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October 2009



Open Thread

Links to all the testimony from the California legalization hearing.

Parents wake up and decide that they may not be so happy after all with having someone watch their child pee.

More Evidence That Vaporization Works by Bruce Mirken

The article also provides some new practical information on vaporization, suggesting that a […]

Stupid U.K. Tricks

Shootingthe Messenger

The UK’s chief drugs adviser has been sacked by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, after criticising government policies.

Professor David Nutt, head of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, criticised the decision to reclassify cannabis to Class B from C.

What I really love is the reason given by the home […]

This is who we're up against?

Via Radley’s tweet, here is what some prohibitionists apparently think is a good argument for continuing prohibition.

Joint Cause Commercial from Wil Wells on Vimeo.

Seriously? That’s the best you’ve got?

This is from CADFY (Community Alliances for Drug Free Youth), who have this gem of a response regarding the relative dangers of marijuana […]

George Will stepping up some more

After the recent appearance on ABC, where George Will mentioned that he thought legalization of marijuana is in process in the U.S., he has written a new column which is in papers all over the country: A bit of reality on drug use

It’s supposedly about Kerlikowske, but it’s broader than that. Not a whole […]

Legalization Discussion in California

An historic event yesterday

No tie-dye was on display at a standing-room only hearing held by a California lawmaker on Wednesday in a bid to get his marijuana legalization bill taken seriously.

Instead, suits and sober discussion were the rule at the state Capitol as Assemblyman Tom Ammiano presided over what his office said was […]

A new blog

I don’t promote other blogs very often, and I probably should do a better job of reminding people about some of the excellent drug policy reform blogs out there, so I’m feeling a bit embarrassed about giving a link to Marijuana News, which is really quite new, having started up this month.

But when a […]

Anslinger musings

I was reading an interesting post over at Dr. Tom O’Connell: Pot Prohibition’s Ultimate Absurdity

…how could a policy as ludicrous and destructive as marijuana prohibition have been endorsed by the whole world? The answer turns out to be critically important, embarrassing, and even more absurd than the policy itself.

In 1937, the “reefer madness” […]

Legislative developments

Via ASA: Medical Marijuana “Truth in Trials” Bill Introduced in House

U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), and a bipartisan group of his colleagues, re-introduced the “Truth in Trials” bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

The “Truth in Trials” Act establishes an affirmative defense for individuals who are authorized to use and […]

Washington Post editorial staff is confused

We’re seeing all sorts of shifts in the media on drug policy, as talk of legalization has almost become the norm. That may be causing confusion among some editorial staffs.

It certainly seems that way with yesterday’s editorial in the Washington Post. It’s a prime example of something that looks like it was written by […]

Drug Policy by Amy Winehouse's dad

After years of UK governments studiously ignoring every scientific report about drug policy, a home affairs select committee hearing, chaired by Keith Vaz, turned to the real expert: Amy Winehouse’s dad.

Marina Hyde has a very amusing take on it at the Guardian:

In light of this week’s efforts, Vaz can only be a hologram […]