Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:49 am

The toxicology report hasn’t been released yet, and Baden says he got his information on marijuana in Brown’s system from the Washington Post. In the absence of a lot more evidence it’s pretty pie-in-the-sky to speculate on how anything in Brown’s system might have influenced his behavior. But as long as we’re going there, here is what former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper wrote about dealing with people who had smoked marijuana

Help “After Legalization” Dispel #Marijuana Myths Fueled by 40 Years of Drug Warrior Culture

By: Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 am

As Michelle Alexander so brilliantly documented in her book The New Jim Crow, America’s atavistic and punitive drug laws are largely responsible for our booming prison-industrial complex that destroys millions of lives — disproportionately those of people of color. Those laws are slowly starting to change but one of the biggest hurdles to change is [...]

Call Today To End Prohibition Tomorrow

By: Monday November 5, 2012 1:36 pm

If you have a moment today, please consider calling a couple voters in support of one of these important initiatives. It’s really easy and a lot of fun, and you can make a really big difference with just a few minutes of your time.

You can visit the Firedoglake Ballot Initiative Phone Bank here: http://fdl.platform.webstrong.com/dna/login

Make Marijuana Bigger than Mitt Romney

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Every day, the American public grows more and more opposed to the war on marijuana, but the major Presidential candidates just don’t hear it. Barack Obama’s Justice Department is waging a federal war on state-legal medical marijuana clinics in California — even as his campaign wants marijuana ballot initiative supporters to turn out for him [...]

The Myth of the Toothless President

By: Monday July 2, 2012 1:26 pm

There are few things that frustrate me more about political writing than reporters helping to promote the myth of powerless top government officials. It most commonly takes the form of the false claim that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass anything.  Or it’s the insistence that the President wants to do something, [...]

When Politicians Do the “Right” Thing: Obama and Emanuel

By: Monday June 18, 2012 10:25 am

Recently President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel each did the right thing on different issues. They adopted two policies that I support, because I believe they are better for society and advance progressive goals. Last week Obama used his executive power to further the DREAM Act policy regarding undocumented children, and Emanuel came out [...]

The Smoke and Mirrors of the Legalization Debate

By: Friday April 27, 2012 2:33 pm

Some people think that the push for the legalization of marijuana is backed mostly by marijuana smokers.   This is because the mainstream media and the Obama Administration frame the discussion as a subculture issue (ex. Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Sublime fans vs. “normal” people).  Don’t be fooled.   Legalization is not about a subculture, it [...]

There Is No Super Secret Obama Waiting for 2013

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 12:26 pm

I want to give the same piece of advice to some apparently delusional people who both oppose and support President Obama: there is no super secret Obama 3.0 just waiting until after the election to strike. Apparently this delusional belief that some secret Obama, way better or way worse than today, will magically emerge in [...]

Andrew Sullivan Finally Does the Bare Minimum Research About Obama’s Marijuana Position

By: Friday February 17, 2012 10:45 am

Amazing what a difference a month makes. Andrew Sullivan, at long last, pulled his head out of the sand and did the absolute bare minimum of research about Obama’s marijuana policy before writing about it. Just last month Sullivan praised Obama for somehow helping to advance the cause of marijuana legalization despite the fact that [...]

If Religious Freedom Is Paramount, Let’s Talk About Sacramental Marijuana

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 12:52 pm

Now that a proposed government regulation would require most employer-provided health insurance to cover birth control, the Republican party has strongly rallied around the idea that what insurance covers is a part of “religious freedom” that must be protected from government attack. This new rule so strongly bothered Mitt Romney, the front runner for the [...]