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As of today, Drug WarRant has been going for 12 years, with 6,090 posts and 10s of thousands of comments (don’t have an actual number on comments, since the count on those re-started when I moved to WordPress in 2009 – 70,000 since then).

We’ve seen some great progress in those 12 years (and some things have hardly changed at all).

The thing that really makes this site special is all the commenters who hang out on the couch. Thanks to all of you!


bullet image In the “things haven’t changed at all” category: Kansas Man Facing Felony Murder Charge for Telling an Acquaintance Where He Could Find Marijuana

The felony murder rule continues to cause injustice.


bullet image Also in the things-haven’t-changed category… Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear Is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War

At a news conference discussing the preliminary findings of an autopsy following Bland’s alleged suicide at the Waller County Jail in Texas last week, officials placed heavy emphasis on marijuana reported to be found in the young woman’s system.

Why this emphasis? What does this have to do with widespread demands for accountability around the circumstances of her death? Are we expected to believe the not so subtle insinuation that marijuana use played a part?


bullet image In the category of “we wouldn’t have believed this 12 years ago…

[Via Press Release]: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Measure Intended to Ensure Marijuana Businesses Have Access to Banking Services

The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, would prohibit the Treasury Department and its enforcement arm, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network or FinCEN, from using federal funds to punish banks that provide financial services to marijuana businesses that are operating legally under state laws.

See also: 10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition Is About to Go Up in Smoke


bullet image Or, how about this? A ‘Drugged Driver’ Who Wasn’t Avoids Prison in Pedestrian’s Death

Then something surprising happened. Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon, after carefully considering the facts of the case, decided to drop the felony charge. “There was no evidence whatsoever of impaired driving,” McMahon told the Daily Herald. “Her THC levels were zero. The metabolite was positive. A metabolite is not what impairs someone’s ability to drive.”


Baby steps, sometimes, but real change has been happening, and it appears that maybe…

bullet image Slowly but surely, the Western world is coming down from the hallucinatory war on drugs

Slowly but surely, the Western world is coming down from the hallucinatory war on drugs. Legalisation and regulation is safer for both users and society at large. One day we will look back with amazement at the idea of handing control of potentially-dangerous markets to the most lethal gangs on earth. These small steps in Derbyshire and Durham on cannabis are one more sign of progress towards a saner world.

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43 comments to Odds and Ends

  • DonDig

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    These things are getting better, and I believe that this site is contributing to the improvement.

    Thanks for all of your great insight, and creating a community of thoughtful commenters.

    I’ve enjoyed my years of visiting the couch.

  • Augustine Aloysius Custard

    Preparation method

    1. Bring the facts, statistics and science to simmering point slowly over various newspaper comment threads.

    2. Whisk the folks, prohibitionists and trolls together while smoking a bowl until well blended.

    3. Violently pour the hot statistics and facts on to the folks, prohibitionists and trolls, whisking all the time with a giant balloon whisk.

    4. Return to the pan, (add vanilla extract if using) and over a low heat gently stir in the watching journalists with a wooden spatula until properly informed.

    5. Pour the ensuing custard into a jug and watch from a safe distance while smoking another bowl.

    • Nobody

      Don’t be so hard on the trolls, man. Most trolls fully support reform. It is called Poe’s law. Makes the opposition look like total idiots. They are just having a bit of fun. Sucks if you fall for it, though.

      • tensity1

        Yeah, not the trolls’ fault that prohibitionists are so damn idiotic and rabid that one can’t tell the difference between sincere crazy and crazy trolling that is indistinguishable from the jackassery of the authoritarian a-holes.

  • Tony Aroma

    Wow! If only Ms. Volkow had the authority to reschedule. Unfortunately, i don’t think there’s much more the NIDA can do.

    Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

    In short, CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress. NIDA will do what we can to address such barriers and expedite the study of this potentially valuable compound, as well as other components of the marijuana plant.

    • strayan

      lol, Nora has been forced to admit, because the FDA says they do, that botanical drug substances have a legitimate use in medicine.

      • DdC

        Nora admits after not being able to hide it. That “eCB” has potential for medicine and still holds onto the old Nora gossip and fear mongering over whole plant medicine.

        NIDA Director: Marijuana A ‘Fascinating Target’ For New Medicines Mar 17, 2014

        …(she) says there is promise for developing new medicines based on compounds in the plant.

        My view is that the cannabinoids are one of the most fascinating targets we have for the development of medicines.

        Smoked marijuana is problematic as a medicine… potential carcinogens.

