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May 2010



What would happen if we executed two druggies per week?

Partly because it’s just so satisfying to give Mark Souder another kick in the pants… Lee at HorsesAss reminds us why it’s so right to publicly enjoy and point out Mark Souder’s fall from “grace”: Abstaining from Reality – The Mark Souder Legacy.

Analysis: the awesome power of the illegal high — mostly […]

Drug War Hysteria

I’ve been peripherally following the hysteria the Brits have been having over mephedrone — a legal synthetic stimulant that started gaining some popularity with clubbers.

In March, two young men died (aged 18 and 19) and the media widely reported the cause of their deaths as mephedrone. This, of course, led to national hysteria (directly […]

Union Bud Tender

San Jose union begins organizing pot workers

A major California labor union is organizing medical cannabis workers in Oakland, a move that analysts say will help efforts to legalize marijuana and open the door for the union to organize thousands more workers if state voters pass a measure in November to allow recreational marijuana use […]

Teachers suspended for teaching about the Constitution in a Senior Government Class

Norfolk, Virginia

Two Norview High School teachers were placed on paid administrative leave this week after a parent complained that they distributed classroom materials that gave advice on how to deal with police if stopped.

What material did they show these High School Seniors in government class? The movie Busted from

Let’s see now. […]


The AP has a piece out about fences on the Mexican border: Fence isn’t a cure-all for America’s porous border

The best known TV spot features Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain kicking along a dusty road in this hilly border city, fuming to his companion, the Pinal County sheriff, about drugs and immigrant smugglers and […]

The Drug War is Anti-Science

There’s an excellent post by washunate at the progressive blog FireDogLake: The 2010 Drug Control Strategy is still Anti-Science

The article picks apart the new drug control strategy and also takes a look at the media coverage (and government spin) around it.

The perspective I want to bring tonight is the specific assault on science […]

the Land of the Free

Drug-sniffing dogs show students they’re ‘ruff’ and ready

The drill was part of the school system’s proactive approach to keeping the school drug-free, police and school officials said. […] There was no specific incident that prompted the new policy, school officials said […] The district has a zero-tolerance drug policy. […] Nothing was found, […]

Stupid Drug Warrior Tricks

We haven’t heard a whole lot from John Negroponte in a while, but he surfaces in this AP story

Negroponte, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico who has been working on drug control for 35 years, urged legislators to not be discouraged by the increased violence or drug availability.

“Problems with narcotrafficking remain with us […]

Why isn’t this man more… excited?

Um, Ireland? No, we haven't. Sorry

In the Irish Examiner today:

US ends ‘war on drugs’ By Cormac O’Keeffe

THE United States has “ended its war on drugs” and is now moving its focus to prevention and treatment, the US drugs chief has told top Irish drug officials.

The former police chief said the US had formally ended its much heralded […]