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Least surprising headline of the week

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization

Really? That’s news?

It did get Kevin excited…

Kevin Sabet tweet: Today: Gil Kerlikowske, Obama’s Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization http://t.co/UbFX09Za5V

Today. Like it was breaking news.

Of course, we know it’s no surprise. It’s not like he has a choice:

Responsibilities. –The Director– […]

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

  1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
  2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

Kevin, however, sees it differently.

Tweet: @TransformDrugs That reading of ONDCP’s authorization is 2nd biggest “mountain out of a molehill” instance/mistake made by reformers.

Again, really?

How else can you possible read it? If there’s another way to read it, then maybe we can just read the drug laws to say that marijuana isn’t really illegal.

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92 comments to Least surprising headline of the week

  • claygooding

    Perhaps no state can nullify a federal law but a jury can and the President can executive order the removal of marijuana from schedule 1,,which would result in legalization because that asshole and his drug war machine lose control of the studies allowed on marijuana.

  • I was brought up being taught that you stick up for what is right. Truth, Justice, and the American way. The ONDCP is dedicated to lying. Its the right, its the duty of every American “to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    I don’t support liars. I don’t support the drug czar, and I do not support my country making the ONDCP an office dedicated to lies.

    • kaptinemo

      Now, imagine:

      Greater and greater numbers of the voting public expressing similar sentiments. Taxpayers who don’t want said taxes to go towards supporting drug prohibition…and make that sentiment abundantly clear to their elected representatives.

      The writing is indeed on the wall…courtesy of that generational shift that is having a tectonic effect on the political scene. It’s slow, building up like a tsunami does…and it will have the same kind of impact.

      The pols can head for the high ground now, or they can continue to think the status quo will prevail. The latter course will doom them…as they ought to be.

    • War Vet

      And that’s why I believe we don’t need to relegalize pot. We don’t need new laws or votes for legal pot or drugs since many laws clearly state such prohibitions are illicit i.e. the 1890 Sherman Anti Trust Act. Alcohol and pot are the same substances which compete against one another for the same reasons (for the most part speaking). Therefore the Sherman law prohibits alcohol sellers and suppliers and makers from making a profit since you or I are not allowed to make a profit off of pot. You can sell booze, you just cannot make a living doing so according to the law, since to make a living selling booze is unfair . . . people who sell alcohol are clearly taking an advantage over people who sell pot. Alcohol has a monopoly over pot. Oil has a monopoly over hemp. Monopolies are illegal when they deny competitions and fair trade. The Harrison Act would have been illegal since Heroin is the same thing as beer: both get you intoxicated, both are addictive, both are consumed, both can kill and both are sold for money . . . therefore heroin competes against beer for customers who enjoy intoxication. In order for heroin to remain legally illegal, alcohol must be provided at a clinic or pharmacy, since legal alcohol in a drug prohibition world denies the logic and reality of controlling heroin or any of the prescription opiates. Hemp especially has the strongest case with the Sherman Act: Vehicle Fuel is the same thing as Vehicle Fuel etc. The Marijuana Tax Stamp was only valid as long as Pumpkins, Tomatoes, Hay, cotton, oil etc all required tax stamps according to the Sherman Law. Though the Tax Stamp act was deemed later on to be unconstitutional, all of our Cannabis and hemp laws come from it, thus negating the Tax Stamp Law from precedents. I believe many of our past Statesmen shared the same view as you do Thinking Clearly and created laws that would have logically prohibit drug/hemp prohibitions. The Sherman Law requires that every competitive consumer good be prohibited in order for one consumer goods item to be legally prohibited. The epitome of the Sherman Law was logical fairness in business.

  • kaptinemo

    You really have to wonder what they’ll do with themselves after we win.

    Seriously. What can they put on their resumes? Especially when the number of people who support drug law reform, the number of voting members of the public, who showed what they thought of drug prohibition in the last Pew poll, is increasing.

    People who may become may be their future job interviewers.

    I can just see it: A desperate, newly-unemployed, Gub’mint teat-addicted, never-did-a-hard-day’s-work-in-their-life, job-seeking prohib facing off against a formerly closeted cannabis-consuming HR wonk who was subjected to their insane policies. And who have every personal reason to hold grudges against their treatment at the hands of said prohibs.

    Worse for the prohibs, since lying is a major part of what they do, they are fundamentally unsuitable for any job requiring anything but the grossest of mendacity. Would you hire such a person?

    What comes around will, in time, go around.

