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February 2009



New drug czar?

What do we know about Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske? Update: Lots of good stuff in comments. The early consensus seems to be that he won’t be a friend to drug policy reform, but he’s less likely to be the kind of sadomoralist that we’ve had (he’s certainly no John Walters). The Seattle experience is […]

Republicans in Illinois still can’t buy a clue

It’s so sad to be in a state where the Democrats have to be both the party in charge and the opposition party at the same time (It was the Democrats who impeached our Democratic governor). Unfortunately, the rules make it very difficult for Libertarians to get on the ballot, and the state Republican party […]

The Phelps Bust Strategy

I’ve been trying to figure out the whole nonsense of Sheriff Lott trying to go after Michael Phelps for “breaking the law.” I’m no lawyer, and I don’t know much about South Carolina laws. Going into today, here’s what Sheriff Lott’s case looked like to me:

Picture of Michael putting his lips on a long […]

8 arrested in Michael Phelps case

Holy crap. Sheriff Lott is certifiable.

Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn’t ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous. We’ve now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one […]

A discussion about drug policy? In a newspaper?

The Nashua Telegraph (NH) actually has a significant discussion going on in the paper about marijuana (and other drugs) — they even have a resource page for all the articles in the Pot Debate. It attempts to cover all sides, from drug warrior law enforcement, to LEAP, to addicts, to readers, etc. The paper seems […]