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March 2005



Colorado Stories

For some fun weekend reading, check out these delightful articles — all in Colorado
“bullet” Putting The Kind In Kindbud in the Boulder Weekly. A fascinating story of the the Colorado Compassion Club and Thomas and Larissa Lawrence, including how they got busted by the feds, some of their techniques for growing medical marijuana, and how Thomas became the first person ever to receive drugs from the Denver police.
“bullet” Green Butter by Wayne Laugesen (also in the Boulder Weekly) is, to begin with, Wayne’s story of accidentally using the “green” butter (laced with pot) on his sweet corn at a neighbor’s dinner party. While the author doesn’t like pot (he’d prefer to stick with beer), he speaks up on behalf of the CU students who hold a 420 pot party each year (cops are threatening to come down hard on it this year), with an interesting view…

Get it, drunkards? If we don’t speak out for the potheads right now, in their time of great need, there will be nobody left to speak for us when they come for our drink.

“bullet” Students Call on CU to Ease Up on Pot in the Daily Camera — students are taking a slightly different approach in favor of marijuana:

Student leaders approved a referendum this week calling for CU to acknowledge the drug as a relatively safe alternative to alcohol. Sponsors of the proposal said they want the university to make that distinction in the way it punishes students. …

Campaign adviser Mason Tvert said violent crimes, such as sexual assault, that sometimes result from alcohol abuse are not found with marijuana use, which makes it a safer choice.

“We do not advocate the use of marijuana, but we are advocating for a better public policy that does not indirectly push kids toward drinking,” said Tvert, the director of SAFER, a Boulder-based nonprofit that aims to increase public awareness on the differences between the two substances.

“bullet” The Colorado Daily covers that story as well in It’s Green Prozac:

“There has never been a case of fatal marijuana overdose in history,” said Cisneros. “How many more students need to drink themselves to death before our colleges turn to safer, more sensible alcohol and marijuana policies?”

Raich v. Ashcroft is coming

Via TalkLeft, the word is that the Supreme Court will release their decision on Raich v. Ashcroft either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. [Note: this is not an absolute deadline, but is based on several media alerts.] Potentially huge.

Ruling for the government: The end of the commerce clause as a limitation on government […]

Culture War

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It’s not just a war on drugs — it’s a […]

Shenanigans in Alaska

As you may know, Alaska governor Frank Murkowski has been pissed off at the Alaska Supreme Court and his own state’s constitution, because it gives its citizens the right of privacy. See, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the government can’t go after adults who possess up to 4 ounces of pot in their […]

A New Drug War Blogging Community

I’d like to give a big promotion to a new Drug War blogging community — Nephalim’s Drug War Revealed. It’s just getting started, but it’s already got quite a bit of great material. Nephalim is one of the few Daily Kos members who has been regularly writing about the drug war, and he’s designed this […]


Libby at Last One Speaks reminds me about Flex Your Rights and their excellent video: “Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters.” I thought I was pretty well informed, but I learned a few things from the DVD (only $25 at their site). It’s an excellent, perhaps essential, part of the education of citizens […]


I neglected to mention that the Becker-Posner Blog has addressed the drug war, first by Economist Gary Becker and then a response by Judge Richard Posner These are a couple of highly respected scholars, and so it’s nice to see them talk about the failure of the drug war, and to see them apply the […]

Narcs – a bad influence on children

In the Sun-Times today, the article Blagojevich focuses ire on drug-based game has some oddities:

Gov. Blagojevich is using the roll-out of “Narc,” a new video game set in the drug underworld, to promote legislation that would ban the sale of violent and sexually explicit games to minors.

“These kinds of games teach kids to […]

The definition of insanity is doing something over and over and hoping for a different result

The Charlottesville Daily Progress has an interesting article by Liesel Nowak: Tough on crime means losing drug war, critics say

Critics have said that the traditionally harsh penalties in federal court have led to jury nullification, in which jurors rule with their conscience instead of the law, and that the tough-on-crime spirit of the federal […]

Videotape of Walters’ appearance on C-Span

Available here: rtsp:// If the link doesn’t work for you, just type ‘Walters’ in the video search on the homepage. (Thanks to Tom Angell of SSDP, who also asked a very good question.)