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Toxic science

Regardless of what you may feel about the appropriateness politically of the “marijuana is safer” than alcohol campaigns, the truth is that in some areas, marijuana is, in fact, scientifically and objectively safer than alcohol.

A recent ad aired at NASCAR said that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol, and that specific claim was analyzed […]

The silence is deafening

I was pleased to hear Attorney General Holder make his announcement about reducing sentencing for low-level drug crimes, not because I thought what he planned to do would have much practical effect (still depending on prosecutors to use judgement), but rather because it appeared that the announcement might end up being non-controversial.

So many politicians […]

A different world

Official Tweets from the Seattle Police Department twitter feed:

SPD Chief Jim Pugel was just driving down 4th Ave when he spotted a 79 Chevy w/fake pot leaves hanging from its rearview. Driver looked lost

That’s when Chief Pugel’s 30 years of policing experience kicked in.

After stopping the car (which had out of state […]

Programming note

I hate to recommend watching the TV “news” stations, but it’s how so much of the mass population gets their info…

Tonight at 9 pm Eastern: Gone to Pot – Making cases for and against the legalization of marijuana.

Featuring LEAP’s Neil Franklin and… David Evans.

Wow, they’re really having to dig to the bottom […]

Tipping point recognized

I was impressed with this CNN story: As haze clears, are American opinions on pot reaching tipping point? (except for the obligatory pun in the headline).

It is a story of a lot of people getting caught flat-footed by the sudden surge of the legalization movement…

“I’m surprised by the long-term increase in support for […]

Frisky

Mayor Bloomberg tries to defend Stop and Frisk in this horrible piece in the New York Post: Frisks save lives

He basically takes the position that Stop and Frisk has been responsible for a decrease in violent crime, even though he has no evidence proving it (in fact, other cities without Stop and Frisk saw […]

Great and terrible power, exercised with some lenience, is still great and terrible power.

Ken White at Popehat has an excellent post that’s extremely helpful for those who would like to understand the Holder memo and federal sentencing: The Eric Holder Memorandum on Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Explained

He concludes:

I’m not happy that the methodology for the change is a fairly dramatic expansion of prosecutorial discretion. Prosecutors already had […]

A Question for Michael Mukasey

One interesting reaction to Holder’s comments today came from a certain former Attorney General… Former AG Mukasey: Holder Has Wrong Approach on Mandatory Sentences

“Mandatory minimums impose a certain rigidity in sentencing that’s not appropriate in the individual case,” Mukasey said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” […]

Mukasey said he would be […]

Odds and Ends

Should Marijuana Be Rescheduled? — Kevin Sabet, sounding really desparate to remain relevant given everything going on.

What does Holder’s speech really mean? Who knows? It certainly had some attractive rhetoric, but at that level, you can afford good speechwriters, so your rhetoric should seem like ambrosia. Actual action is yet to happen. […]

Open Thread

So much to talk about.

– Sanjay Gupta on CNN

– Attorney General vows to end the war on drugs, or do something about sentencing, or something.

– DEA in the crossfire

– Kevin Sabet apparently lies

– Plan Mexico falling apart

– Changes in the laws in Uruguay, Illinois, and other exotic locations