    Icicles in Hades would have a longer half-life, chance-wise.

    • Tony Aroma

      Worse for the prohibs, since lying is a major part of what they do, they are fundamentally unsuitable for any job requiring anything but the grossest of mendacity.

      In other words, they’ll be forced to go into (or stay in) politics. Of course there’s always money laundering… I mean international banking.

      • kaptinemo

        (Chuckling) I was going to say ‘banking’, but I wanted someone else to say it; I’ve said it enough, here. And given how much the prohibs support the cartels with their continued support of prohibition, and how much international banking is totally dependent upon that dirty money, the only logical choice would be banking.

        But after legalization, banking itself might take a huge loss, for obvious reasons…which is why banksters of all stripes very quietly but forcefully support continued prohibition. Nobody willingly lets go of a meal ticket that big.

        • claygooding

          I think the banks are the “black market” or at the least a mainstay of the black market,,if not for them the drug money would have to be physically transported and that would make working on the border a full scale lottery for any federal or state agents that happened to stop the right vehicle.

    • Servetus

      A lot of prohibs spent their careers chopping down marijuana plants. Maybe they will find work in Cuba harvesting sugar cane.

  • divadab

    I watched that drug war profiteer Kevin Sabet on Al Jazeera yesterday. First time. I can see why you-all favor him with such contempt – he’s a very smooth liar, very glib, presents his lies well. A tough opponent. But then, so is Satan, Sabet’s pal!

    • divadab

      Sabet has made a very lucrative career getting paid with our TAX DOLLARS to make war on our freedom. What a parasite and moral degenerate. Gives even lawyers a bad name.

      • thelbert

        picture agent van alden in boardwalk empire, baptising a guy to death. all the time “knowing” that agent sebso’s soul will be saved if he can just baptise him hard enough. i think congress would rather drown everyone rather than let the devil’s drugs harm productivity. socialism for the rich.

  • Just had to share this quote tweeted by Alex Jones –

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” -George Orwell

    • Plant Down Babylon

      I like how upset obummer is with the non passage of the gun bill because they claim 90% of the public is for passage. He seems shocked that the 90% is not represented/getting their way.

      What about the 80% who support erasing MerryJane Prohibition!!?

      Priceless….
      How long till hypocrite dianne frankenstein meets her Maker? Sorry, I’ve always disliked her since she beat Jello Biafra for SF mayor.

      • Buffy wannabe

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        I think I know where I can score some silver bullets but I need someone to hold the crucifix to get the drop on her. I’d also feel better if we took an oaken stake…better safe than sorry you know.

        The undead are a pain in the ass no doubt.

  • DonDig

    I agree Pete, it is way the least surprising headline of the century, and it again brings to my mind anyway, who writes (wrote) these laws anyway? What are they smoking? Seriously, I want none of that.
    If the finest legislative minds can only come up with punishing policies generally, and have to lie to maintain them, they have gone off the deep end, are drowning in their misguidance, and are trying to pull us all down with them.
    OT, but relevant, I came across a tax law lately that punishes seniors who are caught unaware with a 50% tax penalty if they don’t withdraw from their IRA’s in a timely manner in the year they turn 70 1/2. Seniors for crying out loud! 50%. Who writes this stuff?
    I’m sure it’s all over the various codes in numerous places. Our government obviously doesn’t realize that kindness still has a place in the world, as opposed to other western governments that seem to realize this much more clearly. How did we get to this?
    It truly baffles me.
    (Sarcasm font: They’re operating off the ‘If something doesn’t work, do more of it until it does,’ philosophy I guess.)
    They obviously want to control us in as many ways as possible, and still don’t realize that’s a completely impossible goal. (Just like the WOD.)
    Tragic.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html

  • DdC

    Obama Doesn’t Need Congress

    “This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law,” Obama said. “I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we’re going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?”

    With 99 percent of federal laws this would be the case, but the Controlled Substance Act is fairly unique. The law explicitly gives the executive branch the right to change the legal status of any drug without Congressional involvement. If the administration, after examining the latest scientific research, determines that cannabis shouldn’t be Schedule I it has the power to move it to a lower schedule, which would make medical marijuana legal under federal law, or even unschedule it all together, which would effectively legalize it.

    Part B — Authority to Control; Standards and Schedules
    (Section 811. Authority and Criteria for Classification of Substances
    2) remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.

    Proceedings for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of such rules may be initiated by the Attorney General (1) on his own motion, (2) at the request of the Secretary, or (3) on the petition of any interested party.

