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December 2011



Babies! Cocaine! 90 percent!!

Latest breathless headline from the Telegraph (UK): Cocaine found in nine out of ten baby changing units

Wow! That’s the mother load for tabloid journalism: children (babies!), drugs, and statistics.

The article goes on to discuss all sorts of completely irrelevant stuff related to drugs and Amy Winehouse along with the obligatory anecdotal story of […]

Getting the discussions out there in the political arena

I haven’t talked too much about the political candidates out there lately, but it’s been a pretty good year for us — having both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the race (even though Johnson has been excluded from most of the debates) has meant that drug policy reform and legalization has hit the news […]

More drug war follies

Howard Meitiner, President and CEO of Phoenix House, has an OpEd in the Huffington Post: The Argument Against Marijuana

His thesis is a variation on “Think of the children!…”

with the unspoken, but obvious subtext:

“… without whose exploitation we’d lose most of our $100,000,000 budget.”

The boy who cried Ethics

Jack Marshall has a site called “Ethics Alarms” and has posted Distracted Driving, Pot, and “The Great Debate” — a reaction to the Barney Frank, George Will, et al debate.

First, he takes up the issue of federal regulations against distracted driving.

Talking on a cell phone, texting, reading a Facebook update and other […]

Odds and Ends

Some of these have already been discussed in comments, but are too good to pass up…

Priceless. Barney Frank Goes After George Will Over Marijuana Legalization On This Week

In quite a surreal moment, Barney Frank asked George Will his position on marijuana and if it should be legalized.

Will admitted that he was […]

Important Drug War Video

Open Thread

Christian Science Monitor: Government isn’t lying loudly enough to young people.

Government needs to send a clear, loud message about marijuana’s dangers.

Legalizing marijuana: Police officers speak out

This has been discussed a bit in comments… fascinating column in Police One – a site not known for its tolerance for legalization.

I’ll […]

Fixing media stories

Sometimes even major media outlets let a few silly typos slip by now and then, and you have to correct them. Take this New York Daily News article, which needed some fixing. I’m pretty sure they must have heard the feds wrong – maybe a garbled phone connection – so I’ve taken the liberty of […]

The stuff the drug czar isn’t mentioning…

Count the Costs has a new briefing out today: The War on Drugs: Creating crime, enriching criminals

This briefing summarises the crime-related costs stemming from the war on drugs, which include:

• Organised crime arising from the illicit drug trade, and its knock-on effects in terms of money laundering, corruption and violence

• Street-level crime […]

Oh, look! Another drug-free goal


The government needs more voluntary workers to complement its effort to fight drug abuse, said Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King.

Tiong said this would enable the nation to achieve its target of a drug-free society by year 2015 as envisioned by former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Good luck with […]