Tomato Gardeners: The Latest Victim in the Government’s War on Drugs

Merely growing a vegetable garden on your own property, or in a greenhouse on your property, or shopping at a gardening store for gardening supplies—incredibly enough—could set you up for a drug raid sanctioned by the courts.

backyard marijuana garden Feature photo

A journal entry from a California resident describes the government’s aerial searches for marijuana plants:  They came again this morning at about 8:00 o’clock. A large cargo-type helicopter flew low over the cabin, shaking it on its very foundations. It shook all of us inside, too. I feel frightened … I see how helpless and tormented I am

Be Sociable, Share!

Despite Big Pharma’s Heavy Lobbying, Cannabis Legalization Efforts in US Make New Gains

Many industries have a vast financial interest in keeping marijuana prohibition laws on the books including pharmaceutical giants, alcohol lobbies, casinos, and the prison industrial complex.

Marijuana ballot measures

LANSING, MICHIGAN -- While Democrats and Republicans went toe-to-toe for control of Congress, voters across three states voted to relax marijuana laws, resulting in a huge victory for the grassroots decriminalization and legalization movement. With medical marijuana already legal in Michigan for several years, voters passed a ballot proposal on

Be Sociable, Share!

Despite Legalization, Border Patrol Will Go After Marijuana at California Checkpoints

At highway checkpoints, Border Patrol agents look for signs of nervous drivers, like clutching steering wheels and avoiding eye contact and interrupting when passengers are asked to state citizenship. Some panicked drivers make a U-turn when they spot the checkpoint, a dead giveaway.

Border Patrol

Marijuana possession still will be prohibited at eight Border Patrol checkpoints in California, a reminder that state and federal laws collide when it comes to pot. The U.S. government classifies marijuana as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD. "Prior to Jan. 1, it's going to be the same after Jan. 1, because nothing changed on our end,"

Be Sociable, Share!

Prosecuted Then, Prioritized Now: LA Brings Social Equity to Marijuana Sellers

For decades, the War on Drugs has operated disproportionately to undercut the economic and citizenship status of U.S. minorities. In giving priority to that war’s victims when it comes to applying for licenses to sell now-legalized marijuana, the LA City Council is helping to right a long-standing wrong.

LOS ANGELES – Beginning in January in Los Angeles, individuals who are low-income and/or have had a conviction for a marijuana-related offense will enjoy priority status when it comes to applying for a license to legally sell the herb. Cultivators or manufacturers will also have such status, thanks to the Los Angeles City Council.  On Wednesday

Be Sociable, Share!

FBI Stops Publishing Data On Marijuana Arrest Rates

According to 2015 data, 83.9 percent of drug arrests were for possession, and 38.6 percent of those possession arrests were over cannabis, the highest of any drug.

In this photo taken Wednesday June 20, 2012, David Kosmecki, left, talks to Idaho State Police Trooper Justin Klitch in Fruitland, Idaho. Kosmecki was stopped and charged with possession of marijuana (AP Photo/Nigel Duara)

According to the latest FBI data, drug arrests in the United States increased from 2015 to 2016. Though the federal agency used to provide breakdowns on the details of these arrests in its annual “Crime in the United States” report - including which drugs were in question and whether the arrests were made over possession or sale - in its latest

Be Sociable, Share!

Phoenix Police Face Lawsuit For Forcing Man To Eat Pot During Traffic Stop

While the officers were discussing what to do about the marijuana, the suit claims one of them said, “Oh, we should make him eat it.”

A marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

A Phoenix man has sued the city and several police officers who he claims forced him to eat a gram of marijuana they found in his car. Edgar Castro was 19 years old when he was pulled over by Phoenix Police Department for traffic violations. According to his lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, when officers found

Be Sociable, Share!