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fundraiser for the Florida medical marijuana initiative, at the Vicente-Sederberg law firm following the NCIA summit
fundraiser for the Florida medical marijuana initiative, at the Vicente-Sederberg law firm following the NCIA summit

Chronicle AM -- June 26, 2014

It's UN anti-drug day, and protests to mark it are going on in at least 80 cities around the world, House Republicans move to block DC decrim, the Oregon legalization initiative looks set to make the ballot, the ACLU has a strong new report out on SWAT teams, and more.
US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) cosponsors an amendment to cut DEA medical marijuana funding. (senate.gov)
US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) cosponsors an amendment to cut DEA medical marijuana funding. (senate.gov)

Chronicle AM -- June 19, 2014

We can watch the marijuana policy landscape shift before our eyes, with legalization initiatives and decrim measures popping up around the country and even Oklahoma Republicans arguing over legalization. There is also action on the opiate front, the Senate will vote on defunding the DEA's war on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, and more.
British Home Secretary Theresa May overrules her own drug advisors to ban khat. (gov.uk)
British Home Secretary Theresa May overrules her own drug advisors to ban khat. (gov.uk)

Ignoring Drug Advisors, Britain Bans Khat

Britain is about to become the latest European country (as well as Canada and the US) to ban khat, criminalizing the mild stimulant used by tens of thousands of African emigrants there. And it is ignoring its own drug advisors to do so.
Yemeni chewing khat, 2009 (wikimedia.org)
Yemeni chewing khat, 2009 (wikimedia.org)

Looming Dutch Khat Ban Draws Criticism, Complaints

The Dutch government appears to be moving toward banning khat, which is used almost exclusively by the country's Somali immigrant community, but the move is being increasingly criticized.
Man chewing khat, Sanaa, Yemen, 2009 (wikimedia.org)
Man chewing khat, Sanaa, Yemen, 2009 (wikimedia.org)

Dutch to Ban Khat

The Dutch government will ban khat, a plant favored by Somali and Yemeni immigrants for its mild stimulative properties.

What's Next, Criminalizing Coffee?

You Can Make a Difference

 

Dear friends,

Right now the DC Council is considering wasting time and money on criminalizing a substance called khat.

Khat has effects similar to a cup of coffee. Tell them that criminalizing khat is wasteful and unnecessary!

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What if you woke up one morning and suddenly your daily cup of coffee was illegal?

It probably sounds like a joke, but don't be too sure.

Even as the rest of the country is beginning to rethink its drug policies, DC is considering a bill that would take the drug war to an even more ridiculous extreme.

Right now, the DC council is considering pouring countless hours and your tax-payer dollars into banning a substance that has effects similar to a cup of coffee.

For thousands of years, East African communities have carried on the custom of chewing or making tea with a plant called khat. There is no good reason for the Council to single out this one community by banning a harmless plant that comes from their home country.

This ban is a mistake, but today you can do something to stop it: Write to the DC Council today and urge them to stop the prohibition of khat.

This ban is up for a discussion on June 30, so your letter now could make all the difference.

In just a few minutes, you can help defend our local communities from needless harassment and discrimination. Thank you for joining us in this fight!

Sincerely,

Naomi Long
Director, DC Metro Project
Drug Policy Alliance Network