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Many are criticizing President Donald Trump for appointing Larry Kudlow as the White House's chief economic advisor, given the economist's past struggles with addiction. The Times UK published a piece on Thursday titled, "Trump names cocaine TV pundit Larry Kudlow as chief economic advisor.
(One Gallup poll echoed this sentiment, finding that 64% of Americans currently favor drug legalization.) But not everyone is ready to throw in the towel when it comes to pre-employment drug screenings. A recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports showed that 61% of American adults believe that ...

Trump would be better off taking his own advice in 1990 when he called for drug legalization. Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. He may be reached at salrodriguez@scng.com. Sal Rodriguez joined the Editorial Board in 2014. He got his start in ...
President Trump, in a meeting about gun policy, seemed to voice arguments that are commonly used by people advocating for drug legalization. "The problem is you have a real black market. They don't worry about anything. They don't worry about anything that you're saying. They sell a gun and the buyer ...
But on the issue of drug legalization, the UN body still has not changed its long-held position: The practice violates international agreements. In its report, the INCB reiterated its opposition to experiments with legalizing cannabis for recreational use in certain US states as well as in Uruguay, which last year ...
Can drug legalization resolve the country's security problem? -- Photo: El Universal/ZUMA. When you assume there is a working government that can oversee the market and assure people's security, the discussion about drugs essentially becomes about the morals. Should a government take charge of ...

Since then, observers and activists on every side of the wider drug-legalization debate have closely monitored the effects and consequences of Colorado and Washington's choice. Opponents to legalization alleged an increase in crime, traffic accidents, and other problems ahead of the vote. To mark the fifth anniversary of ...
On issues from single-payer health care to student debt to, yes, drug legalization, Sanders showed that tacking in a progressive direction isn't the inevitable political liability many in Washington treat it as, but can actually pay big dividends. Young people - those dreaded millennials who are stuck cleaning ...
(One Gallup poll echoed this sentiment, finding that 64% of Americans currently favor drug legalization.) But not everyone is ready to throw in the towel when it comes to pre-employment drug screenings. A recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports showed that 61% of American adults believe that ...
The incumbent used my endorsement in attack ads, claiming that the challenger was endorsed by a drug legalization "group" and had values completely out of touch with Illinois. The challenger returned my small personal donation to his campaign and said the endorsement was similar to when the Ku Klux ...
Dr. Evan Wood is one of a number of prominent B.C. health-care workers, government officials, and politicians who have said it's time to begin a conversation about legalizing and regulating drugs in response to the fentanyl crisis. B.C. Centre on Substance Use. In the early 2010s, a group called Stop the ...
marijuana activists aren't the only people keeping a close eye on what the Trump Administration does with federal drug policies. So is business. Some business groups would like to see the White House issue new rules on marijuana use by workers and what employers should and shouldn't allow, ...
Once quick to say "I didn't inhale," California politicians today are quick to accept campaign contributions from donors with ties to cannabis commerce or the drug legalization movement. Since 2001, campaign finance records show, cannabis-connected donors have given more than $831,000 to people ...
Since then, observers and activists on every side of the wider drug-legalization debate have closely monitored the effects and consequences of Colorado and Washington's choice. Opponents to legalization alleged an increase in crime, traffic accidents, and other problems ahead of the vote. To mark the ...
On issues from single-payer health care to student debt to, yes, drug legalization, Sanders showed that tacking in a progressive direction isn't the inevitable political liability many in Washington treat it as, but can actually pay big dividends. young people - those dreaded millennials who are stuck cleaning ...
It is undoubtedly an unpopular viewpoint in the Capitol, considering that Georgia is largely a "red" state and traditionally the conservative stance is to oppose drug legalization. However, marijuana legalization could potentially bring a lot of positive change to Georgia and Atlanta. In the most recent mayoral ...
Of course, opposing full-blown drug legalization does not mean opposing reform. Being tough on drugs should not involve wearing blinders, but rather seeking to understand the full impact of drugs and the drug war on our communities, and balancing our interest in preventing death and disorder with our ...

