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May 2011



Suing the Feds

Over at Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, guest blogger Allen Hopper of the ACLU discusses the issue of the way the federal government is conducting their anti-state medical marijuana offensive and how that could result in a court case.

This is the issue we were discussing in 10th Amendment Case […]

Legal bandits (Updated)

Via Radley Balko comes this excellent asset forfeiture cash stealing investigation by News 5 in Nashville.

Again, this isn’t a surprise to us, but as evidenced by the anchors at the end of this segment, most of the population is not aware that this kind of thing goes on in this country.

Update: More […]

Can’t stop this

With the black market value of illegal drugs, there’s no way that drug warriors have a chance to stop the drugs. Trying to overcome the laws of supply and demand is harder than defying gravity.

Even without the violence and corruption that insures the power of the black market, the ingenuity and determination of those […]

Rapture Open Thread

And these are the people who usually accuse us of wanting to get ‘high’…

Well, the impending predicted rapture (6 pm on May 21) has been quite entertaining. Alas, it will end soon. Based on the jokes I’ve heard, very few people if they even believed it (which they don’t), would actually want to spend […]

Drug dependency treatment should be voluntary

This week, the World Medical Association and the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations have called for compulsory drug detention centers to be closed.

Sarah Evans at Open Society Foundations has the story: Shut Down Abusive Drug Detention Centers

As many as an estimated 400,000 people worldwide are currently held in drug detention […]

Open Thread

… because you need one.

Change to Pot Law?

One state senator is behind two controversial pieces of legislation involving pot and school buses.

That caught my attention… Actually, this is just a very confusingly written article. Turns out the pot and school buses are completely separate items.

You pay $100,000 bill for […]

San Francisco cops still haven’t figured out video

San Francisco

For the second time in a week, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused police of stealing from drug suspects after releasing video footage Tuesday that shows two officers walk into a residential hotel empty-handed and leave with bags that were not booked into evidence.

This is the same city (and possibly the […]

International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy

The inaugural issue of the new International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy is now available in full online.

The first issue starts off with an incredible editorial: ‘Deliver us from evil’? – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 50 years on

In recent years there has been growing attention to the human rights […]

Fourth Amendment not valid if police say they thought they heard something.

The latest from the Supremes

(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana and feared he was trying to get rid of incriminating evidence.

Voting 8-1, the justices reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling […]

71 bullets

I wonder how many Marines have had to face down 71 bullets at once aimed personally at them in mere seconds?

William Norman Grigg does a potent job of telling the story of the death of Jose Guerena by SWAT

‘Why Did Police Kill My Dad?’

[Thanks, Malcolm]