Category: Needless Victims

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Needless victims of our failed drug war

July 29, 2014
07/29/2014
Another Brutal NYPD Arrest Caught on Tape, This Time for Petty Marijuana Possession

Another Brutal NYPD Arrest Caught on Tape, This Time for Petty Marijuana Possession

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the star of yet another cellphone video of an arrest that may have involved excessive force. You can watch the...
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July 28, 2014
07/28/2014
Rand Paul Files Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Rand Paul Files Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a bill to reform federal asset forfeiture laws. Yesterday, he introduced the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) ACT, Senate Bill 2644,...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
9-Year-Old Girl’s Death Shines a Tragic Light on Medical Marijuana Debate

9-Year-Old Girl’s Death Shines a Tragic Light on Medical Marijuana Debate

Drug reform advocates across New York state are demanding emergency access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients after the death last week of a 9-year-old girl...
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July 25, 2014
07/25/2014
University of Arizona Alumnus Starts Petition to Reinstate Sue Sisley

University of Arizona Alumnus Starts Petition to Reinstate Sue Sisley

Ricardo Pereyda, a University of Arizona alumnus and veteran diagnosed with PTSD, has begun a petition for the university to reinstate Sue Sisley, one of the foremost...
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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

In a much anticipated move, the US Sentencing Commission last Friday voted unanimously to retroactively apply previously approved reductions in federal sentencing guidelines to federal drug war...
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

On June 19th, Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, but in the month following the bill’s passing, 264...
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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
Cannabis and Child Abuse: The Proximity Dilemma

Cannabis and Child Abuse: The Proximity Dilemma

For many medical marijuana patients, simply having cannabis in a house where children reside could result in claims of child abuse. No one runs the risk of...
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July 21, 2014
07/21/2014
US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Make Drug Sentencing Reductions Retroactive

US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Make Drug Sentencing Reductions Retroactive

The US Sentencing Commission Friday voted unanimously to make previously agreed upon federal drug sentencing reductions retroactive. That means tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners could...
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July 18, 2014
07/18/2014
Student Gets Death for Trafficking 26.5kg of Cannabis

Student Gets Death for Trafficking 26.5kg of Cannabis

A Nigerian college student gets death for trafficking 26.5kg of cannabis in Malaysia four years ago. High Court judge Datin Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah today sentenced...
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July 15, 2014
07/15/2014
Benton Mackenzie: Terminal Cancer Patient Treated Like Cartel Boss

Benton Mackenzie: Terminal Cancer Patient Treated Like Cartel Boss

The American judicial system has displayed another staggering lack of humanity and compassion. Iowa resident and terminal cancer patient Benton Mackenzie faces up to three years in...
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July 14, 2014
07/14/2014
Florida Men Facing Life in Prison for Colorado Pot Products

Florida Men Facing Life in Prison for Colorado Pot Products

A couple of Florida men busted in Oklahoma City recently for transporting a substantial amount of hash and various other legal cannabis products purchased in Colorado are...
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July 10, 2014
07/10/2014
Florida Man Killed in SWAT Raid Over Small-Time Marijuana Sales

Florida Man Killed in SWAT Raid Over Small-Time Marijuana Sales

A Tampa, Florida, man was shot and killed by members of a SWAT team executing a search warrant over small-time marijuana sales on May 27. Jason Westcott,...
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July 7, 2014
07/07/2014
Arizona Medical Marijuana Researcher Fired, Cites Political Retaliation

Arizona Medical Marijuana Researcher Fired, Cites Political Retaliation

This week, University of Arizona professor and leading medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley was fired from her position at the university. The University of Arizona refused...
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June 30, 2014
06/30/2014
Medical Marijuana Supporters Say They Are Being Harassed by Tulsa Police

Medical Marijuana Supporters Say They Are Being Harassed by Tulsa Police

There’s a ballot petition underway for medical marijuana and organizers of it complain they’re being harassed by police. Petition organizer Chip Paul wanted the Tulsa City Council...
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June 30, 2014
06/30/2014
SWAT Raid Burns Hole In Toddler

SWAT Raid Burns Hole In Toddler

Be warned: This was a hard story to read and it is difficult to write about. The tagline of the article reads: “Officers threw a flashbang grenade...
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June 30, 2014
06/30/2014
Why No One Should Care What the Pope Has to Say About Marijuana

Why No One Should Care What the Pope Has to Say About Marijuana

Why should anyone care what il Papa has to say on drug legalization of any kind anyway? The Catholic church never seriously addressed its open-armed position to...
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June 26, 2014
06/26/2014
Philadelphia’s Top Cop: We’ll Ignore Weed Decrim

Philadelphia’s Top Cop: We’ll Ignore Weed Decrim

The Philadelphia City Council just voted 13-3 to end the criminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana, however the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Police Commissioner Charles...
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June 23, 2014
06/23/2014
Justice for Jacob Lavoro: A Look at Texas’ Mad Drug Laws

Justice for Jacob Lavoro: A Look at Texas’ Mad Drug Laws

Upon meeting Jacob and Kaci at a Texas NORML meeting at Flamingo Cantina on Wednesday June 4th, one can see that they are your average young couple,...
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June 19, 2014
06/19/2014
Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and...
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June 12, 2014
06/12/2014
NYPD Arrests 80 People a Day for Low Level Weed Possession

NYPD Arrests 80 People a Day for Low Level Weed Possession

According to a new report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, in the first four months of 2014, the NYPD made 80 low level weed possession arrests a...
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