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Federal Court Rules Against Bush Administration's Subversion of California's Medical Marijuana Laws

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 4:40pm
For the first time, a court has recognized that a concerted effort by the federal government to sabotage state medical marijuana laws violates the U.S. Constitution.

Officer Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Woman and Baby

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 5:18pm

Over the past generation, routine police work in the U.S. has become radically militarized in the name of the "War on Drugs." One frightening expression of this trend is the approximately 40,000 paramilitary-style SWAT raids that take…

Decriminalizing Marijuana, One Step at a Time

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 4:42pm

Flanked by fellow legislators and drug policy reform leaders, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) held a press conference yesterday in his office on Capitol Hill to announce the details of legislation that would eliminate federal criminal sanctions for possession…

Congress’ Joint Economic Committee to Examine Economic Impact of U.S. Drug Policy

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 5:15pm

Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) will convene a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) entitled, "Illegal Drugs: Economic Impact, Societal Costs, Policy Responses." According to the committee’s media advisory, “The panel…

All Eyes on Congress to Undo Ineffective, Unfair Barrier to Education

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 2:23pm

After four decades of the disastrous "War on Drugs," Americans have come to expect senseless, ruthless public policies, but Congress' ban on financial aid for students with a drug conviction takes the cake.

A student who commits…

Government Marijuana Scare Stories Deliberately Confuse Correlation with Causation

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 3:05pm

If you've read the news the past two weeks, you may have noticed eye-grabbing headlines with bold proclamations that marijuana use leads to increased risk of heart disease and that teens who use marijuana suffer from greater rates of depression.…

Federal Legislation Considers New Approach to Marijuana Possession

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project at 4:01pm
For the first time in a quarter of a century, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would eliminate federal criminal sanctions for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Considering that 89 percent of the mind-boggling 829,625 people…
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