Monthly Archives: January 2013

Time for a baldness fad in schools?

January 31, 2013
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Time for a baldness fad in schools?

They used to want to watch kids pee in a cup. Now school officials have moved on to voodoo. They want a lock of kids’ hair in order to control them.

High School To Collect Students’ Hair For Mandatory Drug Testing

The school will collect 60 strands of hair from the student and test...

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Whacking the new weed whackers

January 31, 2013
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Whacking the new weed whackers

The excellent Maia Szalavitz takes on Project Sam: The New Weed Whackers

In fact, I can’t really get my head around why people who have suffered addiction would support criminalization—especially people like Kennedy whose top talking point is that addiction is a disease. For one, isn’t the very fact that they themselves got addicted...

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Amsterdam Still Cannabis Friendly in 2013

January 30, 2013
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Amsterdam Still Cannabis Friendly in 2013

Since the 1970’s Amsterdam has been known worldwide as the capital of cannabis tourism. As a consequence, many people think of the Netherlands as a country that has been able to successfully reconcile cannabis and politics. Most people don’t realize the government of the Netherlands has never legalized cannabis, but instead has been maintaining...

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The DEA requires cannabis to pass a test that does not exist in federal law

January 30, 2013
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The DEA requires cannabis to pass a test that does not exist in federal law

An excellent post at the New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law Blog: The meaning of the DEA’s recent victory in ASA v DEA

The article posits that petitioners made a mistake by attempting to show that the DEA’s requirements for determining that marijuana had an established medical use had been met, when in fact, the DEA...

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in New Hampshire

Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in New Hampshire

A group of five bipartisan lawmakers have introduced legislation to make New Hampshire the third state to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana. House Bill 492 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce or less of marijuana and the private cultivation of a limited number of marijuana plants for adults 21...

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Marijuana, Childhood Autism and Prohibition

I was on a radio show this past weekend debating a prohibitionist who still believes that medical cannabis is little more than a hoax…a ‘camel’s nose under the tent’ to trick the American public into legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. I’ve heard this individual exclaim numerous times over the years that he would not...

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Belville to Sabet to Chapman

January 29, 2013
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Belville to Sabet to Chapman

Russ Belville: A Response to Kevin Sabet’s ‘A Response to Steven Chapman’s ‘The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet”

An entertaining takedown by Russ Belville. He hits all the top Sabet talking points quite nicely.

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One of these things is not like the others

January 29, 2013
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One of these things is not like the others

Anthony Johnson at National Cannabis Coalition catches this one:

When asked by HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim why we keep marijuana illegal, Chabot responded: “Why do we keep heroin, LSD, prostitution, child pornography illegal?”

If Paul Chabot doesn’t know the difference between laws against marijuana and laws against exploiting children to make child...

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HuffPost: Obama’s Big Marijuana Mess

HuffPost: Obama’s Big Marijuana Mess

Huffington Post reporters Ryan Grimm and Ryan Reilly publish one of the most comprehensive and insightful pieces to date on the current friction between state and federal laws regarding cannabis in America, and conclude that federal prosecutors at the regional level—not elected policymakers or department leaders in Washington—are largely creating an ad hoc enforcement...

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The weakness of anti-legalization arguments

January 28, 2013
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The weakness of anti-legalization arguments

This is a comment by Transform’s Steve Rolles in response to a particular article, but it would be appropriate as a response for just about any argument against legalization.

Neil McKeganey’s key concern with legalisation and regulation of drugs appears to be his assumption that use and abuse would rise. This is a legitimate...

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