31 Dec 2011

Writing Your Submission To the Home Affairs Committee

You Only Have 10 Days To Do This!The Home Affairs Select committee is launching an inquiry into drug policy. Everyone has the opportunity to submit written evidence. It is the most important thing you can do for the campaign in 2012 but you only have 10 days to do it. If and when policy is to change this is how it will happen. A select committee report gives ministers the excuse they need to change. ...

30 Dec 2011

Prohibition

Episode 1 2 3By the mid-1920s, a great many people had become convinced that prohibition was a serious mistake. Al Smith, the Governor of New York, was unsuccessful in getting the Democratic nomination for President in 1924 but succeeded in 1928. Smith was adamant that as President, he would repeal the 18th Amendment. He was not successful in seeking the Presidency though the fact that he was a Roman Catholic likely had more to do with his defeat. While alcohol...

30 Dec 2011

What The ACMD Doesn’t Know And Can’t Define

We all know that under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MoDA) possession, production or supply of any drug on the arbitrary 'hit list' results in draconian punishment (if you get caught). What some might not know is the role that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) play. The MoDA is actually an excellent act, allowing safe and sensible regulation of any known drug with a licence (except the Home Office issues next to no licences), but...

27 Dec 2011

Feminine Energy and Marijuana

Sarah A. Newton Profile of an American campaigner When I was ten years old I first tried marijuana. At age 12 I began to use it to help my sleep deprivation because I noticed how well I slept when I had tried it before. The doctors encouraged my parents to put me on all kinds of medications for sleep deprivation, depression, and anger. What they failed to see was that I was just a kid that had a...

27 Dec 2011

Prohibition S01E02

WATCH HERE Season 1, Episode 2: A Nation of ScofflawsOriginal Air Date—3 October 2011 With the passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government now passes legislation to enforce it. Known as the Volstead Act, the legislation forbids not only hard liquor but also beer and light wine which many legislators assumed would be exempted. Penalties as well were far harsher than many had expected. The ban on alcoholic beverages could not be complete...

24 Dec 2011

Peter Reynolds Voted UK Politician Of The Year 2011

THE leader of Cannabis Law Reform, a registered political party campaigning to end the prohibition of cannabis in Britain, has topped a poll for UK Politician of the Year in 2011. In a poll by the Politics UK website, Peter Reynolds, leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), was voted UK Politician of the Year 2011. Votes cast for the top five nominees were as follows. Peter Reynolds 801 (23%) Alex Salmond 331 (9.5%) Caroline Lucas 217 (6.2%) Tom Watson 198...

22 Dec 2011

Prohibition S01E01

WATCH HERESeason 1, Episode 1: A Nation of DrunkardsOriginal Air Date—2 October 2011 The 19th century was a period of growth both for alcoholic beverages and the temperance movement. Washingtonian societies - made up of men who had taken a pledge to forgo all alcoholic beverage - sprang up across the country. Women were often excluded from these groups and so formed their own. The women's crusade of 1873 was essentially a general strike by women who brought business...