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May 2021



What are the alternatives?

Thomas Black and Jens Erik Gould have written a curiously bizarre article for Calderon’s Waning Power Lends Urgency to Obama Meeting on Drugs This article dramatically demonstrates the disconnect when people are unable or unwilling to discuss the options available. The article is about the fact that Calderon may lose power and how that […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Don’t Smoke It by Peter Gorman in the Fort Worth Weekly, is an extensive article about industrial hemp.

In fact, he said, traditionally independent Texas farmers could come to see hemp-growing as a right they’re being denied. “Texans don’t like their personal rights abridged,” he said. “And once they understand the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp, your average Texas farmer would probably demand the right to grow it.
Daniel Leshiker, who farms near Ralph Snyder in North Central Texas, agreed with Snyder that hemp sounds intriguing.
“We already need another crop, that’s for certain. I just planted 200 acres of sunflowers for their seed for the first time,” he said. “So while I don’t know much about hemp except they used to make rope with it, well, you tell me I could make money with it, and I’ll grow it. That’s what we are in the business to do.”

“bullet” Where will Christians fall when the marijuana debate lights up?

But younger Christians might be a different story. In late April, the evangelical blog Burnside Writer‰s Collective quizzed its young-ish readers on a series of pot-related questions. Should marijuana be legalized? Fifty percent of responders thought so, and the next largest percentage said it should at least be decriminalized. Have you ever smoked marijuana? Fifty percent said yes, 40 said no. The 10 percent in the middle respond, in uniquely young evangelical fashion, that they have smoked once or twice. (Doesn‰t that just mean ‹Yes?Š)

“bullet” This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever seen. The Wheel of Justice? Spinning to see what drug dealer you’ll arrest next. If that isn’t proof that the drug war is idiotic in itself, I don’t know what is.
“bullet” Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Americans need to be more healthy. The former Surgeon General writes:

“To me, [marijuana is] not nearly as toxic for our bodies as tobacco or alcohol. It should be legalized.”

“bullet” Via Scott Morgan: Police Will Do Anything to Arrest People for Marijuana

The Tigard Police Department has ended a sex-for-marijuana Internet sting because officers posting the online ads posed as promiscuous women, not prostitutes.
The officers posting the Craigslist ads posed as women willing to a have casual sexual encounter with men who had marijuana. No cash was involved. When the men showed up for the encounter, they were charged with prostitution and delivery of drugs.
Defense attorneys say the program was entrapment.

No kidding.
Also from Scott: Federal Prosecutor Drops Medical Marijuana Charges

And the universe didn‰t collapse. Not only that, the story has gotten no press whatsoever. Often, when the government refrains from doing something cruel to someone, there isn’t much of a news story left to report. This just goes to show how silly it is to assume that there’s a political imperative requiring us to continue aggressively enforcing bad drug laws. There isn‰t.
See how easy it is to just leave patients alone? Next time, try not arresting them in the first place.

Weed vs. Salvia

Just for fun.

Tosh.0 Thurs, 10pm / 9c Celebrity Video – Tommy Chong vs. Salvia Eric Daniel Tosh Miss Teen South Carolina Demi Moore Picture

from Tosh.0 on Comedy Central


ABC News goes Reefer Madness

‘Reefer Madness’ Redux, Is Pot Addictive? at ABC News Health is a real piece of work. It purports to be a balanced look at whether cannabis is addictive or whether current fears are mere Reefer Madness, yet it allows an awful lot of its own Reefer Madness nonsense through…

Studies dating back to 1984 have […]

Nothing is likely to prevent us from spending money on the drug war

It’s been somewhat good news that Senator Leahy blocked a favorable State Department report on Mexico’s human rights record.

Leahy’s action delays the release of $100 million in U.S. aid meant to help Mexico combat drug traffickers. The Merida Initiative, a $1.4 billion, three-year package, requires Congress to withhold some of the funding unless the […]

Bolivian coca amendment to Single Convention

The Bolivian government has successfully commenced the formal process for amending the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) to eliminate the provision that would require all countries to prohibit coca leaf chewing within 25 years (for Bolivia, that was 2001). Interesting amendment process. If no country objects within 18 months, then the amendment passes […]

Deep Thought

In a sane society, an increase in arrests would be seen as a sign of failure. We treat it like scoring points in a basketball game and give out bonuses.

California: a penal colony with a nice coastline

That’s Kevin Drum in Mother Jones: California’s Prison Disaster. A nice little piece about the prison mess

A combination of dumb drug laws, dysfunctional parole policies, “three strikes” laws passed by initiative, an endless procession of tougher-than-thou politicians, and a famously thuggish and politically powerful prison guards union has gotten California into this mess.

But, […]

Bradley Schreiber, Drug Warrior, Idiot

Where do they get these people? Take the case of Bradley Schreiber. He “served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is now president of Homeland Security Solutions.” His company (which may be just him and Steven Grossman for all I know) issued a Press Release touting Schreiber’s drug war […]

Bill O’Reilly, math wizard

I don’t watch Bill O’Reilly, for my own sanity, but Reddit had a link to this video from last night’s show — his Cultural Warriors segment. He was talking about Amsterdam.

Some Americans (secular progressives) want to turn the USA into a permissive culture like western Europe. That’s what’s driving the drug legalization deal, gay […]