Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to visit with alumni of our theatre program (including some very famous ones). Saw excellent productions of “Superior Donuts” at the Geffen Playhouse and “Blackbird” at Rogue Machine Theatre as well.
Challenging the DEA’s War on Medical Marijuana – outstanding piece by Conor Friedersdorf
Can I interest you in a cross-country trip? Its theme is Anti-Empiricism in America. The tour bus leaves from The Bay Area, where a lot of people still think rent control works. It proceeds through Salt Lake City, where the Evergreen Institute claims to cure same sex attraction, passes through Petersburg, Ky., home of the Creationist Museum, and terminates in Springfield, Va., where the DEA, a liberty impinging branch of the federal government, insists against overwhelming evidence that a plant called marijuana “has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.”
ABC News/Health (Courtney Hutchison, ABC News Medical Unit) has more on the lawsuit against the feds regarding medicinal marijuana — an otherwise OK article marred by the bizarre need to add the terms “Weed” and “Mary Jane” in the beginning of the article, as if ABC readers wouldn’t know what “marijuana” was without those clarifications.
At Time, the excellent Maia Szalavitz has U.S. Rules That Marijuana Has No Medical Use. What Does Science Say?
Although the DEA judgment sounds like a setback for medical marijuana advocates, in one important sense it is an advance. The government had long delayed making a judgment on the petition, but now that it has, it makes it possible for advocates to appeal it in federal court. Now, that process can be set in motion.
Disturbing news from Thailand: Rights groups fear wave of deaths as Thailand faces new drugs crackdown
As you may remember, an earlier crackdown on drugs in Thailand resulted in over 2,500 people dying, many of them innocents in extra-judicial killings.
…many of those killed in the 2003 crackdown had been “victims of personal revenge or sloppy categorisation”. One couple was shot dead after acquiring suspicious wealth; it later emerged that they had won the lottery.
Now a new crackdown is potentially coming.
The pathetic part of this is that much of the population apparently doesn’t understand that these crackdowns do no good long term.
But the campaign was hugely popular and as drug use rises, many want a return to tough action.
“Personally, I think the killings were a good thing. If you leave it to the courts [dealers] just cycle in and out of prison,” said Aminna Bedinlae, 84, who lost her son to drugs and now runs anti-abuse programmes in Klong Toey, where 46 residents were shot.
Fox News’ ‘The Five’ talks legalizing drugs and gambling.
I can rarely watch Fox News, but they actually had a discussion about legalization. And some of it was good. Of course, Dana Perino was horrible as usual, but others on the show actually had some glimpses of sanity.
Bob Beckel rightly understood the need to legalize cocaine and opiates, but bizarrely opposed legalization marijuana.
I found this quote funny/infuriating/sad:
“The problem with pot, is that they don’t have an inspirational leader. There is no Nelson Mandela, because you’re about to go protest and the next thing you know you’re just microwaving a burrito.”
More lazy (and false) reporting by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.
The most recent assessment by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, based on random roadside checks, found that 16.3 percent of all drivers nationwide at night were on various legal and illegal impairing drugs, half of them high on marijuana.
Just as a reminder… the NHTSA found that 16.3 percent of drivers in the study tested positive for various legal and illegal drugs, and half of them tested positive for marijuana.
That study specifically stated:
â€œThe reader is cautioned that drug presence does not necessarily imply impairment. For many drug types, drug presence can be detected long after any impairment that might affect driving has passed. For example, traces of marijuana can be detected in blood samples several weeks after chronic users stop ingestion. Also, whereas the impairment effects for various concentration levels of alcohol is well understood, little evidence is available to link concentrations of other drug types to driver performance.â€
â€œCaution should be exercised in assuming that drug presence implies driver impairment. Drug tests do not necessarily indicate current impairment. Drug presence can be measured for a period of days or weeks after ingestion in many cases. This latency of drug presence may partially explain the consistency between daytime and nighttime drug findings.â€