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  • Libtard Gary Johnson Cost Romney FL and OH

    11/06/2012 9:51:53 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 74 replies
    Hover over Google's state map at link.
  • What is so appealing about Ron Paul to young voters?

    01/31/2012 12:00:06 PM PST · by presidio9 · 245 replies
    FOX News ^ | 1/31/12 | Karin Agness
    The first primaries of 2012 are complete, but the fight over the proper role of government continues. The question before GOP primary voters is who best reflects their own answer to that question, and then, who is best suited to make that case to the American people? A clear winner has yet to emerge, but there is little question about who has captured the loyalty of young Republican voters on this issue. Although finishing fourth overall, Ron Paul once again won the youth vote in South Carolina, winning 31% of ages 18-29, compared to Newt Gingrich who won 28%. Paul’s...
  • Santorum booed for his positions on same-sex marriage, legal pot (New Hampshire college students)

    01/05/2012 10:21:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Santorum booed for his positions on same-sex marriage, legal potBy Alicia M. Cohn - 01/05/12 06:21 PM ET Amid boos and occasional cheers, Rick Santorum defended his views on same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana, as he was peppered with questions by a crowd of college students in New Hampshire on Thursday. The conservative candidate did not sidestep a challenge issued by several members of the crowd on the subject, but instead asked students to break down their argument so he could reply at length. “Don’t you have to make the positive argument why the law should be changed?” he asked....
  • Ron Paul wins California Republican straw poll

    09/17/2011 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 94 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 17, 2011
    This weekend, the California Republican Party had its 2011 Fall Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. One presidential candidate, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, spoke at a dinner on Friday night, and Saturday morning's breakfast featured two more contenders: Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Paul's fans were out in force both outside the hotel -- awaiting his arrival -- and inside the ticketed Lincoln Clubs Breakfast. He spoke last and was late, allowing McCotter to add a question-and-answer period to his prepared remarks (more on that later, check back). McCotter is also on...
  • Colo. bank to close medical marijuana accounts, leaving dispensaries scrambling

    09/02/2011 9:15:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | :08/23/2011 | Mitchell Byars
    Colorado Springs State Bank was last in state publicly doing business with the industry . The last bank in the state of Colorado that was publicly doing business with the medical marijuana industry decided it will be closing all of those accounts by the end of September, leaving dispensaries across the state scrambling. The Colorado Springs State Bank sent out a letter last week to its medical marijuana account holders requesting them to have their bank accounts closed by Sept. 30. "There are unresolved issues with regulations, law enforcement and other agencies that need to get resolved before the industry...
  • Ron Paul Bill Attacks Federal Marijuana War

    06/25/2011 1:50:46 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | June 24, 2011 | Alex Newman
    The federal war on drugs is coming under attack from multiple angles, most recently with the introduction of a bill in Congress by conservative Rep. Ron Paul and liberal Rep. Barney Frank that would end the national prohibition on marijuana and allow states to set their own policies.The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011,” or HR 2306, would not “legalize” marijuana. If passed, the legislation would simply remove the plant from the federal list of “controlled substances.” States would then be free to regulate, tax, or prohibit it without U.S. government interference. One of the important issues the bill...
  • Barney Frank and Ron Paul unite - over weed (FRUIT AND NUT ALERT)

    06/22/2011 6:07:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 233 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-22-2011 | Caroline May
    Barney Frank and Ron Paul unite - over weed Caroline May June 22, 2011 ... Thursday the pair plan together to unveil legislation to legalize marijuana. ... Other co-sponsors include Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, Michigan Democratic John Conyers, Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.
  • Ron Paul, Barney Frank to Jointly Introduce Bill to End Federal War on Marijuana

    06/23/2011 3:46:24 AM PDT · by lbryce · 113 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Congressmen Ron Paul, Barney Frank and others will introduce legislature Thursday that aims to end a major part of the war on drugs -- namely the battle against marijuana. Reps. Paul (R-Texas) and Frank (D-Mass.), though technically on opposite sides of the aisle, have often spoken out against the war on drugs and will propose a bill "tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference," according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project via Reason. The bill would allow the individual states to decide how they want to...
  • Reps. Frank and Paul: Let states legalize pot

