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Check out the page, “Selected Video from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.”
An amazing editorial.
Who is going to tell him he needs to be positive, that he’s such a downer?
Stand up to those lying, evil, hypocritical bullies!
Licit and Illicit Drugs is a very important book of the 1960’s and 1970’s (even beyond) with regards to educating people about drugs, the history of drugs, and drug policy. Why? Mainly because it’s easy to read and approaches the subject with objectivity, compassion, and balance.
As you can tell from this introduction, I hold the book in high regard, but I do not like the lack of emphasis on legalization. Decriminalization is mentioned as an alternative, but since the book is principally about drugs Brecher does not go into detail about the multitude of others horrors decriminalization will not remove. But he does touch on the benefits of a completely above-ground system, i.e. legalization, but in my opinion he doesn’t mention that enough.
Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports categorized drugs in a logical manner, by pharmacological effect on the body and mind, not by some arbitrary, subjective, and Orwellian-titled approach. They also, quite wisely, decided to include information on licit drugs as well.
Licit and Illicit Drugs is such a groundbreaking book that the Drug Policy Alliance honors it by naming one of their biennial awards after it, “The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Media.”
I’ve been remiss in regularly publishing editorials from the Drug Truth Network. I apologize.
So I think it’s time to do so! In fact let’s have a festival!
Paul Solman, apparently the latest journalist casualty over at the Pwned By Sadists Inside the Beltway Hour (formerly known as PBS News Hour) presents a story with the underlying theme: if you’re n
Ok, just cranked out a major new piece, a flyer for everyone to print out and share with others.
85% of Grandparent Respondents Favor Marijuana Legalization, According to GRAND Magazine Reader Poll
A press release this May from an online magazine for grandparents touts the fact 85% of the grandparent respondents favor marijuana legalization.
From the November Coalition:
"Ganja users performed significantly better than non-users on the psychiatric and physiological battery of tests."
“[…] perhaps the most famous project coming out of Jamaica, is a study of working-class men in Jamaica, 30 of whom were chronic users, that means [they] smoked at least one or two splifs everyday,
As a former undercover narcotics detective in New Jersey, I now know that all the time and resources I spent arresting people for marijuana offenses over the course of my career didn’t accomplish anything good. In addition to being a waste of money that should have been spent solving and preventing violent crimes, these arrests in many cases ruined otherwise productive people’s lives.
One person for which marijuana is not an untapped source of healing is Irvin Rosenfeld. Mr. Rosenfeld is one of the 4 remaining federal medical marijuana patients.
The book by the 4th remaining (out of 13 total) federal medical marijuana patient entitled My Medicine — How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement is worth buying and reading.
Yes, you read that right, federal medical marijuana patient. Meaning the federal government not only sanctions his use, but actually sends him a canister of a few hundred marijuana cigarettes a little less than once per month, as medicine. You can see one such canister (and Irv himself) in the photograph on the right.
As you can see on the page I link to, Irv will even sign it for you.
Even if you are familiar with the history of marijuana, or medical marijuana, there is something to be learned from Irv’s book. He was a normal kid, he played baseball, worshipped in his synagogue and participated in its activities. The parts you will find the most interesting and fun are the times when he is confronted by bullies looking to intimidate him and push him around, like whenever he travels by airplane.
However, there is much that drug policy reformers (and many others) are very familiar with, namely government stalling, red tape, mean-spirited career criminals (various govt. employees), cowardly government officials who know the truth but are intimidated by thugs, and other Drug War shenanigans and outright fraud.
Although I've written about this elsewhere on this site, I just realized I needed to put a link to it here to keep the logic straight.
Earlier this year, in February, Chief Deputy Marshal Fogg spoke out against Drug Prohibition and the Drug War at American University in Washington, D.C. He was representing LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
A big thank you to Matthew for sending along these photos. And a big thank you to Karina Zannat for taking them!
Introducing Chief Deputy Marshal Fogg
Marshal Fogg Speaks
Students for Liberty Listen