Monthly Archives: July 2013


I missed this one last week. Representative Steve King speaking about… I don’t know… weightlifting? “For every [undocumented immigrant] who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because … Continue reading

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Positive movement in Illinois

Nice to see… finally… Quinn to sign medical marijuana bill Thursday One reason Quinn said he was giving legalized pot more thought was that he was impressed by an injured military veteran who maintained marijuana provided him relief from war … Continue reading

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World-wide cracks

The green shoots of recovery? Morocco considers the legalisation of marijuana cultivation At least 800,000 Moroccans live off illegal marijuana cultivation, generating annual sales estimated at $10bn, or 10 per cent of the economy, according to the Moroccan Network for … Continue reading

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A kinder, gentler prohibition

One of the “reforms” touted by the ONDCP and their apologists has been drug courts as an alternative to prison for drug offenders. Yet drug courts have severe issues because of the fact that they are part and parcel with … Continue reading

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Laws that encourage the use of informants undermine justice

One more data point in the destructive war on drugs. Since drug transactions are consensual, police can’t count on “victims” reporting the crime, so they have to seek it out, often using nefarious means. One of the most nefarious is … Continue reading

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Better work on that northern fence

Trudeau calls for legalization of pot At the end of his five-day B.C. tour, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke out about a well-worn topic in the province: marijuana legislation. Following unprompted remarks in Kelowna Wednesday on the legalization of … Continue reading

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Open Thread

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I’ve been a judge at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival in Palatine, Illinois. It wraps up today, and this afternoon I’ll be presenting the awards along with the other … Continue reading

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If you want people to think you’re infallible, it’s probably best not to say stupid things.

The Pope has made it clear that he’s completely clueless about drug policy, adding just one more data point to the list of the Catholic Church’s embarrassing blunders throughout history (hello, Galileo). RIO DE JANEIRO – The legalization of drugs … Continue reading

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When the good cops get fired, what do you have left?

This would be a good time to remind people to read Radley Balko’s excellent book: “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

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