Open Thread

August 22, 2012
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Open Thread

I’m working on preparations for taking my show on the road to Rochester, New York. If you’re in that area, please come see me (and the show). Performances are Friday and Saturday.

Why Russell Brand is Wrong about Methadone by Maia Szalavitz.

Interesting article on a subject that’s outside of my expertise.

Rio de...

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Michigan: Grand Rapids Voters Will Decide On $25 Fine-Only Offense For Pot Possession

Michigan: Grand Rapids Voters Will Decide On $25 Fine-Only Offense For Pot Possession

Voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan will decide this November on a municipal measure to depenalize marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. The City Commissioner’s office has approved the measure, Proposal 2, which seeks to allow local law enforcement the discretion to ticket first-time marijuana offenders with a civil citation, punishable by a...

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Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield $60 Million In New Annual Revenue And Savings, Study Says

Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield  $60 Million In New Annual Revenue And Savings, Study Says

The passage and enactment of a statewide marijuana ballot measure this fall could generate as much as $60 million in savings and revenue, according to a just published budgetary analysis prepared by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, allows for the possession of...

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Legalization isn’t the question

August 20, 2012
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Legalization isn’t the question

Unfortunately, most drug policy discussions today revolve around imagined potential gains or problems resulting from legalization of certain drugs. And because of the politics involved, we often really have no choice but to play these ridiculous games. But, in fact, it’s very much the wrong question.

The actual question is criminalization. And the answer...

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This Week in Weed: August 12th – 18th

This Week in Weed: August 12th – 18th

Click here to subscribe to NORMLtv and receive alerts whenever new content is added. The latest installment of “This Week in Weed” is now streaming on NORMLtv. This week: A new study confirms marijuana’s medical efficacy, NORML and the Women’s Alliance join the Peace Caravan, and Seattle Hempfest begins in Washington State. Be sure...

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Economist Poll

August 18, 2012
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Economist Poll

An interesting online poll at The Economist. The poll is Should drugs like cocaine and heroin be legalised? You vote on a seven-point scale from definitely not to definitely, and you vote by country. You can see a color-coded world map of voting results and check the results of voting within specific countries.

Of...

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Stupid Drug War Tricks

August 18, 2012
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Stupid Drug War Tricks

A truly bizarre article.

U.S. News and World Report, covering a report from Borderland Beat (translation from Proceso Magazine):

“Bin Laden-like SEAL Team Raid Could Take Down Mexican Drug Kingpin”

The Pentagon may send Navy SEALs into Mexico to take out drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a raid mirroring the one that...

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Scientific Review: “There Is Now Clear Evidence That Cannabinoids Are Useful For The Treatment Of Various Medical Conditions”

For the second time in recent months, a scientific paper published in a peer-reviewed journal has thoroughly rebutted the present Schedule I status of cannabis under US federal law, which states that the plant and its organic constituents possess a “high potential for abuse,” and that they lack “accepted medical use” and “accepted safety … under medical supervision.”...

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If the Drug Czar has his mouth open, he’s probably lying

August 17, 2012
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If the Drug Czar has his mouth open, he’s probably lying

Well, we know he’s required by law to lie, but he does it so… enthusiastically.

Mike Riggs has a good piece at Reason: Obama’s Drug Czar Is Lying to You About Drug Courts

He points out a couple of areas where Kerlikowske is either lying, uninformed, or both.

Interestingly, the article also points out...

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Whither spam?

August 17, 2012
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Whither spam?

Totally unrelated to drug policy… While you occasionally see a spam comment that gets through the filter, the vast majority of them are filtered by Akismet, which keeps statistics of the filtering it does on this site.

Sometime in late March, there was a remarkable drop-off in spam comments, and I’m curious as to...

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Sheriff Kirk Taylor, moron

August 17, 2012
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Sheriff Kirk Taylor, moron

Sheriff warns of marijuana ballot question after $15M drug bust

PUEBLO COUNTY, COLO. — Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor is warning marijuana legalization activists of the potential dangers of legalizing the drug after deputies uncovered a $15 million marijuana operation that included more than 7,000 plants.

Taylor’s team, which first discovered the marijuana grow in the San Isabel...

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This Weekend In Seattle: Earth’s Largest Pro-Marijuana Law Reform Rally

This Weekend In Seattle: Earth’s Largest Pro-Marijuana Law Reform Rally

Seattle, WA: Event organizers are expecting to break attendance records this weekend for the 21st annual Seattle Hempfest, taking place this Friday through Sunday at Myrtle Edwards Park along the downtown Seattle waterfront. Hempfest has drawn crowds in excesses of 250,000 people over the three day ‘protestival’. One of the main focuses of this...

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