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Kleiman, State Laboratories, and Advertising for Addicts

March 4, 2014
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Kleiman, State Laboratories, and Advertising for Addicts

Mark Kleiman has an extensive piece in Washington Monthly: How Not to Make a Hash Out of Cannabis Legalization: Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disaster.

As usual, with Mark, it’s a mix of some very good material and some unsupported nonsense that is just there to support his personal nanny-state...

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The son of Gary Shepherd continues the fight

March 3, 2014
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The son of Gary Shepherd continues the fight

One of the sad stories on my Drug War Victims page is about Gary Shepherd, a Vietnam veteran who had grown marijuana plants, and during a standoff with police, was shot to death in front of his infant son.

That son, Jacob, is now grown up — he’s a student at the University of...

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Governor Brown promotes the pot zombie apocolypse

March 3, 2014
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Governor Brown promotes the pot zombie apocolypse

Apparently, once legalization happens, everyone’s going to quit their jobs and just say “Dude” a lot.

After legalization, he said, “if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert,...

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Yakima redefines hypocrisy

March 2, 2014
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Yakima redefines hypocrisy

Yakima City Council supports seeking pot tax revenue

At the heart of the debate was whether it would be hypocritical for the council, which banned the growing, processing and sale of marijuana within city limits, to seek tax revenue raised by businesses in cities that do allow them. But the five council members in...

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The arguments just keep getting more pathetic

March 1, 2014
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The arguments just keep getting more pathetic

Jacob Sullum notes the absurdity: U.S. General Complains That Marijuana Legalization Makes Latin American Officials Less Eager To Join The War On Drugs

General John F. Kelly:

We’ve been encouraging these countries to be in the drug fight for 25 years. The levels of violence that our drug problem has caused in...

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Partnership for a Drug Free Canada is disturbed that some people know the truth

February 27, 2014
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Partnership for a Drug Free Canada is disturbed that some people know the truth

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TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – A recent national study¹ commissioned by the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada revealed that almost 25% of parents of teenagers did not consider driving while high on cannabis to be as bad as drinking and driving. Meanwhile, almost a third of teens (32%) did not consider...

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Barthwell Watch

February 27, 2014
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Barthwell Watch

Yes, we do keep track of Andrea’s public activities here at the Rant. After all, we’re the ones who exposed her Illinois Marijuana Lecture series and her End Needless Death program, both based on falsehoods.

She’s been director of more companies than I can count – simply keeps creating new ones.

Haven’t seen much...

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Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop exemplifies law enforcement self-interest trumping truth

February 26, 2014
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Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop exemplifies law enforcement self-interest trumping truth

There’s a distinct buzz out there about this event: Annapolis police chief apologizes for citing hoax story in testimony against marijuana legalization

Testifying against bills proposed in Maryland to legalize and decriminalize marijuana, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people died the first day marijuana was legalized in...

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Oh, good. We arrested a bad guy.

February 25, 2014
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Oh, good. We arrested a bad guy.

The head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested.

From what I can tell, he’s probably a pretty bad guy who should be put away for a long time.

And yet, when you look at the practical results of this arrest, the overwhelming consensus is that one or both...

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How to report on drugged driving

February 24, 2014
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How to report on drugged driving

These articles are from last week, but I didn’t get a chance to comment on them then.

In recent years there has been an explosion in reporting on “drugged driving.” (I have my own news filter on that term.) Most of this reporting has been over-the-top exploitative fear-mongering; most of it has been really...

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