UConn SSDP will be meeting tonight at 8pm in Monteith 221
The above image is something we like to call ‘Drug Fallacy Bingo’. Next time you’re arguing with a prohibitionist, why not make a game of it? Or just use it as a cheat sheet to prepare for a discourse about drug policy - we don’t care how you use it, as long as you get the message behind it!
This graphic will be appearing in The Drug War issue of the UConn Free Press, so be sure to support them and pick up a copy when you’re around campus!
We’ve got a ton going on this week (including UConnabis planning)
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Hope to see you tonight!
Simply put. This is one of the best documentaries on the failed War on Drugs to be put out there. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this film really sheds some light on the changing opinions of some of the world’s most prominent political figures in regards to the failed drug war.
If you’ve got an hour to kill when you are taking a break from studying this week, UConn SSDP recommends you spend it watching Breaking The Taboo
Good luck on finals to all of you!
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.
Seriously, Morgan Freeman’s on our side now — the war on drugs’ days are numbered
- WASHINGTON: Initiative 502 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and over, but does not allow for personal cultivation, except by or for medical marijuana patients. It will license marijuana cultivation and retail and wholesale sales, with restrictions on advertising. Regulation will be the remit of the state liquor control board, which will have to come up with rules by December 2013. The measure creates a 25% excise tax on marijuana sales, with 40% of revenues dedicated to the general fund and 60% dedicated to substance abuse prevention, research, and healthcare. It also creates a per se driving under the influence standard of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.
- COLORADO: Amendment 64 allows adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or six marijuana plants, three of which can be mature. It will create a system of state-licensed cultivation, manufacturing, and testing facilities and state-licensed retail stores. Local governments would have the option of regulating or prohibiting such facilities. The amendment also requires the state legislature to enact legislation governing industrial hemp cultivation, processing, and sale, and to create an excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales. The first $40 million of that annual revenue will be dedicated to building public schools.
Under the plan backed by President Jose Mujica’s leftist administration, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana and only to adults who register on a government database, letting officials keep track of their purchases over time. [In a radio interview on Thursday, Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro seemed to backtrack, saying the registry “sounds a little authoritarian and perhaps we should avoid it,” according to the WSJ.]
Profits would reportedly go toward rehabilitating drug addicts.
“It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking. We think the prohibition of some drugs is creating more problems to society than the drug itself,” Fernández Huidobro told reporters late on Wednesday.
Fernández said the bill would soon be sent to Congress, which is dominated by Mujica’s party, but that an exact date had not been set. If approved, Uruguay’s national government would be the first in the world to directly sell marijuana to its citizens.