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October 2009



Christian Science Monitor is scared of… something

In today’s editorial: A federal misstep with medical marijuana?, they make their concerns about the recent Holder memo clear.

That cost is Washington’s tacit approval of state-sanctioned medical marijuana, which the drug’s proponents will take as a green light to push even harder for their ultimate goal: full legalization of marijuana use and distribution.

And […]

Reactions to Obama administration memo on medical marijuana

Well, the Monday release of the medical marijuana non-interference guidelines memo resulted in some pretty good national coverage. It’s been big news all over the media and the internet.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the more interesting ones…

Marijuana And State Budgets: Now What? — US News and World Report Money uses […]

Support for legalization increases

Of course, the problem with polls is that each one has a different set of data, and the sampling methods and the questions asked are huge factors. And the question asked can have an even bigger effect when you’re talking about marijuana, where propaganda has influenced the public’s ability to think rationally.

For example, if […]

Obama administration issues medical-marijuana non-interference guidelines (updated with full text)

Another tiny step forward.

Associated Press

A 3-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to […]

More mainstream media coverage


Ethan Nadelmann’s Fight to Legalize Marijuana Video: Pot’s Biggest Bud – about Ethan Nadelmann Welcome to Potopia – How Oakland is Leading Marijuana Legalization Video: Marijuana Mecca How L.A. Became Overrun With Legal Marijuana

Elle Magazine:

Pot Stirring – Some are using marijuana as their drug of choice to curb anxiety

New York Times:


Comments from a fan

I know this is hardly worth noting, but we so seldom get visitors like this showing up at Drug WarRant, I get a kind of perverse thrill when one does.

Back in one of my recent posts about Caballes (the really bad Supreme Court ruling that allows dog-triggered searches on cars without any other suspicion), […]

Open Thread

Some New York Republicans are thinking about going the “soft on drugs” route

Queens Republicans and their Assembly colleagues signaled last week that they will make a major issue of the repealed Rockefeller drug laws in next year’s legislative elections.

Personally, I think it’s a bad political move in this economy. [Via]

I […]

Durbin takes on cocaine sentencing disparity

Washington Post:

The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat introduced a bill Thursday that would eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powdered cocaine, an issue that has frustrated judges, civil rights advocates and drug reform proponents for more than two decades. […]

Some law enforcement officials have advocated eliminating the disparity by increasing the penalties for possession […]

Planting hemp seeds on DEA’s front lawn

David Bronner, left, joins Isaac Nichelson. (Photo By Jonathan Ernst For The Washington Post)

David Montgomery, in the Washington Post, has a delightful article about the symbolic planting that took place Tuesday at DEA headquarters by industrial hemp advocates.

The group included David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, North Dakota farmer Wayne […]

Responses to Doug Hunter piece published

The Tri-City Times has published several letters responding to the Illegal drugs means danger OpEd that we discussed.