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 [...]

Just Say Now: Boardwalk Empire Watch Party Tonight at 9pm ET on Firedoglake

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 8:50 am

We’ll be having a Boardwalk Empire watch party starting each week at 9pm ET, sponsored by the Just Say now campaign. We’ll have special guests and hosts, contests and a lively discussion in the comments that will hopefully be entertaining even for those who aren’t watching.

Join us tonight at 9pm ET as Just Say Now hosts the first Boardwalk Empire watch party.

Florida Law Enforcement Veteran Disputes George LeMieux’s Claims About Marijuana Prohibition

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 9:20 am

“I’d love to have the opportunity to meet with Senator LeMieux to help him understand that only by legalizing and regulating marijuana can we actually take control of it and thereby put the violent thugs who sell it out of business,” says Kyle Vogt, a retired military police officer who now runs a small business in Florida. He is “active in his church” and believes that “this is not a crime issue, but a health and spiritual issue.”

“Just Say Now” on Morning Joe

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 8:16 am

I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that prominent “liberals” are pooh-poohing an end to marijuana prohibition, but I guess it was progressive energy that put alcohol prohibition over the top too. Anyway, this morning Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates discussed Ari Berman’s latest article on marijuana legalization, appropriately entitled “Just Say [...]

VIDEO: New Mexico GOP Governor Gary Johnson Says Legalize Marijuana Now

By: Wednesday August 18, 2010 8:05 pm

Gary Johnson, the Republican former governor of New Mexico, was on MSNBC with Cenk Uygur to talk about the need to end marijuana prohibition.  He knocked it out of the park: CENK: Governor, should we legalize it? JOHNSON: We should legalize marijuana.  I think that 90% of the drug problem is prohibition related, not use [...]

Finding Leverage Points, Flexing Muscles: Lessons from the Anti-Saloon League, Part Four

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 6:00 am

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world. –Archimedes Leverage is literally a force multiplier. In politics, a relatively small number of very dedicated volunteers, donors and voters can have an impact far greater than their numbers if they act with precision. The [...]

Valuing Natural Allies over Existing Animus: Lessons from the Anti-Saloon League, Part Three

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:00 am

These are the necessities of politics: exposure, campaign contributions, volunteers and votes. If you want to reward or punish politicians, these are the tools at your disposal. If, like the Anti-Saloon League in the early 20th century, you hope to achieve massive national political change, you’ll need to cast your web wide to find dedicated [...]

Retribution: Lessons from the Anti-Saloon League, Part One

By: Monday June 7, 2010 6:00 am

The Anti-Saloon League pushed the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, by wielding power and scaring politicians, a lesson interest groups could use today.

From Fear to Fair: Criminal Cannabis Can Transform into a Law-Abiding Business

By: Friday May 28, 2010 2:28 pm

In November, the voters of California will decide whether to end prohibition against cannabis. In preparation for the possibility that marijuana might soon become legal, regulated and taxed, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union is organizing workers in the medicinal-marijuana industry, which is already legal. That is what you would expect labor unions [...]