John Oliver Nails Our Nation’s Sheer Stupidity on Marijuana Laws (Video)

On Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the HBO host spent most of his show going over the federal government’s ignorance and hypocrisy on marijuana laws, while highlighting some of the real people who have been deeply hurt by them. To start out, he mentioned how 4 more states legalized weed on election day, […]

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill To End Federal Ban On Marijuana

Currently marijuana is legal for recreational use in four states and the District of Columbia. In twenty other states, it is legal for medical use, although the laws in all of these states are in conflict with federal law. The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which is in the same category […]

Chris Christie Promises To Prosecute You For Marijuana If He’s Elected President

Last month, New Jersey governor Chris Christie promised that if he was elected president, he would go after states that allowed the sale and use of recreational marijuana. On CBS’s Face The Nation he made it very clear that as president, he would federally prosecute people for marijuana, even though it is legal in states […]

55 Years For Pot: John Oliver Exposes The Horrors Of Sentencing Guidelines (Video)

Over the last few years I’ve become a fairly staunch advocate for a complete overhaul of our criminal justice system. In particular, the way we treat drug and other non-violent offenses. While I’m not saying those who distribute, sell or traffic drugs shouldn’t face punishment, I just think it’s absurd how we’re literally ruining lives […]

Texas Tea Party Lawmaker Wants To Legalize Pot Because Of God (UPDATE)

It’s not every day that you’re going to hear me praise Republicans for anything. Lately, there’s been an absolute flurry of bills filed at the state and federal levels by GOP lawmakers that would take us backwards, not forward. Whether it is allowing people without a proper license to drive buses in Mississippi under a […]

The Demilitarization Of Law Enforcement Is Something Both Sides Can Agree On

On May 27th of this year, a Tampa Bay SWAT team shot Jason Westcott to death inside of his home. Mr. Westcott was hit by two shotgun slugs and a pistol round in his bedroom, and later died at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The raid was prompted by information from a confidential informant who stated he […]

4 Solutions To Chicago Gun Violence

We’ve talked a lot here about the root problems of Chicago gun violence over the last couple weeks. As progressives, though, I believe it’s our job to not only look at some of the problems in society, but to listen to those impacted by the problems, to analyze, and then strategize for plans to move forward together […]

Chicago Gun Violence Myths 3: Arrest the Druggies!

Rahm Emanuel was notably absent from a vigil for 11 year old Shamiya Adams, shot in an apartment during a sleepover with friends this weekend in Garfield Park, Chicago. T0 be frank, I can understand him not wanting to go; residents are restless and they blame Rahm for much of the violence. I can also […]

Conservative Tennessee Law Proves Anti-Drug Trumps Pro-Life

In a nation that is ever advancing in its ability to treat an increasing array of maladies and issues, there is an atavistic impulse in some quarters to revert to a state of affairs where women are controlled “for their own good”… and the supposed good of their offspring. The legislation coming out of places […]

The Schools to Prison Pipeline: Arrested at School over Jolly Ranchers

I wish that title was an exaggeration. But a thirteen year old kid in Oklahoma was arrested by his principal for the infraction of taking some Jolly Ranchers and Taco Bell coupons. Taco. Bell. Coupons. And candy. Not from a store, mind you, but while walking around the halls of his grade school. If only this […]