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March 2013



One Million

This was the front page of the Huffington Post yesterday.

NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Making 440,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests Over Last Decade

NEW YORK — The NYPD spent 1 million hours making 440,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession charges between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report released Tuesday — just […]

Who is your role model?

Saruman: [talking to Gandalf] “Your love of the halfings’ leaf has clearly slowed your mind.” — Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Saruman: [talking about Radagast] “It is his excessive consumption of mushrooms, that have addled his brain and yellowed his teeth!” — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Of course, Radagast cared […]

Finding allies

I’ve long been disappointed that there hasn’t been more public interest shown from gun rights activists in ending the war on drugs. The war on drugs has affected them in two significant ways: as a back door method of restricting gun ownership, and as means of fueling gun violence leading to public backlash on gun […]


Washington State Selects Botec Analysis Corp. as Finalist for Marijuana Consulting Contract

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will announce tomorrow that it has tentatively selected Botec Analysis Corp. to provide cannabis-related consulting services tied to the emerging recreational marijuana industry, according to information obtained by MMJ Business Daily. […]

Little public information is available […]

Odds and Ends

Back from an exciting trip to New York. Saw some great shows and ate some amazing food. As usual, walked all over the city, and the weather mostly cooperated.

A lot has been going on, and hopefully you’ve been following the comments where our team has been hard at work on the couch.

Here are […]

What excuse do we have for doing a better job regulating chewing gum than heroin?

That’s the premise behind this excellent article in Alternet by Bill Fried: What Would It Be Like If Heroin Were Legal


It’s often been noted here that calling the drug war a failure is only true depending on what you consider to be the true goals of the drug war.

Kevin Carson does a nice riff on that with Fifteen Benefits of the War on Drugs

1. It has surrounded the Fourth Amendment’s “search and seizure” […]

The U.N.’s complicity in international human rights abuses

A very powerful OpEd in the New York Times by Fernando Henrique Cardoso (former President of Brazil) and Ruth Dreifuss (former President of Switzerland): An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs

This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to […]

Open Thread

I’m heading out early Saturday morning for New York with a group of students for a week-long theatre trip. We’ll be seeing Matilda, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kinky Boots, and Caveman.

I’ll check in when I can, and bring back some cheesecake from Junior’s (and maybe some pastrami from […]

News from the Show-Me State

I’m not always aware of the various state-based or local-based reform groups, and sometimes forget that there are dedicated people working hard on changing state and local laws all the time whose efforts may not get national attention.

I just learned of Missouri’s Show-Me Cannabis Regulation group even though it looks like they’ve been around […]