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January 2009



The Fear Card – one year later

When we got a miniscule amount of sentencing reform regarding crack cocaine, the prohibitionists were all proclaiming doom and gloom, panic in the streets, and the end of the world. Here’s one example from one year ago:

The Bush administration announced yesterday that it is seeking $200 million to help cities fight violent crime, citing […]

UNODC chief Costa: Illegal drug trade saved banks

This is pretty strange. According to the UN’s “drug czar,” we can thank the liquidity of black market drug trade money for saving some banks and maybe even some countries’ economic systems.

VIENNA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog has indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been […]

A Letter to the Editor that practically writes itself

Check out this news from Canada: Hemp Refiner Expected To Provide New Income For 200 Farmers

Stonehedge is now set to establish a bioprocessing facility in Eastern Ontario to serve North American markets. Some of the products and co-products are aimed at the automotive, energy, agriculture, construction material, and pulp and paper markets. This fibre […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Sito Negron does a wrap-up on El Paso coverage:

In the end, the debate was both greatly inspiring and gravely disappointing.
It was inspiring because with very little notice the City Council was able to air in public so many issues that need to be debated at the highest levels, and it was disappointing because the state and federal leadership failed to uphold what ought to be their first priority, the honest search for the best policy.
They bowed to fear.

The El Paso Times wraps up as well:

We are at the point where we have to do something. Frustration in El Paso and Ju˝rez has reached such levels that taboo subjects are actually being given consideration by people who would not have thought of discussing them before.

“bullet” Johann Hari: The Contradictions Facing a Black President of the American Empire. Interesting article about the real reasons for much of the conflict between the U.S. and Bolivia’s Morales, and the resulting paradoxes facing Obama.
“bullet” DrugSense Weekly
“bullet” “drcnet”

More people daring to suggest the Senlis proposal

It used to be that this kind of conversation wasn’t allowed…

John Pike, founder of the military monitoring group in Washington, said the Afghan opium issue is “the stinking 800-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about.” Pike agreed that with 70 percent of the Afghan population tied to agriculture, […]

SSDP video on the El Paso council controversy

This is a really excellent video put together by SSDP, featuring SSDP member Nubia Legarda, who testified before the El Paso city council.

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The suggestion section now has the ability to rank suggestions for developing a campaign to promote the winning ideas. Unfortunately, there are tons of pages of suggestions for the Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana. But if you have time to wade through all the suggestions that aren’t really suggestions, try doing […]

Rachel Hoffman

Tonight at 10 pm Eastern (9 Central) on Dateline: Deadly Dealing — about Rachel Hoffman. Sorry for the short notice.

About that DEA raid yesterday

In case you missed it, the DEA conducted a raid yesterday on a medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California. That’s right – in the second full day of the new administration that had promised to end the raids. Keep in mind that Michele Leonhart is still head of the DEA. My gut instinct […]

Sanity in Afghanistan?

This could be very good news. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton spoke to State Department employees this afternoon, and they announced that Ambassador Richard Holbrooke has been named “special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

[Clinton:] Ambassador Holbrooke will coordinate across the entire government an effort to achieve United States’ strategic goals in the […]