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July 2005



I want to see pictures of this…


IROQUOIS FALLS, Ont. — Police in northern Ontario have charged a Toronto man after they found marijuana fields stretching “three football fields in length” in what is considered to be one of Canada’s largest pot busts.

Investigators found more than 21,000 marijuana plants behind a home nestled in the woods of Iroquois Falls, east […]

Colombian drug lords turned down Bin Laden’s money

Interesting story in the New York Post today.

Osama bin Laden tried to buy a massive amount of cocaine, spike it with poison and sell it in the United States, hoping to kill thousands of Americans one year after the 9/11 attacks, The Post has learned.

The evil plot failed when the Colombian drug lords […]

Always good to know your rights

Flex Your has put together a handy Citizen’s Guide to Refusing New York Subway Searches. If you’re going to be riding the subway, check it out. It is always important to know, celebrate, and defend your rights as an individual. Seems to me that’s part of being an American. Radley Balko notes that Jeff […]

HEA reform

This is old news now (happened while I was out of town), but just in case you missed it, here’s from the press release by SSDP:

WASHINGTON, DC – A U.S. House committee voted today to scale back the provision of the Higher Education Act that denies federal financial aid to students with drug convictions. […]

Barthwell watch

Just like to keep tabs on Andrea Barthwell (this one isn’t even drug war-related). Here’s an instance where she’s quoted in the media telling the truth. In this article about teens and driving, they turn to Andrea as an expert in her role as co-chair of End Needless Death. I’ve always wondered what she does […]

Mark A.R. Kleiman, drug policy expert with a blind spot you could drive a truck through

Mark Kleiman is one of the oddballs in the world of drug policy reform. He’s well-educated, has done extensive research in the field and is often able to articulate major failings in the drug war. However, whenever it comes to alternatives to our current drug policy disasters, his brain appears to shut down completely, often […]

My show opened

Well, I’m back from opening weekend of my show: The Living Canvas at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Great opening and I’m exhausted, but feel quite pleased with the show (please come see it if you’re in the city). I’ll be heading back up to Chicago every weekend to run the show, but in-between I’ll […]

Nice tunnel

Link Where’s Colonel Hogan when you need him?

Walters is SO full of it!

Over on the Drug Czar’s “blog” is this dramatic statement:

On Tuesday, July 19th, attempts to legalize medical marijuana failed for the second time in Iowa City, IA. The City Council ruled against the legalization of marijuana for medical use initiative to be put on the November 8th ballot. Iowa City is the latest of […]

2005 Truth Report is out

Speaking of NORML, they’ve come out with “The 2005 NORML Truth Report: Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana,” — a detailed analysis and refutation of the White House’s more prominent allegations regarding marijuana and marijuana policy. (HTML version or pdf version) It’s a good read, and a good report to give to […]