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The outrage of mandatory minimums compounded by the lack of the clemency safety valve

24-Year-Old Gets 3 Life Terms in Prison for Witnessing a Drug Deal: The Ugly Truth of Mandatory Drug Sentencing

At the age of 24, Aaron was sentenced to three life terms for his role in a cocaine deal. That’s effectively three times the sentence imposed upon Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a car […]

Open Thread

A travel day today, coming back from New York. Looking forward to catching up on drug policy news when I return.

Did Obama Administration raid Medical Marijuana in order to pass Health Care Reform?

Lobby E-Mails Show Depth of Obama Ties to Drug Industry

The New York Times article doesn’t specifically address the question posed in the title of this post, but it does show a clear willingness on the part of the administration to give in to the wishes of the pharmaceutical industry if it would help pass […]

Creating Criminals

This, to me, is an important point. Too many people think that drug laws are about catching criminals, when, in fact, they’re more about creating criminals.

Marijuana law just creates criminals by Hakeem Jeffries at CNN

The consequences of an arrest are severe, especially for young people of color who are already disproportionately subjected to […]

LEAP is hiring

LEAP is Hiring: Assistant Media Relations Director

Pro-Legalization Cops Seek Assistant Media Relations Director


Colorado and the Presidential Race

This AP story has been getting a lot of play around the media: Colo. vote on pot could affect Obama-Romney race

Whether to legalize marijuana will be on the Colorado ballot in November. President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney have identical stances on pot legalization — they oppose it. And neither is […]

Open thread

Heading for New York for a week. Will check in often.

If you’re concerned about the lack of posts, take a look at the comments, where you’ll find the other folks who hang out on Pete’s couch – and a whole lot of great content and activity.

Dennis Reboletti – Stupid Legislator of the Day

They don’t come any dumber than Dennis. Unfortunately, a fair number are as dumb.

House OKs bill to ban flavored rolling papers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Flavored tobacco rolling papers that critics say are used to smoke marijuana would be banned under a plan approved by the Illinois House.

The House gave its OK to the […]

What our government thinks of us

From the Moving towards a Drug-free Society: Statement made by the 2nd Congress of World Federation Against Drugs – WFAD, Stockholm, Sweden on May 23, 2012… (where our own Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske was a proud and eager participant):

[…] Realizing that advocates of legalization and decriminalization of drugs are driven by greed, disrespect of […]

More polling

All over the media this morning is the screaming headline from the Los Angeles Times:

Most California voters don’t support legalizing pot, poll finds

The subtext is, if California doesn’t support legalization…

Of course, it’s the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Times poll, and the Los Angeles Times has never been pot friendly […]