Monthly Archives: July 2013

A false reading of legalization’s effects

Over at the “Reality-Based Community,” Keith Humphreys has a post: How Legalization Can Expand a Black Market In it, he claims: “new research from the London School of Economics shows that legalizing prostitution increases, rather than decreases, human trafficking.” This, … Continue reading

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The media and politicians who were proclaiming that an entire generation of “crack babies” would be nothing but ruined lives must have been… smoking crack. Of course, we all know that the “crack baby” scare was a complete myth, but … Continue reading

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Book Salon today

Reminder: I’ll be hosting the FDL Book Salon with Keith Stroup, author of “It’s NORML to Smoke Pot: The 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights” Today (Sunday) 2 pm Pacific, 4 Central, 5 Eastern Should be fun. Bring your … Continue reading

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Obama, words, actions

Obama: You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago. […] The African-American community is also knowledgeable … Continue reading

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I thought I’d share with you a post I made for my Facebook friends (who generally aren’t as well-educated on drugs and drug policy as you guys)… Hey, kids – let’s talk about heroin! What with celebrities and white suburban … Continue reading

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Scary Medical Marijuana

Mark Kleiman has a post up: Why I always put “medical marijuana” in scare quotes. It’s a masterpiece of muddled confusion. He accepts in the first sentence that “marijuana has medical value.” That should be enough right there to stop … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

I am famous. But then again, everyone is. At least that’s the notion behind the All People Are Famous podcast. Eli, the podcast’s host, recently interviewed me, and that episode is now available. You can learn way more than you … Continue reading

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Drugs and Neurophenomenology

Interesting article in Salon: The Stoned Age: Were cavemen on drugs? This thesis—that humanity’s earliest artists were not just reeling due to mind-altering activities, but deliberately sought those elevated states and gave greater meaning to those common visions—is the contention … Continue reading

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More on Law Enforcement

Radley Balko’s been getting some great press for his new book: Rise of the Warrior Cop – The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. There’s an excellent excerpt from the book available at Salon: “Why did you shoot me? I was … Continue reading

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A story that stinks to high heaven

Sorry, but I don’t buy it… Drug smugglers set free for lack of money to prosecute Each year the Border Patrol checkpoint seizes hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. “We have ’em put it in spare tires and gas … Continue reading

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