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July 2021



Drugs, Morality, and Peter Hitchens

So I ended up in a twitter exchange with Peter Hitchens…

It started with a note from Evert Rauwendaal…

@TransformDrugs @DrugWarRant Oh dear. Peter Hitchens in Australia to talk about the morality of drug taking

Peter Hitchens noticed and chimed it.

@EvertRauwendaal @TransformDrugs @DrugWarRant Why’Oh dear’ ? Worried about the open expression of dissenting […]

Just when you think Peter Hitchens can sink no lower…

… he does.

Remember the tragedy that I posted about a little while ago? A young man had been caught with a tiny amount of marijuana, and, aggravated by a police mistake, was in jeopardy of losing his career plans, so he committed suicide.

Well, Peter Hitchens responds with: If the law had been strongly […]

Peter Hitchens is completely right… in his own mind

We’ve followed Peter Hitchens’ anti-marijuana screeds in the past. This one, for example was a real classic.

Well, apparently the discussion has been continuing and now Peter answers his critics in Resting My Case. It’s a doozy.

I believe myself to be descended from some of the Puritans who were Cromwell’s Ironsides, and I’m […]

Hitchens entertains as usual

We’ve discussed Peter Hitchens fairly often, and he’s a bit of a one-note wonder when it comes to drug policy, but his writing is so damned entertaining, it’s hard to pass up.

So you want to legalise cannabis? You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg

Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling […]

You’re merely a mule and have no useful information. Die.

No softening of anti-drug war

Singapore explains its new adjusted death penalty plans.

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s move to introduce changes to its mandatory death penalty for drug offences will boost its agencies’ ability to fight the growing scourge both at home and abroad, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

With the changes, agencies like […]

Upcoming debates

Friday, March 9

The War on Drugs Has Failed. Is Legalization the Answer? James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University

Friday (tomorrow) at Noon Eastern: Russ Belville vs. Kevin Sabet (should be interesting!) Live Stream

Here’s the rest of the schedule.

Tuesday, March 13

(Via Transform) Transform will take […]

Deadly but legal

I consumed some of it today. Right out in public where I could be seen. Savored it slowly and obviously. There was even a police officer there for some other reason… saw me… and turned away, completely uninterested.

It’s everywhere – parties, restaurants, stores… A 10-year-old could walk into a store today and purchase a […]

Packets of Madness

Packets of Reefer Madness wrapped up in a caricature called Peter Hitchens.

The crazed smile that says: It’s the little packets of madness that we really need to fear

There is another aspect of this case that the smug media seem to be avoiding. Look at the strange picture of the alleged killer Jared Loughner. […]

Wanker Extraordinaire

Peter Hitchens

Don’t read this unless you’re interested in raising your blood pressure.

And now for something completely ridiculous…