On Jan. 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, prohibiting the sale, manufacturing and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, it invalidated the 18th and prohibition was over. The 21st is unique because it is the only ...
Many states have legalized either medical or recreational use of marijuana over the last decade or so, which has dramatically reduced the number of arrests. What it has not done, however, has reduced the clear racial disparities in those arrests. Black people are still many times more likely than white ...
Norway will become the second country in the world where the use and possession of anything from cocaine to heroin will not be a criminal offense. As the U.S. government tightens drug legalization policy, a consensus is developing in Europe. Norway -- run by a coalition of right wing parties -- is ...
drug legalization advocates said the latest arrest date is one more argument for making weed legal in New York. "Ultimately, the best way to address the disparities and challenges posed by prohibition is to create a system to tax and regulate marijuana that will repair and reinvest in communities that have ...
Up to this point, eight states and the District Of Columbia have adopted laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Murphy and other marijuana advocates say the drug's legalization in New Jersey would end the injustice of blacks being arrested for possession of pot at higher rates than whites. SHARE.
Eddie Farnsworth objected, saying the provision was backed by a drug legalization group and lawmakers had no chance to object "because we're ramming it through in a short period of time. "They call it a good Samaritan law so that everybody feels good about it," he said. "It's a get out of jail free card.".
Eddie Farnsworth objected, saying the provision was backed by a drug legalization group and lawmakers had no chance to object "because we're ramming it through in a short period of time. "They call it a good Samaritan law so that everybody feels good about it," he said. "It's a get out of jail free card.".
"That Laura Ebke wants to rob prosecutors and police of this tool demonstrates just how far she will go to force her party's drug legalization agenda on Nebraska communities." Ebke stressed that the bill would not legalize drugs, prevent law enforcement from seizing drug money or hinder prosecutions.
They say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use." On the flip side, according to procon.org, "Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy and other ...
"That Laura Ebke wants to rob prosecutors and police of this tool demonstrates just how far she will go to force her party's drug legalization agenda on Nebraska communities." Ebke stressed that the bill would not legalize drugs, prevent law enforcement from seizing drug money or hinder prosecutions.
I'm very happy to see that California is doing marijuana legalization the right way, not just making the recreational use legal but also providing a way for those convicted of past offenses involving that drug to be expunged from their records. That affects a massive number of people. clipartfest.com. The new ...
Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, one of six panelists at Cleary University discussing the causes of mass incarceration, voices his opinion on how to address the issue. Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily. 636516258525013101-MLK-Incarceration-panel-03.jpg. Panel moderator Anthony Lewis, director of ...
Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, one of six panelists at Cleary University discussing the causes of mass incarceration, voices his opinion on how to address the issue. Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily. 636516258525013101-MLK-Incarceration-panel-03.jpg. Panel moderator Anthony Lewis, director of ...
But Lori Trahan, another Democratic contender in the 3rd Congressional district race, slammed the idea of additional drug legalization simply to gain legal clarity. "Calling for the legalization of recreational use at the federal level is simply the wrong solution to the Sessions problem. If elected, my focus will ...
Some experts fear that this could possibly prevent state experimentation on a wide array of issues, including drug legalization, licensing reform, gun control, land use restrictions, Environmental Policy, and countless others. Conversely, sports gambling has historically been, and in many ways remains, ...
In our recent article and column, we described state medical marijuana policies as "defiant innovations" - a process whereby states, through ballot initiatives or the legislature, pass laws that not only circumvent, but also reimagine, federal law. We also questioned whether newer policies really are as ...
... legalization, are still a powerful constituency within the Democratic party. Allowing the executive to ignore laws it finds inconvenient undermines Congressional authority and the rule of law. If Shaheen wants the feds to stop going after drug dealers, she should have the courage to back drug legalization.
Sessions has been a vocal opponent of drug legalization, calling his move to rescind the Cole Memo a "return to the rule of law." In a statement last week, Williams did not say if his office would change its approach to prosecutions because of Sessions' direction. Instead, he said his office would continue to ...
