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Happy Holidays

Wonderful holiday wishes to all Drug WarRant readers, and especially to the regular couch-mates who make this place special.

I just finished my last day of work yesterday, and look forward to discovering what retirement will bring. But first, I’m hitting the road for the holidays to visit family and friends.

For those sticking around, there’s some of Alton Brown’s aged eggnog in the refrigerator (make sure Matt doesn’t O.D. on it), and I believe there’s still a fruitcake being used as a doorstop (and no, Mr_Alex, it wasn’t made by the Semblers, so it’s OK).

Have a great time. I’ll stop in during the holidays when I can.

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129 comments to Happy Holidays

  • Crut

    Has anyone heard of this guy, Kevin Sabet? /snark

    Top 10 Anti-Marijuana Legalization Policy Victories of 2015

    Victories? He seems to live in some sort of alternate reality where things like facts can be ignored or inflated on a whim. Does he have an agenda or something?

    • jean valjean

      He’s a spin doctor/turd polisher extraordinaire. It’s the one thing he’s good at. As an academic he’s a total fraud. Do parents of students at U of F know that this man is actively promoting the caging of their kids and the imposition of a lifetime exclusion from the American dream? If there was any justice in America he would be banned from working with children and young people.

    • Servetus

      Kevin’s so vain, he probably thinks this drug war’s about him.

      I’m trying to remember any propagandist who has been amateur enough to champion hollow victories and thereby highlight their own humiliating defeats. I can’t think of any. Sabet has set a new standard.

    • DdC

      Naw, a chip off the old worriers block…

      CN: Search fuzzy math
      ☛ Federal Drug Use Surveys and Fuzzy Math
      ☛ Fuzzy Numbers? Study Finds Pot Lowers Math Scores
      ☛ More Fuzzy Drug-War Math

      Winning

      March 24, 2000
      The Office of National Drug Control Policy unveiled its “new” $19 billion strategy yesterday. Director Gen. Barry McCaffrey, our drug “czar,” claims that we have made “substantial progress” and that “for those who say this is a war, we are winning.”

      Keep Fighting The Fight
      February 25, 2003
      Kudos To John Ashcroft And The DEA!
      You may be wondering what will become of the evil, roach clip-selling terrorist supporters recently taken into custody. As it stands now, anyone convicted of trafficking in drug paraphernalia can receive a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of property.

      I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could—if that were your sole purpose—you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down, … That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.”
      ~ Bill Bennett,
      Former education secretary and drug czar
      on his radio show.

      “We are especially worried about the growing and compelling evidence from researchers around the world that regular marijuana use can contribute to depressions, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia,” Walters told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.

      How to Win the War on Drugs

      The Great Drug War of 1988, by no coincidence the year of congressional and presidential sweepstakes, is on. Here are a few dispatches from the front:

      Item. On the presidential primary trail, Robert Dole calls for the death penalty for drug smugglers. George Bush, milking the drug terror for all it’s worth, raises the stakes the only way he can, urging the “swift execution” of smugglers.

      Donald Trump and Harry J. Anslinger: Two Peas in a Pod

  • Will

    Radley Balko’s update on the Kansas folks who were raided based on visiting a hydroponics store;

    Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home

    http://tinyurl.com/pc4eb4v

    Oh, that judge…;

    “[U.S. District Court Judge John W. Lungstrum] ruled that the police were under no obligation to know that drug testing field kits are inaccurate, nor were they obligated to wait for the more accurate lab tests before conducting the SWAT raid.”

    —————

    Jeeeeesus!

  • jean valjean

    Jeeeesus indeed. The economy is falling apart and this asshat thinks we can afford SWAT raids for this? WTF is up with what passes for justice in the Land of the Free?

  • jean valjean

    Jesse Snodgrass sting case update:
    “While the judge’s ruling against Jesse Snodgrass is unfortunate, there is redemption in the fact that drug stings have stopped at schools in these counties. The campaign of protest, the embarrassment of having their depraved scheme exposed, is more powerful than the myth of so-called government accountability.”

    http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/undercover-cop-disgracefully-tricks-autistic-student-selling-weed-court-denies

  • DdC

    Marijuana Could Help Cocaine Addicts Kick Habit October 04, 2001
    Smoking marijuana could help prevent recovering cocaine addicts relapsing…

    Coca, Bolivia, and Law 1008

    Organic aid for cocaine addiction – 01/28/04
    * Cannabis, Ayahuasca, Ibogaine. Salvia and Dynorphin

    JAMA: Medical Cannabis States Possess
    Lower Rates Of Opiate-Induced Fatalities
    ecp
    * Is MMJ The Answer To USA Painkiller Epidemic
    * Here’s What Could Happen If We Replaced Pain Meds With Marijuana: Study
    * Marijuana Could Help Cocaine Addicts Kick Habit
    * Pot Shields Liver From Alcohol Damage
    * Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth

    Shock the Junkie
    Ibogaine and iboga root bark are illegal in the United States but unregulated in many countries, including Canada and Mexico. Wilkins, though, is hardly alone in her belief that iboga-based substances can be used as a legitimate treatment for drug addiction. Researchers at respected institutions have conducted experiments and ended up with hard evidence that the compound works—as long as you don’t mind the mindfuck.

  • Mr_Alex

    The New Zealand Government apparently starting with Peter Dunne has refused any dialogue with people who are demanding Cannabis for Medical and Recreational use, it is very clear GW Pharma was behind the UK Sativex Scandal along with New Zealand’s Sativex Scandal, what has happened is the New Zealand Government has handed over Cannabis manufacture and distribution to GW Pharma and sole profit rights to GW Pharma, the Cochrane Collaborative branch in New Zealand also refuses to touch Cannabis, New Zealand and the UK is pretty much what the Prohibitionists want, Big Pharma having sole control over Cannabis where they sell it at rip off prices close to where people cannot afford it

  • Servetus

    Jeb? is showing the voters his heart (cue sentimental music).

    Yes, by focusing on his daughter Noelle’s legal problems with drugs, and fully ignoring his status as a drugstore cowboy while attending Tulane University as the student most resembling John Bluto Blutarsky from Animal House, Jeb$ just wants us to cry our eyes out over the evil drug menace and what it did to his child, and then vote for him. This kind of campaign sympathy scam is getting old, and is unlikely to impress a drug savvy public:

    5-Jan-16 — DERRY, N.H. — Jeb Bush, who promised to run for president by showing voters his heart, is making an especially personal appeal in New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he plans to discuss his daughter’s struggles with addiction.

    Speaking at a forum on addiction and the heroin epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in the afternoon, Mr. Bush will not only unveil his drug control strategy but also talk about how his family has intimately experienced the ravages of addiction.

    In a post on Medium previewing his speech, Mr. Bush wrote in deeply personal terms about his daughter Noelle, who in 2002 was found with crack cocaine while at a rehabilitation center in Florida. She had been arrested earlier that year when she tried to use a fraudulent prescription to buy anti-anxiety pills.

    Deeply personal terms don’t begin to describe the Bushist fallacy that allows the Jebster to run for office. Like many others, I have multiple sources on Jeb’s student days, and enough dirt saved to bury him up to his neck if it ever appears he might become a serious candidate in an election.

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/05/jeb-bush-to-focus-on-daughters-struggles-with-drugs/

    • Mouth

      When you said ‘Cue sentimental music’, all I could hear was some Marilyn Manson: “I’m on my way down-down and I’d like to take you with me—I’m on my way down down and I’d like to take you with me . . . a lack of anything to say”.