Open Thread

February 13, 2011
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Open Thread

The Disastrous War on Drugs Turns 40: How Do We Stop the Madness? by Ethan Nadelmann.

What better way to mark the 40th anniversary of the war on drugs than by breaking the taboos that have precluded frank assessment of the costs and failures of drug prohibition as well as its varied alternatives. Barely...

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I am above:

February 13, 2011
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I am above:

On the drug czar’s “blog” they talk about an “Above the Influence” workshop with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), where youth engaged in a “tag-it” campaign.

In this workshop, they had pieces of paper with “I am above:” and participants added their own anti-drug message.

Here are a couple of examples:

Well, I decided that...

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We don’t know for certain, so there’s no point discussing it

February 12, 2011
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We don’t know for certain, so there’s no point discussing it

One of the most pathetic elements to prop up prohibition is the uncertainty argument put forth by the so-called academic experts in drug policy in the United States.

“We can’t even talk about legalization,” they wail. “It’s too uncertain.”

They’re fully willing to admit that prohibition itself is destructive and that what we are doing...

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What Do You Know? The Drug Czar Is Lying Again

What Do You Know? The Drug Czar Is Lying Again

Earlier this week Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske sat down for a face-to-face interview with The Daily Caller’s Mike Riggs. (Riggs is the Daily Caller reporter who yesterday broke the story regarding the DEA’s plans to reschedule plant-derived THC while keeping the actual plant illegal.) Riggs asked the Czar some tough questions, including this one...

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Strong support for legalization

February 11, 2011
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Strong support for legalization

Another poll:

THIS week’s Economist-YouGov poll contains some exciting news for devotees of the weed. A huge majority of Americans, more than two to one once don’t knows have been excluded, support the legalisation and taxation of marijuana. Even without excluding the don’t knows, a clear majority favours treating the drug equivalently to tobacco and...

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What is it about marijuana that makes some people so stupid?

February 11, 2011
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What is it about marijuana that makes some people so stupid?

… and I’m not talking about the people who use it.

Teen’s medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going home for medicine

The saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison...

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Daily Caller: “Is The DEA Legalizing THC?”

Daily Caller: “Is The DEA Legalizing THC?”

Reporter Mike Riggs at The Daily Caller has an important story online today revealing how U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials are making plans to reschedule natural THC under federal law. Under the plan, THC derived from the marijuana plant would be classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, while the plant itself would remain classified...

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Even scientific labs show the systemic corruption of the drug war

February 10, 2011
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Even scientific labs show the systemic corruption of the drug war

Indiana has a zero tolerance per se drugged driving law. This is a horribly unjust kind of law that doesn’t actually care about whether drivers are impaired, but rather whether they have evidence of a particular drug in their bloodstream. Since marijuana tends to leave that evidence longer (up to weeks), this...

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Dr. Mitch Earleywine Ph.D. responds to latest “marijuana causes early psychoses” claim

Dr. Mitch Earleywine Ph.D. responds to latest “marijuana causes early psychoses” claim

Every Wednesday on NORML SHOW LIVE, Dr. Mitch Earleywine joins us to discuss the latest research in cannabis and to take live calls and chat questions from listeners on marijuana culture, history, medicine, and science.  He is a member of the NORML Advisory Board and his research has been published in over fifty scientific...

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What are drug-related teen suicides?

February 10, 2011
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What are drug-related teen suicides?

Jennifer Corbett Dooren in the Wall Street Journal subjects us to a particularly vapid article: Study Tracks Drug-Related Teen Suicides

Teenage girls are about three times as likely as boys to attempt suicide for drug-related reasons, according to an analysis of emergency-room visits. A government study also found boys are far more likely to...

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US Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): “A lot of members of Congress privately agree” with drug law reform

US Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): “A lot of members of Congress privately agree” with drug law reform

(Download this interview at from our archives and listen every weekday at 4pm Eastern to NORML SHOW LIVE at http://live.norml.org for more marijuana reform news and interviews.  You can also subscribe to our podcast via iTunes or download on-demand at The Stash Blog at http://stash.norml.org) From our interview with Colorado’s US Rep. Jared Polis on...

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The Feud

February 7, 2011
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The Feud

“Name something that gets passed around…”

Hilarious. But I miss Richard Dawson. He would have considered it a perfectly proper answer (which, of course, it is).

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