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November 2004



Your tax dollars at work

Thanks to Richard Lake for the news that the government has put out a new book of Marijuana Lies and Distortions called Marijuana: Myths and Facts. It’s available online as individual chapter pdf files or the entire book as a pdf. Some of the items are absurd, and others seem to destroy the government’s own […]

Raich symposium

Fortunately, Baylen made it to the Raich symposium at Georgetown yesterday, and has a full report. Great work! Sounds like an interesting and informative panel discussion. It’s interesting to hear the mix of optimism and pessimism regarding the chances Raich has in the current court. I’m confident that we have the best possible people on […]

Raich v. Ashcroft

I really believe that the upcoming Supreme Court case Raich v. Ashcroft (documents) could be the biggest event in drug policy reform in the next four years, and I’ll be following it closely here. I’ll probably be adding a full page guide to the case shortly. There’s a fabulous article (thanks, Scott) about Angel Raich […]

The dangerous odor

From New York Newsday (Thanks, Herb):

[Security guard] Tomika Thomas told police she smelled marijuana when she spotted the 16-year-old boy standing alone under a tree outside Booker T. Washington High School when other students were in class or the cafeteria.

Thomas said she approached the student and tried to detain him, but he became […]

Lisa Madigan argues to the Supremes that we don’t need rights.

Illinois’ Lisa Madigan got her chance at the big time, arguing in the Supreme Court for Illinois v. Caballes. The case involves whether you can use drug sniffing dogs in routine traffic stops when there is no cause to suspect drug activity.

Standing before the justices, Madigan forcefully argued that police don’t violate the Constitution’s […]

Goodbye John, Hello Alberto

It’s official. John Ashcroft is gone. The man who rose from losing to a dead man and did more to help the terrorists take away our freedom than anyone I know, is leaving, having declared a victory in making us safe from terrorists and crime (despite a perfect losing record in terrorist cases). Listen to […]

Stupid Reading

Sometimes an article shows up that is so bad, so ignorant, or so blatant in its lies that you just can’t help marveling while you read it.
This was published in The Columbian:

Long before today’s extremely potent strains of cannabis were developed, there were individuals who suffered severe psychotic episodes when smoking marijuana (feral cannabis hemp). In fact, this phenomenon was the basis of “Reefer Madness,” the 70-year-old zombie movie about individuals who became crazed from smoking marijuana.

Today, pro-legalization partisans complain that “Reefer Madness” and the thousands of scientific studies that document marijuana’s many insidious and dangerous side effects, are “just scare tactics” and insist that marijuana be given the same status as alcohol and tobacco.

Today marijuana is so potent (compare taking 20 aspirin at a time instead of two) that it has become a leading cause of drug related medical and psychiatric emergency room episodes, impacting thinly-stretched medical resources.

Read the rest of it. It’s truly amazing. There are so many outright lies in the piece that I can’t count them all. Pointing them out is like identifying the sand on a beach.
The author, Sandra S. Bennett, is director of the Northwest Center for Health & Safety (her own organization) and is married to William Bennett (not that one). After her son died of a cocaine related death, she apparently decided to go into denial, start lying, and encourage the prohibition conditions that lead to the deaths of young people.

If you support prohibition, you are part of the drug problem.

[Thanks to Scott]

A new blog

Check out Loretta Nall’s new U.S. Marijuana Party Blog.

The bizarre world of the DEA

I’ve talked a couple of times about the offensive DEA museum exhibit that’s currently on display in Times Square in New York (and opened, of course, on September 11): Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists and You (See my earlier posts here and here). This exhibit uses actual materials from the wreckage of the world […]

This is getting old.

Ignorant Congressman Mark Souder threatens Canada. From CTV

An influential U.S. Congressman is predicting a trade slowdown if Canada decriminalizes marijuana possession.

“I believe there’ll be more searches at the border both coming and going from Canada, which hurts our trade,” said Republican Mark Souder, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on CTV’s Question […]