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Taking back June 26

Global Day of Protest Against the War on Drugs

Every year, the United Nations designates June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Sounds good, right? […] In recent years, some countries have “celebrated” their approach to drug abuse and trafficking by executing and torturing those convicted of drug crimes. Still sound good? Not so much.

And so, in response, people around the world are challenging not only the harshest of punishments for people convicted of drug crimes but also the criminalization of drug use in the first place — namely the war on drugs, which began in earnest in this country over 40 years ago and has since been spread worldwide with the help of the UN. For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action under the moniker Support, Don’t Punish, with support from groups like the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the International Drug Policy Consortium, and the Drug Policy Alliance. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

I like the idea of taking this day back.

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34 comments to Taking back June 26

  • Windy

    This is OT for this particular post but it is important. KOMO news posted this article on their site, the comments are ridiculously prohibidiotic. Go to it couchmates, for some reason every time I try to log in I get an error (“unspecified error #6”) and cannot, but there is SO many comments I wanted to correct.

      • The edit comment option isn’t showing up for you? As far as I can tell, it’s still on — it shows up for me.

        • allan

          not showing up for me either (but then I’m still dealing with 20th century technology)

        • Windy

          Nope, haven’t seen it for the past few days. Perhaps it’s because I still use Vista? Vista seems perfectly functional to me in all other ways, so I’ve seen no need to “upgrade” the OS on my desktop. I REALLY dislike Windows 8.1 which I have on my Surface and hubby has on his laptop, especially when it comes to finding pictures we’ve loaded onto those two computers; Vista with the old version of Windows Live Essentials works MUCH better.

        • primus

          It’s been showing up for me, but only after a long time delay.

        • Hmmm… No idea why it would stop working for some people. No indications of a compatibility problem at the plugin site, and it works fine for me.

          I’ll see what else I can find out, and I did discover that they have a stripped down, simpler version, and I might check that out when I have time to see if it works better.

        • DdC

          works for my posts

        • allan

          my bad… I just get it write the foist time and don’t look at edititing because I don’t knead it… :b

          yes, my edit function is there

      • Windy

        Ah success, I was FINALLY able to get logged in at KOMO. Saw a few of my couchmates’ comments, good job one and all.

  • DdC

    ot: Congrats Tim Lincecum on second no hitter.
    The SF Freak, longhaired stoner + he got 2 hits?
    2 Cy Young Awards
    2 World Series wins
    2 No Hitters

    Another A motivational stoner amounting to nothing…

  • Anytime ‘certain drug’ prohibitionists speak, they “shoot themselves in the foot”, because they literally cannot sustain a single point in their favor.

    Drug abuse (like any form of abuse) is obviously worth addressing, but abusing law (e.g. redefining the Commerce Clause solely, and therefore illegally, within the judicial branch to give us Certain Drug Prohibition) is the worst form of abuse due to its mainly broad scope of destruction.

  • Tony Aroma

    Here’s something to protest:

    Texas Judge Sentences Man To Death For Marijuana Possession

    In Texas, when they say 3 strikes and you’re out, they really mean it. The only other arrests on this guy’s record are two previous mj offenses. Good thing he wasn’t carrying a gun at the time of his arrest!

  • A bit OT: I’ll be visiting Leonard Pickard July 6 at the Tucson Federal Penitentiary. Leonard is serving two life sentences without parole for conspiracy to manufacture LSD (2000 silo bust in Kansas).

    Anyone have any questions you’d like me to ask, or just pass along some love?

    • allan

      definitely pass on some love! And tell him the world sorely misses quality LSD…

      • allan

        and be sure to tell him about the file in the cake… if that doesn’t work we’ll just have to take our country back and free all those incarcerated such as he.

      • Poca

        I was very fortunate to experience my first acid trip this past February. Unfortunately I swiftly lost contact with that source, and am so grateful for the experience. It was a Sunday, I took two hits, my wife to one (her first acid trip too). I now see why my brother in-law prefers lucy to shrooms. It was very strong, good, clean medicine & just what my marriage needed at the time. It was 8 bucks a hit, but really they are so priceless.