    06/22/2011 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 312 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | June 22, 2011 | Joel Connelly
    A bipartisan team of Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, will introduce federal legislation that would permit states to legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference. The legislation will be unveiled Thursday by Frank, an outspoken liberal Democrat, and the libertarian Paul, who is running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The bill would limit the U.S. government role in marijuana enforcement to interdiction of cross-border or inter-state smuggling. Citizens would be able to legally grow, use or sell cannabis in states which have legalized the forbidden weed. The legislation is the first bill to be...
  • Major panel: Drug war has failed, legalize pot

    06/02/2011 6:32:16 AM PDT · by TSgt · 123 replies
    Instead of punishing users who "do no harm to others," global commission argues that governments - particularly the U.S. - should end criminalization of drug use (AP) NEW YORK - The global war on drugs has failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world, argues a new report to be released Thursday. Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former heads of state, a former U.N. secretary-general and a business mogul, the report calls on governments to end the criminalization of marijuana and other controlled substances.
  • Willie Nelson offers 'pro-pot' presidential candidate Gary Johnson his support

    05/18/2011 5:59:36 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 17 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | May 17, 2011 | Sue Winchester
    SANTA FE, N.M. -- Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson today announced that he has received the official endorsement of legendary entertainer Willie Nelson and the National Teapot Party, which Nelson co-founded. The endorsement comes following a meeting between Johnson and Nelson last week, and marks the first presidential endorsement for the Teapot Party. Upon hearing the news of the endorsement, Governor Johnson said, "I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such a legendary entertainer and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson.” Johnson continued, “Not only is Willie a superstar talent but, he is a strong advocate for...
  • The Conservative War on Drug Prohibition

    05/16/2011 8:25:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-05-12 | Jack Hunter
    Most people can’t imagine an America without a minimum wage. Without such wage regulation many believe poverty would run rampant, families would become homeless and children would be starving in the streets. Yet conservatives have rightly recognized that these are moralistic and emotional responses to what is essentially an economic problem. Pointing out the policy’s failure, National Review founder William F. Buckley wrote: “The minimum wage is about as discredited as the Flat Earth Society…” Yet the very notion of getting rid of it remains something most Americans simply cannot fathom. Most people can’t imagine an America without the War...
  • Gary Johnson announces presidential run

    04/21/2011 11:30:46 AM PDT · by logician2u · 401 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/21/2011 | Stephanie Condon
    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announced today that he's running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "I'm ready for a different America," Johnson said in a statement today. "I'm ready for the day when a person can build a good life on a decent income, and we can take our government at its word." Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday morning on the steps of the New Hampshire State House and plans to spend three days in the early-nominating state meeting with supporters and visiting local businesses.
  • On day 2, pro-pot Extravaganja festival called "a Renaissance of freedom"

    04/17/2011 11:39:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    AMHERST – Rocker Steve Miller is a self-declared “midnight toker,” but he’s got nothing on hundreds of people on the Amherst town commons Sunday who sparked up at noon. The 20th annual Extravaganja festival, put on by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Cannabis Reform Coalition, kicked off Saturday and continued for two days, the first time it has lasted more than one day since its inception. The event was chock-full of speakers, vendors and bands and was meant to raise awareness of the pro-marijuana legalization movement. This year was also the first time participants were allowed to smoke marijuana...
  • Pot Advocates Have High Hopes For Jerry Brown In Gubernatorial Race

    08/12/2010 5:50:06 AM PDT · by Mojave · 65 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Aug. 11 2010 | Dennis Romero,
    ​Medical marijuana advocates who want to end the practice of eliminating job candidates and firing employees who use pot with a doctor's okay have high hopes that gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown will get elected and sign a law that stops the practices. In 2008 the legislature passed a bill that would have done just that, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The California Supreme Court ruled previously that's it's okay to eliminate candidates and fire employees who use pot, even if they have a doctor's recommendation under the state's medical marijuana law. The only way to change that...
  • KPFA pledge prize is marijuana book

    07/29/2010 1:16:44 PM PDT · by Drango · 12 replies
    KPFA ^ | na | na
    We all know about NPR tote bags given as rewards during pledge week. The tax funded "public radio" station KPFA in Berkeley gives away "Marijuana Growers Guide" by Rosenthal for a $150 pledge. KPFA is part of "Pacifica", the ultra liberal, wackadoo radio network. And yes they are partially tax supported.
  • These Buds Are for You