        Vaporizers?
        Dr. Volkow points to isolating specific compounds from the plant as a solution.

        After 12,000 years of using it shouldn’t that be more than a potential? It potentially can fuel a rocket to Pluto but I’m not packing my bags just yet. Just more obscurity to avoid the inevitable collapse of her racketeering, coersion and murder.

        Here’s another. After NIDA’s 40 years they still grip the side of the sinking ship in hope of continuing their profits. Still after admitting to controlling nausea and boosting appetite. Treating autoimmune diseases, inflammation, pain, seizures and psychiatric disorders, including substance use disorders. All the years this medicinal research was banned by her department. How many victims had to suffer and die because it potentially impacts driver safety? Legalization concerns the potential impact on teenagers? Again 12,000 years used by teens and babies as medicine. Also forcing more harm in the notion legal clean trimmed buds with noted potency is far more dangerous than what is on the street for kids. Insane, illogical, immoral, unethical, mean stupid and plain crazy. Norida should be a schedule#1 drug. Definitely a menace to society.

        Taking a Science-informed Approach to Medical Marijuana

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        Seniors Choosing Legal Pot States for Retirement

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        Cannabis More Popular with Older People Than Ever Before

        Older/Senior Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Pot
        Marijuana and Seniors: America’s Underserved Could Benefit Most

      • NorCalNative

        strayan, you’re really onto something. The idea that Western medicine and “herbs” would never come together was set up in 1910’s “Flexner Report.”

        Eclectic medicine, herbal medicine, or “Injun-medicine” DID NOT make the science-based cut of the day because there was no “evidence” for the use of herbs and herbal synergy.

        Fast-forward a hundred years or so and knowledge of the ECS (endocannabinoid system) changed EVERYTHING.

        The “biological drug substance” (BDS) cannabis IS of extreme importance, and is very SPECIAL despite NORA Fuck-face’s protestations.

        We’re having an “EAST meets WEST” battle that is dragging Western-trained allopathic doctors into the realm of herbal-synergy.” Big Pharma was set up (BY CONGRESS) to both control medicine and be the dominant player.

        Epidiolex, from GW Pharmaceuticals, in the U.S. as an orphan drug is a “purified” CBD product unlike it’s whole-plant full extract oil relatives. Problem for NIDA and medical science is, the biological drug substance (BDS) that contains CBD and other cannabinoids is superior to purified CBD.

        I can feel a bit of Nora’s “pain” when it comes to reproducible medicine. Cannabis without lab work is always going to be highly variable. However it’s likely that, safety and efficacy may be just as important than having a precise number.

        One of the other interesting aspects of the “Flexner Report” was that Harvard’s medical school class of 43 African American’s dropped to “3” following Flexner. Nothing racist about that!

        Capitalism ROCKS when it’s able to hide behind changes in social policy. The Flexner Report picked winners-and-losers. Plants and non-whites LOST. The other dividend was fewer doctors increased the overall pay of the ones who fit into Flexner, i.e., the evidence-based allopaths.

        Dear Nora FUCKFACE. You cannot call yourself the EVIDENCE-BASED brand if you shit on the evidence. Fuck you UNTIL you get with the program that puts people and democracy in front of the wealth produced by Big Pharma’s control of Western Medicine.

        Nora did a great job in that Huffington Post column. She put out a great deal of legitimate science on cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 but where her PROPAGNDIST PORNOGRAPHY really came into play was her “inability” to tie those cannabinoid receptors into the endocannabinoid (SYSTEM) in which they work.

        Noting special about marijuana NORA? Not even the way it interacts with the endocannabinoid system? FUCK YOU!

        Sorry mom, it’s either liberal use of the FUCK word or punching somebody in the face.

      • Tony Aroma

        It occurs to me that even if CBD is rescheduled, it’s not going to make much difference if the plant it comes from is still schedule 1. You’d be OK possessing and using CBD if it were not a controlled substance, but there would still be no legal way to produce it without going through the DEA to get the marijuana. Rescheduling CBD would be mostly symbolic, like those states that allow CBD oil but no way to get it.

    • kaptinemo

      Like I keep saying, they have realized they must climb aboard our bandwagon and try to take it over if they wish to survive.

      But their past sins are catching up to them, and no matter how much such as Nora-de-NIDA seek to act as if they have just discovered cannabis’s myriad medical uses (after denying their – and perforce, reform’s – existence for decades) the Internet proves them liars, every time.

