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Petition

If you haven’t signed it yet, go over and sign the “End the Drug War Addiction” petition at AVAAZ.

I’m not one who thinks that petitions are going to actually make change happen, but they can add to the discussion, and that’s always good.

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11 comments to Petition

  • kaptinemo

    Guatemalan Presidente Otto Prez Molina has his say.

    from the article:

    “We all agree that drugs are bad for our health and that therefore we have to concentrate on impeding their consumption, just as we combat alcoholism and tobacco addiction. However, nobody in the world has ever suggested eradicating sugar-cane plantations, or potatoes and barley production, in spite of these being raw materials in the production of the likes of rum, beer and vodka. And we all know that alcoholism and tobacco addiction cause thousands of deaths every year all over the world.

    So, knowing that drugs are bad for human beings is not a compelling reason for advocating their prohibition. Actually, the prohibition paradigm that inspires mainstream global drug policy today is based on a false premise: that the global drug markets can be eradicated. We would not believe such a statement if it were applied to alcoholism or tobacco addiction, but somehow we assume it’s right in the case of drugs. Why?”

    And the American response?

    The high-sounding rhetoric is little more than a 5 year old putting fingers in ears, eyes closed, shouting “La-la-la, I don’t want to hear youuuuuuu! And here’s some more money for maintaining the status quooooooo!”

    Shameful. It’s downright infantile. How anyone at State can show their faces in public when this happens is beyond me…

  • Duncan20903

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    Has anyone else noticed the number of players for the Detroit Lions have been busted for cannabis in recent weeks?

    Knuckleheads in the news

    Evidently it’s an ongoing team tradition.

    Just FYI last year was the Lions most successful season in the 21st century and was the first time in over a decade that the team made the playoffs. I’d think that would make them want to hire more big, sweaty mens that choose to enjoy cannabis.

    • darkcycle

      I’m not a basketball fan, Duncan.

      • claygooding

        If you are a Lions fan it is debatable that you are a basketball fan.

      • Duncan20903

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        What??? I thought that they played ice hockey! Seriously I’ve got little to no interest in professional sports but a great interest in people who choose to enjoy cannabis and rise to the elite levels of any profession or discipline.

        I really do find the number of pro & high level amateur sports figures getting popped for cannabis intriguing. It certainly feels like they’re falling left and right in recent months. It doesn’t surprise me that so many partake. I’m certain that sitting down and enjoying muggles after getting the shit beat out of you in a long game is just what the doctor ordered. It’s the sheer number of busts that I find surprising.

  • claygooding

    New advocacy website opening 4/20

    BOT: Anonymous Announces Phase 1 Of ‘OpCannabis’

    http://drugpolicycentral.com/bot/article/theweedblog6665.htm#$propaganda_theme7

    “”Dear Citizens of the World

    For far too long cannabis has been oppressed by big corporations, big pharma and governments when it could be benefiting all of mankind on many different levels. We have heard and we have watched your government lie and deceive you on all the dangers of cannabis. Show support by making your profile pictures green this April 20th on your social network profiles.””

    Lottsa links to research and articles,,,it’s Steve over at TotT kicking up his heels.

  • goblet

    nice story about a study from an insurance quote company saying that cannabists are safer drivers http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/4/prweb9375729.htm

  • gloves must be worn:

    Prohibition still best way to beat drugs

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    Consider heroin: Robert MacCoun and Peter Reuter, two of the world’s leading drug policy researchers (and cautious supporters of reform), estimate legalisation would increase consumption by 100 to 1000 per cent, with the higher number more likely.

    Given the harm such an increase would cause, proponents argue legalisation could be accompanied by strict regulation (for instance, forbidding sales to minors) and very high taxes, ensuring users faced the social costs of their use. But the efficacy and efficiency of that approach remain to be established.

    -snip-

    • Duncan20903

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      One stripe of prohibitionist commenter that we encounter with frequency is the “authorities have no choice” commenter. Evidently these people slept through their high school history classes when the Nuremberg trials are studied. Also, the concept of prosecutorial discretion must be foreign to them.

      Feds Don’t Owe Tribal Church for Seized Drugs
      By PURNA NEMANI

      HONOLULU (CN) – The government does not have to compensate a Native American church for its seized marijuana stash, intended for use in religious ceremonies, the 9th Circuit ruled Monday.

      But the decision does give leave for Michael Rex “Raging Bear” Mooney and the Oklevueha Native American Church of Hawaii to fight for declaratory and injunctive relief barring the government from enforcing the Controlled Substances Act against them.

      Mooney and the church had filed suit in 2009 after the Drug Enforcement Administration seized a FedEx package containing one pound of cannabis in Tupperware containers, addressed to Mooney. The marijuana, worth about $7,000, was turned over to the Honolulu Police Department and later destroyed, but the government said it had “no interest” in pressing criminal charges, and didn’t.
      /snip/

  • Duncan20903

    Jim Belushi is a card carrying pothead.

  • Duncan20903

    Book him Danno, there’s no real crime to investigate today.