    07/28/2010 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 28, 2010 | Jacob Sullum
    Click here to find out more! A group called Public Safety First warns that "the pre-tax price of marijuana could substantially decline" and "consumption of marijuana would increase" if Californians vote to legalize the drug in November. Well, yes, that's sort of the idea. Proposition 19, a California ballot initiative that would legalize cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use while authorizing local governments to allow commercial production and sale, would move marijuana into a legal, regulated market, transforming criminals into consumers. Lower prices and increased use mean greater consumer satisfaction, something that should be welcomed rather than feared....
  • On Marijuana, Social Conservatives Trend Statist

    06/24/2010 9:12:15 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 178 replies · 2+ views
    NewsRealBlog ^ | June 23, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    The central conceit of the Left is their regard for outcome above principle, results above rights. “Progressivism” repackages the age-old idea that society has a collective right superior to the individual’s. We saw this in the argument for universal health care, where the Left regarded the outcome of “universal coverage” above the principle of personal liberty. Unfortunately, this conceit is not limited to the Left. Social conservatives are willing to borrow ŕ la carte from statist arguments when the results suit their taste. No issue evokes this phenomenon more than drug control policy. NewsRealBlog hosted much debate on the legalization...
  • The Tea Party and the Drug War

    06/07/2010 11:20:04 AM PDT · by bamahead · 100 replies · 144+ views
    National Review ^ | June 7, 2010 | Jeffrey A. Miron
    Voter dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats is at historic levels, and the tea-party movement is hoping to play kingmaker in the November elections. The country’s current breed of discontent is ideal for the tea parties, because economic concerns are foremost, allowing the movement to sidestep the divisions between its libertarian and conservative wings. As the elections near, however, voters will want to know where the party stands not just on the economy but on social issues. A perfect illustration is drug policy, where conservatives advocate continued prohibition but libertarians argue for legalization. Which way should the tea party lean when...
  • Legalize pot? Get mom onboard Activists target women in push to legalize marijuana

    05/08/2010 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 309 replies · 2,654+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sat., May 8, 2010 | KRISTEN WYATT
    DENVER - Moms got tougher drunk-driving laws on the books and were directly responsible for passing and then repealing alcohol Prohibition. Now marijuana activists are trying to enlist the nation's mothers in legalization efforts with a sales pitch that pot is safer than booze. The nation's largest marijuana legalization lobby recently started a women's group. The Moms4Marijuana website draws thousands. And just in time for Mother's Day, a pot legalization group in Denver has created a pink-carnation web card asking moms to support legalization. These marijuana moms argue that pot is no worse than alcohol, that teens shouldn't face jail...
  • High times for American marijuana smokers as police allow thousands of '4/20'...

    04/21/2010 10:11:21 AM PDT · by traumer · 7 replies · 365+ views
    Marijuana smokers across the America lit up in public parks, outside statehouses and in the posh confines of a Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore to observe the movement's annual 'high holiday' yesterday. Those who weren't within whiffing distance of a college campus or a reggae concert may not have realised that Tuesday was '4/20', the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from '420' - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. Advocates from New Hampshire to California trumpeted marijuana's rising commercial and political acceptance while producing collective clouds of pungent smoke - often under the watchful eyes of law enforcement officers who...
  • The Drug War's Immorality and Abject Failure

    04/20/2010 9:37:34 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 832+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-04-20 | Anthony Gregory
    If the idea is to create a drug-free America, then we can safely say that after hundreds of billions of dollars spent, millions of arrests, and decades of escalating police and military efforts, the war on drugs is a complete failure. The reason is clear if you think about it. The attempt to use government force and central planning -- violence and socialism, essentially -- to effectively mold society by preventing people on an individual basis from growing, producing, transferring, and ingesting drugs of their choice, is a ridiculous fantasy and always has been. There will forever be ways to...
  • Cheech & Chong Blame 'Right Wing' for Turning People Against Legalization of Pot

    04/14/2010 2:54:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 35 replies · 706+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-14-10 | Hollie McKay
    Decades ago comedy partners Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong got audiences high on laughter with their stoner-inspired stand-ups, so it's no surprise that the pot-stirring duo are particularly buzzed these days about getting the drug legalized. "It is going to be legalized, I’m going to be conservative here and say it will be legalized nationally in the next three years," Cheech assured Pop Tarts. "The writing is on the wall." His counterpart is predicting four years for legalization to come into play across the entire USA and blames the "right wing media" and "propaganda" for making people fearful of...
  • Prohibition: A Cautionary Tale

