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October 2011



Must-read on the Medical Marijuana crackdown

This is one of the best articles I’ve read on the subject so far.

In a Strange About-Face, the President Tries to Hack Medical Marijuana Off at the Knees by Ray Stern in the Phoenix New Times.

There was no doubt about it: Obama was intent on killing an entire industry — in the middle […]

Teaching our students well

Officials Use Ruse At Wolcott High To Clear Halls For Drug Search

Combine the War on Terror with the War on Drugs to help create a docile and obedient future generation.

At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students […]

Misunderstood Hallucinogens

Interesting (though a bit meandering in focus) piece by Robbie Gennet in the Huffington Post: How Do You Quantify a Hallucination? And Why Are They Illegal?

The DEA has a nice hallucinogen page, though it’s sorely lacking in footnotes to back up their “facts”. Nor does it tell us why hallucinogens are so dangerous as […]

Official Misbehaving

Several items of interest (via Radley Balko and others)…

More questionable raids…

A Gibbs Road couple came home from work Thursday to find their home surrounded by Richland County sheriff’s deputies, their front door kicked in and their home ransacked. […]

The informant told investigators the drug buy was made at 402 Gibbs Road. […]

Open Thread

Taking a few days off – just finished a major theatre trip to Chicago with a group this weekend.

Facts on medical marijuana are stubborn things, too is an OpEd by Joseph Summeril, who seems to prove his point by eschewing facts entirely.

Colorado to formally ask DEA to designate pot Schedule II […]

U.S. must legalize drugs to stop the violence

That’s the powerful message from former Mexican President Vicente Fox is this very hard-hitting video interview with BBC News.

Headline of the day

Red Ribbon Week promotes anti-drug use

I hope they’re promoting responsible anti-drug use.

You wouldn’t want young people abusing anti-drugs.

I also enjoy the fact that “Throughout the week, junior high and high school parents will have a chance to sign a pledge to supervise teen parties and keep them free of alcohol and drugs.”


GOP Senators discover states’ rights when convenient

From the Hill

The Senate narrowly defeated an amendment on Thursday that would have established a commission to research avenues for reparing the “broken” criminal justice system after Republicans said it would encroach on states’ constitutional rights to conduct their own affairs.

Yep, this is the Webb commission that got defeated.

Texas Sen. Kay […]

Governors Highway Safety Association rebukes Drug Czar on drugged driving

I found this article at The Auto Channel that, at first, would seem to be in support of the ONDCP’s effort to use driving laws as a back door method to criminalizing internal possession of marijuana.

Oct. 13, 2011: The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) announced today that it has strengthened its drugged driving policy […]

Lawrence O’Donnell on legalization

An outstanding rant on marijuana legalization and the latest Gallup poll by Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.

You have to sit through a commercial and MSNBC’s slow loading, but I think it’s worth it.

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