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October 2021



What are the alternatives?

Thomas Black and Jens Erik Gould have written a curiously bizarre article for Calderon’s Waning Power Lends Urgency to Obama Meeting on Drugs This article dramatically demonstrates the disconnect when people are unable or unwilling to discuss the options available. The article is about the fact that Calderon may lose power and how that […]

Open Thread

Weed vs. Salvia

Just for fun.

Tosh.0 Thurs, 10pm / 9c Celebrity Video – Tommy Chong vs. Salvia Eric Daniel Tosh Miss Teen South Carolina Demi Moore Picture

from Tosh.0 on Comedy Central


ABC News goes Reefer Madness

‘Reefer Madness’ Redux, Is Pot Addictive? at ABC News Health is a real piece of work. It purports to be a balanced look at whether cannabis is addictive or whether current fears are mere Reefer Madness, yet it allows an awful lot of its own Reefer Madness nonsense through…

Studies dating back to 1984 have […]

Nothing is likely to prevent us from spending money on the drug war

It’s been somewhat good news that Senator Leahy blocked a favorable State Department report on Mexico’s human rights record.

Leahy’s action delays the release of $100 million in U.S. aid meant to help Mexico combat drug traffickers. The Merida Initiative, a $1.4 billion, three-year package, requires Congress to withhold some of the funding unless the […]

Bolivian coca amendment to Single Convention

The Bolivian government has successfully commenced the formal process for amending the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) to eliminate the provision that would require all countries to prohibit coca leaf chewing within 25 years (for Bolivia, that was 2001). Interesting amendment process. If no country objects within 18 months, then the amendment passes […]

Deep Thought

In a sane society, an increase in arrests would be seen as a sign of failure. We treat it like scoring points in a basketball game and give out bonuses.

California: a penal colony with a nice coastline

That’s Kevin Drum in Mother Jones: California’s Prison Disaster. A nice little piece about the prison mess

A combination of dumb drug laws, dysfunctional parole policies, “three strikes” laws passed by initiative, an endless procession of tougher-than-thou politicians, and a famously thuggish and politically powerful prison guards union has gotten California into this mess.

But, […]

Bradley Schreiber, Drug Warrior, Idiot

Where do they get these people? Take the case of Bradley Schreiber. He “served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is now president of Homeland Security Solutions.” His company (which may be just him and Steven Grossman for all I know) issued a Press Release touting Schreiber’s drug war […]

Bill O’Reilly, math wizard

I don’t watch Bill O’Reilly, for my own sanity, but Reddit had a link to this video from last night’s show — his Cultural Warriors segment. He was talking about Amsterdam.

Some Americans (secular progressives) want to turn the USA into a permissive culture like western Europe. That’s what’s driving the drug legalization deal, gay […]