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In an alternate universe

Here’s a fun little thinking exercise for you.

I do my fair share of writing science fiction in my head (ie, daydreaming) and here’s one I thought I’d share.

Imagine, if you will, a device, about the size of a phone booth, that can instantly sober up anyone. A built-in computer detects any substance anywhere […]

Did I mention that you shouldn't consent to searches?

I had a great time last night speaking to the Illinois State University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. We had a wonderful discussion, and then watched 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

And, of course, one of the most important things you learn in that video (which I’ve been preaching for years) is […]

First round voting at FDL

Welcome new readers from FireDogLake, where voting has begun on their Name our Pot Campaign.

Thanks for the nice mention from Jane.

Drugged driving, even when it's not

I’m feeling even better about the victory with my petition to the ONDCP today.

We’ve known that this push to talk about drugged driving was leading to a policy effort, and today’s post at the drug czar’s “blog” makes it clear where they’re going. Pushing for “per se” drugged driving laws in all the states.

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FDL marijuana campaign slogan contest (updated)

How did I manage to miss the fact that one of the top progressive political blogging sites is planning a legalization campaign? I’ve not really followed Jane Hamsher’s FireDogLake much, although I’ve been aware that she’s often worked with civil liberties defender extraordinaire Glenn Greenwald, which makes her a good guy in my book.

Anyway, […]

Victory! ONDCP Information Quality Petition

I received this letter in my mailbox today in response to my petition:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY Washington, DC

April 15, 2010

Mr. Peter Guither 909 W. Market Street Bloomington, IL 61701

Dear Mr. Guither:

This letter is in response to the petition for correction that you emailed […]

420

420: Put Down That Joint and Pick Up a Pen by Norm Stamper

You don’t have to be a Californian to strike a blow for freedom and justice. As a voter and/or a toker, perhaps at 4:20 on 4/20/10 you’ll pick up a pen and compose a letter to the editor and/or write a […]

Three Reasons to Legalize Pot Now

From Reason.

An ONDCP reform that might be possible

I know we’ve gotten a bit excited about the excellent hearing conducted by Representative Kucinich this week.

Some have wondered what it will mean.

One powerful hearing like that one will not mean the end of the ONDCP, or the DEA, or the drug war, or even this Drug Czar. It won’t even mean a […]

Drug Czar’s office gets cautious

They’re certainly not getting honest, but at least they’re learning that they can’t get away with the obvious lies.

It’s been over 30 days since I submitted my Petition for Correction Under teh ONDCP Information Quality Guidelines regarding their misuse of NHTSA study data to claim numbers of impaired drivers. They haven’t yet responded, but […]