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April 2004



Today’s must-reads

War on Drugs hurting U.S. asparagus farmers

Thanks to T Chris at TalkLeft and a tip of the hat to Jeff: This New York Times Article points out:

To reduce the flow of cocaine into this country by encouraging farmers in Peru to grow food instead of coca, the United States in the early 1990’s started to subsidize a year-round Peruvian […]

Life on the Outside

Check out this Mother Jones review by Debra J. Dickerson of Jennifer Gonnerman’s book, Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett (Thanks to David for the tip).

Because of New York’s Rockefeller drug laws, Elaine’s childish irresponsibility cost her 20 to life, Nathan’s defeatist chivalry a minimum 25. These two […]

Tommy Chong Bong Song

Thanks to Scott for pointing out this delightful ditty (mp3 file), which includes the lyrics:

We can’t find Bin Laden and we’re stuck in Iraq but we got Tommy Chong under key and lock. Tommy Chong. Serving 9 months in prison for selling bongs. To you i sing this song. Tommy Chong. … […]

Another drug task force that should be disbanded

Outrageous! Party this Saturday.

Check out a project of the Drug Policy Alliance. It’s a good awareness site of some of the drug laws in particular that are targeting the music industry (just as Anslinger targeted musicians in the early days of criminalization). There are action items where you can make a difference. This Saturday, April 24, […]

9th Circuit Commerce Clause Medical MJ Ruling to be Appealed to the Supremes

On Tuesday, John Ashcroft’s ” Justice” Department asked the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Raich vs. Ashcroft, which found that the federal ban does not apply to those who use cannabis for medical purposes on their doctors’ advice, obtain the medicine without buying it, and get it […]

Another great column

Wow! In today’s Chicago Sun Times, by Neil Steinberg: We’ve Lost War on Drugs, Must We Lose Our Rights?

Next week in Washington, D.C., opening arguments begin in a federal lawsuit that you might not have heard about. A few months back, a new law tucked discreetly into a government spending bill cut off […]

Is that a metabolite in your hair?

Economics for Dummies

This one cracked me up. Last One Speaks was covering the fact that Jamaica and Cuba have apparently been hoodwinked by our government into thinking asset forfeiture is smart government (!), and one of the quotes included:

As the US President’s National Drug Control Strategy for 2004 states, “The drug trade is not an […]