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Summer Reading Assignment for Congress

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Dean Becker of the Drug Truth Network is in Washington today to give copies of his book, "To En

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One of the Worst Ideas to Come Out of the War on Drugs: Sentencing Enhancement Zones

Video from the Prison Policy Initiative on what is indeed one of the worst ideas to come out of the w
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There Were Several Drug Policy Amendments to the CJS Bill

[image:1 align:right]Reformers have mostly been talking about the

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Big News from the Administration About Commutations

[image:1 align:right caption:true]The Obama administration may issue hundreds or even thousands of sentence commutations in drug cases,

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Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year Old Man In His Own Bed

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The recklessness of drug raids...
 
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Farm Bill Passes Second Chamber, With Hemp, Without Drug Testing

[image:1 align:right caption:true]The Senate has passed the version of the Farm Bill sent to it last week by the House of Representatives, meaning that the legislation, which includes a section aut

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DC City Council Voting on Marijuana Decriminalization Today

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DC city council chamber

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Could Different Drug Policies Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman?

The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday has prompted expressions of grief and of praise for his talent.

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Oregon Governor Calls for Marijuana Legalization, Legislature to Act

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Dept. of Justice Requesting Drug Clemency Petitions?

Update: Here's the news. Potentially sounds really big.

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House Farm Bill Does Not Have Food Stamps Drug Testing!

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[image:1 align:right]Phil reported yesterday that the House version of the US Farm Bill in

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Smarter Sentencing Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

[image:1 align:right]The Smarter Sentencing Act has just passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee,

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Smarter Sentencing Act in Committee Right Now!!!

Update: It has passed the committee!

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Ted Cruz Likens Obama Drug Policy to Imperialism

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[image:1 align:right]Ted Cruz included drug laws among his examples of "imperialism" on the part President Obama, in remarks on CNN following the State of the Union address tonight.

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Call Judiciary Committee Senators TODAY to End Harsh Drug Sentencing!

Update: The committee markup has been postponed until next week -- that means there's still time to call!

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Permitted Marijuana Party at Seattle Space Needle Marks Legalization Anniversary

[image:1 align:right]King 5 News reported Friday that hundreds of people lit and smoked marijuana at a party under the famed landmark the Seattle Space Needle.

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Human Rights Watch on Coerced Guilty Pleas in US Drug Cases

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A report from Human Rights Watch released this morning demonstrates the corruption o

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Phil Lauded in Denver Last Month -- Video

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I posted some photos last month, but here is the video from Phil's award at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

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