War on Drugs

Biden Moves On Marijuana Reform

“Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. . . And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.” Last week President Biden […]

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Legislature Approves MJ Legalization!

Good news! Following floor debates in both chambers of the General Assembly earlier today, a majority of Rhode Island legislators have approved legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults. Governor McKee who has previously indicated he would sign the measure. With the governor’s approval, Rhode Island will become the 19th state to end

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RI Finally Ready To Legalize Marijuana?

Could this be the year? The conversation surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults sounds different this year. Once again, as he has done every year for at least a decade, Senator Josh Miller — along with Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey — has introduced a bill that would do just that. According

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The DEA Protects Its $2 Billion Budget

Condemnation for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to keep marijuana listed as a Schedule I drug has been universal. The DEA defines Schedule I drugs, substances, and chemicals as “. . . drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Those in the medical field have argued that it is

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‘End The Drug War’ Trifecta — Cops, Docs, And Clergy

Three perfect panels yesterday at “Cops, Docs, and Clergy,” a conference featuring speakers from those three areas of expertise who are calling for an end to our war on drugs. All aspects of our failed approach to the drug problem were covered. I was particularly impressed with Major Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement

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Proposed Opioid Regulations Are A Terrible Idea

Here’s a new wrinkle in the misguided war on drugs. Doctors and dentists have been looking over their shoulders a while now with nothing less than their licenses on the line. Now, in an effort to curb the abuse of prescription painkillers, state regulators want to prohibit doctors and other healthcare practitioners from prescribing opioids

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Chaos On The Border — Who Benefits

The images of children crossing into this country through the Mexican border are heartbreaking and the latest tragedy traceable to America’s futile war on drugs. The numbers astonish. According to The New York Times More than 52,000 minors traveling without their parents have been caught crossing the southwest border illegally since October, including 9,000 in

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U.S. House To DEA — Stop Raiding Marijuana Dispensaries

The U.S. House of Representatives has actually done something . . . something good. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. On Thursday night the House of Representatives passed a bill that prevents the DEA from raiding state-legal marijuana dispensaries. According to the Daily Beast, Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes,

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Unsolved Homicides On the Rise

Since the federal government declared its war on drugs several decades ago the clearance rate of homicides throughout the country has steadily declined. Data available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports) show that the percentage of homicides “solved” nationwide decreased from 72% in 1980 to 64% in 2008.

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ProJo Editorial — Legalize Marijuana

I have a piece in today’s Providence Journal — “Drug war has failed; legalize marijuana” — in which I take the ProJo editorial board to task for their recent opposition to the legalization of marijuana. My advocacy concerning the war on drugs and the reform of marijuana laws is known to regular Dose readers —

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Patrick Kennedy Can’t Get Out Of His Own Head

Too bad, because that’s where he does most of his thinking. Former congressman, and outspoken opponent of marijuana reform, Patrick Kennedy is in a snit: Lifespan has backed out of hosting a planned conference in which medical and addiction professionals were apparently prepared to discuss — without irony — the need to sweep marijuana users

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