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President Obama To Make Historic Move and Free Dozens of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

The president will commute more people than any other president in fifty years.

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The facts are familiar: The United States has more people behind bars than any other country in the world. Nearly half of all federal prisoners, and one in five state prisoners, are serving time for drugs. So it came as a relief to many when aides recently told The New York Times that President Obama would be commuting the sentences of dozens of nonviolent drug offenders. While the numbers have yet to be released, it’s expected that Obama will commute more sentences at one time than any other president in nearly fifty years.

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A Quick Check-In on America's Senseless Drug Ban Portugal's Drug Policy Puts America's to Shame

While America continues hemming and hawing over decriminalizing marijuana, Portugal's eminently sensible drug policy is thriving.


As America's poorly waged war on drugs continues, and Mexican drug cartels slaughter hundreds of people just south of the border, the need for rational, reasonable drug laws has never been more pressing.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, rumored to be running for office in Washington state when his Ohio district disappears, turned up at Seattle's Hempfest this weekend and equated efforts to legalize pot with the Arab Spring and the Civil Rights movement. The congressman may be a bit off the mark there, but Indiana lawmakers considering decriminalizing marijuana recently heard testimony from experts who said that banning the drug "does more harm than good." The experts estimated that Indiana, which is in need of revenue as badly as any state these days, could raise more than $40 million a year in taxes by decriminalizing and taxing marijuana.

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Toke Show: Montel Williams Is in the Medical Weed Game Now

The daytime TV veteran wants to make medical marijuana less shady with a new "high-end" dispensary in Sacramento.

We don't dabble too much in daytime television around these parts, but it being California and all, we like to think we cover the marijuana beat pretty well. So allow us this one story on Montel Williams, the former talk-show host who's now setting himself up to be a medicinal marijuana mogul.

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