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The Canadian Progressive: 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug control policies

Over 1000 world leaders, celebrities and activists have signed an open letter to to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, demanding reform of global drug control policies. The post 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug co… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug control policies

The Canadian Progressive: Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system.

The post Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: War On Drugs Still a Losing Battle

Why are drugs still illegal? I wrote a while ago about the success of Portugal, where all drugs were legalized, and the money previously used to enforce drug laws were instead used to fund social programs to help those with drug problems. Not only was Portugal’s drug abuse problem significantly reduced, but HIV and crime . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: War On Drugs Still a Losing Battle

The Disaffected Lib: Michael Brown – Ferguson, Missouri – The War on Drugs

What does America’s War on Drugs have to do with the execution/killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the riots it spawned?  The New Republic‘s John McWhorter believes they’re inextricably linked and contends that the way to avoid future Ferguson riots is to end the War on Drugs.

We don’t know the details yet, but . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Michael Brown – Ferguson, Missouri – The War on Drugs

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

Politics and its Discontents: Hee Hee Hee

Despite the misspelling in the caption, I rather like this cartoon, probably for obvious reasons.

As well, you may enjoy these letters from Star readers who have an even less flattering view of Mr. Harper as it pertains to his northern junket, escaping the heat via prorogation, and his ongoing senate ‘problems.’

Recommend this . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Hee Hee Hee

Politics and its Discontents: The Marijuana Debate Continues

The other day I wrote a post suggesting the need for a vigorous debate on the question of the legalization of marijuana, a drug against which countless billions have been spent as part of what many feel is a failed ‘war on drugs.’

In today’s Star, there is a spirited discussion in a lengthy series . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Marijuana Debate Continues

Politics and its Discontents: Legalization Of Marijuana – The Need For A Vigorous Debate

I believe the sterotype is that as we get older, our views become more entrenched and conservative. In my own life, I have found the opposite to be true.

When I was young, I was certainly to the right of centre in my social views. I was a supporter of capital punishment, and felt severe . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Legalization Of Marijuana – The Need For A Vigorous Debate

The Disaffected Lib: The Butcher’s Price of the War on Drugs

Mexico’s drug wars have been brutal.   Upwards of 70,000 have been killed, often brutally, usually near the U.S. border.

Now it’s emerging that another 27,000 have simply disappeared.  

Combined with the 70,000 dead acknowledged recently by the new administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who succeeded Calderon on Dec. 1, the number of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Butcher’s Price of the War on Drugs

The Disaffected Lib: Ask the Guy Who Never Inhaled – the War on Drugs is For Losers

Wild Bill Clinton, America’s favourite bad boy ex-pres, says his country’s war on drugs is not working.   Quelle surprise!

“As the legal limbo surrounding the Washington and Colorado laws continues, a documentary entitled “Breaking the Taboo” premiered on Friday. The film focuses on The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s attempt to break the “political . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Ask the Guy Who Never Inhaled – the War on Drugs is For Losers

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Please Ponder Pot Policies Promptly!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

For decades our politicians have pouted over the question of legalization often throwing their hands in the air pointing to the US War on Drugs as evidence that they could not possibly legalize cannabis here in Canada.

Well the air has just been let out of that balloon.

Washington State and Colorado residents voted for regulated legalization and will now set out to kick the plans into gear.

This has really ruffled the feathers of our BC politicians and their Federal counterparts. What to do now? OMG the pressure is on!

I’m sure glad I have a driver! I can’t stop giggling and I have the munchies!

What are our politicans thinking?

The latest polling shows 75 percent of Canadians want the funny tobacco legalized.

It is really only a minority bolstered by those who profit in the deadly drug trade that want to see legalization blocked.

It is disappointing to see our Liberal and NDP leaders ducking the issue. They have in unison kicked the ball over to the Ottawa crowd.

 

Christy! What was in those Timbits?

Both Premier Christie Clark and BC NDP leader Adrian Dix conveniently ignore the fact that Premiers and their Attorney Generals can take steps provincially by instructing our police forces and prosecutors to lay off busting people for simple possession of marijuana.

Canada’s Premier’s should be lobbying Ottawa to listen to the strong majority desire for and end to prohibition.

I still don’t feel any different. It doesn’t seem to work for me. Can I have some timbits?

PM Harper embraces the 1930′s ‘Reefer Madness’ attitude to the devil weed and would just as soon jail pot puffers.

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has balked, flip flopped and spoken against liberalizing present laws that turn otherwise law abiding citizen into criminals.

He has sadly demonstrated that he too is out of touch with Canadian attudes towards the failed ‘War on Drug’s.’

