Tag: drugs

Why is Obama cracking down on Medical Marijuana?

What could possibly be behind the Obama Administration’s recent crackdown on California’s medical marijuana industry?

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Update: Financial-Aid Amendment Withdrawn

  Although an estimated 200,000 students since 1998 have already lost their financial aid due to the Higher Education Act’s anti-drug provision, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) withdrew his amendment to the House’s new Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. Souder’s amendment would have continued denying financial aid to students with drug-possession convictions. The bill is…

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Argentina Decriminalizes Marijuana

Argentina’s supreme court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that punishing adults for personal marijuana use is unconstitutional. The decision is grounded in common sense. What you put into your body is your business as long as you don’t infringe upon the safety and rights of others. The Argentine court ruled that: “Each adult is free to…

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Treating Heroin Addicts With…Medical Heroin

It’s so crazy it might just work! Actually, it does work.  A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that  pharmaceutical  diacetylmorphine (heroin) works better than methadone at weaning addicts from the drug. Drug addictions, especially opiate addictions, are a complicated problem. It can take long stays in treatment for an addict to…

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Mexico Decriminalizes Drugs For Personal Use

In an effort to reduce police corruption and free up resources for police to take down drug kingpins and traffickers, Mexico has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of illegal recreational drugs. Is decriminalization enough to help put an end to the border violence and shut down the drug cartels?  I highly doubt it, and experts…

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Trey Anastasio Recounts Drug Court Experience

Trey Anastasio claims that Drug Court saved his life in a moving video from the Phish guitarist’s appearance at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) annual conference in June. Trey relates the circumstances that led to his 2006 arrest, describes the relief he felt after his arrest, and recounts the Drug Court program…

Posted in Music and Activism

Musicians Speak Out About Festival Raid

Michael “Clip” Paine of Parliament Funkadelic and friends give their perspectives of the drug task force raid that took place at the Universal Church of Love and Music’s Funk Fest in Acme, PA. What do you think about the raid? Let us know by leaving some comments!

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Festival Drug Raid Teaches Children Important Lesson

An August 1 drug raid during the Church of Universal Love and Music‘s Funk Fest resulted in the arrests of 23 people and the seizure of marijuana, hash brownies, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, nitrous oxide, other prohibited substances, and drug paraphernalia. Dumpstaphunk was bringing the dirty funk on the day police swarmed the festival grounds in Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania….

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Twelve Mexico Murders, Thirty-Four Drug Cartel Arrests

After he was elected president of Mexico in 2006, Felipe Calderon declared his own war on drugs, with an emphasis on battling drug cartels. There have been more than 10,000 drug-related killings since then, and the cartels don’t seem to be going anywhere. One of the more grisly recent events was the torture and murder…

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House Committee Favors Ending Wack Sentencing Disparity

Yesterday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted 16-9 in favor of a bill that would eliminate the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The disparity in mandatory sentences has resulted in a disproportionate number of African-Americans being sentenced to lengthy prison stays for crack offenses, despite most cocaine users being white, without…

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