Open Thread

Just got back from a week in New York as tour guide for a wonderful group of students, and saw some great shows, including Smokefall, Nice Fish, Fun Home, Hamilton, and Eclipsed. Beautiful weather and we saw a lot of the city, including going all the way out to Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

Haven’t had time to catch up with drug policy developments yet.

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22 Responses to Open Thread

  1. Glad you had a good time. You haven’t missed much…

  2. darkcycle says:

    “Radical Russ” needs a call out. He has come down on the the side of big money with this piece of detritus:
    Here is the actual statute in it’s entirety: 11361. (a) Every person 18 years of age or over who hires, employs,
    or uses a minor in unlawfully transporting, carrying, selling,
    giving away, preparing for sale, or peddling any marijuana, who
    unlawfully sells, or offers to sell, any marijuana to a minor, or who
    furnishes, administers, or gives, or offers to furnish, administer,
    or give any marijuana to a minor under 14 years of age, or who
    induces a minor to use marijuana in violation of law shall be
    punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a period of three,
    five, or seven years.
    (b) Every person 18 years of age or over who furnishes,
    administers, or gives, or offers to furnish, administer, or give, any
    marijuana to a minor 14 years of age or older shall be punished by
    imprisonment in the state prison for a period of three, four, or five
    11361 establishes mandatory minimum sentences for plant crimes.
    In short form, Radical Russ wants mandatory minimums for crimes involving harmless weeds. Draconian mandatory penalties for a crime that still remains a felony under MCLR. All MCLR does is remove the obligatory penalties for an established felony. It’s still a felony. Russ is either misleading, or misinformed.
    He’s too smart to be misinformed, after all, he “read” the statues.

  3. DdC says:

    əbˈsərdədē, əbˈzərdədē/

    noun 1. the quality or state of being ridiculous
    or wildly unreasonable.

    ☛ Police say military armored trucks needed in war against marijuana
    Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have beefed up their resources with surplus military equipment, and a number said they’d use armored vehicles to fight methamphetamine and marijuana operations. Pictured, a mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle is on display outside the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in November 2009.

    un·civ·i·lized / ənˈsivəˌlīzd/

    adjective 1. (of a place or people)
    not considered to be socially, culturally,
    or morally advanced.

    ☛ Colorado Springs banning pot clubs;
    council votes for 8-year phase-out

    ☛ Pennsylvania prisons spend millions
    to house less than 100 pot offenders


    verb 1. bring (a place or people)
    to a stage of social, cultural, and moral development considered to be more advanced.

    A weed-infused cream of celery soup that will change your mind on celery
    Chef Laurie knows you’re already wondering, ‘Why would I waste my cannabutter on a cream of celery soup?’ But this weed-infused recipe is worth your cannabutter, she promises

    Taking pot brownies to the next level (video recipe)
    Wine & Weed: Pot tourism goes upscale in the Colorado Rockies
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  4. Servetus says:

    The Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a statement Friday (11th) addressed to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), outlining its preferences for future international drug policy. The Commission recommends:

    (1) Ending the criminalization and incarceration of drug users;
    (2) Abolishing capital punishment for drug-related offences;
    (3) Empowering the World Health Organization (WHO) to review the scheduling system of drugs on the basis of scientific evidence;
    (4) Ensuring a broad spectrum of treatments for dependent people and services designed to reduce the harms of drugs; and
    (5) Allowing governments to apply different approaches to drug regulation in order to maximize public health and disempower organized crime.

    Issue #3 empowering WHO to review drugs schedules may not fly because it puts a dent in individual national sovereignty. Drugs policies in different countries differ radically, and nations are loathe to give up power of any kind. Also, the Vatican is heavily immersed in WHO, making the organization’s scientific objectivity on illicit drugs suspect.

    Abolishing capital punishment would require the US abolish its death penalties related to drug crimes, again, something unlikely to happen under the current political situation.


  5. New Zealand says:

    “Travelers can now bring medical cannabis into New Zealand, thanks to a massive loophole in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

    The loophole allows anyone who is lawfully prescribed cannabis overseas to bring one month’s supply of the medicine into New Zealand.

    Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne flip-floped last week over the interpretation of the law.

    Dunne initially said law professor Andrew Geddis was wrong to suggest people could bring medical cannabis into New Zealand, but on Friday Dunne backed down and admitted his previous statements were incorrect.

    On Checkpoint with John Campbell, Dunne said that up to a month’s worth of cannabis could be brought into New Zealand.”

  6. cy klebs says:

    There is still reason to believe that the NY Times continues it’s policy of pre-employment drugs screening.

    • Frank W. says:

      NYT stands solidly with The Corporation in its obedience of Nancy Reagan’s urine purity standards, the better to control the liveware they’re still forced to employ. “Loosening drug policies” is not a national trend that I can see.

  7. “Nobody wants to live in a drug-free world”: an interview with Carl Hart

  8. DdC says:

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  9. allan says:

    seeing how this came from a comment made to a post Pete made on FB, it’s not OT yeah?

    It was too good not to share. For safety reasons I advocate cannabists smoke before watching…

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