    • Poca

      This is how I heard about Leonard Pickard

      • Krystle Cole did not go to prison – and is not to be trusted. Read the court transcripts and see if you agree.

        • Poca

          I read the transcripts… Skinner meantions her being at certain places…but ultimately she took the 5th… so she didnt testify against Leonard and otherwise nothing really incriminating. The only thing I can see wrong with her is her loyalty to Skinner, that rat bastard. Her story seems mostly believable…is there anything you can point to that would give reason not to believe her, other than the guilt by association?

      • Daniel Williams

        The testimony of the young man kidnapped and tortured by Skinner and Cole would seem to put her outside the realm of loyality – and credibilitty. She was not an innocent bystander, by any stretch of the imagination.

        • Poca

          Wow, I was totally taken by her “i was kidnapped too” story, which I can see now is total bologna from a very intelligent sociopath. After reading about the whole thing from Brandon Green’s perspective, I am convinced she was grooming him like Orange is the New Black’s Vee (the long haired older heroin dealer who grooms children to sell for her and take the fall when things go sour). These predators set their friends up to take the fall.

          I like how Leonard reached out to Brandon, and they have contact now.

        • Poca

          Here is a very good account of the whole thing, fairly up to date too.

          She probably used Mr Green as well to manipulate Skinner…so even if she merely cleaned up after the torture of Brandon Green, without actually doing those unspeakable things… she probably (knowingly {w/ intent}) drove GTS to do them.

  • allan

    Anybody like good and useful news and statistics? Try this:

    here’s how CO unemployment stats look:

    May 2013 – 6.9%
    May 2014 – 5.8% (nat’l avg – 6.3%)

    a gain of 27,000 jobs in a year and if legalization accounts for 10,000 of
    those jobs that’s nearly 40% of the state’s job growth.


  • Jean Valjean

    Here’s a congressman in urgent need of a primary challenge from an anti-prohibitionist candidate: Andy Harris (R-Md)

    • Duncan20903


      Don’t hold your breath Jean. The man is a cracker from cracker town. It’s really no surprise to me that he’s the representative from that district. If he faces a challenger the argument would be over which one is the most Caucasian and who has the better plan to minimize or even eliminate the safety net for poor people.

      Oh, just FYI my wife’s home town is in his district. It’s really not that bad there if you’re white.

      Anyway I’m now pretty certain that the committee vote was just political grandstanding. I don’t think they have enough time left to actually make it happen without working all night and the whole weekend. If there had been enough of a sense of urgency to make them want to work overtime they would have started the process weeks ago.

      All of the above is IMHO.

      • Jean Valjean

        I had the impression some of those crackers are coming round to our way of thinking, at least the younger ones?

        • Windy

          OT but somewhat related:
          I watched CNN’s special, The Sixties, earlier this evening. Where I lived during that time, we were not exposed to the civil rights fights except on TV; at that time we had only one black person who lived in our town, an old woman at that time. We, in our little town, lived a blessed life free from much in the way of strife (in spite of the VietNam war) and with a great deal more freedom to live our lives than anyone has today.

          Anyway, anyone who thinks police were more polite back then and less likely to engage in physical violence against “suspects” should view that special. They were just as violent back then, the difference was they were only that way to blacks and the whites who marched with them.

          How the world has changed in the half a century since is also another eye opener.

        • Windy: Back in the early days of Nixon’s drug war, it was mostly white middle-class kids (like me, twice) getting busted for drugs – mainly pot and LSD. My 1972 bust was carried out violently by the police: they totally destroyed my apartment, using a fire ax to break down the front door, and made two young women sit naked on the couch for nearly two hours while they did their destruction. And it all started out with me assuming the position, naked up against my bedroom wall with the business end of a police .38 pressed against my left temple while another cop at my right ear described my sex life in prison.

          Arrests fast-tracked to minorities, but it’s important to remember how the whole thing started. The state did its best to ruin my life, trying to send me to prison for a minimum of 2 years, maximum of 10.

          Some things never change.

    • allan

      I’m always glad (sincerely!) when the HT stories you post are identified. makes it so much easier for me to not read them.