    04/12/2010 9:43:31 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 1,497+ views
    America's experiment with banning alcohol created problems that persist to this day. BY THOMAS FLEMING On Dec. 5, 1933, Americans liberated themselves from a legal nightmare called Prohibition by repealing the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Today most people think Prohibition was fueled by puritanical Protestants who believed drinking alcohol was a sin. But the vocal minority who made Prohibition law believed they were marching in the footsteps of the abolitionists who sponsored a civil war to end another moral evil—slavery. At least as important was the belief that Prohibition would produce health and wealth. Yale economist Irving Fisher, the...
  • Because They’re Never Happy Californians Now Are Worried About Legalizing Marijuana

    04/12/2010 9:34:42 AM PDT · by Superstu321 · 7 replies · 556+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | April 12, 2010 | Stupac
    California is moodier than a 14 year old girl: In this region renowned for potent marijuana buds, many in Humboldt County long accepted that legalizing the weed was the right thing to do. Now some folks aren’t so sure. A statewide initiative in November would allow cities to regulate pot possession and cultivation. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has proposed a broader legalization. Neither is certain to pass. Yet as medical marijuana has spread and city and state budgets are being slashed, legalized marijuana is becoming more possible than ever. That has some people here thinking twice. Wholesale prices have...
  • Head of American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten supports legalizing pot

    04/11/2010 7:17:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies · 525+ views
    Daily News ^ | 04/11/10 | George Rush
    Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten thinks it's high time marijuana is legalized. Weingarten - head of the American Federation of Teachers and former president of New York's United Federation of Teachers - came out in support of a California proposition to legalize pot for personal use. "Everything in moderation is pretty much fine," Weingarten said when asked by "Real Time" host Bill Maher whether she'd back the measure. "Wow," said fellow guest Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart. "Teacher-approved!"
  • Potheads to Palin: Join us

    04/05/2010 5:34:19 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 52 replies · 777+ views
    She can’t do it if she’s running in 2012. Conservative Republicans, i.e. her base, oppose legalization 20/77; a bold stroke on this front would scare a bunch of them into Huckabee’s camp. If she’s not running, though, then I can see an argument for it. One of her big problems, especially with centrists, is the media’s caricature of her as some sort of fire-breathing theocon, which she isn’t. She’s made moves to chip away at that — the Rand Paul endorsement, and of course campaigning for Maverick instead of Hayworth — but it’s hard to scramble a narrative purely through...
  • Why Do Conservatives Still Love the Drug War?

    04/04/2010 6:51:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 625 replies · 3,890+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-04-02 | Jacob Hornberger
    An article by a conservative named Cliff Kincaid, who serves as editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report, provides a perfect example of how different libertarians are from conservatives and, well, for that matter, how there ain't a dime's worth of difference, when it comes to individual freedom, between conservatives and liberals. The article concerns the drug war and is entitled, "Dopey Conservatives for Dope." Ardently defending the continuation of the drug war, despite some 35 years of manifest failure, Kincaid takes fellow conservatives to task who are finally joining libertarians in calling for an end to the drug...
  • Dopey Conservatives for Dope

    03/30/2010 7:53:02 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 96 replies · 1,109+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 29, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    The conservative website, owned by the Salem Communications company, a Christian firm, is distributing a column by Steve Chapman claiming that the legalization of marijuana will somehow undermine the power of the Mexican drug trafficking organizations and usher in a new era of peace and tranquility north of the border. The silly column more appropriately belongs on a website associated with George Soros, the moneybags behind the drug legalization movement. "Mexico is the biggest supplier of cannabis to the United States," he writes. "Control of that market is one of the things that Mexican drug cartels are willing to...
  • Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California's November ballot (Dude)

    03/25/2010 3:21:41 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 180 replies · 1,773+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 24, 2010
    Supporters of the initiative collected well more than the 433,971 signatures needed for it to go before voters in the fall, again putting the state at the forefront of the nation's drug debate. An initiative to legalize marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed will appear on the November ballot, state election officials announced Wednesday, triggering what will probably be a much-watched campaign that once again puts California on the forefront of the nation's debate over whether to soften drug laws. [Snip] With polls showing that a slim majority of voters support legalization, the legalization campaign will be...
  • LA Times: Group pushes back against medical marijuana law

