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June 2007



A SCOTUS preview?

With the Bong Hits for Jesus case set to be determined by the Supreme Court any day now, comments today by Justice Alito at a luncheon are interesting…

“I’m a very strong believer in the First Amendment and the right of people to speak and to write,” […] “I would be reluctant to support restrictions […]

Legalization is sane, rational policy

Via Transform, check out this OpEd by Michael C. Chettleburgh in Canada’s National Post: Put the Gangs out of Business: Legalize Drugs

The street gang and associated drug trade problem in Canada won’t be solved by a get-tough, criminal-justice-system response, nor should we expect young homies to just say no. Look to the United States […]

Hostess selling banana-creme Twinkies

NEW YORK ÷ Twinkie lovers, get ready to go bananas.
The sweet treat known for its golden spongy cake and its creamy vanilla center is returning to its roots with banana-creme filling _ the flavor that first made the snack a hit with sweet-toothed people more than 70 years ago.

I don’t know why I posted that here.
It just… seemed right, somehow.
Update: Mmmmm…. twinkies.

Spitzer reverses position — New York could get Medical Marijuana?

Interesting news:

Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer, in a reversal of a campaign position, said Tuesday he could support legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for certain medicinal purposes.
The governorČs position comes as lawmakers stepped up a push in the final two weeks of the 2007 session for New York to join 12 other states and allow marijuana for those suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other painful conditions.
In a debate last summer, Spitzer said he opposed medical marijuana. Now he said he is čopenä to the idea after being swayed by advocates in the past couple of months.
čOn many issues, hopefully you learn, you study, you evolve. This is one where I had, as a prosecutor, a presumption against the use of any narcotic which wasnČt designed purely for medicinal and medical effect. And now there are ways that persuaded me that it can be done properly,ä the governor told reporters.

Wait a second. Did I just read that a politician was willing to learn and change his position based on the facts? Wow.
Maybe there is some hope for this country.

[Thanks, Michael]

Update: The New York Assembly passed the medical marijuana bill 95-52 late today. Next stop, the Senate.