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Open Thread

April 21, 2011
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Open Thread

Gary Johnson officially announced his bid for the Presidency today. Regardless of how that campaign goes, my hope is that it will spark additional debate regarding the drug war. Of all the candidates, his is the candidacy that is most likely to do so.

Welcome new readers from Illinois State University where I...

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Asking for more of what ails you

April 21, 2011
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Asking for more of what ails you

Thanks to Shaleen for sending me this data from a recent CNN poll.

Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?

White Non-White Favor 43% 36% Oppose 54% 62%

Incredible? Perhaps.

And yet, not really.

For us, it’s hard to imagine that minorities would support the drug war. After all, we know that...

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Drug free

April 20, 2011
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Drug free

Apparently the drug-free notion won’t die. Here’s another article: County students commit to drug-free lives

Again, the notion is absurd. What they really mean is that County students are committing to not using certain drugs that have been demonized. I doubt seriously that these students are giving up caffeine.

Now I have no problem...

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420

April 20, 2011
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420

If you’re in the area of Illinois State University today, stop by the quad (or Bowling and billiards center if weather is bad) from 4-6 pm for 420 Solidarity: Hempfest sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty and SSDP.

I’ll be speaking around 4:30 pm, just after judging a cigarette rolling contest.

This is an...

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President Obama’s 4/20 Facebook Forum avoiding marijuana legalization question

President Obama’s 4/20 Facebook Forum avoiding marijuana legalization question

Once more President Obama wades into the online breach with yet another Facebook Town Hall to solicit questions on policy from the public.  The event takes place on April 20th, a.k.a. 4/20, the unofficial national cannabis holiday, without any sense of irony that these forums have been dominated by marijuana legalization questions every time...

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Setting an arbitrary measurement for cannabis driving impairment

April 19, 2011
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Setting an arbitrary measurement for cannabis driving impairment

Over at Westword.com there are some good articles regarding current efforts in Colorado to set a THC driving limit at five nanograms per milliliter of blood — a level that, while better than the per-se laws in states like Illinois (where any detection of THC qualifies as impairment), is still far too low for...

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NORML Network Free Live Stream of NORML Conference

NORML Network Free Live Stream of NORML Conference

The NORML Network presents NORML SHOW LIVE and John Doe Radio coverage of the 40th Annual NORML National Conference in Denver, Colorado – Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23, 2011 Brought to you absolutely free by the donations of NORML supporters everywhere – do your part to help spread the growing truth about cannabis...

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How’s the job, Gil?

April 18, 2011
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How’s the job, Gil?

So you’ve held the Drug Czar job for a couple of years, now. Is lying to the public non-stop about destructive drug policies everything you’d hoped for?

Chicago

President Barack Obama‘s drug czar is among the contenders to become the first Chicago police superintendent in Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel‘s administration, the Chicago News Cooperative has...

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Concepts that need to be staked through the heart and placed six feet underground

April 18, 2011
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Concepts that need to be staked through the heart and placed six feet underground

1. Drug-free

A drug-free world for future generations in the Sri Lanka Sunday Observer

Drug-related social issues have become a topic of discussion not only in media, but also among individuals in various social strata. The Mathata Thitha concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was formulated for eradicating the drug menace from our motherland.

Fortunately,...

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Central America – another victim of the U.S. drug war

April 18, 2011
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Central America – another victim of the U.S. drug war

The Economist had a hard-hitting piece about how the drug war in Mexico has spilled into the smaller countries of Central America like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Whatever the weaknesses of the Mexican state, it is a Leviathan compared with the likes of Guatemala or Honduras. Large areas of Guatemala—including some of its...

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Which justice system do we get?

April 18, 2011
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Which justice system do we get?

Glenn Greenwald is one of the most important writers in America today, and if you don’t follow him regularly, you’re missing out. Although politically he’s often considered on the “Left,” the civil liberties issues he covers are, like the drug war, not so much “Right” vs. “Left” as they are right vs. wrong. He...

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Why Are The Feds Still Meddling With States’ Medical Marijuana Laws?

Why Are The Feds Still Meddling With States’ Medical Marijuana Laws?

It was just three years ago when President Obama (then candidate Obama) famously pledged to no longer use federal “Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws” regulating the physician authorized use of medical cannabis. And it was in the fall of 2009 that the administration issued the Ogden memorandum to federal prosecutors...

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