    Why the Federal Government Will Not Reschedule Marijuana
    The question that arises from this very complicated situation is: “Can the federal government simultaneously comply with the treaty as required and reschedule marijuana removing it from Schedule I?” The answer appears to be “no.” The treaty specifically states:

    Either the treaty would need to be modified or cannabis must remain in Schedule I in order to comply with the treaty. The only other option would be to remove ourselves from the treaty, but the United States was a major player in passing the treaty AND ensuring that cannabis was strictly regulated under its terms, so that is unlikely.

    But that isn’t the end of the discussion, because the treaty allows for cannabis cultivation under Article 28 by a party to the treaty, with certain restrictions. The restrictions are the same restrictions applied to opium cultivation and are found in Article 23.

    Really Why the Federal Government Will Not Reschedule Marijuana

    A Trillion spent is a Trillion earned.

    The vast majority of prohibitionists
    profit on the drug war,..
    … and that is their only motive.

    QUESTION: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it,

    ☛POLICING FOR PROFIT
    ☛Got SqWAT?
    ☛Forfeiture $quads
    ☛Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
    ☛Religious drug treatment in Texas
    ☛Kochroach & Aleech
    ☛Drug Detention Centers
    ☛NRA’s Mandatory Minimum

    The prohibitionists are living in the “Airplane” movie..

    Striker : Tell ’em the gear is down and we’re ready to land.
    Elaine : The gear is down and we’re ready to land.
    Kramer : Alright, he’s on final now,
    put out all runway lights except 9er.
    Towerguy: Captain,
    maybe we ought to turn on the search lights now.
    MCrosky: No, thats just what they’ll be expecting us to do

    “We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world’s most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana.”
    — Steve Hager – High Times Editor (1988 – 2003)

    No, thats just what they’ll be expecting us to do…

  • DonDig

    Too bad that section of the ONDCP document can’t be repealed by national referendum.
    Irrational legislation.
    Hmmm.

    • Tony Aroma

      A national referendum is called a Constitutional Amendment. Which isn’t a bad idea. A good start would be an amendment like they have in Alaska’s Bill of Rights that protects citizens’ privacy. That would eliminate the vast majority of victimless crimes just like that.

  • Schedule I is the bin for discarded thought. Once a drug has the “mark of Cain” by reason of placement into this schedule all discussion is supposed to be over.

    The question is “why?”

    The answer I get is: “Because we said so”

    The ONDCP and the entire predication for the war on drugs (or whatever these people tell me I have to call it) is immoral. This untouchable category called schedule I should not exist in a society that hopes to base its policies on science and common sense.

    • DonDig

      ‘Because that scheduling is the one immutable truth in all of history,’ to never again be adjusted regardless of new discoveries, realizations, or anything. Case closed.
      Who writes this stuff?
      Terrified capitalists, I guess.
      Maybe lobbyists again!
      (K St club?)

  • Kerlikowske said the administration’s policy over the next four years will focus on providing treatment options through the Affordable Care Act and supporting drug courts that divert non-violent drug offenders from prison sentences.

    “This is what drug policy reform looks like: it looks like a doctor, it looks like a nurse,” he said. “Emphasizing prevention over incarceration, that’s what drug policy reform looks like today.”

    Eh, I think you forgot to mention the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney (who abdicates their traditional adversarial role to work with the court on “treatment”), none of whom are trained in public health or addiction treatment. And what happens to the treatment “failures”? Back in the slammer.

    The real problem with drug courts, however, is that they attempt to address drug use within a drug war framework. That is, drug courts attempt to treat drug use as a health issue, but they cannot because they are required to enforce laws criminalizing drug use — and therefore punishment trumps treatment every time. As a result, drug courts have actually made the criminal justice system more punitive toward addiction — not less.
    Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

    • “Emphasizing prevention over incarceration…”

      That statement is a common game that has been played with correctional facilities all over the country for years. With justice departments’ for years.

      Its a swinging pendulum of justice. This year it swings towards treatment and education. Next year it swings towards getting tough and tightening things down. This is all dependent on what political party happens to be in office at the time. Its a political game of catch22. Nothing ever really changes, everyone gets satisfied in the short run.

      In the long run, its just a swinging pendulum that never stops swinging and the money keeps on coming.

      This ONDCP attempt to categorize treatment alternatives is a very feeble attempt to satisfy everyone just one more time, until the pendulum swings its inevitable swing back.

