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December 2013



Twitter discussion on Wednesday

U.S. Drug Policy (@ONDCP)
12/16/13, 3:45 PM

What: Twitter chat on #druggeddriving
When: Wednesday, Dec. 18
Time: 4 p.m. EST
Join: Use #druggeddriving
Follow: @ONDCP @NTSB @NHTSAgov

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13 comments to Twitter discussion on Wednesday

  • Duncan20903


    Wouldn’t twittering while driving be about as unsafe as texting? And we’re supposed to be “drugged” too? I think that someone didn’t think this through.

  • Tony Aroma

    I don’t really know what a Twitter chat is, but I’m guessing it’ll be much like the recent ONDCP conference, just with fewer words (and lots of abbreviations and emoticons). The ONDCP will pat themselves on the back for the great job they’ve been doing so far, and they’ll warn of the dire consequences if they let up for even an instant. Of course the reason they can’t blink now is the developing “stoned driving” epidemic resulting from relaxed marijuana laws. Just look at what’s going on in WA (zero tolerance and more blood tests)! Staying the course, and not giving up the fight, is the only option.

    What do you think? Do I have the ONDCP pegged or what? (Not that it’s that difficult.)

    • You got it.

      That said, I feel a few “cah-chings” here and there to represent the gross money they make (at the expense of everyone else) would be fitting.

    • A twitter chat is a pretty strange thing. Basically, they get a bunch of people to post things at a particular time and include a hashtag in each tweet (in this case #druggeddriving). That way, they see every tweet that’s part of the “chat” by following that hashtag.

      The thing is, unlike the “drug policy reform conference,” anyone can join in. It’s like everyone in a room at the same time talking at the same time and you have to sort through all the messages. They’re trying to get a bunch of law enforcement groups to join in – probably in order to promote the zero tolerance idea.

      The trick is to jump in and ask why they think law enforcement is not competent enough to judge impairment.

      Now, of course, it’s possible to tune out distractions by not following the hashtag during the discussion, but instead following ONDCP’s discussion directly, so you may not get to everyone.

      If you don’t use Twitter, this probably still doesn’t make sense.

      • tensity1

        I think the ONDCP is pumped on awesome-juice (or something) to think that anything substantive can be processed or said about drug policy with the miniscule 70 whatever characters Twitter allows. Come on, facking really? These are the “experts” who control our nation’s drug policy, using Twitter?

        We’re gonna keep getting screwed.

        • curmudgeon

          they aren’t “experts”, they are a bunch of twits.

        • Windy

          curmudgeon, thanks, got my tweet all ready to go, and your comment helped:
          DEA & ONDCP: a bunch of bureaucratic twits who don’t know the difference between a vice & a crime.

  • strayan

    Well we all know the first thing that everyone who has hitherto obeyed the anti-cannabis laws (and abstained) will do when cannabis is (re)legalised is go out and break the DUI laws.

    They’re called prohibidiots for a reason.

    • Duncan20903


      Let’s not forget that those people with such a deep seated respect for the law only have that level of respect for State law (substitute City law in places like Portland Maine) and have no compunction about breaking Federal law (substitute State law in places like Portland Maine).

      Consistency and continuity just aren’t the strong suits of the prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants.

  • jean valjean

    a persecutors nightmare: running out of sticks to beat their victims with.

  • allan

    I think they’re trying to be hip, trying to show that ‘hey kids. we’re cool, we tweet.’

    Just like with their recent ‘drug policy reform’ “conference” they are trying to hijack our phraseology. Back in the day we’re the ones that kept slamming phrases like the War on (some) Drugs or calling the WOD Prohibition. And now look how often the WOD is labeled prohibition.

    Who knew that amotivational types could actually be so persistent for so damn long? They believed their own crap and wholly underestimated our endurance, our intelligence (our memories!) and our talents.

    For the worst of them (Calvina, Sembler, Bennett, Volkow, Seabat, etc) there will be hell to pay one of these days. The WOD is traitorous and treasonous. Profiteers will be held accountable.

    • Windy

      I’ll also be tweeting:
      Prohibition is not only unconstitutional, irrational and ineffective, it is barbaric, inhumane and a crime against humanity.

      I hope you’ll use your latter two sentences in a tweet, allan.

      • allan

        Actually Windy, those last 2 sentences are the slant I’m taking in my next oped. I figure it’s aboot time someone started saying it.