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May 2007



Odds and Ends

“bullet” LA Times editorializes: Ending the Marijuana Monopoly: Federal Officials Should Allow Competition in Growing the Drug for Needed Studies on Its Medical Use. Good. Puts more pressure on DEA bad girl Michele Leonhart, who has to decide how to ignore the recommendations of DEA Judge Bittner. “bullet” Scott Morgan rants Testing Positive for Marijuana […]

Open Thread

I’m very busy in New York, seeing shows and giving walking tours all over the city. I’ve brought 79 people from Central Illinois to the city this year for a theatre trip. Saw Grey Gardens last night, Frost/Nixon and Year of Magical Thinking today, then LoveMusik, Moon for the Misbegotten, Spring Awakening, Crazy Mary, and […]

More interesting discussions in the media

This editorial in the Edmonton Journal (Canada) responds to the suggestion that Harper will pursue a U.S.-style war on drugs.

If that is the case, it would be an unfortunate mistake with predictable and very disappointing outcomes. While Washington from time to time trumpets bravely that it has scored a victory in the war on […]

Drugs and Guns

In today’s Independent on Sunday (UK), Hugh O’Shaughnessy reports:

America has spent billions battling the drug industry in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. And the result? Production as high as ever, street prices at a low, and the governments of the region in open revolt. The immensely costly “war on drugs” in Latin America is slowly […]

Ubiquitous government

This comment from kaptinemo is worth repeating:

The goal was never to do the impossible, namely, eliminate illicit drugs from urban populations. The goal very simply was to gradually acclimate citizens to increased inroads into their civil liberties, numbing them to the ‘turn-o’-the-screw’ approach to the inevitable tyranny. The effectiveness of this approach is proven […]

Open Thread

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Going to New York next week

I’ll be taking 79 people to Manhattan for a week of theatre and walking tours, May 29 through June 5. I’m going to be extremely busy that week, but if anyone wants to get together for coffee some time to discuss drug policy, let me know.

And the stupid shall kill us all

I fear for the planet. When the leadership of so much of the world is unable to understand the simplest of concepts… It is criminally irresponsible to assume that the only options to approaching certain problems are military success or surrender, particularly when the war isn’t even a war at all, but rather a policy […]

If it quacks like a duck

Philadelphia’s likely next mayor, Michael Nutter, and Baltimore City Council’s Robert W. Curran, seem to be trying to outdo each other in the pro-authoritarian anti-reason tough-on-crime competition.

Under Curran’s plan, the mayor could declare “public-safety-act zones,” which would allow police to close liquor stores and bars, limit the number of people on city sidewalks, and […]

Where Poppies Bloom

Surprise, surprise.

Farmers in southern Iraq have started to grow opium poppies in their fields for the first time, sparking fears that Iraq might become a serious drugs producer along the lines of Afghanistan. Rice farmers along the Euphrates, to the west of the city of Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, have stopped cultivating rice, for […]