Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined – The Washington Post

A new report tallies the staggering toll of the drug war.

On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch.

Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says that most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They’re sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can’t afford to post bail.

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Source: Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined – The Washington Post

The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail – Jeremy D. Johnson

Jay Z narrates and Molly Crabapple illustrates this New York Times video on the failure of the war on drugs.

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.

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Source: The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail – Reality Sandwich

When Bob Dylan Turned the Beatles On To Marijuana – Martin A. Lee

After the Beatles got into grass, they began to think of themselves as artists, not just performers. The herb triggered a creative surge that altered their approach to writing and recording songs.

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Source: When Bob Dylan Turned the Beatles On To Marijuana – Reality Sandwich

The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things – Richard Vine

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Spoiler alert: this article discusses the plot of season one of Stranger Things.

With its blend of 1980s nostalgia, pesky kids on BMXs, Stephen King-style small town horror and pulsing synth soundtrack, Stranger Things has been one of the TV hits of the summer.

But just as strange as its plot about a missing child, a freaky Demogorgon monster, the bizarre Upside Down parallel dimension and Winona Ryder’s obsession with Christmas lights is the story behind Project MKUltra, the real-life inspiration for the show’s shadowy government research facility.

When police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) uncovers a reference to MKUltra in the evil Dr Brenner’s past (thanks to a diligent search of microfiche newspaper cuttings), it’s a nod to viewers that series creators, the Duffer brothers, were drawing not just their love of Spielberg but also a moment when truth was as strange as fiction.

As Matt Duffer has said, Stranger Things evolved from being a paranormal story about a missing child when they started “talking about some of the mysterious government experiments that … were happening at the tail end of the cold war, right when rumoured [projects] like MKUltra were ramping down”.

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Source: The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things | Television & radio | The Guardian

Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Jack Owen

Almost all native cultures have integrated psychedelic healing into their way of life. However, since the War on Drugs began in 1971 in response to the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, Western civilization has turned its back on the idea that psychedelics could have any medical benefit.

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Source: Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Reality Sandwich