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September 2007



Doing a little happy dance

This is a small thing for the rest of you, but it’s a great piece of news for me and my little piece of the world.

Rep. Jerry Weller, dogged by ethics questions surrounding his Nicaraguan investments and his wife’s finances, is set to announce his retirement in the near future, Republican sources said Wednesday. […]

More on the Annual Report on Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries

A very surreal presentation by Christy McCampbell , Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where it appears that success is measured by wishing it.

QUESTION: You threw out a bunch of countries where there are extenuating circumstances. I understand Afghanistan being one of them, but a few of the other ones […]

The Farce of Drug War Certification

It’s that time again, and President Bush has issued his memorandum — Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2008 — identifying which countries have been naughty and nice to see whether they get a lump of coal in their stocking (or a pile of cash and […]

Members of Congress write a letter


Washington, D.C. — A letter signed by 45 members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be delivered today to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) demanding an end to the obstruction of scientific research aimed at developing marijuana as a legal prescription medicine.

Good for them. Here are the 45 members (including two Presidential candidates), in case you want to thank any of them.

John W. Olver, Dana Rohrabacher, George Miller, Howard Berman, Ron Paul, Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, Sam Farr, Jim McGovern, Steve Rothman, Maurice Hinchey, Ral M. Grijalva, Henry A. Waxman, Jerrold Nadler, Lynn Woolsey, Dennis Kucinich, Mazie Hirono, Michael Capuano, Jim Moran, James Oberstar, Barbara Lee, Julia Carson, Robert Wexler Jan Schakowsky, Steve Cohen, Danny Davis, Zoe Lofgren, John Lewis, Fortney Pete Stark, Michael M. Honda, Ed Pastor, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Gary L. Ackerman, Neil Abercrombie, Donald M. Payne, John F. Tierney, Lois Capps, Rosa L. DeLauro, LorettaSanchez, James R. Langevin, John Campbell, David E. Price, Peter A. DeFazio, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Edolphus Towns

Waiting to Inhale screening in Chicago Thursday

The Chicago premiere of Waiting to Inhale will be a free screening on Thursday at 6:30, followed by a post-screen discussion that will include the director/producer, the Dean of the College of Rush University, and noted Illinois drug policy reform advocate James Gierach.

How to prevent progressive neurodegenerative disorders

Via ezrydn and Lady Bee…

Pro-Pot Group Claims Marijuana Cures Mad Cow Disease
A New Zealand pro-marijuana group says it has scientific evidence that cannabis can stop the development of mad cow disease.
It was not clear whether the findings applied to both cows and humans.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said a French study showed cannabidiol might be effective in preventing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, the New Zealand Press Association reported. […]
Scientists at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France found cannabidiol a non-psychoactive ingredient may prevent the development of prion diseases (progressive neurodegenerative disorders), the most well known of which is BSE, Norml said.
Researchers found cannabidiol inhibited the accumulation of prion proteins in infected mice and sheep.

My favorite quote from New Zealand Norml spokesman Chris Fowlie:

“[It] should be supported by any MP with a clear head. Unfortunately most politicians act like mad cows whenever cannabis is mentioned.”

Happy Constitution Day

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security […]

Careful what you wish for…

There’s a bit of a move recently to claim a victory in the drug war, particularly regarding cocaine. First you have Bolivia’s drug war wins U.S. approval — an article about how the United States has determined that Bolivia has contributed enough to the worldwide drug war disaster, after all, to continue to get big […]

Coming soon to an authoritarian locale near you

There are so many things wrong with this story…

Scores of pub-goers in Bicester were tested for traces of illegal drugs during a police operation aimed at tackling violent street crime. Police used the force’s new drugs itemiser – which scans people for traces of banned substances – at the Litten Tree pub. It was […]

Hearts and minds.

Via To the People… We’ve had discussions here about the various problems and potential solutions in Afghanistan — about how eradication efforts just send the local population into the arms of the Taliban, and how the idea of chemical fumigation is anathema to the local population. Well, FOX news’ own Colonel David Hunt has another […]