Reminder. If you haven’t done it yet, please consider signing the Vienna Declaration.
… Basing drug policies on scientific evidence will not eliminate drug use or the problems stemming from drug injecting. However, reorienting drug policies towards evidence-based approaches that respect, protect and fulfil human rights has the potential to reduce harms deriving from current policies and would allow for the redirection of the vast financial resources towards where they are needed most: implementing and evaluating evidence-based prevention, regulatory, treatment and harm reduction interventions.
The ACLU is suing Wal-Mart, for firing Joseph Casias, because he tested positive for marijuana, despite using it legally as a medical marijuana patient in Michigan.
California Rallying Cry?: Vote Green, Not Brown. Steve Fox has some advice for gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who came out against the marijuana legalization referendum:
Here is my political advice to Mr. Brown. From now on, if he is asked about Proposition 19, he should say, â€œI have some concerns about the initiative, which I hope could be addressed by the state legislature if it passes, but if I am elected to be the next governor of the state I certainly plan to respect the will of the people.â€
If he chooses to ignore this advice, he may be hearing or seeing â€“ or simply feeling the effects of â€” the following slogan in the fall: â€œVote green, not Brown.â€
The dangers of drugged driving by Gil Kerlikowske, in The Baltimore Sun. The Drug Czar is clearly determined to push this unsupported policy move. I’ve written a letter in response, but have not heard from the Sun, yet.
Interesting survey of newspaper and blog comments to determine what arguments pro and con are used most often regarding marijuana legalization.
- Medical usefulness 48%
- Crime and law enforcement 41%
- Potential positive impact on economy and public finance 33%
- Safer to use than some other prohibited drugs and alcohol 24%Industrial use 15%
- Mental and physical health risk 68%
- Substantial legal substitutes for marijuanaâ€™s medical attributes 32%
- Social effects 32%
- Crime and accident risks 26%
- Tendency to lead to other drug use 16%
Santa Cruz County Grand Jury determined that legalizing marijuana would bring in an estimated $7,549,200 for the county. I haven’t heard of a Grand Jury used that way before.
Stupid Drug Warrior Tricks…
- Legalizing Marijuana by Chris Watkins, Narcotics/K9 Ops Contributor at Officer.com
- Medical Marijuana Too Dangerous, Costly by Gerald Turetsky, in the Times Union (Albany, NY).
Marijuana claims victims from the growers, users and the environment. Cancers associated with tobacco use are just as likely in marijuana. […] Tens of thousands have been murdered on the US/Mexico border in the last several years and to turn a blind eye to this issue is negligent on our part and dangerous to our national security. This fight won’t be won if we have politicians promoting the use and taxation of an illegal drug to fill federal, state or local coffers. This simply goes against the basic fundamentals of a civilized society and allows our government to become nothing less than drug dealers.
Marijuana is has other health risks. THC levels vary greatly. In recent years its potency has risen by up to 600 percent and, in some cases, 1,500 percent. These are dangerous levels, especially for people with weakened immune deficiency systems, heart conditions and psychiatric illnesses.
This is an open thread