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January 2010



They WANT people to die

Why there isn’t a shield law everywhere that prevents prosecuting anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose… well, it’s beyond me. The fact that activists have to work hard to even get such a bill considered is ridiculous.

That means that a majority of politicians are essentially saying: “No, I’d prefer that they die.”


Excellent Tom Barnidge Column

Barnidge: If government doesn’t control marijuana, criminals will

This is an outstanding column by Tom Barnidge that will be running in a number of California papers tomorrow. It features a number of LEAP members, and details a host of reasons why marijuana should be legal, along with bringing up parallels to the other prohibition. He […]

Open Thread

Marijuana in the classroom? Sometimes it’s legal — Interesting article at Christian Science Monitor is surprisingly well-balanced, even noting that this is nothing new — kids have been doing worse drugs (Ritalin) at school.

Marijuana and the Massachusetts Senate Race

By now, you’ve probably heard something about the campaign finance decision by […]

Safer calls for boycott (updated)

SaferChoice (“Marijuana is safer than alcohol, it’s time we treat it that way”) is upset about the companies who are sponsoring the drug war enforcement organizations in Colorado who have been actively lobbying against marijuana law reform, and so Safer is calling for a boycott of Starbucks Coffee (among others).

I’ve never been a big […]

Cheech and Chong on FOX News

This is pretty wild. Check out the video over at Raw Story: Gretchen Carlson defends Republicans’ right to smoke pot

Clearly the comedy duo are on a publicity tour for their new comedy show and they’re doing every TV show they can get, but you can tell that they’re just having fun with the fact […]

Watch out for TSA training exercises

Daniel Rubin: It was no joke at security gate

22-year-old Rebecca Solomon, a University of Michigan student, was going through security at Philadelphia International Airport when she was confronted:

A TSA worker was staring at her. He motioned her toward him.

Then he pulled a small, clear plastic bag from her carry-on – the sort […]

National Criminal Justice Commission one step closer

The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed S. 714, National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009. This was Senator Jim Webb’s bill, and it could be extremely important. It still needs to pass the full Senate and the House, etc., but this is a critical step. It’s got strong bi-partisan support in the committee.

More on […]

Washington State Legalization Attempt Update

Bailey returns with a follow-up to his first piece on the efforts to consider marijuana decrim in Washington State.


Wednesday’s executive session of the state house’s Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness committee concluded its deliberation of HB 1177 (marijuana decrim) and HB 2401 (socialized legalization) with a smaller audience, no cameras, and it seems […]

Medical Marijuana Updates

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, 81% of Americans support legalization of medical marijuana.

I’ve got a question for the Democrats who keep saying that the party doesn’t dare waste its political capital on an issue like medical marijuana…. just how popular does something have to be before you’re willing to […]

Open Thread

I’m trying to set up a new backup system for my laptop and so far all I manage to do is crash, losing half-written posts in the process.

So let’s turn it over to you for a bit.