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2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference Videos

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 - 11:44 am

In case you were not fortunate enough to go to the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, the Drug Policy Alliance has begun listing the videos which are now online for you to watch, free!

Check out the page, “Selected Video from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.”

Licit and Illicit Drugs, Edward M. Brecher and the Publishers of Consumer Reports

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 - 12:27 am

Cover of Licit and Illicit DrugsLicit 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.”

Pwned By Sadists (PBS) News Hour, "Prisons are Good. Go there and come out to earn $80,000 a year!"

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sat, Aug 6, 2011 - 11:01 am

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

"Ganja users performed significantly better than non-users on the psychiatric and physiological battery of tests."

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 - 6:05 pm

“[…] 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,

Video Title: 
Melanie Dreher, PhD - Discusses How Cannabis Is Used As Medicine in Jamaica

Humble, Honest Reflection and Repentance from a Former Narc

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 - 2:53 am

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.

Attributed to: 
Jack Cole

My Medicine, by Irv Rosenfeld

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 - 6:22 pm

My Medicine 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.

U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal Speaks Against Drug Prohibition

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 - 1:30 pm

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.

He spoke to a group of interested students, organized by the American University Students for Liberty (on Facebook).

A big thank you to Matthew for sending along these photos. And a big thank you to Karina Zannat for taking them!

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Introducing Chief Deputy Marshal Fogg

Introducing Marshal Fogg

Marshal Fogg Speaks

Marshal Fogg Speaks

Students for Liberty Listen

Students for Liberty Listen

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