drug prohibition

Cop’s Marijuana Legalization Question Top Vote-Getter In White House Video Contest

[youtube]J0IpiATxdR4[/youtube] A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday. The marijuana question was […]

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Coming To A Neighborhood Near You — Mexican Drug Cartels

Rhode Islanders who couldn’t get themselves too worked up about the murderous savagery Mexicans have been visiting upon each other thousands of miles away, may soon get to see the drug wars play out up close and personal. Writing in the Sunday Providence Journal, “A quiet invasion”, Katie Mulvaney reports that state police and drug

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Josh Miller Goes National With Progressive Marijuana Policies

Josh Miller — Senator for District 28, Cranston and Warwick and owner of the Hot Club, Trinity Brewhouse, Local 121 — is now writing to a national audience on the topic of marijuana decriminalization/legalization. Check out the CNBC blog for his thoughtful piece “Rhode Island’s Drive for Sensible Marijuana Laws” posted this morning, including this

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Providence Journal — End Prohibition

I did not see this coming. The editorial board of The Providence Journal has come out in favor of ending our government’s futile war on drugs by legalizing, regulating and taxing all illicit drugs and placing addiction in the public health realm where it belongs. The title of the piece “Silver or lead?” refers to

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Protect Our Youth

Well, I’ve been riding this hobbyhorse for a while now and it turns out I have an ally over at the Providence Journal — the much smarter and more articulate columnist Froma Harrop.  In yesterday’s paper, she blasted the foolish and wasteful ‘War on Drugs’ and found quite a bit of support in a recent

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It’s Expensive, It Doesn’t Work, It’s Crazy

Kudos to the editorial board of the Providence Journal who write today that President-elect Obama might want to “[r]eview our crazy ‘war on drugs’.” Especially review Plan Colombia, which despite $6 billion spent and the laying waste of some Colombian countryside, has done nothing to reduce the availability of cocaine in the U.S. Indeed, the

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