      And it all remains the same. This is Gil blowing a lot of smoke. Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes.

      • TC, I agree with your analysis that prohibition oscillates between what could be called demand side (treatment and prevention) and supply side (tough on drugs, zero tolerance, ect) approaches. According to Arnold Trebach (the Heroin Solution) Nixon’s budget funded treatment & prevention over supply side enforcement by 2:1. That ratio was reversed in the 80’s, and as Pete reported a few days ago still is skewed in favor of supply side interdiction.

        The problem with drug courts, as I see it, is that they are favored by both Dems and Repubs. Dems like the idea of treatment instead of jail and repubs like the cost-savings. But the DPA has a publication called Drug Courts Are Not the Answer which lists a lot of flaws inherent in drug courts. In short, if you’re not an addict drug court keeps you out of jail, but if you are an addict (just about every addict relapses) you may very well end up spending more time in the criminal justice system than just pleading out the original offense.

        But people like Kevin Sabet can go around the country saying things like “we don’t want to stigmatize drug users with a criminal record” or Gil can say “This is what drug policy reform looks like: it looks like a doctor, it looks like a nurse” when they know full well that:
        a) Most addicts relapse, oftentimes repeatedly
        b) Treatment “failures” (relapses) are punished by jail sentences
        c) If the individual doesn’t relapse, they probably weren’t an addict (and hence just wasted limited treatment resources)

        To someone not well versed in drug policy, Sabet or Gil probably sound pretty progressive. But the end result is the same, addicts get jailed, black markets continue, people die, ect. Maybe some casual users benefit from not being jailed, but in drug treatment there is powerful incentives to self-identify as an addict, even when the “diagnosis” is marginal (if addiction can even be diagnosed in the same sense as biological diseases, since none of the technology available to medicine is even used in making the diagnosis). Being branded an “addict”, especially when the “patient” is young and addiction is viewed as an incurable, chronic disease of the brain, can have lifelong consequences.

    • Goverment agent here to help you!

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      I seem to recall being pooh-poohed when I warned people that part of the ACA was going to include mandatory drug rehab, at least for the currently uninsured. I wonder how long it’s going to be until the private health insurance programs participate. Our 18k tab is suddenly looking cheap at twice the price. Still think less is more allan? I still think that life is a shit sandwich. The more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat.

      • allan

        Still think less is more allan?

        well, since you asked… yep. The consumer economy is a fraud and unsustainable. Most of our societal problems come from being greedy little bastards and w/ mass production of worthless – yet bright and shiny! – googaws everyone can feel opulent.

        In a culture that literally throws away 40% of the food it produces how can less-is-more be debatable? Especially in a world in which tens of thousands of human beings die daily (2/3 infants and children) from lack of food and clean water.

        History is full of examples of western stupidity in it’s devouring of resources while failing to understand the real costs of those natural resource devastations. Think mountains of buffalo skulls, passenger pigeons, redwood trees…

        The wonderful writer Malcolm Margolin, in his book, The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area discusses how pre-California indigenous people spent only 20% of their waking day “working” to meet basic needs, the rest was spent on living life, art, family, celebration…

        Yes Duncan I do believe less is more. We’ve become greedy little piggies, dazzled by glitz and promise and we’re willing to sacrifice most anything (clean air, clean water) to fuel our drive to consume. And unless we change our ways, we will fall, flat on our fat asses, too out of shape to do anything about it and there will be no one to respond when we cry out, “help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

  • War Vet

    “And it did get Kevin Excited . . .”: Ah, aren’t little puppies so cute when the little red ball or bird ketches their attention. We just need to teach little Kevin how to notify us when he needs to go to the bathroom so we can avoid any further more of his messes. Gil is far too old to learn new tricks though.

  • ezrydn

    The “Affordable Care Act?” You mean, the one no one can afford?

  • Holder: Marijuana’s effect on children a factor

    http://tinyurl.com/coq69v3

    • “Your department could choose to attempt to overturn those laws,” said Harris, a physician. That would send a message to America’s youth that marijuana is not a safe drug, he added. “Kids need clear messages and I’m afraid we’re not sending them one,” he said.

      Harris pressed Holder on when a decision might come, “because children are dying from drugs. It is a scourge … can you give me a general idea of when that decision’s going to be made?”

      Holder would only say, “As quick as we can.”

      • Goverment agent here to help you!

        It really is nice to see him squirm. It would be a lot nicer if better than a small percent of the people realized his discomfort.

