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Apparently Nobody Told Rhode Island AG Kilmartin That The Drug War is Over

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Rhode Island’s General Assembly recently passed a ban on “synthetic marijuana” products, which includes products such as “K2” or “Spice”. While it’s puzzling that the General Assembly is ignoring the fact that these products existence is simply yet another negative effect of marijuana prohibition, something Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said is even more puzzling:

“Synthetic drugs are the new frontier in the war on drugs and we must provide law enforcement with the tools to effectively prosecute those who manufacture, distribute and possess the drugs and chemical compounds.” [source]

Apparently, nobody has told Kilmartin that we’re no longer supposed to be waging “war” on drugs. Gil Kerlikowske, current head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, claims the term “War on Drugs” is counterproductive, and that we should putting emphasis on treatment of drug addiction, rather than wasting time declaring war on inanimate objects. Unfortunately, as Rhode Island continues to struggle with high levels of drug abuse, both the state and federal governments rather spend millions of dollars a year on law enforcement efforts instead of education and treatment. Obama’s 2014 budgets proposes 58% of the federal drug budget to be used on law enforcement efforts, showing that the change in rhetoric hasn’t resulted in a change in tactics. 

URI Hempfest 4/20

URI Hempfest is our annual event promoting cannabis law reform. The event is a music festival on URI’s quad, featuring live bands, speakers, vendors and more! This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 20th from 3-11pm. Check out the facebook event pagefor more details. 

Bands:

FUNGUS AMUNGUS
ROZ RASKIN AND THE RICE CAKES
THE KOLOUR KULT
DYLAN SEVEY AND THE GENTLEMEN
BOO CITY
MATH THE BAND
VULGARRITY
AUSTIN HEVEY AND THE HEAVIES 

Presented by WRIU 90.3FM

Also featuring Vendors, Speakers, Glassblowing, a silent auction,and more! 

URI SSDP managed to get RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee on the record regarding taxing and regulating Marijuana.While it’s nice to see he supports an international debate regarding regulating marijuana and ending the War on Drugs, I wish he would do more as Governor to push these issues on the federal government.

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caseyleaks:

So I got a behind the scene tour of the Slater Compassion Center today. It’s a medical cannabis dispensary opening up in Providence soon. It’s 16,000 feet and located in a former federal building. It’s HUGE. Sadly, the plants have yet to arrive as they just got approval from the state, a process that has taken 4 years. Pretty cool people all around. 

caseyleaks:

So I got a behind the scene tour of the Slater Compassion Center today. It’s a medical cannabis dispensary opening up in Providence soon. It’s 16,000 feet and located in a former federal building. It’s HUGE. Sadly, the plants have yet to arrive as they just got approval from the state, a process that has taken 4 years. Pretty cool people all around. 

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ssdpofuwf:

anarcho-queer:

Chicago Police Raids Wrong House, Demands 11 Month Old Raise Hands At Gunpoint And Kills Dog
Chicago police terrorized six children in the wrong apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 11-month-old show his hands, and telling one child, “This is what happens when your grandma sells crack,” the family claims in court.
Lead plaintiffs Charlene and Samuel Holly sued Chicago, police Officer Patrick Kinney and eight John Does in Federal Court, on their own behalves and for their children and children.
The six children were 11 months to 13 years old at the time. Plaintiffs Connie and Michelle Robinson are Charlene Holly’s daughters.
The complaint states: “On November 29, 2012 in the early evening hours Charlene Holly was in the first floor apartment at 10640 S. Prairie in the front room helping minor Child #1, Child #2, Child #4, and Child #5 rehearse songs for their church choir. Charlene was also caring for Child #3, who was 11 months old. Child #6 was in the upstairs apartment alone.
“Charlene and the children heard a loud boom outside and a voice cry out ‘Across the street!’
“Defendant Officers John Doe 1-8 burst through the door to the first floor apartment dressed in army fatigues and pointing guns at Charlene and the children. The officers yelled at Charlene and the children to ‘Get on the ground!’ The officers referred to Charlene and the children as ‘m—-f—-ers’ numerous times …
“Charlene continually asked what the purpose of the detention was,” the complaint states. “Finally, an officer produced a warrant and handed it to Charlene. The warrant was for an individual named ‘Sedgwick M. Reavers’ and the premises listed was ‘The second floor apartment located at 10640 S. Prairie Ave. A yellow brick two flat building with the numbers 10640 on the front of the building.’ In other words, the warrant clearly identified the proper location as the second floor apartment. Charlene, Samuel, and the children were in the first floor apartment …
The family claims that “the following day Charlene discovered the family dog, Samson, not in the basement where the family kept him, but in an upstairs laundry room. Samson could not have reached the laundry room without human assistance. On information and belief, defendant
Officers dragged and choked Samson from the basement with the dog pole and left him in the upstairs laundry room unattended, where he died.”
Samuel Holly also went to the police station the day after the warrantless search to complain, but “despite his numerous calls the night before, was told that he could not make a complaint and he ‘should have made a complaint last night,” the family says.

This is why we need to stop the war on drugs.

ssdpofuwf:

anarcho-queer:

Chicago Police Raids Wrong House, Demands 11 Month Old Raise Hands At Gunpoint And Kills Dog

Chicago police terrorized six children in the wrong apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 11-month-old show his hands, and telling one child, “This is what happens when your grandma sells crack, the family claims in court.

Lead plaintiffs Charlene and Samuel Holly sued Chicago, police Officer Patrick Kinney and eight John Does in Federal Court, on their own behalves and for their children and children.

The six children were 11 months to 13 years old at the time. Plaintiffs Connie and Michelle Robinson are Charlene Holly’s daughters.

The complaint states: “On November 29, 2012 in the early evening hours Charlene Holly was in the first floor apartment at 10640 S. Prairie in the front room helping minor Child #1, Child #2, Child #4, and Child #5 rehearse songs for their church choir. Charlene was also caring for Child #3, who was 11 months old. Child #6 was in the upstairs apartment alone.

“Charlene and the children heard a loud boom outside and a voice cry out ‘Across the street!’

“Defendant Officers John Doe 1-8 burst through the door to the first floor apartment dressed in army fatigues and pointing guns at Charlene and the children. The officers yelled at Charlene and the children to ‘Get on the ground!’ The officers referred to Charlene and the children as ‘m—-f—-ers’ numerous times …

“Charlene continually asked what the purpose of the detention was,” the complaint states. “Finally, an officer produced a warrant and handed it to Charlene. The warrant was for an individual named ‘Sedgwick M. Reavers’ and the premises listed was ‘The second floor apartment located at 10640 S. Prairie Ave. A yellow brick two flat building with the numbers 10640 on the front of the building.’ In other words, the warrant clearly identified the proper location as the second floor apartment. Charlene, Samuel, and the children were in the first floor apartment …

The family claims that “the following day Charlene discovered the family dog, Samson, not in the basement where the family kept him, but in an upstairs laundry room. Samson could not have reached the laundry room without human assistance. On information and belief, defendant

Officers dragged and choked Samson from the basement with the dog pole and left him in the upstairs laundry room unattended, where he died.

Samuel Holly also went to the police station the day after the warrantless search to complain, but “despite his numerous calls the night before, was told that he could not make a complaint and he ‘should have made a complaint last night,” the family says.

This is why we need to stop the war on drugs.

Our first meeting of the semester is TONIGHT at 7PM in Room 354 of Memorial Union. We’ll be talking Hempfest updates, other plans for spring events, and some new developments in the RI legalization effort. Hope to see you there!.