      They still live in that Warshington bubble, a goldfish bowl where the only people they meet and talk to are other denizens of the prohibitionist cloud-cuckooland, where bureaucracy is reality, whereas reality has passed them by, demographically. Their entire paradigm is tailored to cater to the cultural prejudices of a generation that no longer exists.

      And the generation that this conflict was supposedly fought for, in order to ‘save’ it, has repudiated the DrugWar via every nearly election referendum favoring re-legalization since 2012.

      But such as Nora soldier on, trying desperately to ignore the voice that had been following them; our voice. The voice of strained, long-suffering patience, telling them they were wrong, all along. Now that it is obvious that it has become ‘steam engine time’ for reform, they are now trying to sound like reformers. As if we couldn’t tell. That’s partly what is so insulting about it; assuming we are as stupid as they have proven to be.

      Leopards; spots
      Prohibs; mendacity

      They never change.

      • claygooding

        They need to sell the “hippies in a time machine” conspiracy to act as if we snuck back in time and inserted cannabis in those 4,000 year old Chinese medical scrolls in order to claim ignorance of the medical efficacy of the cannabis plant.

  • NorCalNative

    Pete, thanks.

    Hope my small donation is enough for a few sips of some single-malt scotch to celebrate 12-years.

    You really deserve a lot of credit.

  • Servetus

    Happy birthday Drug WarRant!

    The great revolutionary, Victor Serge, estimated revolutions take 15 to 15½ years on average, which was true of the French and Russian revolts. Noted revolutionists’ methods included much of what we today would recognize as blogging, minus the efficiency, convenience, and anonymity of the Internet.

    If past is prologue, 12 years of well-informed zingers, metaphors, idioms, and ridicule aimed at drug enforcement puts us into countdown territory for the drug revolution.

    It’s always difficult to know precisely how a revolution will end, who will grab the reins of power in the political shitstorm that follows, but we can at least be assured that few things about drugs will ever be the same again.

    • Duncan20903

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      Does that mean you think it will be about 3 1/2 more years? There’s just no friggin’ way that this thing lasts past 2020. Anyway, what’s going on is not a political revolution. It’s the collapse of a shared mania. Quite frankly I’m betting the whole thing gets settled on Election Day 2016 if CALM can manage to get their proposed initiative to re-criminalize on the California ballot and if the cannabis law reform people can get a workable proposal for re-legalization. It’s a big if…prohibitionists have never had any talent in getting initiatives on the ballot.

  • thelbert

    your work for the liberty of your country is outstanding. happy anniversary Pete and couchmates. let’s hope it doesn’t take another twelve years to free up this lash-up we call america.

  • thelbert

    OT, speaking of liberty, here something that has it’s paralells in our contemporary oligarchy:http://tinyurl.com/qjkr3t5

  • DdC

    How Carl Sagan Predicted Marijuana Legalization
    By Tom Angell on July 27, 2015

    Outside a tobacconist’s there was a long, orderly, and polyglot line of people attracted by the first week of legalized sale of cured cannabis cigarettes from the United States. By French law they could not be sold to or consumed by those under eighteen years of age. Many in line were middle-aged and older. Some might have been naturalized Algerians or Moroccans. Especially potent varieties of cannabis were grown, mainly in California and Oregon, for the export trade. Featured here was a new and admired strain, which had in addition been grown in ultraviolet light, converting some of the inert cannabinoids into the 1Δ isomer. It was called “Sun-Kissed.” The package, illustrated in a window display a meter and a half high, bore in French the slogan “This will be deducted from your share in Paradise.” continued

    Carl Sagan: A Life in The Cosmos

  • jean valjean

    Sagan also proposed the theory that cannabis seed was the accidental prompt that led to the greatest advance in human existence, the development of agriculture. I like to imagine some hunter-gatherers having a feast and smoking a lot of weed, throwing the seeds away and then returning to that spot a few months later to find a choice plantation of their favorite herb. For one early genius, the prehistoric light bulb went on and the potential was grasped.

    • DdC

      First domesticated crop. I think it went back to the apes dilating brain capillaries bringing blood to previously dormant areas. More memory storage. More dilation. Simple tools. More capillaries more memory until the additional weight separated the brain like a water balloon straddling a fence. Mammon arrives… Before the apes the seeds probably came from a meteor. Although with its rejuvinating powers it would fit as the Tree of Life in the Bible. It was never prohibited but seemed like the Genesis story would portray it as a hidden fruit also kept from the kids. A test of sorts, if they passed the do not eat the Tree of Knowledge fruit test, then some day they would be given Ganja, Since they ate the forbidden fruit the gods were afraid they would find the Ganja and live forever like them. So they were evicted. Sounds like a Corporate Property Manager disregarding state Ganja laws. Sythians in BC placed hot rocks into a cauldron of buds placed inside a sealed tapastry dome similar to a sweat lodge. Billowing clouds of smoke to bath in. and Norida potentially needs more research… and a brain to go with it.

