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Update on Bolivia amendment to Single Convention

January 31, 2011
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Update on Bolivia amendment to Single Convention

Martin Jelsma has an excellent write-up of the political maneuverings and hypocrisy regarding opposition to the Bolivian amendment regarding coca chewing. Definitely worth reading.

D-Day for Bolivia’s coca chewing amendment

Meanwhile the U.S. turned to its allies in the European Union, where especially the UK tried to rally support for the US objection. But the...

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Busy times for politicians

January 31, 2011
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Busy times for politicians

Chuck Schumer wants to ban the latest media-fueled drug craze: “bath salts.”

As long as we have prohibition for drugs like marijuana, there will be a lucrative market for legal (and possibly dangerous) alternatives, and technologically savvy opportunists will create new ones faster than the idiot politicians can ban them.

And what about all the other...

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A rose by any other name

January 30, 2011
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A rose by any other name

Steve Elliott nails it in The Great ‘Marijuana’ Debate: What’s In A Word?

There are those within the cannabis movement who will tell you with a straight face that the reason the plant is still illegal is because it is called “marijuana.” That’s overreaching wildly.

And you have to ask yourself: How much chance do...

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Dangerous Dan’s Diner

January 30, 2011
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Dangerous Dan’s Diner

Just a fun little video segment on a somewhat controversial radio ad featuring stoned students promoting a greasy burger joint. Talk about reaching your target audience!

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Magnesium?

January 30, 2011
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Magnesium?

Narconon, part of the Scientologist empire, is one of the more bizarre and unprincipled outfits profiting from the marijuana treatment scam.

Their latest effort has me mostly scratching my head in puzzlement.

In this press release by the organization I love the way they try to look like they’re the balanced source of factual information

There is...

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For prosecutors, it’s not about justice. It’s about power over people

January 29, 2011
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For prosecutors, it’s not about justice. It’s about power over people

I’m generalizing, of course. I know that there are good prosecutors and state’s attorneys out there who are interested in finding justice. I’ve even heard of one.

And yet, for the most part, particularly given the news I cover, the overwhelming view I tend to get of prosecutors is the justice-be-damned, power-hungry official...

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Drug War Successes

January 28, 2011
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Drug War Successes

Yellow Journalism in action. Check out this article in the Daily Mail: Legal but lethal: So-called ‘legal highs’ are every bit as deadly as heroin and cocaine. It’s so quintessentially Daily Mail in tone. Actually, the research done for the article is relatively impressive — assuming any of it...

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CBS News: Obama: Drugs Should be Treated as a Public Health Problem

January 28, 2011
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CBS News: Obama: Drugs Should be Treated as a Public Health Problem

I know a lot of you are deeply disappointed that Obama didn’t suddenly shed all his skin, emerge from a cocoon as some new kind of species and suddenly proclaim, after devouring his press secretary, that the U.S. government should pursue legalization of all drugs.

Well it wasn’t going to happen. However, what did...

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Question and Answer (Updated)

January 27, 2011
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Question and Answer (Updated)

It now seems likely that President Obama will be asked to answer the top vote-getter at YouTube (today at 2:30 pm EST)

Here is my prediction of his non-answer (note that I waited to post this until shortly before so he couldn’t steal it!)

Thanks for your question, and for your valuable service to our Nation....

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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

January 27, 2011
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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

Over at the Drug Czar’s “blog,” the ONDCP has their own additional take on the State of the Union address.

Drug use affects millions of Americans and their families. Drug use and its consequences strain our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and harm the well-being of young people, service members and our...

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