Month: July 2013

Better work on that northern fence

Trudeau calls for legalization of pot

At the end of his five-day B.C. tour, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke out about a well-worn topic in the province: marijuana legislation. Following unprompted remarks in Kelowna Wednesday on the legalization of marijuana, Trudeau told supporters and volunteers on Thursday in Vancouver his thinking had “evolved” when […]

Open Thread

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days.

I’ve been a judge at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival in Palatine, Illinois. It wraps up today, and this afternoon I’ll be presenting the awards along with the other two judges.

It’s been an excellent Festival with a great selection of independent films this […]

If you want people to think you’re infallible, it’s probably best not to say stupid things.

The Pope has made it clear that he’s completely clueless about drug policy, adding just one more data point to the list of the Catholic Church’s embarrassing blunders throughout history (hello, Galileo).

RIO DE JANEIRO – The legalization of drugs will not reduce the problems of addiction, Pope Francis said Wednesday at a hospital in […]

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Return to Independence Mall This Friday for Smoke Down Prohibition VII

This Friday, Philly NORML and The Panic Hour return to Independence Mall in Philadelphia for the seventh installment in their monthly protests against marijuana prohibition. From the organizers: “After six successful rallies, The Panic Hour and Philly Norml return with the seventh edition of Smoke Down Prohibition. We ask you to join us and peacefully sit-in at The Liberty Bell to stand up against cannabis prohibition. This time the rally will be on Friday, July 26th and we will be gathering for the event at 4:20pm. Meeting location is Independence […]

A false reading of legalization’s effects

Over at the “Reality-Based Community,” Keith Humphreys has a post: How Legalization Can Expand a Black Market

In it, he claims: “new research from the London School of Economics shows that legalizing prostitution increases, rather than decreases, human trafficking.”

This, he feels, gives him the authority to proclaim:

But in the meantime, wise heads in […]

Cracked

The media and politicians who were proclaiming that an entire generation of “crack babies” would be nothing but ruined lives must have been… smoking crack.

Of course, we all know that the “crack baby” scare was a complete myth, but it was an extremly powerful one at the time. And the basic idea behind it […]

Book Salon today

Reminder: I’ll be hosting the FDL Book Salon with Keith Stroup, author of “It’s NORML to Smoke Pot: The 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights”

Today (Sunday) 2 pm Pacific, 4 Central, 5 Eastern

Should be fun. Bring your questions.

Link updated.

Obama, words, actions

Obama:

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago. […]

The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, […]