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Debunking 5 Biggest Myths About Pot

Back in the 1930s, the arguments to criminalize cannabis were bizarre and openly racist. The anti-pot crusader Harry Anslinger made all sorts of over-the-top claims, such as, “Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters.”

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5 Myths About Marijuana--Debunked

Back in the 1930s, the arguments to criminalize cannabis were bizarre and openly racist. The anti-pot crusader Harry Anslinger made all sorts of over-the-top claims, such as, “Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters.”

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Marijuana Really Isn't Scary - And a Funny New Halloween-Themed Billboard Is Pointing That Out

As batty as most anti-marijuana messaging is these days, things were truly bonkers at the outset of cannabis’ criminalization. Reefer Madness, the famous 1936 propaganda film about the dangers of marijuana, made the entirely fabricated claim that smoking pot turned people into violent, promiscuous maniacs. After just one marijuana cigarette, people were shown attacking each other, running over innocent civilians with cars and generally losing their minds. 

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5 Lies About Marijuana That Won't Die Easy

With the evidence against cannabis legalization failing again and again to materialize, opponents to reform are left to amplify whatever negatives they can find well beyond what the evidence will support. A 20-year study by Wayne Hall on the effects of marijuana came out October 6 in the journal Addiction, and it largely confirms past research on the side-effects of getting high. Certain alarmist mainstream publications took this as an opportunity to decry the dangers of weed, despite nicotine and alcohol’s greater dangers being more obvious than ever.

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5 Ways Eric Holder Helped Steer the Country Away From the War on Drugs

Eric Holder announced this week that he will resign as United States Attorney General, as soon as his replacement is nominated and confirmed. “Work remains to be done, but our list of accomplishments is real,” Holder said in his resignation speech, a statement which accurately summarizes his record on drug policy. While Holder has taken many positive steps, particularly on prison reform, he will leave the top post at the Department of Justice with an entirely unresolved discord between state and federal cannabis policy. 

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How Smoking Pot May Alleviate PTSD Symptoms When Sufferers Are Faced With Traumatic Triggers

Marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in rats, according to a recently published study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Roughly 2.5 million combat veterans have returned to the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them coping with the often crippling symptoms of severe PTSD. 

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Pro Football Players Should Be Allowed to Use Cannabis

Though questions about concussions in professional football are not going away anytime soon, the National Football League won’t acknowledge a safe, non-addictive palliative that many players turn to: marijuana. The punishing effects of the game leave players banged up, and often coping with symptoms of concussion. Many find that they respond better to some post-game pot than prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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6 Powerful Reasons to Legalize Marijuana, From the New York Times

The New York Times made history this month by becoming the first major national paper to call for the repeal of marijuana prohibition in an op-ed by the Times Editorial Board. The paper of record is continuing to make the case for legalization over a series of editorials, addressing the social costs, racist history and wasted resources from cannabis prohibition. The decision by America’s most reputable paper to take such a stand shows both the overwhelming evidence in support of legalization and the shifting status quo toward acceptance of new drug policies.

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DC Decriminalizes Marijuana Despite Congress' Attempts to Block the New Law

When the clock struck midnight on Thursday morning, Washington D.C. joined 17 U.S. states in decriminalizing cannabis. In response to the needlessly harsh penalties and consistently racist enforcement of criminalization, the District of Columbia Council voted on this common sense measure, 10-1, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed it into law in March. Thursday marks the end of a 60-day Congressional review period, at which point the law goes into effect. Marijuana possession will now be treated more like a parking infraction than a criminal act within the nation’s capital.

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Worldwide Protests Erupt Over the Racist, Failed War on Drugs

On June 26, people in over 100 cities in at least 46 countries will speak out against the war on drugs.

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No Longer an Inner City Problem: Today's Typical Heroin Users Are White People in the Suburbs

What does the typical heroin user look like? The answer has shifted dramatically in the past 50 years, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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'Dabbing' Butane Marijuana Hash Oil Is Not Some Dangerous New Fad - It's Just Like Smoking a Lot of Weed

Butane hash oil (“dabs”), an intense cannabis concentrate processed into a viscous oil, is no more dangerous than other forms of marijuana, according to a recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. The finding runs contrary to the alarmism that has pervaded most of the media coverage around butane hash oil.

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12 of the Biggest Myths About Marijuana Debunked

For decades, cannabis opponents controlled the messaging around the popular plant and cultivated any number of lies about its effects. This built up a powerful stigma against marijuana, the effects of which have not worn off. The racist, expensive and failed U.S. war on drugs continues to rage on. The criminalization of cannabis users and distributors remains a top priority in that war. The government stubbornly classifies it as a dangerous Schedule I substance with no medical value, despite stacks of evidence to the contrary. 

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Obama Administration Doesn't Need Congress to Loosen Marijuana Restrictions

Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to walk an increasingly fraught middle ground on cannabis policy. Attention has turned to the federal government on the issue of marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin and LSD, among many others. Schedule I drugs are deemed to be harmful and have no medical benefit. With 20 states plus Washington D.C. having a medical marijuana law on the books, and Maryland set to be the 17th state to decriminalize pot, it’s clear that many state legislatures disagree. Polls have found up to 81% national support for medical cannabis.

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If 97% Percent of Americans Sold Everything They Owned and Spent It on Congressional Elections, They Still Couldn't Max Out

The Supreme Court’s ruling in FEC vs. McCutcheon eliminated one of the few remaining limits on campaign donations, granting frightening new powers to the richest Americans, while providing no clear benefit to the rest of the population. McCutcheon eliminated the overall limit that individuals can give to candidates and parties in an election cycle. While the Court justified its ruling on the grounds of free speech, a pillar of democracy, a quick examination of the practical effects of McCutcheon shows that the ruling is anything but democratic.

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Debunking the 5 Biggest Myths About Pot

Back in the 1930s, the arguments to criminalize cannabis were bizarre and openly racist. The anti-pot crusader Harry Anslinger made all sorts of over-the-top claims, such as, “Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters.”

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Marijuana POWs in Colorado Could Soon Go Free

Colorado residents who were charged with cannabis possession prior to legalization are eligible to have those charges overturned, after an Appeals Court ruling on March 13. A three-judge panel determined that part of a Colorado woman’s 2011 sentence for drug possession should be undone, due to the “significant changes in the law,” that have come about since then, according to RT.com.

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The 5 Blood-Soaked Drug Cartels Fueled by America's Drug War

The capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was celebrated on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. But Guzman’s arrest will not change the grim reality of Mexico’s drug war: drug-related violence kills over 10,000 people a year in Mexico as cartels battle each other and civilians fall victim to the crossfire. A combination of bribery and intimidation has allowed cartels to infiltrate law enforcement and government at every level. The U.S.-led war on drugs, despite soaking up billions of dollars, has only brought about more war. It has done little, if anything, to stem the flow of drugs.

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18 Congress Members Ask Obama to Loosen Ridiculous U.S. Marijuana Regulations

Encouraged by the President’s recent comments to the New Yorker on how cannabis is no more dangerous than alcohol, 18 members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reschedule marijuana. The schedule system was introduced by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and it puts all drugs with some potential for abuse into five categories with Schedule I being the most severe and Schedule V the least. Weed, along with heroin, ecstasy, and over 100 other substances, is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning that the federal government deems it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal purpose whatsoever.

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What Do California, Alaska and DC Have in Common? Marijuana Legalization Is Pending

The past week brought a burst of momentum to the cannabis legalization movement, as three pro-marijuana initiatives made it past a crucial hurdle.

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