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December 2008



Some more change

I got a moment to get to the library in Antigo, Wisconsin and get me some internet, and lo and behold, the questions are back at! I couldn’t put in the full question I had intended in my earlier post (the character count maximum is frightfully small), but I was able to put in […]

Holiday thread #2

Had a brief window of internet access in Iowa, but expect very little where I’m headed next in Wisconsin. What are your hopes for the New Year?

Odds and Ends

“bullet” (Arizona) Goddard Might Consider Legalized Marijuana

Attorney General Terry Goddard said Tuesday he might be willing to consider legalizing marijuana if a way can be found to control its distribution – and figure out who has been smoking it. Goddard said marijuana sales make up 75 percent of the money that Mexican cartels use for other operations, including smuggling other drugs and fighting the Mexican army and police.
He said that makes fighting drug distribution here important to cut off that cash. He acknowledged those profits could be slashed if possession of marijuana were not a crime in Arizona.

Recognition of actual facts. Wow.
“bullet” Blast from the past… Weed Delivery Guy Saves Christmas

“It wasn’t long before all through the house, not a creature was stirring up off the couch. The boys opened the baggie and packed a bowl with delight, murmuring, “Happy Christmas, weed delivery guy. You did us one right.”

“bullet” Draft of Michigan med-cannabis rules wants to require that “caregivers or patients provide detailed cultivation records and track where each and every plant goes.”
“bullet” Children Stare with Heroin Eyes

Legislators in Suffolk County, New York, have passed a bill
that creates a Web site to show heroin-related arrests by location, frequency and the age of the culprits. […]
A website that tells everyone where the drug cops have been active? What could possibly go wrong with that?

“bullet” Another really, really, stupid lawmaker…
Drug Paraphernalia Tax Proposed

Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, has an interesting idea for raising revenues during these tough times.
House Bill 99 would add a “surtax of 5 percent” on items described as “drug paraphernalia” in Florida statute.
That includes not only “bongs” and “hypodermic syringes,” but also, according to state law, common items that can be fashioned into drug tools including “a balloon,” a “2-liter-type soda bottle” and “duct tape.”

Holiday thread

Happy Holidays! I’m off to visit my dad in Quincy, Illinois, my mom in Indianola, Iowa and my sister in White Lake, Wisconsin. For the next week or so, I’ll have very limited access to the internet. I’ll try to pop in if I can. Use this thread to pass on any news, and to […]

Obama and Marijuana

There appears to be no rush to re-open the “Open for Questions” at, although there are discussions going on there. However, the questions are speculation are not going away, and I think that’s a good thing. “bullet” If Obama Is Pro-Science and Honest, He’ll Put the Kibosh on the Drug War by Alexander Zaitchik […]

The Constitution – apparently not a budget priority

The L.A. Times reports that New Hampshire, due to financial crises, is putting a freeze on jury trials! Hmm… I seem to remember reading something about jury trials before… Oh yeah, in the Constitution of the United States

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by […]

Really bad science in New Zealand

Open Thread

“bullet” Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast rounds up a good discussion on the Dynamics of Overcriminalization “bullet” Budget Woes Kill Elgin’s DARE Program “bullet” “drcnet”

Prohibitionist Honesty

Scott Morgan has the story

Bundle up out there

Annual deaths from extreme cold: 680 Annual deaths from marijuana overdose: 0

Something must be done about this. My God, they let children play in it! And lots of people even own their own freezers. Somebody oughta write a law.