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June 2005



Celebrating the holidays

Coming home from work today, I saw some guys putting up a large sign right next to the main drag through town (Bloomington, IL). It read:

4th of July – Defend your Freedom – Celebrate the Bill of Rights

Made my day.

Any idiot can send out a press release…

That’s the beauty of a free country. And today’s idiot is Steve Steiner of Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers (that would be DAMMADD for you acronym buffs). Here’s the press release:

DAMMADD: Video Footage Exposes Pro Drug MovementTIOGA CENTER, N.Y., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — If there was ever any doubt about the […]

A surreal glimpse inside the mind of a prohibitionist

America, land of the not-quite-as-free-as-England

Students for Sensible Drug Policy have put out this release:

Lawyers for the United Kingdom’s Department for Education and Skills have warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that students who are forced to take drug tests without consent as part of his anti-drug initiative could sue for compensation under the ‘right to privacy’ in the Human […]

Rhode Island tells John Walters to Suck Eggs

After the Supreme Court decision earlier this month, John Walters:

“Today’s decision marks the end of medical marijuana as a political issue.”

Not so fast, John. Yesterday, Rhode Island legislature passed their own medical marijuana bill. It passed the House last week 52-10 and the Senate yesterday 33-1. It looks veto-proof. State #11. John, as […]

A huge slap in the face of Plan Colombia…

Los Angeles Times:

The Bush administration and congressional allies are gearing up to renew a plan for drug eradication in Latin America despite some grim news: The $5.4 billion spent on the plan since 2000 has made no dent in the availability of cocaine on American streets and prices are at all-time lows.

United Nations […]

Illinois MS patient Julie Falco applies for Sativex prescription

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005

Action Alert! Contact your Representatives. Via NORML:

NORML is pleased to announce the introduction of H.R. 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005, sponsored by Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jim McDermott (D-WA), George Miller (D-CA) and Ron Paul (R-TX). This legislation is the first bill ever to be introduced in Congress […]

Medical Marijuana raids in San Francisco

My first reaction was to jump all over the story (which has been reported elsewhere) of DEA raids on medical marijuana operations in San Francisco (so quickly after the Supreme Court decision). Given the official stories of money laundering and ecstasy, etc. in conjunction with the busts, however, I decided to wait until I had […]

Shooting fish in a barrel

OK, sometimes I just need a little entertainment, and a column comes along that does the trick very nicely. In this case, it’s an OpEd by former Niles Police Chief Ray Giovannelli in the Journal Online (Northwest Chicago Suburbs): How To Win The War On Drugs (with a title like that, I had to check […]