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What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train
« on: November 02, 2015, 04:22:42 AM »
What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-newman/what-a-week-everyones-hop_b_8350364.html

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I have been working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last 16 years and I have never seen a week like this. It is hard to keep up with all of the big stories about the disastrous war on drugs and the growing effort to end it. Here is a compilation from the incredible week.

New Gallup Poll: 58 Percent Support for Legalizing Marijuana[/font]
http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2015/10/new-gallup-poll-support-legalizing-marijuana-58

According to a new Gallup poll released today, a majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58 percent in support. In 2012, Colorado and Washington took the historic step of legalizing marijuana. Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. voted to legalize marijuana in 2014 and other states are likely to follow in the coming years.


130 Leading Law Enforcement Leaders Join Call to End Mass Incarceration

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/us/police-leaders-join-call-to-cut-prison-rosters.html
From the front page of today's New York Times: "More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs -- including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country -- are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation's incarceration rate."


New Canadian Prime Minster Plans to Legalize Marijuana

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hannah-hetzer/canada-marijuana-legalization_b_8339150.html?1445365398
This week, Canada voted in Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party, which will have outstanding implications for drug policy reform there. The Liberal Party has promised to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada and Trudeau has expressed support for harm reduction and the expansion of supervised injection sites across the country.


Federal Ruling Protects Medical Marijuana Dispensaries That Follow State Law

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Federal-ruling-protects-pot-dispensaries-that-6578613.php
On Monday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that federal drug law enforcers are forbidden to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law. The decision by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is the first-known ruling by a federal judge to protect marijuana dispensaries under a budget amendment approved by Congress in December 2014.


Leaked United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Paper Calls for Decriminalizing Drug Use and Possession

http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/finally-a-change-in-course-on-drug-policy
This week, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) appeared set to call on governments to end the criminalization of drug use and possession, according toDPA Honorary Board Member Richard Branson -- but in a dramatic turn of events withdrew its briefing paper under pressure, according to the BBC.

It's encouraging that such a powerful statement about the need to decriminalize drug use and possession made it this far in the UN process. Hopefully the UNODC will eventually move forward and release this document and stand by their call to decriminalizing drug use.


Obama Announces Criminal Justice Reform Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiWEbp06G2I%20
http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2015/10/6000-people-be-released-federal-prison-next-month-line-new-drug-sentencing-guidelines
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-newman/100-a-list-celebs-join-movement-to-reduce-prison-population-and-reform-mandatory-minimums_b_8247506.html

President Obama renewed his push for criminal justice reform on Saturday, when he announced a nationwide tour in the coming weeks fix our criminal justice system.

"Much of our criminal justice system remains unfair," Mr. Obama said. "Over the last few decades, we've also locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before. That's the real reason our prison population is so high."

This incredible week comes on the heels of other major news earlier this month. A few weeks ago, it was announced that 6,000 federal prisoners will be released from federal prison starting in November. The day before, nearly 100 celebrities called for reform to the criminal justice system.

We are at a paradoxical moment in our country. We are clearly moving in the right direction, toward a more rational drug policy based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

But we need to step up our efforts, grow our numbers, and continue to win hearts and minds because the casualties from the war continue to mount every day.

Tony Newman is the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance
(www.drugpolicy.org)

This first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog: http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/what-week-everyones-hopping-no-more-drug-war-train
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« Last Edit: November 13, 2015, 08:05:50 AM by SubliminallyOveranalyzed »
~Is there any means by which any number of individuals can delegate to someone else the moral right to do something which none of the individuals have the moral right to do themselves? ~Do those who wield political power (presidents, legislators, etc.) have the moral right to do things which other people do not have the moral right to do? If so, from whom and how did they acquire such a right? ~When law-makers and law-enforcers use coercion and force in the name of law and government, do they bear the same responsibility for their actions that anyone else would who did the same thing on his own? ~3) Is there any process (e.g., constitutions, elections, legislation) by which human beings can transform an immoral act into a moral act (without changing the act itself)?

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Re: What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 05:26:49 AM »
oh don't worry, there are the retarded masses screaming death penalty for the ones only trying supply a demand. they are angry that they raised degenerates and failures who wasted their own lives willingly on drugs and most likely gave themself a darwin award by their own personal choice.

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Re: What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:36 AM »
oh i know it, right you are, sir......but, sub is trying to be more optimistic these days, and even a glass half full kinda bEE on occasion :)
« Last Edit: November 13, 2015, 08:06:21 AM by SubliminallyOveranalyzed »
~Is there any means by which any number of individuals can delegate to someone else the moral right to do something which none of the individuals have the moral right to do themselves? ~Do those who wield political power (presidents, legislators, etc.) have the moral right to do things which other people do not have the moral right to do? If so, from whom and how did they acquire such a right? ~When law-makers and law-enforcers use coercion and force in the name of law and government, do they bear the same responsibility for their actions that anyone else would who did the same thing on his own? ~3) Is there any process (e.g., constitutions, elections, legislation) by which human beings can transform an immoral act into a moral act (without changing the act itself)?