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February 2008



Reefer madness across the pond

Via Paul Armentano at the NORML blog… This has it all: Sensationalism, scare tactics, irrelevancy, and… just plain… bizarre. Bad journalism, bad science, bad government and more.

The BBC is to break one of the last broadcasting taboos by screening footage of a woman injecting drugs. Nicky Taylor, a journalist, is filmed smoking cannabis in […]


Sorry to be a bit off-topic here, but check out this disturbing footage of the war in Iraq. Link (WMV video) Oops. I was wrong. Turns out this is the war in the United States. Fought against U.S. citizens, and brought to you as entertainment on the TeeVee. My bad.

[This trailer distributed by the […]

Incarceration Nation

This is getting a lot of press right now:

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and for the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, according to a report released on Thursday. The report […]

What if marijuana improved your driving performance?

I ran across this intriguing bit from scientists in Heidelberg, Germany. It’s not a proper study — merely an anecdotal incident based on one individual, but it’s still fascinating. Turns out that they discovered a 28 year old man with ADHD who had a history of ADHD-related driving problems, improved dramatically after smoking pot. The […]

One of our own running for President

Daniel Williams — a regular commenter here at Drug WarRant — has thrown his hat into the ring and is working at becoming the Libertarian Party Presidential candidate.

William F. Buckley, Jr. RIP

William F. Buckley, Jr. died today at the age of 82. You may have loved him or hated him, but one thing is clear — more than anyone else, he made it cool to be a conservative against the drug war. My first real exposure to his drug war views was this 1996 issue of […]

Some good reading

How to Make Pot Legal

A while back, I linked to Paul Armentano’s piece: Making Pot Legal: We Can Do It — Here’s How. At the time, I merely linked without commenting, promising to do so later. That post ended up with an incredible extended discussion in comments.

These are important discussions. But they’re also tricky.

In my theatre management […]

If God can’t enforce prohibition…

Delightful OpEd by Peter Christ in the New York Star Gazette: Don’t Tax Drugs, Legalize Them Good all the way through. The conclusion nails it nicely.

Some point to alcohol Prohibition as the prime example of how a prohibition fails. I choose instead to draw upon a far older example. When Adam and Eve were […]

Drug Czar on rampage of stupidity

It’s all political — it’s all a way to promote his drug war… In this article, Walters blames U.S. marijuana users for “contributing” to the bloody wars in Mexico. Here, he says that U.S. prosecutors need to go after more of the low and mid-level marijuana offenders, including those where the evidence isn’t that strong. […]