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February 2004



Kucinich on the Drug War – a reminder

“Drug War / Marijuana Decriminalization” Animation Kucinich on the Drug War Kucinich on Medical Marijuana Kucinich on Marijuana decriminalization Kucinich on the Patriot Act

What to do in the Primaries…

A lot of states with primaries fast approaching. Tough decisions to make. All sorts of reasons to look at different candidates on different issues. Well, I’m here to make it easy for you.

If you’re voting in a Democratic Primary, vote for Dennis Kucinich If you’re voting in a Republican Primary, write in Blake […]

The Drug War Chronicle

This week’s Drug War Chronicle is worth reading cover to cover. Some amazing articles including: “bullet” Drug War Kills More Than a Cop a Month Yes, that’s at least one policeman every month. Give this to your law-and-order-I-support-the-drug-war friends:

“These police deaths are totally unnecessary,” said Cole. “If we ended drug prohibition, none of […]

Around the web…

“bullet” Did Bush drop out of the National Guard to avoid drug testing? Eric Boehlert in Salon idly speculated about the fact that the questioned time period in 1972 was the year that the military started implementing random drug tests.
Now, I’m opposed to drug testing for future Presidents. And since anybody can grow up to become President… well, you get the idea.
“bullet” For something entirely different, and just for fun in this election season, check out the Guns and Dope Party. Entertaining and informative. Equal rights for ostriches!
(thanks to Tad)
“bullet” You might find this article about The Living Things, a performance group from St. Louis, interesting…

“We aren’t angry, we’re frustrated.” With what? “With our government,” (Lillian says with a delighted laugh; “John Ashcroft came to the library in St. Louis and I shook hands with him — I shook hands with the devil!). Prozac for teens –“It’s refusal to deal with the issues of youth except by prescription. Prozac is just a gateway drug, ” Lillian explains, “It will only lead to coke and other illegal substances because it trains people to treat their problems with chemicals.” The education system: “The schools don’t want you to talk, so kids come to our shows and they are so happy they can speak their fucking minds.”

“bullet” This week’s DrugSense Weekly is out with an excellent re-cap of the week, including this great feature article by Leah B. Rorvig on drug testing: Students find dialogue more effective than drug testing.

You might think that we were the safest students in north Texas. But you’d be wrong. I knew classmates who drove drunk or high because they had no one to call who could pick them up in time to meet our strict curfew. Instead of opening up an honest dialogue, administrators enforced a strict no-tolerance policy, giving us the impression that we couldn’t talk to them about alcohol or other drugs.