Month: August 2012

BREAKING: Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for the Ballot in Arkansas

This afternoon, the Arkansas secretary of state’s office announced that an initiative that aims to allow Arkansas patients with qualifying conditions to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes has qualified for the ballot in November. The campaign backing the initiative, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, had submitted their initial signatures for approval in July, only to come up short. The state allowed them additional time and the campaign was able to meet the required threshold of 62,507 valid signatures. Arkansas now joins Massachusetts and Montana on the list of states voting on […]

Open Thread

I’m working on preparations for taking my show on the road to Rochester, New York. If you’re in that area, please come see me (and the show). Performances are Friday and Saturday.

Why Russell Brand is Wrong about Methadone by Maia Szalavitz.

Interesting article on a subject that’s outside of my expertise.

Rio de Janeiro […]

Michigan: Grand Rapids Voters Will Decide On $25 Fine-Only Offense For Pot Possession

Voters in Grand Rapids, Michigan will decide this November on a municipal measure to depenalize marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. The City Commissioner’s office has approved the measure, Proposal 2, which seeks to allow local law enforcement the discretion to ticket first-time marijuana offenders with a civil citation, punishable by a $25 fine and no criminal record. The city of Ann Arbor enacted a similar municipal ordinance in the early 1970s. That ordinance remains in effect today. Proponents of the Grand Rapids initiative collected over 10,000 signatures […]

Colorado: Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Measure Would Potentially Yield $60 Million In New Annual Revenue And Savings, Study Says

The passage and enactment of a statewide marijuana ballot measure this fall could generate as much as $60 million in savings and revenue, according to a just published budgetary analysis prepared by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, allows for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by those age 21 and over. Longer-term, the measure seeks to establish regulations governing the commercial production and distribution of marijuana […]

Legalization isn’t the question

Unfortunately, most drug policy discussions today revolve around imagined potential gains or problems resulting from legalization of certain drugs. And because of the politics involved, we often really have no choice but to play these ridiculous games. But, in fact, it’s very much the wrong question.

The actual question is criminalization. And the answer is […]

Economist Poll

An interesting online poll at The Economist. The poll is Should drugs like cocaine and heroin be legalised? You vote on a seven-point scale from definitely not to definitely, and you vote by country. You can see a color-coded world map of voting results and check the results of voting within specific countries.

Of course, […]

Stupid Drug War Tricks

A truly bizarre article.

U.S. News and World Report, covering a report from Borderland Beat (translation from Proceso Magazine):

“Bin Laden-like SEAL Team Raid Could Take Down Mexican Drug Kingpin”

The Pentagon may send Navy SEALs into Mexico to take out drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a raid mirroring the one that took […]

Scientific Review: “There Is Now Clear Evidence That Cannabinoids Are Useful For The Treatment Of Various Medical Conditions”

For the second time in recent months, a scientific paper published in a peer-reviewed journal has thoroughly rebutted the present Schedule I status of cannabis under US federal law, which states that the plant and its organic constituents possess a “high potential for abuse,”…

Whither spam?

Totally unrelated to drug policy… While you occasionally see a spam comment that gets through the filter, the vast majority of them are filtered by Akismet, which keeps statistics of the filtering it does on this site.

Sometime in late March, there was a remarkable drop-off in spam comments, and I’m curious as to whether […]