Stories by Bruce Mirken

Bruce Mirken is a San Francisco-based writer and media consultant who served as director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project from 2001 to 2009. subscribe to Bruce Mirken's feed

Posted on: Jan 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's not as far-fetched as it sounds, but some enthusiasts may be going too far.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: Daily News

Attorney Cooley has sweeping plans to boost the profits of drug cartels, and increasing the slaughter these vicious gangs perpetrate on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: Marijuana Policy Project

New study finds that marijuana smokers have a lower risk of head and neck cancers.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Pot has lots of medicinal and financial benefits, but TV stations still do everything they can to avoid mentioning it.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: Marijuana Policy Project

If Jackson needed treatment for real pain, medical marijuana might have helped.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: Marijuana Policy Project

Report cites "grossly psychotic, assaultive," schizophrenic "became calm, logical, nonviolent and cooperative within days" after taking THC.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The horrifying drug-war violence south of our border with Mexico continues to worsen, and we're the ones subsidizing it.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2009, Source: Marijuana Policy Project

A new bill could make make marijuana California's newest cash crop.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

While hypocrisy is hardly rare in American life, Kellogg's decision not to renew his endorsement contract is really egregious.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet

This is your government on drugs.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The numbers are in. Marijuana prohibition is a wasteful farce. And John Walters' tenure as drug czar has been a failure.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The alcohol poisoning death rate in the United States is shockingly high, consistently between 300 and 400 a year. It's zero for pot.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

WHO survey of 17 countries finds that we have the highest rates of marijuana and cocaine use.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In what is becoming a nearly annual ritual, the ONDCP has released yet another report filled with dire warnings about rising marijuana potency.

Posted on: May 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

That's right, our government has been supplying medical marijuana to some patients for three full decades.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A rash of new studies of marijuana has hit the mass media, generating absurd headlines like "Smoking Pot Rots Your Gums."

Posted on: Nov 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet

If you follow the White House's twisted logic, the answer could be yes.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It gets harder and harder for the government to try and convince people that we are winning the war on drugs, yet they keep trying.

Posted on: May 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

New research on "vaporization" has demonstrated that all those fears about the ill effects of smoking marijuana are 100 percent obsolete.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2007, Source: AlterNet

A two-year study from a British commission is recommending a reality-based approach to drug law, rooted in science and focused on reducing harm. Americans should take note.