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Holidays are coming, funny students, and more

A few random things…

bullet image If you’re going to be doing any Christmas shopping at Amazon.com, use the link at the left to get there, and I’ll get a few cents from whatever you buy on that visit. It won’t cost you any more. Also, check out the DWR Amazon Store linked at left, for some great ideas of books, DVDs and other items to give to someone you’d like to educate about drug policy reform (there are also a number of items just for fun).

bullet image An off-topic call for help. I have worked with a great group of students at Illinois State University called the Improv Mafia. Over the years, these guys, on their own without a coach, have put together some of the best and most original improv comedy I’ve ever seen. I’ve done some piano playing for them and it’s a blast!

They competed in this year’s College Improv Tournament and did a great job in the Midwest Regional despite losing one of their six performers to food poisoning just before the final round. They came in second by 1.5 points. They still have a chance to compete in the National Tournament — all 6 regional 2nd place finishers compete through online voting for the wild card slot.

Here’s where you come in. Go and vote. Be sure to select The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University). You have to use a valid email address and verify it. Thanks!

bullet image There have been some great, involved discussions in comments recently. Be sure to check those out when you have a chance. Thanks to all the regulars who keep this place so exciting, and add additional perspectives to my own.

bullet image Gateway drug?

In the study, 40 percent of marijuana users said they have used marijuana to control their alcohol addictions, 66 percent said they used marijuana instead of prescription drugs, and 26 percent said marijuana helped them stay off other illegal drugs. [Via Scott Morgan]

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11 comments to Holidays are coming, funny students, and more

  • I didn’t know you were a musician. The new Sweetwater catalog has got me drooling, particularly over the Korg SV-1 73 and this Electromatic Corvette.

  • ezrydn

    Upon your endorsement, Pete, vote cast.

  • InsanityRules

    Pennsylvania held an initial hearing in the House Health and Human Services committee today regarding the Medical Marijuana Compassionate Use Act. Following a press conference prior to the hearing:

    Rep. Katie True, R-Lancaster, who opposes the bill, called the promise of medical marijuana “a hoax.”

    “It isn’t medicine. It’s burning leaves,” she said, adding that, if marijuana had legitimate medicinal properties, it would have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

    “Do you see leaders here from Penn or Hershey (Medical Center) here?” True said in an interview after the news conference. “It’s bogus. I don’t care what they say.”

    Please take a moment to send Ms. True some “True love” HERE

  • Chris

    Can’t believe it took me until 5pm to check this site today. It’s usually one of the first things I do. Probably has something to do with the 6 page paper I’m writing for school… ugh. Easiest subject I’ve ever written on though, and no, it’s not one suggesting drug legalization, I’m sure that’s been done to death everywhere, though it is related.

  • ezrydn

    She’s another one who’s never heard of nor understands the theory of, a vaporizer. There are NO “burning leaves!”

    Watch for the same types to rear their ugly heads at Sen. Webb’s “Crime Review” legislation hearing, Thurs, Dec 3, 10:00am EST, on CSPAN. That’s tomorrow morning!

  • Chris

    You can’t expect someone who thinks the leaves are smoked to know what its medicinal uses are. They know nothing on the subject.

  • Duncan

    It’s amazing how many people think smoking is the only delivery method. Regardless, why can’t burning leaves be medicine? Cripes, hospitals buy medical maggots from medical maggot supply houses for extreme burn patients, and I guess the statement “they aren’t medical devices, they’re really disgusting insect larvae that consume necrotic flesh” sound as relevant. On the other hand, medical maggots are FDA approved medical devices.

    http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2005/08/26/for_fda_maggots_are_a_kind_of_device/

  • Bruce

    What is now known to be the sought after unknown known regarding Maggot research previously known to be bougus trumped up falshehood knowns which in fact leave a good deal more unknowns in known limbo unknowingly but hey you never know some devices serve well in parameters outside the realm of the known unknowns.

  • just me

    WOW! How can people speak on a subject if they dont understand it? The leaves? are you kiding? If this woman wants to tell us what is good or bad …ahhh never mind, shes clueless.

  • ezrydn

    Well, 10 o’clock came and went and NO C-SPAN coverage on the Webb Crime Commission hearing. Guess they don’t want us to watch it. Which doesn’t surprise me.

  • Mike

    Thanks for the post.
    I am especially interested in the Gateway drug portion of this. It seems people use the drugs to keep away from other stronger drugs…interesting study!