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May 2004



The “first” American “Stoned Age”

David Gross sent me a note that I thought I’d share with you:

A lot of people don’t know that cannabis had a real rennaissance in the United States before the sixties… the 1860s, I mean.

To American marijuana enthusiasts, Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870) is our pioneer. He was the first to explore the […]

America in the Great Stoned Age

Via Hit and Run, Nick Gillespie in the Washington Post reviews a new book by Martin Torgoff: Can’t Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000

Each year, police make more than 700,000 marijuana-related arrests in the United States. Some 80 percent of public school districts still teach the Drug Abuse […]

Montel on The O’Reilly Factor tonight to discuss marijuana

Unresolved Problems Segment Montel Williams on medical marijuana Bill speaks to talk show host Montel Williams about medical marijuana and how that usage could lead the way for the drug being fully legalized.

I can’t watch it, so someone let me know how it went (or point me to transcripts).

Thanks to Scott for […]

Sunday reading

A recap of some interesting articles from today and earlier this week — “bullet” A nice little piece on Valerie Corral in today’s Los Angeles Daily News: Tiny Pot Protagonist Beat Ashcroft In Court

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — What do you do when you sue U.S.  Attorney General John Ashcroft and win? Fifty-one-year-old Valerie Corral, […]

Ultimate Frisbee Harshed

Via Grassroots Buzz comes this horrible news from Drug War Chronicles.

First, the drug testers came for the chess players, and we did nothing. Now the inexorable, totalitarian logic of drug prohibition has invaded the laid-back domain of competitive Frisbee, or, in this world leery of copyright infringement, flying discs. The sport’s governing body, the […]

What if they just say “yes?”

Sheriff Bill Masters

I’ve mentioned Bill Masters before. He’s author of Drug War Addiction: Notes from the Front Lines of America’s #1 Policy Disaster. Now, he has a new book out: “The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War. (which is available as a premium, by the way, for donating to Stop The Drug Walter […]

Contrarianism gains converts

My recent post If I were Contrarian-King of the United States is the feature article in this week’s Drug Sense Weekly newsletter (always a great re-cap of the week). I’ve gotten some great contrarian additions in the comments of that post. If you have more, add them there. I’ll collect them all for an archived […]

Vermont trips, falls flat on face, and legalizes medical marijuana… somewhat.

Via NORML, TalkLeft, Vice Squad, and Hit and Run, (OK, so I’m a little slow today)… Vermont will officially become the 9th state (or perhaps the 10th, as TalkLeft includes Arizona) to legalize medical marijuana, which is great, although Vice Squad finds not that much to cheer about in the final butchered version of the […]

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