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Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone

Patrick Leahy Floats Legalizing Marijuana Possession At Federal Level For Pro-Pot States – nice progress to get that kind of gesture from a senator like Leahy, even if it’s of little worth practically.

Nick Clegg: Time […]

Incarceration Nation

A very powerful piece in the New York Times by John Tierney has really been affecting people. It’s hard to read the story of Stephanie George and not get pissed off.

Mandatory Sentences Face Growing Skepticism

Also, check out this chart, showing clearly how closely tied our increases in incarceration are to drug enforcement (nothing […]

Reading Jonathan Caulkins is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

Boy, did I just waste a chunk of my life. Wish I could get it back.

Here’s my first mistake: Reading Kevin Sabet’s tweets today, which included this one:

Thoughtful Natl Review piece,Caulkins/Lee: “the arguments for legalization often overlook considerable downsides&risks”

Here’s my second mistake: Deciding to read the piece.

It’s The Drug-Policy Roulette […]

People who ___ are more likely to ___

It seems that at least once a week, we hear some breathless announcement that X activity has been found to be linked with Y behavior. Correlation seems to be the social science tool du jour, and the media eats it up.

Why? Because we have all sorts of data, and computers that can sort that […]

Today in history

December 10, 2012: It officially became legal for people in Colorado to possess an ounce of marijuana or up to 6 plants under state law.

Marijuana Legalized in Colorado with Hickenlooper Proclamation

He tweeted his declaration Monday and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact. That prevented a countdown to […]

A new debate on decriminalization in the UK

I don’t pretend to understand the political structure and procedures nearly as well as I do for the U.S., but there has been a new report put out by the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on drug policy study and recommendations as a result of extensive study and taking evidence from a […]

Looking for a… good prohibition film

I know, I know.

I have a friend who teaches at-risk youth and she’d really like to show them the “Breaking the Taboo” film, but it would be better if she could also show a film with a different perspective and turn it into a writing assignment.

Any suggestions? Obviously, I don’t think we’re going […]

One can dream…

Tommy Chong is interviewed on The Young Turks and he seems outright optimistic about the future after the votes in Washington and Colorado.

“Huge, huge difference. It’s going to bring about the legalization of hemp, for instance […] It’s also going to empty the jails, and we’re probably going to disband the DEA. Yay! […] […]

Obama administration floats trial balloon in New York Times (Updated)

There’s nothing this administration hates worse than leakers… except when it’s doing the leaking intentionally to use the media.

There’s no better tool for official leaks than the New York Times, which has a policy against using unnamed government sources — a policy that it ignores constantly.

Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized […]

Breaking the Taboo