    03/14/2010 8:39:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 405+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 14, 2010 | By John Hoeffel
    Seeking to overturn the city's medical marijuana ordinance even before it takes effect, a loose-knit coalition of Los Angeles collectives is quietly gathering signatures to force a referendum on the law. The scrappy, largely volunteer effort faces a Monday deadline to turn in 27,425 valid signatures. "We're getting down to the wire here," said Dan Halbert, who runs Rainforest Collective in Mar Vista and has coordinated the campaign. "It's going to be close."
  • End the War on Drugs [Ron Paul]

    03/30/2009 6:49:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 156 replies · 4,999+ views
    We have recently heard many shocking stories of brutal killings and ruthless violence related to drug cartels warring with Mexican and US officials. It is approaching the fever pitch of a full blown crisis. Unfortunately, the administration is not likely to waste this opportunity to further expand government. Hopefully, we can take a deep breath and look at history for the optimal way to deal with this dangerous situation, which is not unprecedented. Alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s brought similar violence, gangs, lawlessness, corruption and brutality. The reason for the violence was not that making and selling alcohol was inherently...
  • Danes Like to Get High

    06/28/2008 10:02:30 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 6 replies · 313+ views
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | 06.27.2008 | The Copenhagen Post
    More than a third of Danes have used cannabis at least once in their lives, making them the top users of the drug in Europe. The new statistics from the European Centre for Monitoring of Drugs and Drug Addiction show that Denmark comes out ahead of France and the UK for use of the illicit drug. Of Danish adults 36.5 percent have tried it at least once in their lives, compared to 30.6 percent in France and 29.8 percent in the United Kingdom. However, Denmark only lies in seventh place for the use of cannabis in the last year, which...
  • Group Wants Pot Allowed in Airport Smoking Lounges

    06/24/2008 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 158 replies · 160+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2008
    Denver-based organization says pot is safer than alcoholOne pro-marijuana group is calling on the government to allow marijuana in smoking lounges at airports across the country. Cigarette smoking at Denver International Airport and other airports across the country is restricted to smoking lounges. Members of the Denver-based organization Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) will ask the government Tuesday to allow pot in airport smoking lounges.
  • Bill could bring relief - N.Y. poised to OK marijuana for medicinal use

    06/16/2008 10:24:33 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 62 replies · 69+ views
    Daily Gazette ^ | 6-15-2008 | Sara Foss
    Richard Williams smokes marijuana regularly. But he doesn’t consider himself a criminal, and doesn’t think he should be treated like one. The 46-year-old Richmondville resident has been HIV positive for two decades. Smoking marijuana, he said, relieves the pain in his joints and helps him cope with persistent bouts of nausea. He has hepatitis C and a damaged liver, so he doesn’t want to take pain medication, which is processed by the liver. Williams supports legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York. He’s hoping the state Legislature will pass a law that does so before adjourning later this...
  • Hemp seen as fuel substitute

    06/07/2008 10:32:47 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 53 replies · 147+ views
    GLOBAL HEMP ^ | 20 SEPTEMBER 2005 | John Fennucio
    AMHERST, Massachusetts — With gas and oil prices at an all-time high, the alternative solution for residents throughout Amherst and the country for energy is hemp. Gas prices recently broke the $3-a-gallon mark for the first time in the region, which has drivers and residents who rely on gas for their cars as well as oil for heat struggling. The thought of hemp production as a cheap alternative to oil and gas is appealing because it can be converted to “biomass” that is in turn converted to energy. “Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a fraction...
  • Hailey voters again pass marijuana initiatives

    05/28/2008 4:46:13 PM PDT · by bird4four4 · 46 replies · 113+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2008 | AP
    HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - Three pro-marijuana initiatives have again been approved by voters in the central Idaho town of Hailey. Voters yesterday approved initiatives to legalize medical use of marijuana, industrial use of hemp, and to make enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest police priority in the city. Rejected was an initiative to require the city to regulate and tax distribution of the drug. Voters last November passed the same three initiatives, but city officials balked at recognizing them.
  • Is Senator Kennedy A Victim Of Pot Prohibition?

