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Colbert on marijuana legalization

April 15, 2013
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Colbert on marijuana legalization

Some good fun.

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DEA pretends not to be involved in U.S. marijuana enforcement

April 12, 2013
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DEA pretends not to be involved in U.S. marijuana enforcement

I found this mildly interesting. DEA director Michele Leonhart is testifying before Congress today on the DEA budget. I took a look at her prepared remarks, and was struck by the lack of any reference to what is going on in the United States regarding cannabis.

There were three references to marijuana in her...

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President Obama would rather look stupid than interfere with the flow of cash to drug-war profiteers

April 11, 2013
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President Obama would rather look stupid than interfere with the flow of cash to drug-war profiteers

The White House spends all year traveling around the country talking about their “third way” and their “21st Century Drug Policy” — that the focus needs to be on treatment and that we can’t arrest our way out of drug problems. That there’s too much focus on incarceration.

At the same time, they’re dealing...

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Reclaiming our Police Forces

April 10, 2013
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Reclaiming our Police Forces

A couple of articles worth reading on the subject of Law Enforcement. One of the real important reasons for ending the drug war, in my opinion, has been to reclaim the positive relationship between police and their communities. The drug war in particular, along with militarization, has turned the police against those they are...

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S.A.M. supporter demonstrates its absurdity

April 9, 2013
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S.A.M. supporter demonstrates its absurdity

When Kevin Sabet tweeted a virtual thumbs up to an article, I thought I should go check it out: Not so fast! A case against legalizing marijuana by Daniel K. Duncan, director of community services for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse–St. Louis Area.

Daniel endorses the S.A.M. position while demonstrating how...

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What a concept. Court rules influence means… influence

April 9, 2013
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What a concept. Court rules influence means… influence

Idaho Court of Appeals overturns marijuana DUI conviction

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Boise man for driving under the influence of marijuana, a rare reversal for a kind of case legal experts say is typically settled by the science of blood testing.

In a...

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The public just won’t buy the old arguments anymore

April 8, 2013
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The public just won’t buy the old arguments anymore

A lot of people have been talking about the new Pew Research Poll showing that a majority now supports legalizing marijuana (for the first time in this major poll).

I’m not at all surprised, and, to some extent, I was even more interested by some of the other questions in the survey.

As...

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Drug Testing Industry’s Contributions to the Drug War

April 5, 2013
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Drug Testing Industry’s Contributions to the Drug War

A very good article by Isabel Macdonald in The Nation: The GOP’s Drug-Testing Dragnet.

The article goes into depth how drug testing industry came about in part as a back-door method to go after marijuana users…

But the Reagan administration saw drug tests as essential for cracking down on a population largely outside the...

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There are too many of these stories

April 4, 2013
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There are too many of these stories

Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic: A Heartbreaking Drug Sentence of Staggering Idiocy

John Horner, a 46-year-old fast-food restaurant worker, lost his eye in a 2000 accident and was prescribed painkillers. Years later, he met and befriended a guy who seemed to be in pain himself. His new friend asked if he could buy some...

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Kleiman’s disease model of economic growth

April 4, 2013
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Kleiman’s disease model of economic growth

In the previous post, I asked the commenters to discuss Mark Kleiman’s statement:

Just 20 percent of users consume 80 percent of all the weed in the U.S., Kleiman said. (Forty-six percent of all alcohol consumed in the U.S. is part of drinking binges, he added).

“The only way to get a lot of...

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