Tag: Prohibition

  • Kentucky Hemp was King before Reefer Madness

    Kentucky Hemp was King before Reefer Madness

    Kentucky hemp was king before steamships, free trade and reefer madness FEBRUARY 21, 2016 4:10 PM BY TOM EBLEN  teblen@herald-leader.com Hemp has been branded an outlaw for decades because it looks like its mind-altering botanical cousin, marijuana. But before steamships, free trade, synthetic fibers and reefer madness, this useful plant was Kentucky’s biggest cash crop.…

  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana

    New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana

    July 26th, 2014 – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban…

  • Drug czar: There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana

    Drug czar: There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana

    May 8, 2012 – R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Tuesday denied there was any reason the United States should regulate marijuana the same way it regulates alcohol. “There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana,” he said at an event hosted by the Center for American…

  • What Would President Ron Paul’s Drug Policy Look Like?

    What Would President Ron Paul’s Drug Policy Look Like?

    March 2, 2012 – The average person knows that Ron Paul has an interesting take on almost every issue — including modern drug policy. The specifics of his beliefs, however, are less well-known, which is where I come in. Below, I detail the different drugs-related legislation that Paul has sponsored or supported and examine various…

  • Canada: Liberal Convention 2012: Federal Grits Vote To Legalize Marijuana

    Canada: Liberal Convention 2012: Federal Grits Vote To Legalize Marijuana

    January 15, 2012 – The Liberal Party of Canada has voted to legalize pot. Seventy-seven per cent of delegates at the Liberals’ biennial convention told their party’s leadership Sunday morning that they want a future Liberal government to legalize marijuana. Their interim leader Bob Rae acknowledged the war on drugs hasn’t worked, but told reporters…

  • New York: What a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars-Marijuana Possession Is The Number One Reason For Arrest In New York City

    New York: What a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars-Marijuana Possession Is The Number One Reason For Arrest In New York City

    The NYPD has been unkind to the possessors of ‘kind bud’. Marijuana possession was the top reason for arrests in New York city in 2010, according to a report by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, that was obtained by the Drug Policy Alliance advocacy group. An astounding 50,383 people were arrested for having…

  • Hemp Legalization may Piggyback to Legality on Prop. 19

    November 1, 2010 – David Bronner’s third-generation family business – Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps – imports 20 tons of hemp oil a year from Canada to make soaps, shampoos and skin lotions near San Diego. Now Bronner hopes California’s Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana for recreational use can give impetus to legalizing cultivation of hemp…

  • End the War on Pot

    October 28th, 2010 – I dropped in on a marijuana shop here that proudly boasted that it sells “31 flavors.” It also offered a loyalty program. For every 10 purchases of pot — supposedly for medical uses — you get one free packet. “There are five of these shops within a three-block radius,” explained the…

  • Legal Pot Means Big Savings on Law Enforcement

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Cash-strapped California would get some relief by legalizing pot, but the biggest boost would be thanks to massive law enforcement cuts, not new tax revenue, experts say. The state’s marijuana legalization initiative known as Proposition 19 goes to the polls on Nov. 2. And there’s been a lot of talk about…

  • Canada: Raids Highlight Gaps in Medical Marijuana Program

    June 6, 2010 – Police raids that shut down five compassion clubs in Quebec on Thursday underline some key problems with the federal government’s medical marijuana distribution program, says the former leader of the Marijuana Party, Marc-Boris St-Maurice. St-Maurice was among 35 people arrested in the raids in Montreal and Quebec City, which targeted clubs…