|Could DARE finally have come to its senses regarding marijuana?|
As summer break winds to an end, and another school year begins, many unsuspecting 5th graders and junior high students across the country will get their first introduction to drugs. No, it won’t be on the playground or the back of the bus, but as a part of their classroom curriculum, as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (DARE) kicks off its 31st year in existence.
Over three decades of War on Drugs propaganda comes at a cost, however. “Just Say No” coloring books and foil badge stickers ain’t free you know! With schools in disrepair, teachers being laid off, and art, music, and extra-curricular activities being defunded, many schools are deciding that their books may be more easily balanced without DARE in the budget.
Created by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983 as a spin-off of Nancy Reagan’s tragically flawed “Just Say No” campaign, the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program’s intent was to send neighborhood police officers into local schools to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and the effects of peer pressure. Though it celebrates its 30th year in existence in 2013, the program has long been under scrutiny from a wide range of critics, none more vocal than the cannabis community.
The online cannabis educational program iBAKE University has announced the launch of its new website, www.ibakeuniversity.com. Thurlow Weed, CEO of No Excuses Entertainment, LLC, also announced that iBAKE University will continue their $99 enrollment for the month of January 2013.
|It appears at least one police officer did give marijuana to Peavy Plaza Occupy protesters.|
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has suspended its drug recognition training program and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has started a criminal investigation after a police officer allegedly provided marijuana to protesters.
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|Proud storm troopers: Cocky federal agents outside Oaksterdam University on Monday morning|
“Confirmed RAID currently happening at Oaksterdam University – DEA and IRS. Please come show support, bring signs, get the word out. 1600 Broadway and 1776 Broadway Oakland!” – Sacramento Americans for Safe Access (Facebook status update, 8:20 a.m.)