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Top drug reformer: ‘Obama is worse than Bush’ on marijuana policy

Rob Kampia (pictured, left), director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), has been working on drug policy issues for 17 long years, and during that time he’s seen a dramatic shift toward legalization in the U.S. political climate. Unfortunately for reform advocates, he told Raw Story recently that the shift…

Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson: Legalize marijuana to reduce violence

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R) knows what it’s like to wade out to the fringes of an issue and wait for everyone else to catch up with him. Back in 1999, he was onto flaking ”harm reduction” policies before the whole political establishment, including President Barack Obama’s own people, adopted…

‘Anonymous’ hacker: Legalize marijuana for the cure

Heroes to some and villians to others, the “Anonymous” movement has come to symbolize much more than just a group of rogue hackers. But far from breaking into computer networks run by rogue governments or multinational corporations, as they’ve come to be known for, the online hacktivists now have their…

Attorney warns of violence if university snuffs out Colorado 4/20 protest

A violent scene could be the inevitable result if the Colorado University-Boulder’s moves ahead with its plans to snuff out a long-running 4/20 protest, a Colorado attorney warned Raw Story on Thursday. “What the university is trying to do is kill a fly with a nuclear ICBM,” Robert Corry, Jr.,…

Arpaio blames ‘illegal aliens’ after seizing ton of pot — but makes no arrests

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday cited “illegal aliens” after seizing a ton of marijuana even though no arrests were made. “Nearly a ton of marijuana with a street value of over $1 million was seized late last night by Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies near Highway 238 in Mobile,…

Drug reformers slam Obama for ‘prioritizing low-level arrests’

Responding to the Obama Administration’s latest national drug control strategy, leading drug policy reform advocates assailed the president for “prioritizing low-level drug arrests” over other policies that even the White House has acknowledged to be more effective in boosting public health and safety. In an introductory statement (PDF) issued Tuesday,…

Police bust online narcotics ‘Farmers Market’

LOS ANGELES — US authorities announced the bust of an online narcotics “Farmers Market” where people around the globe could buy LSD, ecstasy and other illicit substances. Fifteen people were arrested as the result of a two-year-long investigation code-named “Project Adam Bomb” and involved law enforcement in Scotland, Columbia, the…

Democrats and Republicans support Colorado’s marijuana legalization push

During their state convention last weekend, Colorado Democrats adopted a party platform that officially calls for the legalization of marijuana, stopping just short of endorsing the Amendment 64, a statewide ballot initiative which seeks to accomplish exactly that later this year. The Democratic Party’s official support for legalization comes about…

Obama: ‘I don’t mind debate’ but no to legalizing drugs

President Barack Obama continued his opposition towards legalizing drugs, including marijuana, this weekend ahead of the Summit of Americans in Colombia. In an interview with Univision’s Enrique Acevedo for Al Punto, Obama said that although he was open to discussing the issue, he still would keep his current stance. “I…

Police: Dealer had 89 bags of weed tied to penis

A man in Philadelphia was charged last weekend with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute after police claimed they discovered 89 individual bags of marijuana tied to his penis. Ray Woods, 23, was arrested during a traffic stop on Friday night, according to a report this week on Philly.com.…

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