Month: December 2012

Legalization is not a stark alternative

David Frum drinks Kevin Sabet’s kool-aid: David Frum on the Perils of Legalizing Pot

It’s a bizarre article that really demonstrates that Frum (to be most charitable) has done no research on the subject.

For instance, he imagines a legalization world exacerbating class differences, without realizing that it’s the drug war that does exactly that.

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Minor site issues

I upgraded WordPress to 3.5 today, and it appears that the Ajax Edit Comments plugin is not working. It’s sending you a lot of garbage when you comment and then not letting you in to edit (although the comments are actually showing up fine). After researching, I’m finding that others have the same problem.

I’ve […]

Freedom of the Press Foundation

There’s a brand new and very worthy organization called the Freedom of the Press Foundation

The Freedom of the Press Foundation is dedicated to helping promote and fund aggressive, public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government. We accept tax-deductible donations to a variety of journalism organizations dedicated to government transparency and […]

Hitchens entertains as usual

We’ve discussed Peter Hitchens fairly often, and he’s a bit of a one-note wonder when it comes to drug policy, but his writing is so damned entertaining, it’s hard to pass up.

So you want to legalise cannabis? You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg

Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling […]

Drug free

I always get a perverse kick out of the cluelessness of these things…

Goa’s Sunburn festival to be drug free

Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Sunday he will ensure that the Sunburn 2012 music festival on the beaches of Candolim in Goa remains free of drugs.

The Sunburn music festival […]

Help Needed: Release Five Lifetime Marijuana Prisoners

[Editor’s note: Along with signing the below White House petition encouraging the president to grant clemency to these federal prisoners with life sentences for cannabis-only related offenses, please take a moment to do something even more important and write letters of support to the clemency petition to both the President (1600 Pennsylvania, NW, Washington, DC, 20500-0004) and the Office of Pardon Attorney (1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20530) asking for immediate commutation of these prisoners’ sentences. Additionally, please mention each man by name: John Knock, Paul […]

Marijuana Users Not High Priority

So says President Obama to Barbara Walters.

Marijuana Users Not High Priority for President Obama

President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot […]

President Obama Breaks His Silence on Marijuana Legalization: We’ve Got Bigger Fish to Fry Than Cannabis Users

Breaking his silence on the topic of marijuana legalization since two states approved ballot initiatives to regulate cannabis, President Barack Obama addressed the issue in an interview with Barbara Walters this week. While the administration’s broader policy is still being developed, the president stated that arresting recreational users in these states would not be a priority. “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal. – President Obama […]

Open Thread

Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone

Patrick Leahy Floats Legalizing Marijuana Possession At Federal Level For Pro-Pot States – nice progress to get that kind of gesture from a senator like Leahy, even if it’s of little worth practically.

Nick Clegg: Time […]

Incarceration Nation

A very powerful piece in the New York Times by John Tierney has really been affecting people. It’s hard to read the story of Stephanie George and not get pissed off.

Mandatory Sentences Face Growing Skepticism

Also, check out this chart, showing clearly how closely tied our increases in incarceration are to drug enforcement (nothing […]