Putting Marijuana in perspective

1. Marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol.

Withdrawal: Presence and severity of characteristic withdrawal symptoms.

Reinforcement: A measure of the substance's ability, in human and animal tests, to get users to take it again and again, and in preference to other substances.

Tolerance: How much of the substance is needed to satisfy increasing cravings for it, and the level of stable need that is eventually reached.

2009 Global Marijuana March : Saturday May 2nd

135 Cities around the globe have signed up. Prohibition laws are failing for everyone. They are increasing crime and violence in our cities and relegating one of the world's most profitable and renewable agricultural products to the realm of criminals and murderers. Help renew the economy with HEMP and stop the abuse of individual liberties!

One Cop To Another: Don't Arrest Phelps for Bong Photo

"The drug war mentality is clearly behind all the fuss surrounding the Olympic swimmer and his bong hit. You and I both know there are far more important cases law enforcement should be pursuing. Burglaries, rapes, robberies, car prowls, auto thefts, domestic violence, child abuse, home invasions, carjackings. Arresting Michael Phelps would only add to the absurdity of the situation, and paint you as a grandstander."

97% Of Drug Related Deaths From Legal Drugs

Today’s drug laws aren ’t protecting us. After all they exist to protect politicians - they need drug laws to look tough because they’re allied with the real crooks. (Their corporate donors.)

Hemp For Victory

Phelps May Be Involuntary Hero For Liberty

Our marijuana laws have been ludicrous for as long as we've been alive. Almost half of us (42 percent) have tried marijuana at least once, according to a report published last year in PLoS Medicine, a journal of the Public Library of Science. The U.S., in fact, boasts the highest percentage of pot smokers among 17 nations surveyed, including The Netherlands, where cannabis clouds waft from coffeehouse windows...

California cannabis shop owner given 5-year sentence

The owner of a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling millions of dollars worth of the drug and related products.

U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also ordered Larry Kristich on Monday to pay a $500,000 fine. Kristich pleaded guilty in January 2008 to distributing more than 15,000 pounds of pot. He had faced up to 40 years in prison.

Michael Phelps Should Not Apologize for Smoking Pot

Plastered all over the internet right now is a photo of Michael Phelps smoking marijuana out of a bong. Phelps struck another blow to the myth that marijuana smokers are lazy couch potatoes. Here is the guy who has won more gold medals than anyone in history, and obviously his health and accomplishments are not hindered by smoking some pot.

Mayor's Family Terrorized, Dogs Killed, in Drug Bust Mix-up

Acting on a mistaken drug trafficking suspicion, a SWAT team broke down the door of the town mayor and his wife, shot beloved pets and shattered a happy home. Was it an extreme reaction, or business as usual in America's war on drugs?

Racism, Fear, and Ignorance: Why Marijuana is Illegal

Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug. The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You'll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.

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