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April 20, 2013
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Open Thread

I’ve been busy helping students who are holding a four-square marathon to raise money. They do it every year (last year was 69 straight hours). So I’m there through the nights and cook grilled cheese and breakfast sandwiches for them. It’s been a rough one with storms, high winds, and a cold front bringing...

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Least surprising headline of the week

April 18, 2013
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Least surprising headline of the week

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization

Really? That’s news?

It did get Kevin excited…

Kevin Sabet tweet: Today: Gil Kerlikowske, Obama’s Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization http://t.co/UbFX09Za5V

Today. Like it was breaking news.

Of course, we know it’s no surprise. It’s not like he has a choice:

Responsibilities. –The Director–

(12) shall...

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Congressional Research Service says not much Feds can do about legalized marijuana

April 16, 2013
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Congressional Research Service says not much Feds can do about legalized marijuana

From the Pew Trust: Report: No Easy Options for Feds in Legal Marijuana States

The federal government may not have much choice but to continue its mellow attitude toward legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado.

New laws legalizing recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado probably fall under the states’ “power to decide what...

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Barthwell and Bensinger

April 15, 2013
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Barthwell and Bensinger

It’s good to be reminded every now and then who some of the players are.

Last week’s ridiculous article in the Springfield, Illinois State-Journal Register: Guest Column: Marijuana not a safe or effective medicine by Peter Bensinger and Andrea Barthwell.

It’s full of the standard nonsense that has been trotted out time and time...

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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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Not sure if the embed is working properly. Here’s a link to the video.

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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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