Why Can’t Americans Grow Their Own Weed Without Fear?

As an old farm boy, it has always seemed strange to me that most states, and the federal government, treat someone who grows a few marijuana plants for personal use as a more serious offender than someone who buys cannabis from the black market. In practice, by penalizing personal cultivation, the government encourages a thriving black market with absolutely no controls over age, potency or purity. At least if one grows their own marijuana, they can be assured it includes no pesticide residue or other harmful additives. This is an […]

Fun and games with the ONDCP

The ONDCP ‘blog‘ talks about a recent Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) training event, where Acting Director Botticelli was apparently the life of the party.

Acting Director Botticelli drew even greater applause with his announcement that ONDCP will increase funding for CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI)

Yeah, whenever I go to a party […]

Helpful prohibitionist translations

Prohibition-speak: “There hasn’t been enough study…”

Translation: “While there have been hundreds of studies on this topic, none of them have yet concluded what we wanted them to conclude.”

Prohibition-speak: “Studies conclusively show…”

Translation: “There was one study in New Zealand with 79 participants who also smoked tobacco that implied some possible negative associations.”

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Ad wars

So, after the New York Times legalization editorial, a Kevin Sabet-coalition called called Grass is Not Greener ran a full page ad in the Times – one that has been widely ridiculed by reform groups for actually helping make the case for legalization by visually indicating that marijuana is used by people in all walks […]

Reality doesn’t match Rep. Mica’s fantasies

I told you I didn’t have the patience to watch the full “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” hearing on stoned driving. Fortunately, Paul Armentano has the patience, and he reports that the hearing organizer didn’t exactly get what he was hoping for…

Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s inability to provide hard data to the Committee raised concerns among […]

Open Thread

Request from a reader who is working on a dissertation regarding incarceration as a result of the war on drugs:

DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW MEET THIS CRITERIA:

* Adult daughters (at least 18 years old) * Identify as Black or African American * Father incarcerated as a result of a drug offense […]