Monthly Archives: February 2013

Big news: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 introduced in Senate

Senator Ron Wyden has just introduced the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, today. The original cosponsors are: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Sen. Mitch McConnell … Continue reading

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Be careful not to assume the Drug Czar has power or information

Some concern has been expressed regarding this ThinkProgress piece Federal prosecutors will crack down on recreational marijuana dispensaries and growers even in states where they are legal, U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske told a Canadian news magazine this week. The … Continue reading

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Maybe legislatures would pass better laws…

Strong smell of marijuana reported inside Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning A strong smell of marijuana was reported inside the Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning, 7NEWS Reporter Russell Haythorn confirmed. The entire Senate chamber smelled like marijuana, said Doug Schepman, Communications Director … Continue reading

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This is how it should be

David Bratzer is a LEAP speaker in Canada (and a really nice guy). For some good news today, check out this speaking engagement he had yesterday: ‘Groundbreaking’ conversation as Halifax police chief hosts session with drug law reformer Canadian president … Continue reading

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Why suspicion-less employment drug testing is a bad idea

The federal government would like all companies to drug test all their workers, and so, of course, would the companies who make billions of dollars each year from the drug testing boom. And yet, what value does suspicion-less drug testing … Continue reading

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The lazy dishonesty of the ONDCP

Rafael Lemaitre, Communications Director for the Drug Czar’s office, made this post recently: Drug Laws: Why Do We Have them, and Do They Work? For an office that claims to want to follow science, they go out of their way … Continue reading

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Open Thread

Work and out-of-town visitors have kept me busy, but there’s still a lot going on… Why Congress Might Legalize Marijuana This Time by Rep. Earl Blumenauer in Salon “It’s just come to a head,” he told Salon Thursday afternoon. “This … Continue reading

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Signs of change, part 2

In the National Conference of State Legislatures online magazine, a detailed article by Suzanne Weiss: The nation is watching closely as Colorado and Washington put new pot laws in place. It’s a well-written article laying out the background of legalization … Continue reading

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Signs of change

Kentucky and industrial hemp. Here’s a video of a hour-long discussion on TV about industrial hemp in Kentucky, including the agriculture commissioner and police commissioner. And there is significant political support. Mitch McConnell Joins Rand Paul In Supporting Industrial Hemp … Continue reading

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Talking Drugs

Check out this excellent website with tons of articles about drugs and drug policy, as well as opportunities to share your own stories. Put together by Release. Talking Drugs

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