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America’s War on Drugs

The video below captures everything that is wrong with America’s war on drugs. A SWAT team bursts into the home of a Columbia, MO family, shooting the family’s two dogs in front of young children… all over an insignificant amount of marijuana that led to misdemeanor possession charges.

*The video contains graphic language and content

Len Bias: Drugs, Race, and the Law

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Summary:

  • Len Bias went to the University of Maryland where he was quickly regarded as a “can’t miss prospect” and one of the best players in college basketball.
  • The day after Bias was drafted, he signed a shoe contract with Reebok and went back to the University of Maryland to celebrate with his friends and later died.
  • Congress enacted the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 known as the “Len Bias Law,” which enacted mandatory sentences for several drugs, which many have found to be unfair.

This article is by Danny Berliant, a 2L from Chicago-Kent.

ESPN recently aired an episode of its new series, 30 for 30, entitled “Without Bias.” The episode was directed by Kirk Fraser.  “Without Bias” is the story of the rise and shocking, sudden fall of a “can’t miss” basketball prospect, Len Bias.  While I knew what happened to Bias, I did not realize how many aspects of society that Bias’ story affected, and I decided to look further into his story… Read more…

From Drug Cartels to The Boardroom: Is The Medical Marijuana Industry Really Legal?

March 22, 2010 1 comment

Summary:

  • Medical marijuana is becoming an accepted alternative palliative treatment
  • State law does not protect users against federal prosecution
  • The Attorney General is not looking to prosecute medicinal marijuana use but the risk of prosecution is still very real

This article is by David Mindell, a 1L at Chicago-Kent.

Only a few years ago much of the marijuana found in America could be traced to drug empires and smuggling operations in Mexico.  One of the most widely used drugs, marijuana, has been at the forefront of anti-drug campaigns dating back to the early 20th century.[1] The medical benefits of marijuana are fast becoming an accepted alternative treatment in palliative care. California paved way for the medical marijuana industry with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.[2] The Act promised seriously ill Californians the right to use and obtain marijuana for medical purposes, when deemed appropriate by a medical physician.  Fourteen years later fourteen states followed.

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