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Kerlikowske

August 1, 2013
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Kerlikowske

Tweeted just now by Rafael LeMaitre, spokesperson for the ONDCP:

News: President Obama announces intent to nominate @ONDCP Director Kerlikowske to serve as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Yes, this is the guy who’s made a living out of saying the drug war is over, that we can’t arrest our way out of...

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Quinn

August 1, 2013
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Quinn

“As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.’ Over the years, I’ve been moved by the brave patients and veterans who are fighting...

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She’s back

August 1, 2013
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She’s back

Continuing on her crusade against marijuana as medicine (except when it’s sold by a company she works for), Andrea Barthwell has resurfaced in Ohio.

Dr. Andrea Barthwell says she’s seen marijuana shops pop up like liquor stores. “These people move in with a vengeance,” she says.

The former adviser to President George W. Bush...

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Quotable

August 1, 2013
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Quotable

I missed this one last week.

Representative Steve King speaking about… I don’t know… weightlifting?

“For every who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

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Positive movement in Illinois

July 31, 2013
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Positive movement in Illinois

Nice to see… finally…

Quinn to sign medical marijuana bill Thursday

One reason Quinn said he was giving legalized pot more thought was that he was impressed by an injured military veteran who maintained marijuana provided him relief from war wounds.

It’s not going to be easy — it’s touted as being the toughest...

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World-wide cracks

July 31, 2013
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World-wide cracks

The green shoots of recovery? Morocco considers the legalisation of marijuana cultivation

At least 800,000 Moroccans live off illegal marijuana cultivation, generating annual sales estimated at $10bn, or 10 per cent of the economy, according to the Moroccan Network for the Industrial and Medicinal use of Marijuana, a local charity.

Morocco, with a population...

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Drug WarRant 2013-07-31 13:52:20

July 31, 2013
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Drug WarRant 2013-07-31 13:52:20

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A kinder, gentler prohibition

July 30, 2013
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A kinder, gentler prohibition

One of the “reforms” touted by the ONDCP and their apologists has been drug courts as an alternative to prison for drug offenders. Yet drug courts have severe issues because of the fact that they are part and parcel with the criminal justice system… and using the criminal justice system to deal with addiction...

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Laws that encourage the use of informants undermine justice

July 29, 2013
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Laws that encourage the use of informants undermine justice

One more data point in the destructive war on drugs. Since drug transactions are consensual, police can’t count on “victims” reporting the crime, so they have to seek it out, often using nefarious means. One of the most nefarious is the use of informants who are trying to either make money or avoid jail...

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Better work on that northern fence

July 29, 2013
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Better work on that northern fence

Trudeau calls for legalization of pot

At the end of his five-day B.C. tour, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke out about a well-worn topic in the province: marijuana legislation. Following unprompted remarks in Kelowna Wednesday on the legalization of marijuana, Trudeau told supporters and volunteers on Thursday in Vancouver his thinking had “evolved”...

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