Froma Harrop: Pot Could be Gold for California
A bill to “tax and regulate” marijuana like alcohol now before the California legislature has strong support. But it’s not going anywhere as long as “legalization” is not in Obama’s vocabulary. The word “hypocrisy” has apparently made the cut.
Eric Sterling has a must-read post: NPR — Pot dispensaries in CA are medical fraud. Eric’s post continues beyond the NPR outrage to talking about the use of marijuana in non-medical settings…
Marijuana should be legal for healthy people to use socially, spiritually, or to alter their mood. […]
It seems to me that in considering the totality of circumstances it is close to being within the concept of a fundamental Constitutionally protected liberty to be able to use marijuana at a show like a Rolling Stones concert! Surely no adult ought to apologize for smoking pot there!
Commentary: War on drugs is over. What’s next? by Rudy Ruiz at CNN. Can anybody tell me what Rudy said? I read it three times and can make no sense of it, in terms of coming up with a coherent commentary.
Bruce Mirken slams the Idiocy at Forbes.com, where columnist Rachel Ehrenfield has written ObamaCare’s Medical Marijuana. Ehrenfield claims, simply by reading that NIDA has an RFP for growing and packaging marijuana, that Soros-sponsored Obama healthcare is leading to government distribution of marijuana.
Oh dear. That the federal government has been distributing medical marijuana to a small group of patients for more than three decades seems to have escaped her notice. So has the fact that, under present (thoroughly dysfunctional) rules, scientists doing clinical research on marijuana must obtain the marijuana for testing from NIDA, along with the fact that for most of that time the government has contracted with the University of Mississippi to produce marijuana for this purpose.
NIDA has to put out that RFP by law all the time. It’s nothing new, and the contract will once again go to the University of Mississippi, where they will grow the pot used by researchers trying to find something bad in marijuana, and also package the joints shipped out every month to Irv Rosenfeld and others.
See also Jacob Sullum: People Will Be So Stoned That They Won’t Care About the Death Boards
The increasingly huge American drug testing industry is trying to expand internationally. American biotech company Confirm BioSciences launched a drug testing kit product in Australia.
Parents who buy the $65 kit can collect a lock of their child’s hair and send it to the US to be analysed for drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
But Australians may not be so quick to jump on board.
NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Cameron Murphy said such kits were notoriously inaccurate and called for consumers to be wary.
“All parents worry about their kids and these companies exploit their fears,” he said. […]
Australian Drug Foundation director Geoff Munro said testing children would not resolve substance abuse and could even create bigger problems. “It’s a very bad idea for parents to become detectives. It’s like reading a child’s diary, it’s violating their privacy.
“It will destroy trust and once that has gone it’s difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild.”
If parents were concerned children may be using drugs, they should talk to them or seek advice from health professionals, he said.
Feds Raid Two Los Angeles Pot Dispensaries. Seize plants, money, arrest owner, shoot dog.
Is there not something fundamentally wrong with this story?
A Talladega man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King after having pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree.[…]
According to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray, Barber was initially arrested on charges of manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance. When he failed to appear for a court hearing, Murray said, Task Force agents went to his house and found him cooking up more methamphetamine.
After posting a bond on the second arrest, but before the first one could be revoked, he was seen purchasing meth precursors, and was caught a third time. […]
â€œBless his heart,â€ Murray said, â€œhe said he just canâ€™t help himself. Heâ€™s a disabled Viet Nam veteran, but he just likes getting high too much.â€
Bless his heart and give him life in prison. Is perhaps the criminal justice system not the right tool for dealing with this person’s problems?
I’ll be talking more about this later. Keep watching this space. I may wait for Mark’s book to come out.
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