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October 2012



More traveling

Not a single trick-or-treater all evening. I admit I was driving up I-55 to Chicago at 70 mph at the time, but come on… I had candy. Surely there was some witch on a broom willing to match trajectories!

While driving, I watched an incredible professional fireworks display in Braidwood, Illinois, viewable for miles and […]

Open Sandy Thread

Hope everyone’s OK out there. Please be careful.

No real surprise here. The weedpass has been scrapped in the Netherlands, and, while they’re still planning on restricting access to foreigners, they’re letting local units determine that.

However, the coalition agreement goes on to say that determining how this residency requirement is applied will be […]

Next Presidential Debate – November 5

The next and final Presidential Debate will be between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein on Monday, November 5, the night before the general election (the date has been moved back due to the hurricane).

From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced the date of the second open-party Presidential […]

Red Ribbon Open Thread

I’m at a conference in Minneapolis (it’s a really, really busy month).

We’re into the annual craziness of the DEA’s Red Ribbon Week.

No, this isn’t about AIDS (the original Red Ribbon), but rather the DEA’s own manufactured cause to promote themselves and prohibition, usually with bizarre over-the-top events in schools around the country.

Check […]

Presidential Debate Thread

No, not the one Monday night. But The Tuesday Presidential debate.

Third Party Presidential Debate

Live at 9 pm Eastern (8 pm Central) tonight, October 23. It will be aired on C-Span, al-Jazeera English and RT, or Russia Today, and be streamed live online by Ora TV, Link TV and on the website of debate […]

Prohibitionists hiding in the shadows

How times have changed. As the new Marijuana Majority site shows, it’s getting easier to find people willing to speak out publicly in favor of ending prohibition in one way or another.

And, at the same time, the prohibitionists are more and more scurrying for cover like cockroaches when the lights come on.

You may […]

Welcome to The Marijuana Majority

There’s a new site (put together by some very good people I know) called The Marijuana Majority

But too many people who support replacing marijuana prohibition with legalization or decriminalization are afraid to say so. Because they don’t realize that a majority of Americans — including some of the most influential voices from across the […]

Weekend thread

I’m in Chicago hosting a theatre weekend trip, so I have nothing to add right now.

However, if you’re looking for interesting stories in drug policy, be sure to read the comments, because this group is always on top of it!

Daily Show

I was asked about the appearance of Eugene Jarecki on The Daily Show on Tuesday, promoting his new movie: “The House I Live In.” I hadn’t had a chance to check it out yet, so I appreciate the heads up.

It turned into quite an interview with a lengthy extended section for the web only […]

Will there be a Colorado surprise?

Check out the calls that are being placed in Colorado right now:

Hello fellow Democrat. Like you I was thrilled to vote for Barack Obama in 2008. In 2008, candidate Obama promised not to use the Justice Department to prosecute medical marijuana in states where it was legal. But the real Obama did just that, […]