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December 2012



More than a little, less than a lot

One of the really bizarre things to watch in drug policy — the arguments over how one expresses:

the amount that a policy will hurt Mexican drug trafficking organizations, and the amount of prison population directly related to marijuana/possession/non-violent drug offenses.

Everyone seems to agree that these are both impossible to measure with certainty, and […]

Our legacy in Liberia

Liberia: Govt Faces Huge Task Against Marijuana Farmers

When I read this kind of stuff, it makes me a little sad…

The Chief for central Liberia at the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), Flomo Weahma, says:”Currently, the laws on the book, in my view, are very weak, and they are permissive of these acts that are […]

Strategizing for the next 14 states

Parts of Colorado’s pot legalization strategy exported to other states (Denver Post)

But the true test for marijuana activists will come in 2016, the next presidential election year. That is when Kampia hopes to run legalization initiatives in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maine.

“There’s a lot of young voters who only come out for presidential […]

Miss Universe shows us the way

Miss Universe doesn’t support marijuana legalization

“It’s been proven to prevent people from their full potentional, and I don’t think that’s a good thing for society,” she said. “If we’re trying to move things forward, a drug like marijuana does the opposite. It will slow things down.”

Olivia Culpo has a good point. We want […]

Guns and drugs

Ilya Somin, at Volokh Conspiracy, nicely expands on Dan Kahan’s notion that gun violence could be reduced by legalizing drugs.

As an extra bonus, this approach to reducing gun violence doesn’t threaten anyone’s civil liberties or Second Amendment rights. It would actually increase protection for civil liberties by cutting back on the many abuses associated […]

Open Thread

On the road again… Off to visit my folks in Quincy, Illinois and Indianola, Iowa. I’ll stop in when I can.

Everybody have a wonderful holiday season, and if you’re traveling, be safe (be safe regardless).

There’s eggnog in the refrigerator and fruitcake in the pantry. (Not sure how long the fruitcake’s been there — […]

Teen Marijuana Use Doesn’t Cause Brain Damage

… but alcohol does.

Today in Medical Daily

Perhaps in response to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington last month, more teens are lighting up than ever before. However, one study suggests that parents have less to fear from marijuana than from alcohol. The study found that while marijuana had no effect on […]

Beer drinking linked to Mosque burning

Linn claimed that he had consumed 45 beers in the 6 hours before leaving his Indiana home to set fire to the mosque, which he had discovered while working as a truck driver.

Clearly we have to make beer illegal.

Mosque arsonist tells court: ‘I only know what I hear on Fox News’

… or […]

Some Christmas Carolling


Study: Teens not so stupid, after all

AP: Teens’ views on dangers of pot fall to 20-year-low

Teenagers’ perception of the dangers of marijuana has fallen to the lowest level in more than 20 years, a new study says, prompting federal researchers to warn that already high use of the drug could increase as more states move to legalize it.

Of course, […]