      I consolidated several links into one Carl’s thread.

      Carl Sagan
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2026/

    • claygooding

      The discovery of cannabis by early man gives a possible biological reason for our species developing brain size so much more rapidly than other species. Only recently they discovered that cannabis users brains have structural changes,,of course NIDA immediately jumped to bad conclusions on the research and the actual researchers had to refute their propaganda by explaining the structural changes were beneficial changes,,,now multiply those changes by hundreds of thousands of years.

      That is how I see it Vern.

  • joe minella

    Thank you, Pete, for your wisdom and persistence. DWR has been a light of hope in the darkness.

  • Servetus

    A scathing drug scandal is rocking merry olde England. Lord Sewel has resigned from the House of Lords:

    28 July 2015 — Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday appeared to show the peer – who had been deputy speaker of the Lords – snorting powder from a woman’s breasts.

    The peer has apologised for the “pain and embarrassment” caused and said his exit would “limit and help repair” the damage to the reputation of the Lords.[…]

    On Monday, Lord Sewel was also pictured wearing an orange bra and leather jacket as he reclined, smoking a cigarette.

    Footage showed him making disparaging remarks about a number of senior politicians, including the prime minister, and other peers.

    • Frank W.

      Milord, when “Blackmail” is on the telly you have to call before the film shows your face. Don’t sit there and masturbate to it.

    • Duncan20903

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      What the heck is so special about any of that? It sounds a lot like my life in the late 1980s. OK, a little toned down and I never could do the cross dressing thing without making everyone laugh out loud, but a lot of guys can pull it off.

      Oh wait, is it because an orange bra is so darn tacky? You know, foreign fashions are different. Just because I wouldn’t be caught dead in an orange bra doesn’t mean that it isn’t an everyday thing among foreigners.

      Another thing, I thought that the Lords owned their seats in the House of Lords? Oh never mind. I’ll never understand British politics anyway. Those people are just plain weird.

  • Duncan20903

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    Huh, I thought this was already a done deal:
    Early marijuana sales bill for Oregon signed by Kate Brown

    Politicians lowering taxes established by initiative, allowing sales to start sooner than required…whoda funk woulda thunk it possible?

    • Frank W.

      Thanks for this news! Our own ActionNewsTeam in southern OR strangely didn’t mention it.

  • thelbert

    here ‘s a little ray of sunshine: Link

    [Edit: link fixed]

  • Thudworthy

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    Before you read this post I highly recommend that you sit down and no fluids in your mouth. This one is from the “hold onto your hats, it’s raining bricks and they’ve given me a headache” category:

    New York’s Senator Schumer Throws Weight Behind Federal Medical Marijuana Legislation

    Senator Schumer joins NY Senator Gillibrand in Sponsoring the CARERS Act, a Bill that Would End Federal Prohibition of Medical Marijuana

    New York Patients and Families Applaud Schumer for His Support
    /snip/

  • Duncan20903

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    Who the heck knew that Gov Christie was in a Monty Python movie?
    A bucket for monsieur

    But that does explain why he’s got so much talent when it comes to regurgitating hysterical rhetoric.
    Christie to Colorado: Pot party ends with me

    Is Mr. Christie playing the role played by George Wallace in the 1968 Presidential campaign? Will Donald Trump ask him to be his V.P. if Mr. Christie gets ousted in the primaries? If he wins can we at least make him pay for his own food? Is Air Force One wide enough to accommodate him or will it have to be retrofitted with new doors and bathrooms? We can’t have the POTUS getting stuck in an airplane’s bathroom every other day you know. Do the current jet engines have enough thrust to even get the plane off of the ground with him in it?

    Trump/Christie 2016! Somebody get me a bucket!!

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    • Rainbow Dash

      I haven’t had time to check your website yet, but I’m bringing a group of dopers to Spain and we’ll need a hotel. It must be able to accomodate a “brony party” and have all-weather carpet.

      • jean valjean

        Ha ha. Love it.

      • tensity1

        LOL. My boys have been watching MLP, and I must admit, I like it too. You’re the favorite of one of them, Rainbow Dash!

        I don’t think I’m gonna Google brony party, though, or why all-weather carpet is needed.

        Thanks for the laugh.

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      Working yourself to the bone for Art!

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