Activism June 24, 2015

To mark the 20th anniversary of the photo exhibit Human Rights 95: Atrocities of the Drug War (, showing families of non-violent drug offenders incarcerated as a result of the U.S. War on Drugs, its organizers Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad have announced plans to update and rerelease in ebook form Shattered Lives: Portraits from Read More »

Business, Politics June 17, 2015
Colorado MMJ Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

A recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court over whether companies can legally fire their employees for using cannabis for medical purposes in compliance with state law could have consequences far exceeding the limited question answered in the Court’s written opinion. The unanimous opinion, delivered Monday, addresses principles of federalism which could shake the very Read More »

Business June 16, 2015
Santa Ana PD Operating Like Mob, Lawsuit Alleges

In the wake of a viral video apparently depicting police officers eating cannabis-infused brownies and smashing surveillance equipment at a Santa Ana, California-based medical marijuana dispensary, several members of the raided collective have filed an explosive lawsuit alleging a shocking pattern of behavior more befitting an organized crime ring than a police department. According to Read More »

Nip It In The Bud: Misleading report on cannabis exposure in children

: This study was looking at all exposures, as I had previously reported, but they record how many of them were accidental and as it turns out the vast majority were accidental dosings, with only about 10% being intentional. As I previously reported, the words “accidental” and “unintentional NEVER appear in the press release, which is all Read More »

Politics June 9, 2015
Craft Cannabis Legalization Could Save California Up To Half a Billion Annually

According to California’s Legislative Analysis Office (LAO), cannabis legalization could net the chronically cash-strapped state up to half a billion dollars every year. The LAO, which takes no position on pending legislative proposals, released its fiscal analysis concerning the earliest legalization initiative to be filed for the 2016 ballot, the California Craft Cannabis initiative. The Read More »

Asset Forfeiture – Words of Wisdom From LEAP Officer Ted Nelson

Officer Ted Nelson has recently undergone a slight change in his career. The police officer formerly in charge of training Michigan’s law enforcement on civil asset forfeiture in the 1980s, Ted is now a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a non-profit group of former police officers and judges who... Read More »

House Votes Four Times to Rein In Drug War

The US House of Representatives has approved a spending bill for the federal Department of Justice which contains no fewer than four amendments de-funding the War on Drugs in key ways, while narrowly defeating a fifth de-funding measure which would have forced federal law enforcement to respect the will of... Read More »

In 2013, Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) caused 176,000 deaths around the world, a 64% increase from two decades ago. While this disease may not get as much attention or funding as viruses like ebola, it kills over forty times as many people every year. This makes SCD a serious threat, especially to... Read More »

CALL TO ACTION: House Vote on MMJ State Rights Tonight

  As soon as tonight, the U.S. House will vote on a crucial amendment that will prevent the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state marijuana laws. Email... Read More »

Patient Rights Under Attack in Legalizing States

From Washington State to Washington, D.C., successful cannabis legalization campaigns have consistently promised voters that they would preserve the rights of medical marijuana patients even while opening up access to all responsible adult use. But while campaign leaders have kept their promises, government officials in Washington, Oregon and Colorado... Read More »

Show Me Cannabis Sues 4th Secretive MO Drug Task Force

By now, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane probably wishes he’d never heard of Aaron Malin. Malin, Director of Research for Show-Me Cannabis, a Missouri reform group aiming to legalize adult cannabis use, medical marijuana and industrial hemp through the state’s 2016 ballot, began to suspect that something may be... Read More »

First Schedule I Hearing Appeal Filed

When Judge Kimberly Mueller of the federal Eastern District of California ruled against the defense motion to declare the Schedule I status of cannabis unconstitutional, she made at least one glaring error. So argues NORML attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke in the first filing to appeal Judge Mueller’s... Read More »

After Burning Sleeping Baby, Sheriff Claims It Was Baby’s Fault

I have to be honest. I was going to do a full legal write-up and analysis of the federal complaint and defense briefs filed in the case of Bou-Bou Phonesavanh, the Georgia infant who was burned nearly to death at 2 in the morning after sheriff’s deputies in Habersham... Read More »

“In Defense of White Guys” Misses the Point

“Radical” Russ Belville has penned a piece for in which he attempts to push back against the arguments of Michelle Alexander and other commentators who bemoan that while black men bear the brunt of cannabis prohibition, the principal beneficiaries of cannabis legalization have been white men. In short, as... Read More »