      • kaptinemo

        ‘Overturn the laws’…because he doesn’t like them.

        Not put them to a vote again. Overturn them. By fiat, no less. This from a putative Representative – who is supposed to serve the people of Maryland, not WA or CO – who swore an Oath to preserve and protect the Constitution.

        He has no idea of how lucky he lives in this day and age. The Founders would have had this oathbreaker’s head on a pike.

  • Jean Valjean

    Alternet article on Henry Kissinger and the murderous road to unaccountable government. Bush and Obama would not be able to run rings around the law without Kissinger’s precedent:
    “The big question for Americans today is the degree to which this “Executive Mentality” will be directed against American citizens in the future. The prospects are not promising.

    The U.S. Executive today has not only obtained permission from Congress to kill or imprison any American citizens they wish without due process. They have done so – murdering not only Anwar al-Awlaki but his 16 year son, also a U.S. citizen, while sitting in a café. The Executive under President Obama has undertaken unprecedented prosecution of U.S. whistle-blowers and journalists alike for revealing information officials have arbitrarily classified. Never before has the U.S. had an Executive Branch “Department of Homeland Security”, which routinely spies on millions of Americans, and is working to paramilitarize police departments around the nation.”
    http://tinyurl.com/cvl8b6m

  • Freeman

    In other non-surprising news, the guy who was hired to advise WA officials on implementing legal cannabis has “been going around the country trying to convince people that knowing the unsatisfactory results of cannabis prohibition doesn’t prove that any specific implementation of legal cannabis will turn out to be an improvement”.

    I can only imagine the kind of confidence a statement like that inspires in the citizens who voted for I502.

    • divadab

      Yup – and a lot of people gave him an earful. Thanks for the link.

      • Freeman

        I see that! I like your response over there. It says what I would say, especially if I were still a resident of Washington. I used to always push back against his nonsense and arrogance on his blog, but I’ve grown weary of most of the usual crowd over there lately, preferring instead to share my thoughts on his drug policy statements here.

        I’m starting to suspect a collusion between WA officials and their “consultants” intent on sabotaging the “experiment” in order to discourage other states from following suit. There’s got to be some reason Kleiman’s trotting around the country trying so hard to lower expectations while simultaneously holding himself out as the top expert who spent the last few decades researching the subject. If he’s as good as he says he is, he should easily be able to improve on the status quo by leaps and bounds. It would take an evil genius to have things turn out worse under legalization, and that’s what worries me.

        • Windy

          That is my concern, also. He’s already talking about changing the MMJ law in WA, which was a totally separate Initiative passed by the people and has been working just fine, when the feds stay out of it. Hopefully the LE agencies in the State will ALL refuse to violate State law by joining in raids with the feds.

  • Bill to Establish Federal Marijuana Commission Introduced in Congress
    http://tinyurl.com/d97r2xl

  • Rick Steeb

    “When tyranny is abroad, SUBMISSION is the crime.”
    -Rev Andrew Eliot, 1765.

    “An unjust law is NO law.” -St. Augustine / MLK

    Ergo, marijuana *isn’t* really illegal. (Just watch out for the remaining badge-wearing thugs that still think it is.)

    • Duncan20903

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      I like to remind prohibitionists that it is not the American way to kowtow to unjust laws. The American tradition is to break those laws until they change and has been since day 1 when 56 old white men got together in Philadelphia and knowingly committed high treason against the crown by signing the Declaration of Independence. It’s been going on more or less constantly ever since. Including but not limited to: The Fugitive Slave Act, labor unions, Prohibition 1, civil rights, and involuntary conscription into the military.

      One of the more amusing responses I get to that assertion is when a sycophant of “the law is the law” philosophy tries to contradict that claim by saying that “this is a government of laws and not of men.” That quote came from the elder John Adams, one of those 56 old white men in Philadelphia.

      • Windy

        I honor those 56 old white men; IMNSHO, they were heroes to whom ALL Americans owe a huge debt of gratitude. When people ask me if I could actually meet any person I most wanted to meet (dead or alive) who would it be? my answer is always Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, those two are my personal heroes. And I am adamantly opposed to ANY politicians or private persons who want to move our government and laws away from those two founding documents. I abhor the lost freedoms we have suffered in my lifetime and I wrote and work diligently to get people (who haven’t been paying much attention) to help restore them.

  • Learn/Hebrew

    The new directives, which take effect immediately, allow oncologists to prescribe the drug to all cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, in the first six months after finishing chemo, or otherwise in need of pain relief.

