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May 2014



Open Thread

I’ll be on the road this coming week, visiting my parents in Quincy, Illinois and Indianola, Iowa. Looking forward to playing pool with my dad and maybe cooking some orange roughy for my mom (her favorite fish).

I’ll check in when I can.

Very curious to see what will happen with the lawsuit against the […]

DEA bragging about tragedy

I found this Press Release put out by the DEA to be… disturbing.

It’s a tragedy. Four people went and bought heroin together, and all four used it. One became unconscious and the others, afraid to get help, left her in a bedroom. The next morning, one of them found her dead, and again, afraid […]

Meet Martha

… and her mom.

One of the toughest things in the world of drugs and drug policy is the parent who loses a child to drug overdose.

I feel for them, and their feelings of disbelief and rage. I can understand their immediate reaction to want whoever did this to their child to be punished […]

The Kevin Show

Over at Huffington Post: 5 Ways to Accurately Cover Marijuana Policy Issues in the Media by Kevin Sabet

Go have some fun.



Who is supervising the DEA?

Supposedly the DEA is under the Department of Justice, and therefore under the supervision of the Attorney General, and also supposedly the DEA reports to Congress and is subject to their demands, and also supposedly through the Attorney General, the DEA (and particularly the head of the DEA) reports to the President… and yet, it […]

Look who opposes sentencing reform

Former Top DOJ Leaders Oppose the SSA

So a bunch of folks wrote to say that they oppose the notion of reducing the mandatory minimums for drug offenses. After all, they have found those mandatory minimums useful for their jobs, and it’s not like they’d abuse that power. As they say…

Existing law already provides […]

Federal gag

‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Clearly the feds are not done going after people in states where marijuana is legal. Now, I don’t really know the specifics of this case, what all the charges are, or which of them are true.

But it’s this passage in the article that really makes my blood […]

Open Thread

The hosting system I use has gotten new servers, and over the past couple of days, they’ve been migrating DrugWarRant and others to new hardware. Because of this, there may have been a couple of downtimes for the site, and it’s also possible that there may have been a glitch or two in the transition. […]

While criticizing the media for getting the science wrong on marijuana, media gets the science wrong

How bad is marijuana for your health? What recent press coverage gets wrong.

In an otherwise good critique of the media’s coverage of health issues of marijuana, Slate’s Brian Palmer includes this paragraph:

If you are considering smoking pot—or quitting—here is what you need to know. Smoking marijuana once is very unlikely to harm you. […]

Some real sanity in Minnesota

This is big.

Minnesota Now Requires A Criminal Conviction Before People Can Lose Their Property

In a big win for property rights and due process, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill yesterday to curb an abusive—and little known—police practice called civil forfeiture. Unlike criminal forfeiture, under civil forfeiture someone does not have to be […]