the need to end Prohibition: state reps and congressional.

In the mean time, in case you haven’t heard, Pat Robertson has come out again in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.
http://CopsSayLegalize.blogspot.c...

Eliot Spitzer Says Legalize Marijuana

The LEAP blog has a post and video of former New York governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer saying, “Legalizing pot is the right way to go.”

Monday, February 20, 2012

Maya Angelou on Courage and History

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Attributed to: 
Maya Angelou

Council on Spiritual Practices

The Council on Spiritual Practices has no doctrine or liturgy of its own.

http://csp.org

Jack Cole Rightfully Receives a Standing Ovation - pt 2

Watch one of LEAP’s co-founders explain why prohibition is intrinsically flawed and we need to repeal prohibition laws to replace them with regulation laws.

Video Title: 
Part 2 Jack Cole at Cannabis Colloquium

Jack Cole Rightfully Receives a Standing Ovation - pt 1

Watch one of LEAP’s co-founders explain why prohibition is intrinsically flawed and we need to repeal prohibition laws to replace them with regulation laws.

Video Title: 
Part 1 Jack Cole at Cannabis Colloquium

Moms United to End the War on Drugs Announces ‘Moms Advocacy 101 Training: Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing’

Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:30am-12:30pm
17848 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA 92614
To register or for more information: 619-670-1184

  • Learn grassroots advocacy tools
  • Learn how to promote policies of harm reduction & restorative justice
  • Learn how to be effective in enlisting support from neighbors and family
  • Develop skills in talking to legislators and the media
  • Hone ability to tell your story in order to advocate for sane drug policy
  • Practice talking points of Moms United to End the War on Drugs mission

Registration: $20 includes workshop, materials, coffee & muffins
Co-sponsored by Broken No More

Pension and Health Benefits Board of The United Methodist Church to Screen Against Investing in Private Prisons

It was mostly good news to hear that

the board of directors of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church (GBPHB) today announced the decision by the board’s Fiduciary and Executive Committees of the addition of a sixth investment screen that would prohibit investment in companies that derive more than 10% of revenue from the management and operation of prison facilities. The GBPHBStatement of Administrative Investment Policy has been amended to include this screen.

Single-Issue Voting to End the Drug War is Every-Issue Voting

Have you heard of single-issue politics? Single-issue voters or single-issue voting?

What is the social/political issue you are the most concerned about?

Crack Babies -- The Epidemic That Wasn’t

Nothing in the New York Times article, or the research reported on justifies the smashing down of doors, the kidnapping of children from their parents, or shackling mothers while in prison while giving birth. And I wouldn’t be surprised to learn about forced cesarean sections either.

SSDP Instrumental in Ending Anti-Drug Ads

Recently the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy sent out an email that, “President Obama is about to sign a law that removes all funding for

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