    Also entitled to the drug are people with Crohn’s disease; certain colitis patients; HIV carriers suffering sharp weight loss or a very low level of CD4 white blood cells; multiple sclerosis patients suffering muscle spasms; and any terminally ill patient with a projected life span of six months or less.

    Other patients on the approved list will also be prescribed marijuana only if conventional treatments have first been tried and proven ineffective.

    Metzuyan

    • strayan

      This ‘last resort’ schtick is bullshit. There is no reason patients should have to fail ‘conventional’ treatments first. All options should be presented to patients and patients should have a say what treatments they would like to try.

      • such/is/usually/just/temporary

        The most infamous of the Red Flag Laws was enacted in Pennsylvania circa 1896, when legislators unanimously passed a bill through both houses of the state legislature, which would require all motorists piloting their “horseless carriages”, upon chance encounters with cattle or livestock to (1) immediately stop the vehicle, (2) “immediately and as rapidly as possible… disassemble the automobile,” and (3) “conceal the various components out of sight, behind nearby bushes” until equestrian or livestock is sufficiently pacified. The bill did not become law, as Pennsylvania’s governor used an executive veto.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_flag_traffic_laws

  • DdC

    DARE: Failing American Youth And Taxpayers For Thirty Years
    by Allen St. Pierre, NORML April 18, 2013

    With tongue firmly planted in her cheek, leading scholar, author and activist for youth drug education, Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, from the Drug Policy Alliance, criticizes DARE’s ineffectiveness and expense for the last thirty years.

    ‘Just Say No’ Turns 30
    Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D

    If you are under 40, it is very likely that you, like 80 percent of schoolchildren in the U.S., were exposed to Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which celebrates its 30th birthday this month.

    D.A.R.E. was created by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, following the rise of a conservative parents movement and First Lady Nancy Reagan in need of a cause. The purpose of D.A.R.E. was to teach students about the extreme dangers of drugs by sending friendly police officers into classrooms to help kids resist the temptation to experiment; to stand up in the face of peer pressure; and to “just say no.” article continued here

    “All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini

    DAREyl SWAT Gates, LAPDog Perversions.

    Gates is considered the father of SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics), which established specialized units dealing with hostage rescue and extreme situations involving armed and dangerous suspects.

    “Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”
    — Daryl DARE Gates – Former LAPD Chief

    In the war against narcotics, Chief Gates contributed a concept and program of historic significance to law enforcement through his creation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.

    The Assassins of Youth: DARE † FRCn PDFA

    “Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they’ve heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them was simply not true.”
    — Ann Shulgin, PhD,
    Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
    at the DPF Conference, November 1996

    NeoConflicts of Interest MJ Research Cut as Support Grows
    ☛Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message
    ☛Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
    ☛Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage
    ☛S.A.M. supporter demonstrates its absurdity
    ☛GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers
    ☛Diane Feinstein – the best argument for term limits
    First, we should once again make anti-drug campaigns a priority. In the early 1980s, former first lady Nancy Reagan coined the now-famous slogan “Just say no” as part of her national anti-drug campaign.

    Although her strategy was criticized, she was able to use the White House as a national platform to address these issues.

    Urine Testing Company

    After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

    Soon after Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.

    Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.

    This kind of business denies the basic rights of privacy, self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment) rights, unreasonable search and seizure, and the presumption of innocence (until proven guilty).

    Submission to the humiliation of having your most private body parts and functions observed by a hired voyeur is now the test of eligibility for private employment, or to contract for a living wage.

    Turner’s new money-making scheme demands that all other Americans relinquish their fundamental right to privacy and self-respect. ~jack herer

  • ezrydn

    According to the Directive facing Gil, he’s a failure. TWICE! But, he had to know that from the get-go. He’s a failed Administrator, pushing a failed concept, which has destroyed his character and word. WOW! What a life we pick for ourselves. A classic “render unto Ceasar” scenario.

  • It's later than you think

    It’s 4/20! Do you know where your vaporizer is?

    • claygooding

      yup..and my pipe,roller and papers,,cookies made also,,somebody is going to get high here one way or the other.

  • Thank/Forbes

    Whether you believe in the effectiveness of the War on Drugs in terms of consumption levels or not, making more resources available to your enemy in a decade-long armed conflict is not a great idea. And then the question becomes, as it is for other anti-narcotics policies: should ending the consumption and production of illegal drugs be the be-all and end-all of all public policy, or are there important trade-offs that may not be receiving the attention they deserve?

