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Open Thread

April 2, 2011
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Open Thread

Drug Courts: Martin Sheen Defends Them in Congress. But Do They Work? – outstanding article by Maia Szalavitz in Time Magazine.

I think Maia does a great job of really laying out the issues regarding drug courts – pointing out that yes, drug courts can be better than long prison sentences (both in...

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Traffic deaths plummet in correlation with increase in ‘drugged driving’

April 1, 2011
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Traffic deaths plummet in correlation with increase in ‘drugged driving’

Traffic fatalities fall to lowest level since 1949 (CNN)

The number of traffic fatalities continued its welcomed downward trajectory last year, falling 3% to its lowest levels since 1949, and a 25 percent drop from 2005, according to U.S. Department of Transportation estimates released Friday.

Reuters

“If you think about driving on an American...

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What did you do about slavery, Daddy?

April 1, 2011
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What did you do about slavery, Daddy?

More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850

Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, told an audience at the Pasadena Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, “More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850,...

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Montana Senate resuscitates medical marijuana repeal bill 29-21

(NBC Montana) HELENA, Mont. — Senators endorsed a bill repealing medical marijuana shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday by a vote of 29-21. It needs one more, mostly procedural, vote to clear the chamber. The Senate began arguing the repeal after a last minute push got HB 161 to the Senate floor by a one-vote margin. Democrats...

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Defending drug courts in the worst possible way

March 31, 2011
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Defending drug courts in the worst possible way

Via Drug Policy Alliance:

Washington, D.C. – At a briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) will enlist actor Martin Sheen and others to respond to two new critical reports: the Drug Policy Alliance’s Drug Courts are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use (www.drugpolicy.org/drugcourts)...

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National Cancer Institute scrubs “anti-tumoral effect” of cannabinoids from website

National Cancer Institute scrubs “anti-tumoral effect” of cannabinoids from website

You may recall last Wednesday when we pointed out this incredible paragraph on the website of the National Cancer Institute at cancer.gov, on their general information about medical cannabis, touting its antitumoral effects: The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health...

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Flex Your Rights

March 30, 2011
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Flex Your Rights

You may have noticed that there’s a new ad up on the site (at right), for the excellent DVD: 10 Rules for Dealing With Police from Flex Your Rights.

It’s both fun and extremely useful, and it should be shared with all your friends.

If you don’t have a copy yet, here’s a great...

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Are you better off dead than high?

March 30, 2011
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Are you better off dead than high?

That’s the subtitle of this excellent article in Psychology Today: Tylenol and the War on Drugs

The article starts off about the recent realization by the FDA that pharmaceutical policy was setting people up to die of liver disease if they overused Vicodin, because it is intentionally laced with acetaminophen.

It goes on to...

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Joined Together

March 29, 2011
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Joined Together

Join Together has been a useful online publication for news and information of interest, particularly for those in the prevention and treatment arenas.

Join Together’s point of view is pretty far from that of Drug WarRant, yet I’ve often found their drug policy news coverage useful, and have often found robust discussions in their...

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Mexican government investigating gun cartel in the U.S.

March 29, 2011
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Mexican government investigating gun cartel in the U.S.

Over the weekend, the Mexican attorney general stated: “The controlled trafficking of weapons is not authorized under the Mexican national legislation. An operation that would contemplate this would not have been acceptable to the Mexican government, and it will never be under any circumstance.” The Mexican Attorney General also stated that it’s conducting its...

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Caballes v. Illinois continues to destroy the Fourth Amendment, logic, and reason

March 29, 2011
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Caballes v. Illinois continues to destroy the Fourth Amendment, logic, and reason

Regular readers of this site know my views on Caballes v. Illinois, the pathetically moronic decision authored by Justice Stevens in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now it doesn’t take much evidence for police to justify a search of a car. But it does take more than a hunch.

Caballes, however, says that even with...

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Pot For Pain: The Verdict Is In

Pot For Pain: The Verdict Is In

Cannabis inhalation and the administration of cannabinoids are both associated with “significant analgesic effects” in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain,...

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