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October 2008



Open thread

Happy Halloween! “bullet” Flex Your Rights and others have been protesting in Washington DC about the new random bag searches in public transportation. Their efforts (which are really about informing citizens of their rights) have been getting some good press. “bullet” Chicago taking a new direction in the war on drugs? at WindyPundit covers this […]

Do not watch this video

The Drug Czar goes to Michigan to speak out against medical marijuana. Watch at your own risk (I only made it to the one minute mark).

Use versus Abuse

There’s an interesting article in the Irish Examiner about a speech by Father Peter McVerry at an Addiction Training Institute conference.

The Jesuit priest, who has worked with homeless young people for 30 years, said he had seen the “devastation” caused by illegal drugs, particularly heroin and cocaine. “I spend much of my time helping […]

403 Forbidden

The dreaded “403 Forbidden” screen has been rearing its ugly head again sometimes when people attempt to leave comments. Please know that this has nothing to do with you. You are not forbidden! There’s a somewhat clunky commenting software that comes with this blogging system. The software has a built-in spam filter, and if it […]

Evil or Stupid

There are a lot of reasons for ordinary people to not get drug policy reform, particularly if they haven’t spent much time thinking about it or studying it. But there’s a point… You listen to a prohibitionist who spends a lot of time dealing with drug policy, and there’s a point when you realize that […]

Calvina Fay vs. Jack Cole

And the winner, in a knockout… There’s no point in me excerpting this one. Transform’s got the whole thing. Go read it. It made my day.

Signs of sickness in our society


“I think it’s unconscionable that the medical use of marijuana is not legal. … We can do better”

Yes on Proposal 1.

He just doesn’t get it

Via TalkLeft, John McCain writes in the National Law Journal:

Terrorists are not the only threat to public safety. Lax enforcement policies, judges who legislate from the bench and lack of support for law enforcement personnel all continue to force our innocent citizens behind the barred windows of their homes and allow criminals to roam […]

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