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November 2008



A suggestion for Switzerland

A petition

Students for Sensible Drug Policy have established a petition on Facebook that they wish to deliver to President-Elect Obama The petition request is reasonable (and certainly not overly ambitious):

When you called the War on Drugs an “utter failure” in 2004, you were right. A 2008 Zogby poll found that 3 out of 4 of […]

Switzerland voting on marijuana decriminalization and heroin prescription today

The problem is not that the drug war has failed

The headline got my attention: Outgoing U.S. ambassador to Mexico lashes out on drug war Ah, I thought, someone ready to speak out about how we need to look elsewhere than the destructive prohibition model. And there were hopeful indications in the article:

After six sometimes tumultuous years as ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza is […]

Now where did I put that stash?

Researches find oldest-ever stash of marijuana

Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper […]

Put that tomato in your pipe and smoke it

A 79-year-old widow’s cottage is raided for growing tomatoes in the window boxes.

Mrs Matheson told the Daily Mail: “I got a terrible fright and I couldn’t understand what they were doing here because I knew we had nothing more than tomatoes in the window. I don’t know what the neighbours must be thinking.” Her […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you have a wonderful day, and that you’re one of the lucky ones who get to spend it with family and friends. Many will not. Here’s a story for Thanksgiving from five years ago. Still important today.

The Hatch Action

Orrin Hatch is one of the top drug warriors around. He’s also apparently the one to know if you get in trouble. TalkLeft has the bizarre connection with one of the recent Bush pardons. The drug offender knew Carly Simon kid, and Carly Simon had recorded one of Orrin Hatch’s songs, so… voila! And remember, […]

You can’t make this stuff up

Only in America can two men, who manufactured a fake penis, be charged with… conspiracy to defraud the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which administers federal workplace drug testing programs. And yes, they face up to 9 years in prison. The drug war is such a failure that the feds have to go […]


Interesting lines in an OpEd by Ronald Fraser

Advertised as an effective drug control policy, America’s harsh drug laws only give the illusion of progress. […] Perhaps the non-performing drug war programs are not really expected to deliver on their publicly stated goals, but continue because they serve a very different purpose. They give the […]