Monthly Archives: September 2013

Addiction – it isn’t just about the drug

For the most part in this country, we’ve gotten past the moral argument against overall drug legalization, although that still exists. Today, it’s all about addiction. We can’t legalize drugs because they enslave people and cause them to be addicts, … Continue reading

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Taking on Frum and the SAM club

Fighting marijuana… or reality?, by David Nathan at CNN, is a response to David Frum and really hits this point well Cannabis is habit forming in a small percentage of users. Marijuana intoxication impairs driving, though the risk is similar … Continue reading

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The real villain is the drug war

Radley Balko’s latest post is a sobering one in a lot of ways (watch the video). Various thoughts come to mind afterward. What a tragedy. Finally a case where there is some accountability. Four years? When they go after state-legal … Continue reading

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Senate Judiciary Committee with mandatory minimums hearing

September 18 at 10:00 am Eastern: “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences” Witness List The Honorable Rand Paul, United States Senator, State of Kentucky The Honorable Brett Tolman, Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Salt Lake City, UT Marc … Continue reading

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Dismantle the DEA

Great OpEd by Bill Piper in the Seattle Times: Guest: Is it time to get rid of the DEA? THIS year is the 40th anniversary of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Already plagued by scandals, the agency has recently been revealed … Continue reading

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A ‘right’ drug war?

Doesn’t exist. The Concord Monitor seems to think it does. Editorial: The right drug war, and the wrong one The right drug war, as the appearance of a member of the ultra-violent Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel in U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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Senate Hearing on Federal-State Marijuana Law Conflict

Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws — follow this link for the live webcast. Also live on Today (Tuesday) at 2:30 pm Eastern, 1:30 Central, 11:30 am Pacific. Please limit comments on this post to discussion of, and … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

Diet of quinoa, mushrooms, cocoa kept world’s oldest person alive at 123 Cocoa? A 123-year-old farmer, from Bolivia, who has been named the oldest person alive, has claimed that a diet of quinoa, mushrooms and coca has kept him alive … Continue reading

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Marijuana hearings…. and Sabet

This has been discussed a fair amount in comments, but I wanted to address it in a regular post. This Tuesday, September 10, at 2:30 pm Eastern, there will be a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee: Conflicts between State … Continue reading

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Open Thread

Someone at the Baptist Press has got their panties in a bunch. Feds surrender on marijuana policy WASHINGTON (BP) — The Obama administration has waved the white flag in the war on drugs by deciding not to challenge state laws … Continue reading

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