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January 2013



Time for a baldness fad in schools?

They used to want to watch kids pee in a cup. Now school officials have moved on to voodoo. They want a lock of kids’ hair in order to control them.

High School To Collect Students’ Hair For Mandatory Drug Testing

The school will collect 60 strands of hair from the student and test for […]

Whacking the new weed whackers

The excellent Maia Szalavitz takes on Project Sam: The New Weed Whackers

In fact, I can’t really get my head around why people who have suffered addiction would support criminalization—especially people like Kennedy whose top talking point is that addiction is a disease. For one, isn’t the very fact that they themselves got addicted evidence […]

The DEA requires cannabis to pass a test that does not exist in federal law

An excellent post at the New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law Blog: The meaning of the DEA’s recent victory in ASA v DEA

The article posits that petitioners made a mistake by attempting to show that the DEA’s requirements for determining that marijuana had an established medical use had been met, when in fact, the DEA makes […]

Belville to Sabet to Chapman

Russ Belville: A Response to Kevin Sabet’s ‘A Response to Steven Chapman’s ‘The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet”

An entertaining takedown by Russ Belville. He hits all the top Sabet talking points quite nicely.

One of these things is not like the others

Anthony Johnson at National Cannabis Coalition catches this one:

When asked by HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim why we keep marijuana illegal, Chabot responded: “Why do we keep heroin, LSD, prostitution, child pornography illegal?”

If Paul Chabot doesn’t know the difference between laws against marijuana and laws against exploiting children to make child porn, […]


Clearly the UK is no better at making anti-drug ads than the ONDCP. (Frank, BTW, is essentially the UK equivalent of an ONDCP mascot.)

Check out these others.

The weakness of anti-legalization arguments

This is a comment by Transform’s Steve Rolles in response to a particular article, but it would be appropriate as a response for just about any argument against legalization.

Neil McKeganey’s key concern with legalisation and regulation of drugs appears to be his assumption that use and abuse would rise. This is a legitimate concern, […]

Victory in Caswell Motel case

Owner wins court battle against feds trying to seize his Tewksbury motel

A federal magistrate judge has rejected federal law enforcement officials’ attempt to seize a Tewksbury motel due to drug activity that had taken place there over the years.

“After careful consideration of the evidence, pleadings, and argument of counsel, this Court concludes that […]

Drug Exposé

Brilliant film.

It’s hard to be more dysfunctional than the federal government and drug policy

Here’s the bad dysfunctional news: Breaking: In Fight Over Marijuana’s Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedule 1

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled today in favor of the DEA’s decision to keep marijuana a Schedule I drug–a classification for substances that are highly addictive and have no […]