Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Costs of Marijuana Prohibition: Economic Analysis

Costs of Marijuana Prohibition: Economic Analysis: "Milton Friedman, 500+ Economists Call for Marijuana Regulation Debate; New Report Projects $10-14 Billion Annual Savings and Revenues
Savings/Revenues Projected in New Study by Harvard Economist Could Pay For:

**Implementing Required Port Security Plans in Just One Year

**Securing Soviet-Era 'Loose Nukes' in Under Three Years

Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year, finds a June 2005 report by Dr. Jeffrey Miron, visiting professor of economics at Harvard University.

The report has been endorsed by more than 530 distinguished economists, who have signed an open letter to President Bush and other public officials calling for 'an open and honest debate about marijuana prohibition,' adding, 'We believe such a debate will favor a regime in which marijuana is legal but taxed and regulated like other goods.'

Chief among the endorsing economists are three Nobel Laureates in economics: Dr. Milton Friedman of the Hoover Institute, Dr. George Akerlof of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Vernon Smith of George Mason University.

Dr. Miron's paper, 'The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,' concludes:

**Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement -- $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels."

Marijuana Prohibition Facts - 2005

* Very few Americans had even heard about marijuana when it was first federally prohibited in 1937. Today, between 95 and 100 million Americans admit to having tried it. 1,2

* According to government-funded researchers, high school seniors consistently report that marijuana is easily available, despite decades of a nationwide drug war. With little variation, every year about 85% consider marijuana “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain. 3 Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more U.S. high school students currently smoke marijuana, which is completely unregulated, than smoke cigarettes, which are sold by regulated businesses. 4

* There have been over seven million marijuana arrests in the United States since 1993, including 755,186 arrests in 2003—an all-time record. One person is arrested for marijuana every 42 seconds. About 88% of all marijuana arrests are for possession—not manufacture or distribution. 5

* Every comprehensive, objective government commission that has examined the marijuana phenomenon throughout the past 100 years has recommended that adults should not be criminalized for using marijuana. 6

* Cultivation of even one marijuana plant is a federal felony.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Marijuana Law Reform - Stop Stupid Marijuana Laws - PSA

Marijuana Law Reform - NORML



Thanks for the heads-up, Paul...

Monday, September 26, 2005

CBS News | Montel: Pot Decision 'Crazy' | June 7, 2005

CBS News | Montel: Pot Decision 'Crazy' | June 7, 2005: "A visibly frustrated Montel Williams says the Supreme Court's decision that patients can be prosecuted for using prescribed marijuana medicinally is 'crazy.'

The Emmy Award-winning talk show host told The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm Tuesday that he uses the drug himself 'every single evening' to fight the pain from multiple sclerosis.

The high Court ruled that federal authorities may prosecute patients who use marijuana on doctors' orders, but said Congress could change the law to permit pot use for medical reasons. The action was in response to a Bush administration appeal of a case it lost in 2003. "

"I'm paying my taxes so I can work every day. If you come after me for this, I'll stop working. I don't know what else to say."
Talk show host Montel Williams

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Oil, What If We Didn't Need It?

Oil, What If We Didn't Need It? .:

Imagine not having to fight wars for oil. Imagine a natural resource that can replace or, at least, drastically reduce our dependance on oil for energy.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Uncle Sam vs. Mary Jane - Google Video

Uncle Sam vs. Mary Jane - Google Video

Uncle Sam vs. Mary Jane
Riverrun Films
59 min 57 sec - Sep 8, 2005

a discussion of the history of US government's positions on marijuana use. also briefly discussing medical marijuana, pros and cons of use. Presented at the Unitarian Fellowship of Athens, Georgia.

Friday, September 23, 2005

NORML: Weekly News in Audio

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Chris Goldstein is a 29-year-old father, author and broadcast veteran. Originally from New Jersey and based in Santa Fe, Chris has been a talk-radio personality for about 10 years; interviewing State Senators, Governors, and local political activists as well as internationally recognized authors and journalists such as Sut Jali and Greg Palast. He was also proud to serve on the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation Board of Directors from 2001-2004. Chris has broadcast NORML News on public radio for over 8 years.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Video On Demand: Alison Burns Reports On Local Medical Marijuana Advocate Angel Raich Efforts On Capitol Hill

Video On Demand: Alison Burns Reports On Local Medical Marijuana Advocate Angel Raich Efforts On Capitol Hill


My name is Angel McClary Raich. I have been permanently disabled since September 1995. I was one of 14 'medical necessity' patients that the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative was fighting for in the United States Supreme Court in 2001. I am a mother of two teenage children. My children know more than anyone how medical cannabis brought their mommy back to them. The hardest part of being disabled is watching the suffering in your children’s eyes as they watch you endure such suffering with no end in sight.

Angel's Story

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

WATCH VIDEO: Speeches - NORML: Gov. Jesse Ventura

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Gov. Jesse Ventura said Wednesday that he "fully supports" legalizing marijuana for medical use. "Medical marijuana? I fully support it, absolutely. Who is government to tell someone if they have AIDS or cancer, what they should be taking?" Ventura said in response to a question from a student at University of St. Thomas.

Ventura cited an illness suffered by his mother, who was given a mix of narcotics to help her pain.

If marijuana provides the same sort of relief to others who are suffering, the Independence Party governor said, he's all for it. (more)

Article Source
Post-Bulletin (MN)
Published: April 4, 2001
Cannabis News

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Current Studio // jklamm // Marijuana Vs. Hemp:Good or Bad

Current Studio // jklamm // Marijuana Vs. Hemp:Good or Bad:

"InformNation examines the acute differences between marijuana and industrial hemp. Dude? Where's my ability to breathe? "

Thursday, September 15, 2005

16th Annual Freedom Rally @ Boston Common On Saturday September Seventeenth

MASSCANN/Norml, working to build a consensus for a more moral and rational public policy regarding all uses of the cannabis plant

Listen To PSA (MP3)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google Blog Search - Launched Today

Google Blog Search

Check It OUT: Search for NORML or NORML Video

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blog Search?

Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you're looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results; and you can search not just for blogs written in English, but in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and other languages as well.

How do I find Blog Search?

There are a few different ways you can get to Blog Search:

- (Google-style interface)
- (Blogger-style interface)
- The Blogger Dashboard
- The Navbar on any Blog*Spot blog

It's the same search in each place, no matter how you get to it. The Navbar, however, provides two buttons: one to search the blog you are currently viewing, and one to search all blogs. (more faq)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Video On Demand: Montel Williams Makes Impassioned Plea For Federal Medical Marijuana Laws

Video On Demand: Montel Williams Makes Impassioned Plea For Federal Medical Marijuana Laws

Montel's Mission

Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. Since then, the TV talk-show host has tried a variety of drugs -- everything from morphine to Vicodin -- to ease the constant pain he feels in his lower extremities.

The drug that has proved most effective for Williams is marijuana, which is why he paid a visit to Capitol Hill recently on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Williams was on the Hill (Watch Video) to try to persuade lawmakers to pass bills pertaining to medicinal marijuana, such as the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act, which allows patients who have recommendations from their doctors in California and nine other states where the medical form of the drug is legal, to grow marijuana without fear of arrest. This was Williams' third visit to Capitol Hill. So far, he has met with a total of eight lawmakers. He lives in Manhattan. (more)

By Betsy Rothstein,
The Hill
Posted May 13, 2005.

Monday, September 12, 2005

You Bet Video - NORML

A compilation video featuring television coverage regarding the 2002 NORML ad campaign featuring NY Mayor Bloomberg.


Sunday, September 11, 2005

WATCH VIDEO: Daily Show Medical Marijuana

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Pot TV: The US Marijuana Party: Seattle Hempfest 2005

Pot TV Network

2005 Seattle Hempfest shoutouts of goodwill to Marc Emery. The 47 minute video features speeches from Dominic Holden of Sensible Seattle, Tony Bowles of the California Marijuana Party and Loretta Nall of the United States Marijuana Party.


Friday, September 09, 2005

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

WATCH VIDEO: Pots Greatest Hits Interview and Preview Clip

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Lee Allen, a stand up comic and a producer of, talks about the CD/DVD in an exclusive interview at Seattle Hempfest 2005. Video Clip From the Pots Greatest Hits DVD

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 Hemp TV (tm) Cannabis Expo (tm)

Paul Stanford Show in Oregon
#289 Oct 22, 2004

Don Du Pay and Dr. Leveque are present. Truth about marijuana & the politics (and lies) behind its prohibition!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Press Release: NORML Launches Video Blog Focused On Education And Personal Point-Of-View

The National Organization Reform Marijuana Laws Is The First Association To Utilize FREE Online Video-On-Demand Community Distribution Networks

PORT TOWNSEND, WA - NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, announced today the NORML Video Blog, ( a FREE online international public educational resource for their community to showcase medical, industrial and personal use of marijuana.

FREE video hosting communities that have sprung up on the web over the past six months will allow everyone with a marijuana story to share it. These sites include:


Volunteer contributors to the NORML Video Blog will data mine these repositories as well as produce original programming. If you would like to be a NORML Video Blog contributor, post a paragraph about yourself with a link to your website, blog or videos in a comment of the most resent entry.

Video Clips (2-7 minutes)

The Video Blog will showcase personal point-of-view stories, news reports, cooking/how-to-shows, documentaries, music, art and educational programming.

“During the summer, I shot a lot of video interviews and produced several customer product testimonial videos seeking an organization that would embrace video blogging and take it to the next level, “states Jack Olmsted, NORML Video Blogger Coordinator. “The next level is to develop an online video-on-demand syndicated channel that is distributed to Internet TVs, PCs, PDAs, video iPods and cell phones and accessible to an international audience anytime, anywhere. The management team at NORML has the vision to step-up to the plate and be the pioneers in this emerging communication, distribution frontier.”


NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.


Monday, September 05, 2005

Hemp TV: CRRH's Cannabis Common Sense #305 March 4, 2005

Hemp TV: CRRH's Cannabis Common Sense #305 March 4, 2005)

Sunday, September 04, 2005, home of Video Blogging, Vlogging, or whatever you want to call it.

a Visit To San Fran to the Norml Confrence May 2005
a video blog report from kyle fasanella

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Current Studio // Allen St. Pierre - NORML

Current Studio // digitalreporter // Allen St. Pierre - NORML

The informal interview with Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director NORML, at Seattle Hempfest 2005, is now on Al Gore's new television web site,

Please check out the video and give it a "greenlight" the video. A "greenlight" means that people believe the video should be included on's television broadcast that is now available in 20 million US households.

Friday, September 02, 2005

POT-TV: Marijuana News Global Conspiracy Report August 3, 2005

Marijuana News Global Conspiracy Report August 3, 2005
Marijuana News World Report with Richard Cowan

Running Time: 36 min
Date Entered: 03 Aug 2005
Viewer Rating: 8.96 (32 votes)
Number of Views: 5630

US Fails To Get Marc Emery Without Bail, Canadian Political Blowback Begins, Mexico The Real Problem, Kubby Zings Drug Czar And An Interview With Michelle Rainey

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

CNN Interactive: Weed Wars - Amsterdam Report

In Amsterdam, although technically illegal, the government does not prosecute the users of marijuana

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