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Jeff Sessions is leading America back into Reefer Madness

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By Jamie Peck / The Guardian Once upon a time, the 1936 film ‘Reefer Madness’ attempted to spread sensationalistic messages about marijuana to youths across the land. Just one toke, the film admonished, and you could be setting off down the primrose path to murder, hallucinations, rape, suicide, and yes, the titular madness. Yikes! Luckily for fans of the plant, we now know the worst effects of marijuana are smoker’s…

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Danny Glover Urges Support for California Prop 64

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Dr. Ron Daniels, National Coordinator for the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s Drug Policy Reform Initiative (IBWDPI) announced today that world renowned Actor, Humanitarian and Human Rights Activist Danny Glover has issued a Statement in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) which appears as Proposition 64 on the ballot, November 8th in California.  Mr. Glover’s Statement appears below. From Danny Glover This November, there are many important reasons…

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Jay Z and Snoop Dogg Do Powerful Videos Slamming Drug War

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By Tony Newman /  AlterNet   Photo Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com For years hip-hop artists have rapped about drug use, the drug trade and the drug war. And now, we are seeing some of the biggest stars use their influence to deal a blow to our country’s racist drug war. Two weeks ago, Jay Z  teamed up with acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple on a striking animated video, launched in the New York Times, that…

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Black scholar tells why drug reform includes legalizing and regulating marijuana

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By Charlene Muhammad (Contributing Writer) Dr. Ron Daniels Reform drug laws, by decriminalizing, legalizing, and regulating marijuana, Dr. Ron Daniels, veteran social and political activist, advocated during an intimate lunch at the National Association of Black Social Workers Los Angeles Chapter on April 21. Dr. Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), was hosted by Greg Akili of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center and…

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The Failed Promise of Legal Pot

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By Tom James New laws on marijuana were supposed to boost tax revenues and free up cops to go after “real” criminals. But underground sales—and arrests—are still thriving. It’s just after four o’clock on a hot Seattle afternoon, and Thomas Terry is standing in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. Known for fights that end with police sirens and sometimes ambulances, it’s a spot some locals half-jokingly…

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The Next 8 States That Could Legalize Weed Within the Year

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By Phillip Smith / AlterNet Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls consistently show majorities in favor of legalization, with a recent Gallup poll showing 58% support—tied for the highest level in the poll’s history. That doesn’t mean legalization is inevitable in any given state, as the…

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The Year in Drug Policy: Movement at a crossroads

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The 43-year-old war on drugs had never seen such a barrage of opposition as it did in 2014, with successful marijuana legalization initiatives in several U.S. states, California’s historic approval of sentencing reform for low level drug offenders and world leaders calling for the legal regulation of all drugs — all of which cement the mainstream appeal of drug policy alternatives and offer unprecedented momentum going into 2015.

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