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Oh, to be drug czar

August 10, 2013
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Oh, to be drug czar

With Gil Kerlikowske scheduled to move to customs and borders, CelebStoner asked Tommy Chong about the drug czar position, ’cause face it – Tommy’s way more entertaining than Gil.

Tommy Chong: If I Were Drug Czar

The first thing I would do if I were Drug Czar is empty the jails of people doing...

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It’s the Sanjay Gupta show!

August 9, 2013
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It’s the Sanjay Gupta show!

For those of you who have been asleep the past couple of days, one of the big pieces of news is that television doctor Sanjay Gupta has publicly apologized for his previous position on marijuana (video below) and now has come out with a strong statement that we have been misled and marijuana is,...

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The impulse to ban

August 8, 2013
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The impulse to ban

This is just a little observation regarding how quick we are to rush to the assumption that a government ban is an appropriate solution to any problem.

I was reading a non-drug-war-related piece over at The Reality-Based Community (about cell phone use while driving and a train accident somewhere) and had a comment exchange...

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The war on drugs keeps us from helping people

August 7, 2013
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The war on drugs keeps us from helping people

Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures

Wow. Powerful story.

And this part really hit home:

“I literally see Charlotte’s brain making connections that haven’t been made in years,” Matt said. “My thought now is, why were we the ones that had to go out and find this cure? This natural cure? How come a doctor...

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The drug war is abuse of the rule of law

August 6, 2013
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The drug war is abuse of the rule of law

It’s good to see the DEA/NSA story getting some traction. It’ll help some more people wake up to the systemic abuse of the law that is going on regularly in the name of the drug war.

The notion of “parallel construction” is completely foreign to the core principles of our justice system. And yet,...

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Another obvious reason the NSA story is so damned important

August 5, 2013
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Another obvious reason the NSA story is so damned important

Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles

The recent disclosures of agency activities by its former contractor Edward J. Snowden have led to widespread criticism that its surveillance operations go too far and have prompted lawmakers in Washington to talk of reining them in. But out of public view, the intelligence community has been...

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Why Kerlikowske?

August 3, 2013
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Why Kerlikowske?

So as far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a huge buzz about President Obama nominating ONDCP director Gil Kerlikowske for the post of Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

The best article about Kerlikowske’s planned departure is from Eric Sterling

Kerlikowske has been an unimaginative drug czar, often invisible. Having come from...

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Is the UN losing its appeal?

August 3, 2013
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Is the UN losing its appeal?

So the INCB came out with strongly worded statements against Uruguay and its marijuana legalization, but instead of cowering and giving in…

Uruguay President to defend legal marijuana at UN

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A spokesman for Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica said he will deliver a major speech defending the country’s marijuana licensing plan...

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This will make you furious

August 3, 2013
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This will make you furious

Sorry, but you need to read it.

Father of murdered foster child speaks

DFPS removed from her parent’s home last November for “neglectful supervision.”

Hill admits they were smoking pot when their daughter was asleep.

“We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never...

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Treatment and fraud

August 2, 2013
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Treatment and fraud

CNN has a pretty powerful investigative series on California’s dysfunctional treatment system:

Rehab racket: Frauds, felons, and fakes Teens claim they were used as fake rehab clients

Over $185 million per year of state and federal money goes into California’s drug rehab counseling program, much of it lining the pockets of unscrupulous clinics who...

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