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A ‘right’ drug war?

September 11, 2013
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A ‘right’ drug war?

Doesn’t exist.

The Concord Monitor seems to think it does. Editorial: The right drug war, and the wrong one

The right drug war, as the appearance of a member of the ultra-violent Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel in U.S. District Court in Concord yesterday demonstrates, is essential and remains under way. Hard drugs, like the...

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Senate Hearing on Federal-State Marijuana Law Conflict

September 10, 2013
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Senate Hearing on Federal-State Marijuana Law Conflict

Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws — follow this link for the live webcast. Also live on C-Span.org.

Today (Tuesday) at 2:30 pm Eastern, 1:30 Central, 11:30 am Pacific.

Please limit comments on this post to discussion of, and reporting on, the hearing and related items.

Kevin Sabet’s written testimony for the hearing...

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Odds and Ends

September 9, 2013
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Odds and Ends

Diet of quinoa, mushrooms, cocoa kept world’s oldest person alive at 123

Cocoa?

A 123-year-old farmer, from Bolivia, who has been named the oldest person alive, has claimed that a diet of quinoa, mushrooms and coca has kept him alive for over a century.

Ah. I found it sadly humorous that the...

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Marijuana hearings…. and Sabet

September 8, 2013
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Marijuana hearings…. and Sabet

This has been discussed a fair amount in comments, but I wanted to address it in a regular post.

This Tuesday, September 10, at 2:30 pm Eastern, there will be a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee: Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws

Witness List

Panel I

The Honorable James Cole, Deputy Attorney...

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Open Thread

September 5, 2013
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Open Thread

Someone at the Baptist Press has got their panties in a bunch. Feds surrender on marijuana policy

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Obama administration has waved the white flag in the war on drugs by deciding not to challenge state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a Southern Baptist public policy expert says.

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The People Who Profit from Marijuana Prohibition are Upset with the DOJ

September 5, 2013
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The People Who Profit from Marijuana Prohibition are Upset with the DOJ

SAM sends a letter to the DOJ: Re: State Laws Legalizing Marijuana

We represent tens of thousands of people working in drug prevention, drug and mental health treatment, medicine, criminal justice reform, and millions of individuals and families in recovery from alcohol and drug dependence.

Right.

And, of course, it’s signed by a Who’s...

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Single Convention threatened?

September 4, 2013
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Single Convention threatened?

Well, no, not really, but it’s fun to actually see articles suggesting that the U.S. should withdraw…

To Make Marijuana Legalization a Reality, This Should be Obama’s Next Step by Jessie Bullock at PolicyMic

Firstly, the U.S. should withdraw from the convention. Withdrawing from the convention is an action recognized by international law, and...

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Pot Czar leaving the room…

September 3, 2013
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Pot Czar leaving the room…

‘Pot Czar” Mark Kleiman Packs Up

When it hired Kleiman last March, the LCB said it had budgeted an initial $100,000 for the much sought-after consulting work. The state ended up paying much more–$814,000, as of last week, with one payment still pending, Smith tells SW.

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Odds and Ends

September 3, 2013
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Odds and Ends

Andres Oppenheimer A turning point in the U.S. drug war

“This puts the United States in an awkward position in respect to its drug war export policy,” says John Walsh, a drug expert with the Washington Office on Latin America, a group that supports pot legalization. “The United States is going ahead with...

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It’s always the money

September 1, 2013
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It’s always the money

The cops depend on drug war money from seizures and drug war funding… prisons, treatment centers, drug testing companies, federal agencies, politicians, and more all profit from prohibition.

So it should be no surprise…

New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

Funding crime labs through court-assessed fees creates another channel...

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