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bullet image Jesus wept.

The officers checked out the vehicle with Cesar, a federal drug-sniffing dog, who alerted them to three framed pictures of Jesus in the vehicle.

Apparently, Jesus won’t intercede to mask the odor of pot.

bullet image War on Drugs: Mexican President Felipe Calderón finds reception is mixed after recent slayings.

Not a good day for Felipe.

Anger, fear and skepticism received Mexican President Felipe Calderón in Juárez on Thursday.

Testimonials of leaders in the city where more than 4,500 people have died in the past two years had the same theme: enough with the violence.

Calderón, his wife, Margarita Zavala, and seven members of his Cabinet were surrounded by hundreds of heavily armed soldiers and police officers.

At the Cibeles convention center, business, religious and education leaders complained about the brutality of the drug war, human-rights violations by the military, unemployment and increasing taxes.

bullet image Granholm makes sensible case for prisoner clemency

One of the advantages of being a lame-duck governor is being able to pursue sound public policy even when it is politically unpopular. Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s sensible record of releasing ailing and elderly prisoners whose cost of incarceration outweighs any continuing threat to public safety is a case in point.

Granholm has commuted the sentences of 124 prisoners in her seven-year-tenure, the great majority since she was re-elected to her current and final term in 2006.

Good for her.

Every tax dollar spent on incarceration is a dollar unavailable for police protection, preschool education, drug and alcohol courts, and other programs that have been proved to reduce violent crime. Criminals who represent a continuing threat to the public must be kept behind bars. But a state that increasingly lacks the wherewithal to support even basic law enforcement functions simply cannot afford to incarcerate those who no longer pose a threat.

Or who never posed a threat to begin with…

bullet image Speaking of commutations and pardons…

Dear Mr. President. Yes, you can.

The ACLU is trying to get President Obama to commute the sentence of Hamedah Hasan, a grandmother who has spent 16 years in prison so far (with 10 more to go) for a first-time non-violent crack cocaine offense.

Go take action at their site.

President Obama has gone 387 days (and counting) without granting a single pardon or commutation. This makes him one of the slowest-acting Presidents in history to exercise the power of forgiveness.

Tell President Obama to send Hamedah Hasan home today.

bullet image Get your power back

Does anyone else find it ironic that Apolo Ohno, a top Olympic athlete who must endure countless drug tests to prove that he doesn’t have even the tiniest amount of hundreds of different banned drugs, is being sponsored by a drug company whose main products we’re no longer allowed to buy without registering and being put on a list? Opening of the ad says to the Olympic athlete… “Get your power back!” … with the understanding that you do it by using their drug.

I wonder what would happen if NORML tried to be a sponsor of the Olympics… (preferably snowboarding).

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9 comments to Open Thread

  • Steve

    As someone who lives in Michigan, it’s refreshing to hear of Granholm doing something good.

  • Tim

    I did hear that NORML’s sponsoring the X Games.

  • DdC

    The Dead Do Lithuania The Dead sponsored Lithuanian’s Olympic tye dye uniforms. Probably have a problem with leaves. The game is supposed to represent purity and human strength and ability. A gathering of the planets people to compete non violently. Selling Pharmaceuticals in any way connected to this is an insult. Next they’ll turn themselves into NASCAR rotating billboards with Nike and Viagra logo tattoo’s.

  • DdC

    MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference Tickets Available
    Feb 11 2010
    MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, has announced its international conference on psychedelic research and includes Rick Doblin, Alex Grey, Andrew Weil, Ralph Metzner, Stanislav Grof and leading psychedelic scientists together in San Jose, California – April 15-18

  • DdC

    Ruling Strikes Fear in Tacoma Marijuana Patients

    Boulder May Require $5,000 MMJ Licenses

    DEA: Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries are Illegal

    “Technically, every dispensary in the state is in blatant violation of federal law,” Sweetin told The Denver Post. “The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building and we arrest everybody. They’re violating federal law; they’re at risk of arrest and imprisonment.”

    The raids and Sweetin’s comments come nearly four months after Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden sent a memo advising federal law enforcement that people using medical marijuana in “clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws” not be targeted for arrest.

    Sweetin said the memo deals with medical marijuana patients and small-scale growers, not commercial enterprises. Guidelines in the memo call for examining the number of plants and the profits that exceed what state law intended in determining which ones are illegal, Sweetin said.

  • DdC

    CBS rejects NORML legalization billboard, but accepts “Black Children are an Endangered Species” anti-abortion billboard.

    Neocon Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists…

    “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good…Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.”
    –Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue,
    The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 8-16-93

    Why Are Police Opposing Marijuana Legalization?
    Cops say they “don’t make laws, they just enforce them.” Yeah right.

    Propaganda and Disinformation

  • DdC

    High Times Banned From eBay?
    Sales listings for back-issues of High Times have been pulled down by eBay, possibly at the request of the federal government.

    Ex-eBay CEO defends strategy in Calif. gov’s race
    Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman on Tuesday dismissed criticism that she is trying to buy the California governor’s seat by spending millions from her personal fortune. Advertising has been made possible in large part through the $39 million she has given to her campaign; Republican Whitman has said she is willing to spend $100 million or more on the race. Whitman is a billionaire, a fortune accumulated largely during her time overseeing the online marketplace.

    Former eBay CEO Whitman eyes governor’s office
    Despite never having held elected office, Whitman has already enlisted backing from prominent Republicans — most notably former Governor Pete Wilson, who is chairing her campaign. Other contenders for the Republican nomination include Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Congressman Tom Campbell; On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jerry Brown, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Senator Dianne Feinstein are all said to be considering a bid.

    Back to the Wilson daze…
    with lungreen AG killing sick people for pot.
    A true wonder weed free for the people…Period ElSohly!

    Mississippi’s Marijuana: Legal Pot Farm at Ole Miss
    Marijuana, he says, is a true wonder weed that, broken down into its chemical components, can be used for both constipation and diarrhea, he said. ElSohly and his colleagues have spent years studying and isolating the plant’s medical effects.

    ElSohly setting the scene for Act 12 in the on going play wingnuts in beer heaven. How lowering RxGanja to schedule#2 will permit Barthwell and Bayer free reign to hawk their sublingual RxGanja spray. Without those nasty peons growing it and selling it in Apothacaries. Another Neo-convenience for your viewing pleasure…

    CO: Highlands Ranch Man Accused of Growing Pot
    Says DEA Is Making an Example

    Get used to it kid…
    Do Not Pass Go! Do Not Collect $200.00
    D.E.A.th has No Mercy!

  • DdC

    Surprise! They want it schedule#2, must be addictive or something to keep it classed the same as morphine. Best to take gossip from pissant prohibitionists and gullible paranoid twits than reality and science and the entire fricking history of the cannabis plants use. Pitifuckingfools!

    Iowa Pharmacy Board Opens Door for Med Marijuana
    The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously this afternoon to recommend legislators reclassify marijuana in a way that could open the door to medical uses. The board recommended that legislators reclassify the drug from Schedule I, for which there are no permitted uses, to Schedule II, which could allow medical uses.

    Calif. Research Shows Pot Can Ease Muscle Spasms
    The first U.S. clinical trials in more than two decades on the medical benefits of marijuana confirm pot is effective in reducing muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and pain caused by certain neurological injuries or illnesses, according to a report issued Wednesday. Igor Grant, a psychiatrist who directs the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego, said the five studies funded by the state involved volunteers who were randomly given real marijuana or placebos to determine if the herb provided relief not seen from traditional medicines.

    California Pot Research Center May Be Winding Down

    ACLU To City: Return Medical Marijuana

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