Willie and Family now have an unlikely new champion: State Sen. Charlie Albertson, who just cut a song defending the outlaw singer. […]
The song, called “Leave the Man Alone,” refers to the Jan. 28 citations issued to six members of Nelsonâ€™s band on either possession of marijuana or possession of non-tax-paid alcohol. The bandâ€™s bus was outside the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville.
The gunman who charged into the Pentagon Thursday and opened fire was intelligent but troubled, and had struggled with a longtime marijuana addiction, a family friend said today.
Letter-writer extraordinaire Robert Sharpe:
For non-violent offenders with chronic substance abuse problems, drug treatment is a cost-effective alternative to incarceration. Unfortunately, drug courts are being misused for political purposes. Record numbers of citizens arrested for marijuana possession have been forced into treatment by the criminal justice system. The resulting distortion of treatment statistics is used by shameless drug warriors to claim that marijuana is “addictive.”
Zero-tolerance drug laws do not distinguish between occasional use and chronic abuse. The coercion of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis into taxpayer-funded treatment centers says a lot about government priorities, but absolutely nothing about the relative harms of marijuana. For an objective take on marijuana, look to Canada.
After months of research, the Canadian Senate concluded in 2002 that marijuana is relatively harmless, marijuana prohibition contributes to organized crime, and law enforcement efforts have little impact on patterns of use. In the words of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, “Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue.”
Students debate drug policy — it was The Libertarians, College Democrats, College Republicans and College Socialists.
I loved this part.
The students also debated the merits of medical marijuana use. The Republicans were the only students opposed to using it for medical purposes.
Instead, they suggested harnessing substances in marijuana used for medical reasons to eliminate the negative effects of smoking.
The other debaters fired back, defending their stance in favor of medical marijuana.
“The Republicans keep stressing a safe way to harness the [medical substances] — it’s called a vaporizer,” said Socialist Paige Heimark (freshman-history and psychology).
Jefferson had planted opium poppies in his medicinal garden, and opium poppies are now deemed illegal. Now, the trouble was the folks at the Monticello Foundation, which preserves and maintains the historic site, were discovered flagrantly continuing Jefferson’s crimes. The agents were blunt: The poppies had to be immediately uprooted and destroyed or else they were going to start making arrests, and Monticello Foundation personnel would perhaps face lengthy stretches in prison.
When this AP story came out, it pissed me off for the same reason, but I didn’t get around to writing about it. Scott Morgan took care of it, instead. How Can We Stop Drug Gangs From Growing Pot in the Woods? Legalize Pot
This Associated Press report is over 1,200 words long, yet does not contain one single idea for addressing the problem. Not even a stupid hopeless drug war idea like “we need more funding for eradication,” or “we need to get everyone to stop using marijuana.” Apparently, the AP is simply content to point out to us that our most precious natural resources are being slowly destroyed by Mexican marijuana cartels and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do about it.
But, of course there is.
DrugSense Weekly – a weekly review of the most interesting or relevant articles in the press and on the web related to drug policy reform.
Drug War Chronicle – weekly update of drug war news and analysis from Stop the Drug War.org.
…. consider this an Open Thread