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Speaking in Indiana on Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 1 (no joke), I’m traveling to Indiana to talk about some bad laws (no, not that one… some others).

This event is hosted by Young Americans for Liberty at Indiana University and Student Peace Alliance

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If you’re in the area, hope to see you there!

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11 comments to Speaking in Indiana on Wednesday

  • darkcycle

    Knock it out of the park, Pete!

  • kaptinemo

    You should also invite Kevvie.

    He’ll serve as an excellent example of the corrosive influence of prohibition, being its chief apologist right now. If he declines, it never hurts to pint out that those who have benefited from prohibition generally will not attend such gatherings for fear of being brought into a debate about its most glaring aspect, the mercenary one.

    As the old saying goes, “Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.” Kevvie and Co. have had a steady diet of that bread for several decades, and it shows, in more ways than one.

    • Duncan20903

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      As totally unable to differentiate between one object and another as the typical prohibitionist is, I don’t think that I can recall ever hearing a sycophant conflate Satan with cannabis before a few moments ago.

      Mikeyz regurgitated, “Love it. The Satanists can’t be too far behind. This will be fun to watch.” linky

      Now isn’t that special?

  • Servetus

    When ISIS overran Mosul, the hardcore Islamic group prohibited cigarette smoking. It was a public relations disaster. Iraqi and Syrian smokers rebelled, and a cigarette smuggling network arose:

    [Cigarettes are] imported from Syria and are smuggled in, hidden under legal goods like clothing and grocery items. They also come from the Kurdish region of Syria and are smuggled through Dohuk and Erbil into Mosul.

    “They also come from Iraq’s central and southern provinces,” the merchant told us on condition of anonymity. “Cigarettes are hidden in tankers and oil drums. Most of what is on the market here is really bad quality and it is only meant for smuggling. The risks are high but the profits are very good.”

    The traders then get the cigarettes to Mosul’s retailers—and the whole system is based on trust.

    ISIS punishments for cigarette indulgence are often severe:

    Those who violate the smoking ban face a minimum penalty of 40 lashes with a whip. However, the consequences of a repeated offense can be as severe as prison time or even execution. Some find relief across the border in Turkey where they take secret cigarette breaks. Some who have tried to kick the habit have buckled under the strict law, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    “I really struggled with not smoking,” French citizen Flavien Moreau testified before a court in November, after returning from Syria. Moreau was sentenced to seven years in prison on terrorism charges for joining the Islamic State, according to France24. “It was forbidden by the katiba [a group of Islamist militants]. I had brought Nicorette gum with me, but it wasn’t enough. So I left my gun with my [commander] and I left.”

    If the cig ban weren’t enough to lose new recruits, ISIS also prohibits cannabis. Here is ISIS in Syria dousing a marijuana field with gasoline and setting it on fire.

    As a prohibitionist group, ISIS has condemned itself to obliteration by smokers. Defeat of ISIS is inevitable. The next revolutionary group that tries to take over the region should consider the mistake ISIS made, and not insist on engaging in something as counterproductive as prohibition.

  • Our Fourth Amendment rights have been eroded by Drug War: Jarvis DeBerry http://tinyurl.com/pur2lcy
    …”[I]f the Fourth Amendment is due to the Founders’ offense at British soldiers forcibly entering homes in daylight hours after knocking and announcing to search for contraband, it seems safe to say that the Founders would be appalled by the fact that today, dozens of times each day, heavily armed government officials break into homes, often at night, without first knocking and announcing, in order to conduct searches for contraband.”

    Radley Balko – “I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to serving search warrants for drug crimes, there is no longer a Castle Doctrine, there is no longer a knock-and-announce requirement. There’s barely still a Fourth Amendment at all.”
    http://tinyurl.com/p6n2emq

    Good luck on your lecture Pete. Makes me hopeful that with this new generations help we may again have a bill of rights that is actually followed, and not ignored by government exceptions.

  • Duncan20903

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    I think that there needs to be a comprehensive investigation so we can figure out how the heck we missed this one from 3/26/2015:

    Obama tells ‘Wire’ creator that drug policy is ‘breaking the bank’
    By Shawn Langlois
    Mar 26, 2015
    President: ‘The Wire’ is one of the greatest ‘pieces of art’ in decades

    “Come at the king, you best not miss.” That’s just one of many memorable quotes from drug-dealer-hunting Omar Little in “The Wire.” It’s also something Barack Obama might say to himself in the mirror after a rough day at the Oval Office. Or to John Boehner on the golf course.

    People do that. Even the president. They quote from their favorite shows. And Obama has made it clear that the HBO drama about crime in West Baltimore is at the top of his list. He reiterated that position when he had a chance to interview “The Wire” creator David Simon this week.

    “I’m a huge fan of ‘The Wire,’” he said to kick off the chat. “I think it’s one of the greatest — not just television shows — but pieces of art in the last couple of decades.” Later in the interview, he confirmed that Omar is his favorite character.
    /snip/

  • Speaking of Liberty and freedom:

    Church Of Marijuana Gets Boost From Indiana’s Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

    “I fought this bill tooth and nail,” Levin said. “And because of our brave and brilliant governor,” he continued, his voice brimming with sarcasm, “he opened up the door for me to take my campaign to religion. The state will not interfere with religious belief — well buddy, my religious belief is green with red hairs, and boy do I like to smoke it.”

    “We’re going to have a ‘good book,'” Levin said. “The first good book that we’re going to authorize in the church and share is the first good book we all read.” Levin says that’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes …”

    I am still laughing. Can’t get this smile off my face. Am I having a religious experience?

  • kaptinemo

    As a young Catholic lad, I went to church (ahem) religiously, every Sunday morning. This after being in Catholic school 5 days a week, receiving both education and indoctrination. (In public schools nowadays you only get indoctrination as education. And I am not the only one who believes this.)

    During Communion, the priest would offer the unleavened wafer (kids didn’t get the wine) and intone “This is His body, and this is His blood.”

    Imagine the horror that filled my very young mind when I discovered what the term ‘cannibalism’ meant.

    Cannabis as a sacrament makes a lot more sense. No approximations, no neutered imitation of an experience, the real deal. And no gory analogies to trouble one’s mind.

    And on that subject of cannabis-as-sacrament, quite a few scholarly works exist.

    I especially recommend the works of Chris Bennett, who’s researched the subject intensely over the past 20+ years. Read his treatises, and you’ll be amazed at the amount of historical depth and breadth of the role cannabis has played in Human attempts to commune with the Divine over the centuries…and also why a certain church wanted it banned, hundreds of years ago. One more reason to remain an apostate.