    Stan Veuger gets it

    • E. D. Yahtzee

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      One of the more surprising things that I’ve seen related to the issue of re-legalization is the flip flop in our favor with Forbes Magazine moving to our side of the table. I was acquainted with Steve Forbes in the late ’90s and the man is (or at least was) a foaming at the mouth prohibitionist, and I do mean ***foaming*** at the mouth when I say that. I see that the magazine is s still his dog & pony show too.

    • Didn’t see this when I posted below.Sorry abt that.

  • Better dead than red

    Oh-oh, it looks like the Boston Marathon bombing was the work of the commies!

    • not your slave

      You mean the commies who threw people in gulags for independant thought? I hope they catch them. Less commies = more freedom = legal pot.

    • Duncan20903

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      Rats, there was supposed to be a link to that laughably absurd assertion made in a news article. The joke completely flops without it. Now I can’t find it, so just ignore the post above. It can be deleted with my blessing.

  • Pete, I think your last article stirred up the hornets nest.

    Time to get out the bug spray.

    • Duncan20903

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      Don’t you remember that we can’t keep a can of RAID!® under the couch because every time we tried the wiggle dude would huff it, get sick and then ending up getting taken to the hospital to have his brain pumped?

  • DdC

    My Hemp Blue Jeans, shirts, hat and waffles are considered by the great minds of the OiNkDeCePtion and D.E.A.th, a schedule #1 narcotic with no medicinal value, addictive and a menace to society. You would think after wearing it the past 15 years I’d at least get some kinda buzz. Like those flashbacks Nixon promised 40 years ago.

    National Campaign To Promote Canadian 4/20 Marijuana Rallies

    4/20 2013: Worldwide Marijuana Rally List

    The International Drug Policy Reform Conference
    Denver, October 2013

  • allan

    speaking of least surprising headlines… this one appeared on the NYT site and featured this video The War On Drugs Is a Failure

  • Freeman

    OK, you all gotta go check out the 420 Weekend Jukebox over at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. The second video is awesome!

  • Lone Wolf 58

    Yawn. Grrrr!
    Oops! My Shadow.
    4/20!
    Look at that Moon!
    Ahhroooooo!

  • I’ve a great headline to share: http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/2013/04/norml-pac-endorses-abe-george-for.html

    Kings County may have a new D.A. come November – one who sees the folly of the drug war.

  • claygooding

    Happy 4/20 all,,see you at the courthouse.

  • David L. Marsh Sr.

    Happy 4/20..

  • kaptinemo

    (Putting on silly, mock-Pope hat sprouting cannabis leaves, with hemp vestments embroidered in same, and swinging incense censor bearing lit hash chunks around)

    Blessings and happy 4/20 to all cannabists, everywhere around the world, and may our tribe further increase. For, to paraphrase an old Biblical saying – and with a vastly more positive reason – “Our name is ‘Legion’, for we are many.” And it is those numbers which will eventually politically and socially overwhelm our oppressors, for whom this date is anathema. Celebrate it joyously, if only because it’s a thorn in their sides and sand in their eyes.

    But also, I ask, do so in memory of all who’ve suffered and continue to suffer for their faith in cognitive liberty. Remember them, and let your resolve to end this madness become ever stronger.

    • claygooding

      I keep hoping that this day will be a celebration of the end of the war on drugs and towards that goal I will be going to my local courthouse to light a candle for the victims around the world of this insanity,,I will delay my 4:20 toke until after I am not on county/city property.

  • E. D. Yahtzee

    Even less surprising than the headlines above:

    Marijuana Blamed for Dzhokhar’s Alleged Boston Bombings

    /snip/
    Here it is…the first report I have seen noting 19-year-old Dzhokhar’s weed use. We MUST start asking hard questions about marijuana use and these violent outbursts. In some people, marijuana use induces psychosis, paranoia and aggression. The science is there. This connection is real.
    /snip/

    Morons and cretins and schmucks, oh my!

    (article written by Russ Belville)

    • allan

      nice piece by Russ… thanks for posting.

      Along those same lines I was thinking about the big explosion in Texas… and how it seems there are some things allowed near schools far more dangerous than an mmj dispensary. Just an observation.

  • Arithmetic lesson

    12×35 = 420
    Coincidence?

    • primus

      No more coincidental than 2+2=4. What’s your point?

      • Knee deep in philosophical wax

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        Did you listen to the song? It’s called Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. You know, the one that goes “I would not feel so all alone, everybody must get stoned.” There’s no mention of any women rainy day or otherwise in the lyrics.

