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Soap maker David Bronner: Hemp ban highlights absurdity of drug war

David Bronner, the maker of organic “Magic Soap,” on Tuesday blasted the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “In our soap, hemp oil is a super fatty ingredient,” he explained to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. “It contains an unparalleled content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are—omega-3…

Mothers protest against the war on drugs in Los Angeles

A small group of mothers gathered Sunday on the steps of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse to protest against the war on drugs. “Mothers throughout history have come forward for the sake of their children,” Gretchen Burns Bergman, executive director of Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing (PATH), told Reason…

Richard Branson says Spain can solve its economic problems by legalizing marijuana

Sir Richard Branson believes that the ideal way for Spain to get out of its current morass of national debt, savage austerity cuts, and social turmoil would be to legalize and tax marijuana. The billionaire founder of the Virgin Group suggested at the opening of the world’s largest cannabis museum…

Trayvon’s mom: Call your governor on Mother’s Day

RELATED: ‘Trayvon Matin’ gun range targets sold out in two days —- Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Matin, released a public service announcement on Friday timed for Mother’s Day this weekend, asking viewers to “call the governor of your state” and encourage them to reconsider “Stand Your Ground” laws like…

WATCH LIVE: ‘Occupy’ protests Bank of America shareholders meeting

Occupy Wall Street portesters are targeting Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting today in Charlotte, N.C., in which they’re demonstrating against the nation’s second-largest bank’s taking of taxpayer bailout money, according to reporting from Reuters. Protestors chanted, “We are the 99 percent.” Occupiers have also told The Huffington Post they…

Former ER star Noah Wyle explains ‘unsexy’ Medicaid activism

Former ER star Noah Wyle explained Tuesday why he decided to bring attention to “a very unsexy kind of issue” by getting arrested to protest Medicaid cuts. Wyle and more than 100 other people were arrested during a protest at the Capitol Hill in late April. “It was a good…

Activist: Obama ‘losing credibility’ with voters over same-sex marriage stance

Monday on CurrentTV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm,” host Jennifer Granholm was joined by Freedom to Marry activist Marc Solomon. The two discussed Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks from Sunday in support of gay marriage and the president’s reaction to them, or lack thereof. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,”…

Moyers guest: U.S. is looking at immigration from the wrong direction

Author Luis Alberto Urrea was Bill Moyers’s guest on this week’s edition of “Moyers and Company.” Urrea has dedicated his life to telling the stories of the people who live along the 1,969 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and “Anglo”…

Occupy activists: Minneapolis police got us ‘high as f*ck’ for training

Activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement are claiming that police in Minneapolis gave them illegal drugs and other items for participating in a study on impairment. In a 35-minute documentary produced by Twin Cities Indimedia, Rogue Media, Communities United Against Police Brutality and Occupy Minneapolis, multiple activists describe being…

NC pastor’s ‘apology’: ‘Effeminate behavior is ungodly’

A North Carolina pastor who in a recent sermon advocated giving gay children “a good punch” now says he was just joking. Berean Baptist Church pastor Sean Harris told The Fayetteville Observer on Tuesday that he had made the comments in “in jest,” but defended the idea of reinforcing traditional…

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