Posting has been extremely light the past few days as I’ve been exceptionally busy with a variety of diverse and interesting projects (description after the fold)
Wayne State Law School symposium on the federal-state dichotomy on marijuana. Kevin Sabet starts at about 22 minutes, and Dan Riffle, Legislative Analyst for MPP starts at about 43 minutes, and he gets in some really nice counters to Kevin Sabet’s “extremism.” Dan talks about tax policy as it could relate to marijuana sales (interesting).
I haven’t listened to the whole video yet, but there’s some really good stuff here.
Continuing on the theme of the fed-state dichotomy, we have Can a Strong Coalition of Pot Activists Define Medical Marijuana Regulation — And Avoid the Feds?
A broad coalition of California advocates has filed a statewide medical marijuana regulation initiative aimed at ending the years-long confusion over what is and what is not allowed under state law by explicitly allowing sales and legalizing dispensaries statewide absent affirmative local popular votes to ban them.
It’s an ambitious move to further codify the medical marijuana system and make it harder for the feds to interfere, but time is short for it to get on the ballot.
Mark Kleiman proposed a design problem as an assignment to his students: “How can you tax and regulate, at the state level, something that remains a Federal felony?”
Turns out that a group of his students came up with a pretty smart notion. Here’s their idea: Designing State-Level Cannabis Legalization
It could work — purely intended as a short term solution until the feds get out of the game, obviously. The idea is to make it difficult for the feds to get in there and bust operations (too many in this instance) while also not keeping state records the feds could seize that are trackable to individual sellers.
Michael P. Botticelli to be nominated as Deputy Director of the ONDCP
Interesting piece about a shadowy drug store – the Silk Road on a “secret” internet… Amazon.com for Illegal Drugs?
What I’ve been doing…
On Thursday, I entered as a contestant in a Chili Cook-Off at work with my Smokin’ Black Bean Vegetarian Chili (recipe available upon request). I knew the absence of meat was a major disadvantage, particularly with only one chili advancing to the university-wide cook-off, but I didn’t care. And no, I didn’t win, but mine was the popular crowd choice and my chili was all gone way before the end of the event, with all the other contestants having to take a half-full crock pot home.
Also on Thursday, I was involved in preparations for the visit by our famous alum Sean Hayes. Went very well. Sean is a very nice guy and really provided some excellent inspiration for our students.
Finally, I am in rehearsal for the world premiere of a new musical written by a recent student and sponsored by a student organization I advise. It is the silliest show you can imagine and a whole lot of fun. “Sheep’s on the Lamb” is the story of a sheep named Wool Smith who falls in love with the farmer’s daughter (Mary) who has a little lamb… person. The sheep then take over the world (sort of like Planet of the Apes, only sillier) and enslave the humans, and 15 years later it’s up to sheep-man Wool Smith, Jr., along with his human girlfriend Bo (Bo Peep), and aided by his ganja-smoking rastafarian goat friend Baab Marley, to set things straight.
Lots of puns and bad jokes, some good music (some of which I was involved in adapting, and I just finished writing the overture). I’m playing the piano for the show.
Anyway, if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s Feb 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm in Capen Auditorium (Edwards Hall) on the Illinois State University campus. Runs about 90 minutes with intermission. Tickets are $2 at the door. You really can’t beat the price.