        Then there are people who claim that an unholy alliance of Bob Dylan & The Beatles caused the invention of merrywanna in 1964. It is documented history that Mr. Dylan got the Beatles stoned in New York City in 1964 but that doesn’t prove much of anything more than that people who get high write better songs.

        But seriously, I’d never noticed that coincidence before yesterday. I do believe that it’s just a stunning coincidence because I’m unaware of any references to 420 that far back. Of course whoever picked 420 might have gotten it from the title of that song. I can say for certain that the egg came first but not whether the song spawned 420 or 420 spawned the song.

        • Freeman

          One alleged origin of 4-20.

          April 20 is supposed to have become an international day for marijuana because of a group of California high school students 40 years ago. The Post said they used 4-20 as a code for the time they would gather after the end of the school day to share a joint.

          ‘Course, Dillan’s song is still older than that.

    • Deep Dish

      The New York Times wondered:

      Could it truly be a coincidence that April 20 lands only five short days after Tax Day? Surely the Internal Revenue Service orchestrated this calendar synchronicity, understanding that after another harrowing round of W-2s, 1099s and 1040s, many Americans relish the hard-earned opportunity to illegally relax, while conveniently relieving their glaucoma in the process.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opinion/gregory-brothers-the-war-on-drugs-is-a-failure.html?_r=0

  • darkcycle

    Happy 4/20! Yesterday, I brought my second son home here to Legal Washington! That’s right, the (2nd) adoption process that has taken FOUR YEARS is finally over! It took forever to get a referral that didn’t fall apart. He’s 9mo. old, and absolutely adorable. Those of you who are FB friends can see him on my wall, those of you couchmates not yet FB friends are welcome to friend me and have a gander! (Curtis Creek, the one with the Avatar of the adorable Kid!)
    This AM, he woke up hungry and wet, I got up (my turn) and changed and fed him and put him back down, and looked at the clock….exactly 4:20 AM on 4:20. So instead of going right back to sleep, I smoked a joint and listend to Peter Tosh. Then I went back to sleep! Happy 4:20 from Legal Washington, everybody!

  • When The U.S. Cracks Down On Afghan Heroin, It Aids The Taliban http://tinyurl.com/c4vr5r5 at Forbes.

    “A new report from the United Nations shows that opium production in Afghanistan is up. This, despite efforts on the part of the United States to sharply limit opium production in the country. America’s efforts, while well intentioned, have fallen victim to the law of unintended consequences. When the United States leans on the Afghani government to crack down on opium, they are effectively funding the Taliban, our Afghani opponent in the war on terror.”

  • allan

    click!

    clickclick!

    pfffffffffffffffffffffft… ‘ere

  • Duncan20903

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    There were a bunch of blind guys tasked with issuing a description of an elephant. Everyone knows about the first 3, but you rarely hear about the fourth. He latches onto his part of the elephant and at first says, yeah it’s just like guy #1 said, it’s just like a fire hose! No wait a second it’s getting all stiff. It’s like a penis, only much bigger!

    Marijuana’s Per-Ounce Production Price Could Drop To 62 Cents If Drug Is Legalized: Report

    The blind leading the blind. [sigh] $9.92/lb. Yeah, right. Maybe for cartel brickweed.

  • allan

    And as to kev-kev… he otter remember that the drug kzar upon his coronation announced that White House dictionaries did not contain the word “legalize.”

    Now there’s a 300mph freight train with the word legalize written all over it, barreling down the tracks.

    Fine. We celebrate 420 openly in CO and WA today. Next year we’ll do so again but in more states, and the year after that more states and the year after that… and soon enough we’ll be splifferating in LaFayette Park in front of the WH.

    And one more thing… a note to Sen Graham… the 3-word phrase suspend the Constitution should never come from the mouth of an elected representative.

  • thelbert

    happy 4/20 brothers and sisters. the volcano is working properly, supplies are plentiful, the weather’s perfect, and the bike is ready to go. i hope you all are loving life as much as i am.

  • allan

    Snoop Lion last night at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, in photos

    As the clock struck midnight on April 20, Snoop Lion tossed joints to the crowd, balloons fell from the ceiling and the first legal 4/20 in Denver had officially begun.

  • allan

    and… not that we’ll ever forget, but just as a holiday reminder, here’s Radley on HuffPo:

    13 People Who Are Dead Because Of America’s Futile War On Drugs