Commission on Narcotic Drugs

March 21, 2011
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Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Today is the beginning of the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria

The agenda appears to be more the same — administering and strengthening the destructive policies they’ve been following for half a century. I see Gil Kerlikowske got his pet project – drugged driving – added to the...

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Drug cops lie

March 20, 2011
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Drug cops lie

There’s a big scandal that’s been going on in San Francisco, regarding some drug busts in the Henry Hotel, and something surprising that happened. Apparently cops have been lying in court regarding how those busts went down.

That, of course, is not the surprising thing. It’s the fact that they got caught on video.

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Ambassador to Mexico resigns

March 20, 2011
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Ambassador to Mexico resigns

Clinton: US ambassador to Mexico has resigned

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, who criticized his host government’s handling of the drug problem in a cable divulged by the WikiLeaks website, has resigned, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday.

President Felipe Calderon, who met earlier this month with Obama at the White...

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Seattle Times sticks to its guns

March 19, 2011
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Seattle Times sticks to its guns

After the Seattle Times came out with a powerful editorial for marijuana legalization last month, the drug czar was immediately on a plane to go talk to them. Some speculated that he would apply pressure on the paper to ease off. Whether that was on his mind or not, it’s clear that...

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NORML@40: Playboy and the $5,000 Decision

NORMLtv is pleased to announce that the second installment of ‘NORML@40’ is now available for your viewing pleasure. This retrospective video collection documents the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of America’s marijuana consumer lobby from those who kept the movement going for the past four decades. In this episode, founder and legal counsel Keith Stroup recounts...

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Open Thread

March 18, 2011
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Open Thread

Well-known marijuana legalization advocate upbeat despite terminal lung cancer diagnosis

This is very unwelcome news about Ben Masel. My thoughts are with him.

I had a great time the one time we got together — for coffee and Beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.

Ben is a tireless advocate and has been...

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‘Drugs’ and ‘Terrorism’ – the ultimate free rides

March 17, 2011
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‘Drugs’ and ‘Terrorism’ – the ultimate free rides

The words “Drugs” and “Terrorism” have developed a power unto themselves. You can use them to justify any government action or expenditure and suddenly things like budget, logic, evidence or accountability are forgotten.

It’s no surprise that new UNODC director and hard-liner Yuri Fedotov understands this.

Growing links between crime and terrorism the focus of...

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NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over twenty states, and liberalization measures have been pre-filed in many more. Below is this week’s edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up — activists’ one-stop guide to the latest statewide votes and happenings relevant to marijuana law reform. For a listing of all of the pending marijuana...

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How much more surreal can the DEA get?

March 16, 2011
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How much more surreal can the DEA get?

Now I’m a full-blown opponent of the death penalty. I think it’s immoral, impractical, unfairly administered, and has way too much potential for error. I also reject the notion that a free individual can assign that duty to someone else (nominally called “the government”) and escape personal responsibility. I’m thrilled that...

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Fun with mental imagery

March 16, 2011
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Fun with mental imagery

The original headline of this New York Times article was:

US Drones Fly Deep in Mexico to Fight Drugs

I immediately had an image of a dogfight between a flying Cheech-and-Chong-sized joint and an unmanned drone.

Apparently, someone was awake and mildly aware at the Times, and they changed the headline.

The content is disturbing enough without the...

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FAIL

March 15, 2011
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FAIL

Scouring the internet for drug-war-related writing that missed the boat…

In our continuing series of pieces by students we have the rather bizarre waste of space in the Nexus titled Drug Slogan Stinks

“Nice people take drugs.”

These are the words that catch my eye on a recent AIDS Vancouver Island poster. I stop to take another...

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The Drug War fuels corruption

March 15, 2011
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The Drug War fuels corruption

No government in the world can compete with the black market in financial compensation for police officers. – Guitherisms

City Hall Plotters Accused in Gun-Smuggling Scheme

Even in a border town where smugglers have moved contraband to and from Mexico for generations, no one here expected the mayor, the police chief and a town councilman to...

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