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The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy. There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past. However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books: 1.) RELATED: Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? To receive stories and investigations about political corruption, sign up for our daily digest here. Share and Enjoy Filed under: Lobbying Related:  Hemp / CannabisDanger ! Drug Induced Out Of Body Experience

Marijuana legalization support at record high A man smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana "4/20" celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010, in Denver. Getty Images Never before have more Americans believed legalizing marijuana was the right course for the country. In a new Gallup poll, 50 percent of respondents in a nationwide survey said they believed it was time to make pot legal. Support for legalizing marijuana tended to be stronger among younger, more liberal groups, according to Gallup. In a release, Gallup writes: "When Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12 percent of Americans favored it, while 84 percent were opposed. 4 Americans get medical pot from the fedsStudy: LA pot clinics shut down, crime went upCalif. braces for medical marijuana crackdown If the steady climb in public support for marijuana legalization continues at its current pace, politicians will soon have to address the laws that fly in the face of that movement in opinion. © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc.

Global war on drugs 'has failed' say former leaders 2 June 2011Last updated at 09:30 Opiate use rose by 35% worldwide from 1998-2008, in spite of anti-drug efforts The global war on drugs has "failed" according to a new report by a group of politicians and former world leaders. The Global Commission on Drug Policy report calls for the legalisation of some drugs and an end to the criminalisation of drug users. The panel includes former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the former leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, and the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The US and Mexican governments have rejected the findings as misguided. The Global Commission's 24-page report argues that anti-drug policy has failed by fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths. It cites UN estimates that opiate use increased 35% worldwide from 1998 to 2008, cocaine by 27%, and cannabis by 8.5%. Cesar Gaviria said the US came in for criticism 'No harm to others' Continue reading the main story Analysis Adam MynottBBC News

Matt Stoller: Who Wants Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison? Matt Stoller is a current fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His Twitter feed is @matthewstoller. More than a third of all states allow debtors “who can’t or won’t pay their debts” to be jailed. Consider a different example that has nothing to do with debts. Welcome to the for-profit prison industry. Privatized prisons are marketed to international investors as “social infrastructure”, and they are part of a wave of privatization washing over the globe. Here’s the 2010 10k of the Corrections Corporation of America (PDF), the largest operator of private prisons in the country. CCA offers an assessment of risks to the company, which include ending the war on drugs or curbing the incarceration of undocumented immigrants. Many people wonder why the Obama administration is so harsh with undocumented immigrants – these words supply an explanation for why such harshness can be profitable. But there are more risks. Debtor’s prison are making a comeback because of the debt collection industry.

The Golden State’s Iron Bars “To borrow from Martin Luther King Jr.,” the head of the California prison guards union said a few years ago, “today I have a dream. I have a dream that the bricks and mortar that were planned to build new prisons will instead be used to build new schools…that an ounce of prevention will be embraced instead of a pound of cure.”... Cop's Marijuana Legalization Question Gets First Place in White House Video Contest President Obama to Answer Top-Voted YouTube Questions on Monday WASHINGTON, DC -- A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House's "Your Interview with the President" competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday. Downing's question came in first place for video questions and ranked second out of all questions (with the overall top spot going to a text question about copyright infringement). Voting in the YouTube contest wrapped up Saturday at midnight EST. More information about the contest and the top-voted questions can be viewed at . Tom Angell, Media Relations Director Law Enforcement Against Prohibition phone: (415) 488-6615 or (202) 557-4979 e-mail: San Francisco, CA

Recreational Drug Creates Out-of-Body Illusions | Wired Science A popular “club drug” promises to open a scientific window on the strange world of out-of-body experiences, researchers say. Recreational users of a substance called ketamine often report having felt like they left their bodies or underwent other bizarre physical transformations, according to an online survey conducted by psychologist Todd Girard of Ryerson University in Toronto and his colleagues. Ketamine, an anesthetic known to interfere with memory and cause feelings of detachment from one’s self or body, reduces transmission of the brain chemical glutamate through a particular class of molecular gateways. Glutamate generally jacks up brain activity. Ketamine stimulates sensations of illusory movement or leaving one’s body by cutting glutamate’s ability to energize certain brain areas, the researchers propose in a paper published online Feb. 15 in Consciousness and Cognition. Image: nick see/Flickr See Also:

Against Law, For Order It’s taken decades and millions of lives, but elite opinion is starting to move against mass incarceration. The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books ran detailed exposés on the scale and violence of the penal state. Conservative leaders like Grover Norquist have said that mass incarceration violates the principles of “fiscal responsibility, accountability, and limited government,” while GOP darlings like Mitch Daniels have tried to take the lead in state reform. Soon the common wisdom will shift from “we need to get tough on crime” to “we jail too many people for too long for the wrong reasons.” The next question is what to do about it, and here the answers are harder. What all of these approaches take for granted is that government policy runs downhill. An alternative account holds that our policy of mass incarceration reconfigures both the idea of the state and the way it carries out its duties. Neoconservative Neoliberalism A New Form of Governance

U.S. Private Prison Population Grew 37 Percent Between 2002-2009 As Industry Lobbying Dollars Grew 165 Percent By Zaid Jilani on September 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm "U.S. Private Prison Population Grew 37 Percent Between 2002-2009 As Industry Lobbying Dollars Grew 165 Percent" Today, the Michigan Messenger reports about how the private prisons behemoth Corrections Corporations of America grew over the last decade, expanding both its prisoner population and its political clout. The Messenger cites data from the U.S. Then, citing figures from the Justice Policy Institute, the Messenger notes that lobbying dollars from the major private prison operators grew from $840,885 to $1,391,056 from 2002 to 2009: This means that as industry lobbying dollars increased 165 percent between 2002 and 2009, the U.S. private prison population grew 37 percent.

What if we “Run from the Cure” instead of using it? | News Truth, The Simple Truth What if it was illegal to do something that would save your life or the life of a much loved family member or friend? What if you were a Police Constable and knew something was being done that was illegal but could cure somebody from a very serious disease, lets say ‘Cancer‘, would you arrest them and charge them for trying to help save the life of their family member or friend? What if you were a Police Constable but the person who could be cured was a member of ‘Your’ family or a friend , would ‘You’ go against legislation, break the (law) legislation, to save this persons life? What if you were a Judge, lawyer or clerk of the court, would you prosecute and sentence people for trying to save the lives of their loved one’s in using this cure? What if you were a Judge, lawyer or clerk of the court, and the person who was being prosecuted for trying to save the life of their loved one was You? What if the only side effects of ingesting this plant were HEALTH and HAPPINESS? WOULD YOU? St.