It’s finals week and the end of an extremely busy semester.
OK, this music video isn’t for everyone, and it certainly is not going to do much to convert those who are opposed to legalization and the cannabis culture, but I think it’s very well done on a number of levels.
We don’t fear no plant.
Getting Relief in Wartime: Opioids, Pain Management, and the War on Drugs by Siobhan Reynolds
Siobhan does a good job of showing the flaws in the government’s latest push to fight prescription drug abuse.
After four years of war that has left nearly 40,000 people dead, countless more disappeared, and soldiers on the streets of every state in the country, many Mexicans are finally “fed up” with President Felipe CalderÃ³n’s drug policy. This weekend, Mexicans in at least 25 of the countryâ€™s 31 states will protest to â€œstop the war, for a just and peaceful Mexico.” Protests are also planned in solidarity in at least twelve cities in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Brazil.
I found this by blogger Richard Grabman appropriate:
The government here, at the behest of the United States, targeted – and killed – any number of supposedly indispensable men in generic evil-doing business. While there’s a tendency to give these groups inappropriate names like â€œcartels,â€ or ridiculously inflated bureaucratic terms like â€œTransnational Criminal Organizations,â€ the Mexican fight has been against a known – and not all that complicated – an enemy: gangsters.
Every time some â€œdrug king-pinâ€ has been blown away we’re told it’s an incredible victory for the government and the â€œwar on drugsâ€â€¦ and the result is more violence, more mayhem. [â€¦]
The U.S. has supposedly been waging not a war on Al Qaida, but a â€œwar on terrorâ€ – the abstract noun that may have on[c]e referred specifically to Bin Laden’s organization, and by extension similar armed ideological movements, but has proven elastic enough to cover nearly any organized violent resistance to the status quo.[â€¦]
What frankly scares quite a number of people here is not that the criminals might â€œwin,â€ but that the state will lose legitimacy. Or, that in its infinite expansion of the â€œwar on terror,â€ the United States will drop the pretense of â€œcooperationâ€ and simply intervene directly in this country. Which, of course, would lead to resistance, which would be labeled â€œterrorism,â€ which would require more interventionâ€¦.
Drug Policy that promotes security: The paradox of de-securitisation – a new paper by Transform Drug Policy Foundation.
Most interesting non-story: Marijuana crops planted outside Osama Bin Laden’s compound; farmers growing ganja near terror lair
You can see the reporters trying to find a way to make a story out of this, but the simple fact is that marijuana is popular everywhere and grows just about anywhere. That’s probably the only story there.