Federal Marijuana Classification Should Change, Gregoire and Chafee Say – New York Times. It should more than change, but this is another good step. Keep the pressure on the feds – this time from governors.
Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society is doing a series of interviews with Rick Doblin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Civil Liberties Oversight Board Still Dormant
In 2007, Congress established an independent agency to â€œanalyze and review actions the executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil libertiesâ€; and to â€œensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.â€
Almost five years later and two people have been nominated for the agency (not even a quorum) and nobody confirmed.
In related news… Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely
Interesting read that is peripherally related to drug policy. It drives home how horrible the teaching is that we provide for the vast majority of kids when you see a few brave souls doing it the way it should be done.
NIDA Teens presents: Space Wrangler!
Hey, all you black people in jail for drugs. Don’t frown – the Drug Czar has your back! He’s declared the drug war over! So smile, sit back in your cell and relax. The Drug Czar also knows that we can’t arrest our way out of drug problems, so for the 1.6 million people that are arrested on non-violent drug charges this year – don’t worry, be happy – you’re just part of a balanced approach!
Drug Czar Says African Americans Are More Affected by the ‘Drug Problem’ — Here’s Why That’s Propaganda by Tony Newman at Alternet.
Extremely disturbing filing by federal attorneys in the Julian Heicklen case. Heicklen is being charged for passing out flyers about jury nullification.
In response to Julian Heicklenâ€™s motion to dismiss his indictment on First Amendment grounds, federal attorneys have filed a response with the court. Here is the federal governmentâ€™s position: â€œ[T]he defendantâ€™s advocacy of jury nullification, directed as it is to jurors, would be both criminal and without Constitutional protections no matter where it occurredâ€ [emphasis added]. This is really astonishing.