Drug Czar reiterates that he ended the drug war, says LEAP is wrong

March 4, 2011
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Drug Czar reiterates that he ended the drug war, says LEAP is wrong

Video: Drug Czar says LEAP “Is Wrong”

An 8 minute interview with Gil Kerlikowske. Lots of lies and deception, and all the stuff we have come to expect from the drug czar.

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Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform?

Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform?

The northeast has historically been a hotbed for marijuana use — with five of the six New England states self-reporting some of the highest percentages of marijuana consumption in the nation. But recently New England has also become a regional leader in marijuana law reform. Lawmakers in every New England state are now debating marijuana...

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Open Thread

March 4, 2011
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Open Thread

I’m taking a group of 18 college students to New York tomorrow for a week of theatre and walking tours over Spring Break. We’ll be seeing Diary of a Madman with Geoffrey Rush, How to Succeed in Business with Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette, the much-talked-about Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Good People...

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When neither side has the solution in their vocabulary, what’s left?

March 3, 2011
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When neither side has the solution in their vocabulary, what’s left?

I haven’t heard yet any reaction from Calderon’s visit with Obama yesterday, but it doesn’t really matter. Nothing good could come from it, because neither one of them can really discuss a solution. All they can do is complain about failing to throw enough gas on the fire.

Stories from Reuters and Houston...

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Illinois Hemp

March 3, 2011
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Illinois Hemp

Illinois keeps trying to do the right thing. They’ve gotten close on medical marijuana a couple of times in the legislature, but couldn’t quite close the deal (there’s no referendum process in Illinois).

Yesterday, the House Agriculture and Conservation committee passed the Illinois Industrial Hemp Act 11-2. Next, it goes to the full...

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NORML’s Founder, Keith Stroup, on NORML at 40

NORML’s Founder, Keith Stroup, on NORML at 40

An hour-long conversation with the founder of NORML on his recollection of four decades in marijuana law reform and what the future holds for NORML.  You’ll hear Keith’s look back at the whirlwind of reform in the 1970s, how the culture wars of the 1980s almost did us in, his opinions on the wisdom...

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Outlaw it now, before more children die

March 3, 2011
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Outlaw it now, before more children die

Another teen has fallen victim to the dangers of Equasy. Lauren Bryant, 16 was found on Sunday afternoon and died on the way to the hospital.

Sure, the rich protect their use of equasy even as they work to imprison those who use ecstasy, a drug no more dangerous. In fact, Professor David...

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NORML: America’s Best Known and Respected Marijuana Lobby Organization Turns 40-Years Old!

NORML: America’s Best Known and Respected Marijuana Lobby Organization Turns 40-Years Old!

The Cause: Cannabis In early November of 1970, a young public interest lawyer named R. Keith Stroup, along with a few of his friends who also believed that state and federal laws that criminalized the responsible use of marijuana by adults was counter-productive and unenforceable, met in a Georgetown row house in the nation’s capital...

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How are you going to stop it?

March 2, 2011
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How are you going to stop it?

No matter what you do to try to stop the supply of drugs, people will find a way to get around it, over it, under it, or through it.

Why? Because it’s so unbelievably profitable.

Here’s yet another drug smuggling submarine that was found in Colombia.

Just over 100 feet long and made out of fiberglass,...

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DEA Enacts Federal Ban On ‘Marijuana-Like’ Herbal Products Sold Over The Counter

DEA Enacts Federal Ban On ‘Marijuana-Like’ Herbal Products Sold Over The Counter

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today, as anticipated, exercised its ‘emergency scheduling authority’ to criminally prohibit the possession and sale of chemical agents contained in so-called ‘fake’ herbal marijuana products, commonly sold over the counter under the brand names ‘K2’ and ‘Spice.’ The agency had initially announced its intent to outlaw the...

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Open Thread

March 1, 2011
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Open Thread

Here’s a nice spot over at the Economist to get a sense of some of the commenting of Malcolm Kyle, one of our regulars here. Malcolm really does a great job challenging the readers in comments sections at all sorts of media outlets.

It’s not just Obama that fails the question...

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“Legitimate Debate?” Not If The Drug Czar Has His Way

“Legitimate Debate?” Not If The Drug Czar Has His Way

Several weeks ago, President Obama stated that he believed the subject of drug legalization and regulation was “an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” Yet recent actions by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy head Gil Kerlikowske imply that this administration has no interest in having this debate in the public arena —...

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