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“It’s time to use science and common sense to direct our efforts — not ideology, not positions of the past, but a fresh look at what the data tells us. We also need the willingness to rethink old positions and particularly to change direction when the science says it’s time to change direction”

That’s from […]

U.S. government gives one man 115,000 joints

Many of you have read my piece on Irv Rosenfeld. He’s quite an amazing individual.

The Mail has a piece on him now: American stockbroker sets record for cannabis consumption with 115,000th joint (and it’s all legal)

An American stockbroker has one of the world’s most prolific cannabis smokers – thanks to a constant supply […]

More fun with bad OpEds

This one is by James Swift in the Kennesaw Sate University Sentinel: Actually, DON’T legalize it, and it’s a lot of fun.

I’m going to take a controversial stance and assert that marijuana shouldn’t be legalized. As a college student, that puts me in a very detested minority and sets me up for perhaps four […]

Thank you, America

Via Reason

Department of Pre-Crime

Jeralyn at TalkLeft received this from the Department of Justice:

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance are hosting a symposium November 18-20, 2009, to explore the potential for implementing predictive policing strategies to help make communities safer. Predictive policing integrates data analysis with law enforcement strategies and […]

Just think how successful I could be if I shot some dogs

Since the day his officers gunned down two pet Labrador dogs and handcuffed two innocent people for hours in a drug raid in 2008 at the home of the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael Jackson has clung to what seems like a preposterous notion that his men did nothing wrong.

Of […]

Random Shots

Kudos to the folks who raised a ruckus this week about the fact that the DEA had not yet removed the reference to American Medical Association’s support for marijuana being in Schedule 1. With the AMA’s turnaround last week, it was unlikely that the DEA would actually, uh, mention the AMA’s call for a […]

Cory Maye gets a new trial

Breaking at The Agitator

This is great news. Look forward to hearing more details.

Something terrible must be about to happen…

Item #1: Boomers see views relaxing on marijuana

“There’s gotten to be greater tolerance, that’s for sure,” said Lee, the son of one-time acting Maryland governor Blair Lee III. “I know literally hundreds of people my age who smoke. They are upright citizens, good parents who are holding down jobs. You take two or three […]

Reform Conference Finale

Well the final day of the conference came and went yesterday; here are some of my thoughts on the panels I attended and the closing plenary.

Panel: Intoxicants, Addiction, & the Future of Drug Control Moderator: Harry Levine (Queens College) Panelists: Stanton Peele (New School Univ.) and Craig Reinarman (UC-Santa Cruz).

This panel had all […]