Bob Rae, Federal Liberal Interim leader has said that what we have in place is not working and we really have to look at a different approach.

Federal Liberal Leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau appears to be poised to actually step up, but so far he has been bob and weaving. He may surprise in later rounds of the bout.

Thwer has been a clear call from the Young Liberals to end the prohibition that has failed miserably.

Most Canadian Politicans, not all, are out of touch with the mood of the nation.

It is not too late for our politicians to take a deep breath and seize the moment. It will be most revealing to watch the dance that follows.

. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Please Ponder Pot Policies Promptly!

Obama wins! Marijuana legalized?!?!

(On a quick side note, I’m going to start breaking up my posts into the different topics in the title, using red headings, as seen below – ‘Fiscal Cliff and American Political System’ – to make it easier for people to find what they really want… . . . → Read More: Obama wins! Marijuana legalized?!?!

Art Threat: How to Make Money Selling Drugs – Documentary is part how-to video, part indictment of drug policy

Of the 372 film titles listed in the Toronto International Film Festival’s program this year, few are likely to raise more eyebrows than How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a documentary that surprisingly delivers precisely what it promises.

From tiff.net:

Stylishly shot and cheekily framed as a subversive educational film, How to Make . . . → Read More: Art Threat: How to Make Money Selling Drugs – Documentary is part how-to video, part indictment of drug policy

Dead Wild Roses: Prohibition is Still Failing. Portugal Shows That Decriminalization Works

When I was quite young and much more naive than I am today, I was talking to my dad about drugs. We were talking about all the negative health effects of smoking in school, so I told my dad that I thought that it would be a wonderful idea if smoking was made illegal. Within . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Prohibition is Still Failing. Portugal Shows That Decriminalization Works

Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

The evidence on the crime rate in Canada is out! Statistics Canada reported yesterday that rate of crimes reported to Canadian police forces across the country reached its lowest level last year. The incidents of serious crimes also dropped. By six per cent. That’s for most offences, including attempted murders, sexual assaults, major assaults, robberies, . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting

Reacting to the Danzig Street shooting, which left two dead and another 24 injured, the “furious” mayor of Canada’s largest city assures us that Toronto has “the greatest police service in the world.” He invites Torontonians to “declare war on these violent gangs.” The kind that will “catch these criminals and get them off our . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Enbridge executive’s company awarded first crime Bill C-10 $38.5-million prison project

Executive and company have strong and lucrative ties with the Canadian military and Harper government.

Opponents of the Conservative government’s crime Bill C-10 were justified to argue that private companies would profiteer from the new jail system the legislation proposed for Canada. On Tuesday, the Canadian Press reported that a Toronto-based construction company, Bird Construction . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Enbridge executive’s company awarded first crime Bill C-10 $38.5-million prison project

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada Crime Bill C10 hunger striker takes protest to Parliament Hill

MEDIA RELEASE OTTAWA, May 6, 2012 – Today marks the 53rd day of my indefinite hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. My name is Obert … Continue reading →

Bill Longstaff: The Monroe Doctrine is dead

A new age has dawned in the Americas. The Monroe Doctrine, a policy established by the United States ostensibly to keep European imperialists out of the Western Hemisphere but which eventually deteriorated into an instrument to maintain American dominance, is now effectively deceased. At the recent Summit of the Americas, the Latin nations couldn’t have . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Monroe Doctrine is dead

My Own Experience with Marijuana. Please Read Before You Decide Pot is Okay!

I was really happy when I heard Thomas Mulcair’s position on marijuana as follows (in reasponse to question from Global news reporter Tom Clark on decriminalization or legalization of marijuana) I think that that would be a mistake. Because the information that we have right now is that the marijuana that’s on the market is . . . → Read More: My Own Experience with Marijuana. Please Read Before You Decide Pot is Okay!

War on drugs. NDP vs. Liberals.

I’ve been increasingly hard on the Liberals since the first days post-Chretien. So much so, I’ve gravitated towards the NDP. A prime indicator for me of my feelings towards the parties has been that which distinguishes their attitudes towards the war on drugs, particularly in regards to victimless pot.

For me, this . . . . . → Read More: War on drugs. NDP vs. Liberals.

The Disaffected Lib: Latin America to End the War on Drugs?

When Barack Obama sits down with Latin American leaders in Cartagena to discuss the “war on drugs” he won’t like what they’ve got to say.   They’re ready to declare the war on drugs a failure – a failure in the past, a failure now and an inevitable failure in the future.

The president of Guatemala, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Latin America to End the War on Drugs?