This week: Our 420 Activism Special, featuring audio from organizers and activists including Vivian McPeak, Kari Boiter, Ed "New Jersey Weedman" Forchion, and Ngaio Bealum.

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This week: Congressional drug warriors have a love-fest on Capitol Hill with acting drug czar Michael Botticelli; research indicates that medical marijuana legalization may have a positive impact on lowering crime rates; the UN Human Rights Committee criticizes the US's human rights performance; and we look at a couple of good new books on drug policy.

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This week's show: Washington and Colorado reach the Super Bowl; President Obama admits marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol; NIDA's drug facts week is Jan 27-Feb 2; and more Nixon White House tapes, this week discussing heroin and the creation of the first drug czar's office, the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention.

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The Former Governor Delivered An Honest, Thorough Report. The President Wanted Something Different.

Washington, DC: "We need, and I use the word 'all out war,' or all fronts . . . ." That was Richard Nixon's reaction to his national commission's recommendation that marijuana no longer be a criminal offense, according to Nixon's Oval Office tapes. The year after Nixon's "all out war" marijuana arrests jumped by over 100,000 people.

The UK's National Treatment Agency has released a new report showing a dramatic drop in the use of heroin and crack cocaine in England, particularly among young people.

On March 6, 2013, the NTA announced that:

According to the new estimates, the number of heroin and crack users fell to 298,752 in 2010-11, from a peak of 332,090 in 2005-06. The number of people injecting drugs has also fallen significantly, from 129,977 in 2005-06 to 93,401 in 2010-11.