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May 2009



Schwarzenegger calls for a discussion on marijuana legalization

This is how politicians cover themselves.

I think its time for a debate (regarding taxing and regulating the sale of cannabis for adults). I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, Im always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries? It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that.

As Scott Morgan notes:

I like what’s happening with this “let’s debate it” line we keep hearing lately. It’s a way for public officials to show interest in the subject without alienating anyone who feels strongly about the issue. […]
Considering the famous Schwarzenegger-smoking-pot video that’s all over the web, some will accuse him of hypocrisy should his position ultimately fall anywhere short of outright support for legalization. Still, it’s notable in and of itself that we’re beginning to see politicians shifting away from knee-jerk opposition to reform, in favor of the more open-minded position of endorsing a debate on the subject.

All we’ve asked for is an open and honest debate. If we can truly have that, we’ll win.
More at NORML.

Students sue to stop drug testing

This kind of student awareness is gratifying to see.

A Shasta County Superior Court judge will rule Wednesday on a temporary injunction sought by a group of students hoping to block Shasta Union High School District’s drug-testing policy. […] An injunction would allow students in the district to participate in band, choir and other extracurricular […]

Black Markets

One of most important advantages we talk about regarding legalization and regulation is getting rid of the violence, destruction, and corruption that is an inevitable part of the massive black market operation that is an inevitable by-product of prohibition. Clearly our message is getting out there, because we’re now starting to hear push-back from prohibitionists […]