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December 2003



Odds and Ends

“bullet”The U.S. Military: A Creeping Civilian Mission – a chilling article about the dangerous diversions of military missions to civilian activities (often because of the war on drugs – remember Ezequiel Hernandez. “bullet”17 Students File Suit Over School Drug Raid – This is great news. They’re fighting back over the atrocity that occurred there […]

Weak, dishonest science and media sensationalism

Smoking cannabis causes lung damage. This inept Reuters report discusses a study done in England (it’s inept because of the extremely vague wording which I find often in Reuter’s reports). The study is of individuals who heavy smokers of tobacco or heavy smokers of tobacco and cannabis, and the article includes:

“Smoking cannabis on […]

More on Prohibition I and Prohibition II

Radley Balko’s excellent article at Fox News: Criminalization Doesn’t Curb Booze, Drug Use

The great journalist H.L. Mencken was a fierce critic of alcohol prohibition. He wrote in 1925:

“Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect:æthey have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”

Mencken was right, which is why Prohibition was repealed in 1933

In the rest of the article, he blasts politicians’ love of prohibition, whether alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.

On this day in history…

70 years ago today. December 5, 1933. The 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, ending the failed war on alcohol. Prohibition was over. The Constitution was restored.

Little did they know then, That politicians today Would fail so miserably To learn from history.


War on a Plant

A reminder to those in my neighborhood that Hempfest is today (Thursday) from 3-8 pm in the Bowling and Billiards Center Activity Room. I’ll be speaking around 6 pm. There’s bands, and activities, and even some raffles and door prizes (including some highly valued Drug WarRant frisbees!). I was interviewed in the student newspaper […]

High quality training for the future: How to pee in a cup.

According to WBBM newsradio

Beginning next fall, St. Patrick’s High School, on the northwest side, will become the first in Illinois to require drug tests of ALL its students.

A number of public schools require students who participate in extra-curricular activities to undergo drug testing, but are barred by Supreme Court ruling from extending […]

Idiot Congressman and his ignorant Press Secretary

In the Washington Post: Marijuana Ad On Metro Infuriates Lawmaker. You may remember my reporting on Change the Climate’s ad campaign. Well, Oklahoma Representative Ernest Istook really didn’t like it. So..

This week, Istook inserted into a bill language that would cut Metro’s funds by $92,500 and prohibit any transit system that receives federal […]

Is professional science losing its integrity?

There was plenty of reporting of the bad science by Ricaurte – the “oops we used the wrong drug” that ended up causing more bad law regarding ecstacy. It’s nice to see that the issue isn’t being dropped. This excellent New York Times piece brings the issue back to the forefront and seriously questions […]

The Great Debate (Part 2)

Part 2: Each debater was given 2 minutes to rebut the first round comments. What to watch for: William Bennett: Trying desperately to dump his debating partner, and clinging to his one-statistic argument. Gary Johnson: Bats around Bennett’s statistic, and gives a human interest story on mandatory sentencing. Charlie Rangel: Still thinks he’s debating […]

Fear of toilet flushing trumps citizen rights yet again.

Supreme Court rules in favor of police barging in.

The court ruled 9-0 that if police had waited any longer than 20 seconds, a drug suspect could be flushing evidence down the toilet… Justice David H. Souter, writing for the court, said that because police believed there were drugs in his apartment, officers had […]