“There’ a rising tide of acceptance of the fact that people are going to smoke marijuana, and it’s like the prohibition against alcohol in the 1930s. There’s a recognition that perhaps the laws are causing more harm than the drugs themselves,” says Rick Steves, author and travel host.
Steves and others attended “The Final Days of Prohibition” conference in downtown Los Angeles in early October. The conference was put on by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and Reason TV was on the scene to ask about the future of marijuana laws in the U.S., particularly in the upcoming election where the states of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado all have marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot.
The Prez appears to have been quite the Hawaii pot head.
Buzzfeed has what at first seems a hilarious take on the President and his serious weed smoking days. It’s a must read: A User’s Guide to Smoking Pot with Barack Obama.
But there is another side to the story, the Prez as serious hypocrite. Firedoglake has that side of the story:
Details from a new book Barack Obama: The Story contains in-depth details about his frequent marijuana use as a young man. Although Obama admitted to using marijuana in his memoir Dreams From My Father, we now learn for example that Obama was a frequently indulging aficionado who was a big fan of hot boxing in cars. While Obama’s past marijuana use is treated as merely a funny anecdote, his hypocrisy on the issue of marijuana and the destruction his continued support for prohibition causes is no laughing matter.
From Medicine to Crime and Back Again
…By Michael Chester
The US is engaged in many poorly defined “wars” such as the “war on terror,” the “war on poverty,” and many others, but the longest running “war” has been the “war on drugs.” (the term “war on drugs” was coined by Richard Nixon in 1971 but the “war” was in full swing long before it was formally named) It has also been one of the least effective and it is time to negotiate a settlement to the hostilities.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -April 21, 2012 (WPVI) — Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A couple has been arrested for running a bar in their garage and dealing drugs.
Sheriff’s deputies tell WSAZ.com Gary Frontz, and his wife, Lisa Frontz ,both 42, of Ripley, were arrested Friday and charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Click here to find out more!
For several weeks, deputies were investigating, with the help of an informant, to make several controlled buys from the Frontz home along Carnian Road.
The couple turned their garage into a bar, calling it “Groovin’ Gary’s Garage,” where Gary Frontz worked as the bartender and served alcohol and dealt drugs, according to investigators.
Deputies executed a search warrant on September 2, and seized 13 bags of marijuana, 98 bottles of liquor, $2,000 in cash and numerous liquor receipts.
Also seized were several items investigators say were purchased using the profits from the marijuana deals.
The couple remains in jail.
Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the very latest.
EL PASO – A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have resolved Willie Nelson‘s marijuana possession case in West Texas with a fine, saying the country singer shouldn’t get what she considers special treatment.
Nelson was arrested in November after a Border Patrol agent said 6 ounces of marijuana were found on Nelson’s tour bus.
Judge Becky Dean-Walker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she rejected prosecutor Kit Bramblett’s suggestion that Nelson resolve the case by pleading guilty and paying a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dean-Walker claims the prosecutor “doesn’t do that for anybody else.”
The judge says Nelson should be charged with the misdemeanor marijuana possession, which carries up to a year in jail.
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Video Outrage: Utah Police Kill Marijuana Smoker in Own Home
Opposing views ^ | Jan, 2011 | NORMLPosted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:27:56 AM by djf
Unbelievable video. About a second after they bust the door down, they gun the guy to the ground…
Beware the green police. They don’t carry guns and there’s no police academy to train them, but if you don’t recycle your trash properly, they can walk up your driveway and give you a $100 ticket.