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May 2007



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 […]

Canada – get ready for some misery

Canada: Harper To Unveil US-Style ‘War On Drugs’

The Harper government’s new anti-drug strategy is expected to take a tough approach to illicit drugs: cracking down on grow-ops and pushers, and retreating from “harm reduction” measures such as safe injection sites for addicts.

So just how much stock does Harper have in Canada’s prison […]