    05/22/2008 11:45:41 AM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 31 replies · 410+ views
    NORML BLOG ^ | 5/20/08 | Paul Armentano
    Forgive me if the headline above sounds slightly exploitive. My intention is not to piggyback on a personal tragedy, but I did want to get your attention.
  • Rep. Frank says he’ll file bill to legalize marijuana

    03/22/2008 5:52:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 105 replies · 1,572+ views
    Rep. Barney Frank said he plans to file a bill to legalize "small amounts" of marijuana. Frank announced his plans late Friday on the HBO show "Real Time," hosted by Bill Maher. "I’m going to file a bill as soon as we go back to remove all federal penalties for the possession or use of small amounts of marijuana," Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, told Maher. Frank didn’t define "small amounts." Efforts to reach Frank on Saturday were not immediately successful. Frank said he’d filed a similar bill in the Massachusetts Legislature in the 1970s, but hasn’t tried since he was...
  • Federalism should extend to marijuana raids

    09/12/2007 10:18:48 AM PDT · by JTN · 117 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Politico ^ | September 11, 2007 | Radley Balko
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) recently said that, if elected president, he would end the federal raids on marijuana clinics in states that have legalized the drug for medical purposes. That makes the Democratic field unanimous now — all would end the raids and allow the states to craft their own medical marijuana policy, free from federal interference. By contrast, just two of the remaining GOP candidates — Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) — and none of the front-runners have promised to call off the raids. This is unfortunate for a party that once fancied itself the...
  • Libertarian suspected of felony menacing

    08/18/2007 9:37:34 AM PDT · by 69ConvertibleFirebird · 20 replies · 1,205+ views
    The Daily Camera ^ | August 18, 2007 | Vanessa Miller
    Libertarian suspected of felony menacing Paul Tiger accused of threatening road worker By Vanessa Miller Saturday, August 18, 2007 A Boulder County political activist and longtime Second Amendment advocate was in court Friday after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a road worker with a gun. Paul Tiger, 51, of Longmont, is accused of felony menacing with a deadly weapon. Police said he confronted a traffic-control flagger about 2:40 p.m. Aug. 11 near the intersection of South Sunset Street and Nelson Road because of road closures and detours near his business. He left the scene and returned with a handgun,...
  • NY Conservatives Have Split Joint?

    08/16/2007 7:41:11 PM PDT · by lpnykahuna · 3 replies · 484+ views
    Ground Report ^ | 8/13/2007 | Richard Cooper
    The Marijuana Policy Project ( reports that 55% of polled enrolled members of New York State's Conservative Party support medical marijuana with 35% oppose. See New York Conservatives Favor Medical Marijuana Bill, Poll Shows ... However, the leadership of the Conservative Party is adamantly opposed to medical marijuana. It is not really suprising to those who actually know many New York Conservatives that they support medical marijuana. It is a little reported fact that the Christian Coalition has endorsed medical marijuana. There is both a philosophical and self-interest component to these unexpected positions.... Just as many black Americans diverge from...
  • Bong Hits 4 Jesus Ken Starr Oral Argument Transcript

    06/25/2007 7:50:31 AM PDT · by PaxMacian · 44 replies · 1,815+ views
    The Supreme Court ^ | 3/19/07 | Kenneth Starr
    Ken Starr Oral Argument Bong Hits 4 Jesus "Illegal drugs and the glorification of the drug culture are profoundly serious problems for our nation."
  • Double standard persists on marijuana

    06/04/2007 11:35:52 AM PDT · by cryptical · 214 replies · 2,489+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 04, 2007 | LYDIA MARTIN AND FRED TASKER
    At a recent backyard barbecue in Miami's Upper Eastside, a group of middle-age, middle-class folks tamely sipped berry cocktails and beers. Among them: a couple of lawyers, a couple of city administrators and an arts administrator. Somewhere between the skirt steak and the apple pie, somebody lit a joint and passed it around. Nobody blinked. Even in mainstream, white-collar settings, smoking marijuana can be commonplace and unremarkable, like having a little wine with dinner. Once a stamp of the arty, the marginal and the counterculture, today marijuana's popularity cuts across social boundaries. Yet several high-profile marijuana arrests have recently made...
  • Don't arrest, invest | What could marijuana decriminalization buy us? About $10.1 billion

