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Rescheduling Redux

February 7, 2014
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Rescheduling Redux

I almost hate to keep beating this horse…

As you may recall, Mark Kleiman made some ridiculous ad hominem attacks on Jacob Sullum regarding discussion President Obama’s implication in an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN that he couldn’t reschedule marijuana (Sullum merely pointed out that Obama could, and Kleiman yelled at Sullum that...

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Heard in Congress

February 4, 2014
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Heard in Congress

Yes, that Congress… (via Jacob Sullum and Raw Story)

“How many people die from marijuana overdoses every year?” Connolly asked.

“I don’t know that I know. It is very rare,” Botticelli replied.

“Very rare. Now just contrast that with prescription drugs, unintentional deaths from prescription drugs, one American dies every 19 minutes,” Connolly said....

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Open Thread

February 4, 2014
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Open Thread

Decriminalization in DC — decrim vote expected today. $25 fine for marijuana possession.

Former cop is ‘linchpin’ of campaign to legalize marijuana – nice profile of LEAP’s Neill Franklin

The dangers of abstinence-based recovery programs – by David Nutt

Did libertarianism kill Philip Seyour Hoffman? Conservative Ben Shapiro thinks so...

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Philip

February 3, 2014
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Philip

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman’s astonishing performances live on stage in both Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003) and Death of a Salesman (2012), and I always found him a joy to watch in his incredible range of roles in the movies. He was one of those rare...

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Racism and the drug war

February 2, 2014
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Racism and the drug war

Carl Hart has an outstanding piece in The Nation: How the Myth of the ‘Negro Cocaine Fiend’ Helped Shape American Drug Policy

He talks about some of the early demonization:

The author, a distinguished physician, wrote: “ imagines that he hears people taunting and abusing him, and this often incites homicidal attacks...

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Rescheduling and libertarian derangement syndrome

February 1, 2014
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Rescheduling  and libertarian derangement syndrome

Anybody who’s been involved in marijuana policy during the past, oh, 42 years, knows about scheduling. Cannabis was placed into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, provisionally, and, despite the Commission report which should have removed it, was left there. Since then, every petition to change the scheduling has been blocked, not by...

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Hemp progress

January 30, 2014
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Hemp progress

Congress warms up to research on hemp

WASHINGTON — Hemp is a big winner in the new farm bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

While Congress has shown little interest in legalizing marijuana, members are warming up to industrial hemp, pot’s nonintoxicating sister plant.

The farm bill would allow...

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Odds and Ends

January 29, 2014
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Odds and Ends

No surprise: Obama Says Exactly Zero Words About Pot, Drug Policy Or Criminal Justice Reform in SOTU

Drugs vs. the drug war: A response to Michael Gerson. Radley Balko hits it out of the park in this piece that starts out as a response, but ends up being a rather comprehensive set of...

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Cheese block

January 28, 2014
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Cheese block

One of the recurring themes I enjoyed on “The West Wing” was the big block of cheese day – an annual event where White House staff would hear concerns and ideas from citizens that normally would not get the government’s ear.

The current White House is resurrecting this notion with a virtual big block...

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Some additional perspective when watching the Super Bowl

January 27, 2014
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Some additional perspective when watching the Super Bowl

Demaryius Thomas was 11 when his mother and grandmother were taken from him and sent to prison for 20 years and life respectively as part of our unending drug war.

He’s certainly done well — better than most others who have lost family to the drug war. Finding your way is so much more...

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