California recently became the fifth state to "legalize" recreational marijuana even though the substance is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug, and is illegal under federal law in all 50 states. The other states that have legalized recreational marijuana are Washington, Oregon, ...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew legal guidance Thursday that protected recreational marijuana, allowing U.S. attorneys to crack down as they see fit on state-legal businesses. There are 10 U.S. attorney offices spread across the six states that opened recreational markets under the 2013 Cole ...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let Federal Prosecutors where pot is legal decide how ...
When she wasn't teaching, singing, or homemaking, she spent time lobbying at the Statehouse, networking internationally and coordinating efforts nationally as a leader in the anti-drug legalization movement. Her tireless efforts landed her much media attention, including a national appearance following a ...
Cue Bishop Ron Allen, a leader of the International Faith Based Coalition and a staunch opponent of drug legalization -- especially marijuana. Allen has appeared on FNC numerous times to rail against medical marijuana policies, and with California's recent legalization of recreational weed use, Fox ...
The most important is the increased political involvement of evangelical Christians. The so-called "culture wars" have becoming a losing battle for conservative religious groups. The general population of the United States has become more open to drug legalization, gay marriage, and women's rights.
Wikileaks, of course, publicly released e-mails by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairperson, and others before the election -- which Stone had publicly predicted. Credico, who is also a longtime drug-legalization advocate, in 2008 brought Stone to a comedy night Credico was hosting at the ...
Farnsworth mentioned one that made claims about juvenile marijuana use in Colorado and Washington following the drug's legalization in those states. Another Weedmaps billboard in Phoenix provides a figure for Medicaid cost savings if marijuana were legal across the country. A medical report is cited at ...
marijuana legalization supporters say new data confirm their claim that legal adult access won't increase teen use, a major concern among opponents of relaxed state laws. Teen marijuana use has been stable or declining since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize ...
Past-month cannabis consumption by teenagers fell significantly last year and is lower than it was before legalization. Jacob Sullum| Dec. 12, 2017 5:00 pm. In its latest report on marijuana legalization in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), a federally sponsored anti-drug task ...
While careful to emphasize that he's no fan of drug legalization, Allen says it's a waste of his officers' time to put hours into an "an arrest that has no end result of a conviction because of jury nullification." This is only the latest evidence that rebellious jurors are putting limits on how badly government officials ...
Can drug legalization resolve the country's security problem? -- Photo: El Universal/ZUMA. When you assume there is a working government that can oversee the market and assure people's security, the discussion about drugs essentially becomes about the morals. Should a government take charge of ...
drug legalization is another issue he is in favor of. He said that he wants all drugs legalized and regulated by the state, and that licensed vendors should be able to sell them. He was also asked how he, as a Libertarian, stood out from members of the Republican or Democratic parties. "Ted [Cruz] believes ...
It's no longer surprising when a politician comes out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but it is a little surprising that it's the official position of the Iowa Democratic party that all drugs should be legalized. At least that the official position on paper--none of the state party's leader have actually endorsed ...
A new Statistics Canada survey of 15,000 people found that Canadians on average pay less than $7 a gram for pot. The survey is part of the organization's efforts to get a better snapshot of the country's marijuana use in the months leading up the drug's legalization. (Graeme Roy / The Canadian Press file ...


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What This Guide Contains
Welcome to the National Families in Action Guide to the Drug Legalization Movement. This guide contains a record of the national and local groups and individuals who have worked to legalize drugs since the early 1970s.

Commentary
An overview of the drug legalization movement and successes it has had.

Background
Definitions, purpose, goals, and strategies of drug legalization movement.

Organizations
A list of local, state and national drug legalization organizations that have worked to legalize drugs since the early 1970s. Click links for organizational profiles.

People
A list of people who serve or have served on the boards or advisory boards of drug-legalization organizations. Click links for individual profiles. An asterisk indicates that person no longer supports drug legalization and has requested that National Families in Action publish this information.

Legalization Books
A list of legalization publications. Click links to read reviews.
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