    04/20/2007 5:56:08 AM PDT · by tang0r · 106 replies · 1,817+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 4/20/2007 | Justin Hartfield
    Jeffery A. Miron finds that by decriminalizing cannabis, the federal government would generate $2.4 billion in federal tax revenue annually, and that an additional $7.7 billion would be saved as the cost of incarceration, policing, and processing offenders. Now, that's too much money to for the human brain to fully conceptualize, given the air quality around April 20th, so your friends at the Prometheus Institute have provided this handy quantitive index in order show exactly how much the U.S. can earn each year from cannabis decriminalization. The math: $2.4 billion per year + $7.7 billion per year = $10.1 billion...
  • They can't send 'guru of ganja' to jail, but feds will retry case

    04/16/2007 3:31:06 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 6 replies · 537+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2007
    They can't send 'guru of ganja' to jail, but feds will retry case Federal prosecutors brushed off a judge's suggestion that they not retry a prominent marijuana advocate on cultivation charges and said Friday they would press ahead, even though he cannot be sent to prison if he is convicted. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Bevan made the announcement at a hearing in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who presided over the first trial of 62-year-old Ed Rosenthal of Oakland. When Bevan said last month that the government intended to retry the self-described "guru of ganja," Breyer urged...
  • Medical Marijuana: Governor's Wrangling Revives Measure (New Mexico)

    03/11/2007 5:25:18 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 38 replies · 490+ views
    Free New Mexican ^ | March 11, 2007
    Medical marijuana: Governor's wrangling revives measure New Mexico -- The state Senate on Saturday resurrected the medical marijuana issue, passing a new bill allowing people suffering certain serious medical conditions to smoke cannabis to treat their symptoms. The action came two days after the House voted 37-32 to defeat the original bill (Senate Bill 238). But on Saturday, the Senate voted 32-3 to pass Senate Bill 523, which now goes to the House. Gov. Bill Richardson told The Associated Press on Friday that he had talked to several Democrats who had voted against that bill in an effort to get...
  • Don't Go Bust: A turncoat narc offers tips on how to move your weed

    02/09/2007 5:47:22 PM PST · by ccmay · 102 replies · 2,400+ views
    The Dallas Observer ^ | 2/1/2007 | Keith Plocek
    He looks like a good cop. He's got the 'stache, the short-cropped hair, the pushed-out chest and the shiny badge. He sounds like a good cop too; drawled and official. He's got a TV reporter's microphone in his face and a brick of marijuana in his hand, and he's answering questions—not in the "I just accidentally Tasered an old lady" kind of way, but with a grin of accomplishment. The total bust was in the neighborhood of 275 pounds. This is the old Barry Cooper. Top cop. Total prick. He claims more than 300 felony drug arrests during his eight...
  • GOP Is Losing Its Libertarian Voters

    12/10/2006 10:04:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 298 replies · 4,158+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Dec 08, 2006 | David Boaz and David Kirby
    Libertarian Party candidates may have cost Senators Jim Talent (R.-Mo.) and Conrad Burns (R.-Mont.) their seats, tipping the Senate to Democratic control. In Montana, the Libertarian candidate got more than 10,000 votes, or 3%, while Democrat Jon Tester edged Burns by fewer than 3,000 votes. In Missouri, Claire McCaskill defeated Talent by 41,000 votes, a bit less than the 47,000 Libertarian votes. This isn’t the first time Republicans have had to worry about losing votes to Libertarian Party candidates. Senators Harry Reid (Nev.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), and Tim Johnson (S.D.) all won races in which Libertarian candidates got more votes...
  • Tentative ruling nixes challenge to medical marijuana

    11/19/2006 8:36:41 AM PST · by Wolfie · 90 replies · 846+ views
    Tentative ruling nixes challenge to medical marijuana A judge in San Diego indicated Thursday that he would reject three counties' challenge to California's medical marijuana law, saying the state could enforce a law allowing people to use the drug even if the federal government bans it. Federal officers are free to enforce the U.S. law prohibiting possession and cultivation of marijuana, but that doesn't prohibit California from allowing medical use of the drug under its own law, Superior Court Judge William Nevitt said. The voters did just that when they approved Proposition 215 in 1996. The two laws would be...