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July 2021



NBC, CBS, ABC, & FOX happy to profit from marijuana, as long as nobody talks about legalizing it

[Guest post by Russ Belville] Marijuana legalization is the hottest topic in the media these days. MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, FOX, NatGeo, and CBS News have presented special features on marijuana business, medical marijuana, and the marijuana legalization movement. Google Trends is showing double the interest in searches and news hits for the term “marijuana legalization”. […]


Recently I was reading an opinion piece by an academic who, after demolishing the government’s position on marijuana, felt the need to admonish drug policy reformers for not fulfilling our obligation to inform people that marijuana is not harmless. First, that’s not our job. And to a large extent, it’s irrelevant. Marijuana could be deadly […]

Open Thread

Financial Times: Why it’s time to end the war on drugs

A question for the next drug dealer bust press conference

As a follow-up to the previous post… When they come out to brag about a successful operation that resulted in the arrest of some drug dealers, I’d like someone to ask:

Why should we be excited about having more drug dealers? After all, we’ll have all the new drug dealers that will step in to […]

I love watching their heads explode

Why not prohibit smoking? Commentary: Why not prohibit smoking? by Tony Newman Excellent OpEd comparing the status of tobacco with prohibited drugs to demonstrate the inherent stupidity of using criminal prohibition as a tool for attacking drug abuse or drug dangers.

Instead of giving teens “reefer madness”-style propaganda, we have treated young people with respect and given them […]

Mexico wants U.S. to ‘persecute’ marijuana offenders

Funny. I thought we were already doing that.

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexico’s attorney general said the United States had insufficient resources and infrastructure to clamp down on marijuana trafficking, after meeting the US anti-drug czar. Mexico’s increasingly powerful drug traffickers operate throughout the United States and beyond as well as in Mexico. “We frequently […]

The Union

I just finished watching the newly available DVD: The Union: The Business Behind Getting High that was released yesterday. It’s outstanding! It is the most comprehensive documentary review of cannabis policy, politics, history, myths, science, and.. humanity that I’ve seen. It’s compelling (and yes, a little overwhelming — you almost need to take a […]

Bookstore Blues

I used to love nothing better than spending hours wandering through large bookstores. Yesterday, I spent some time browsing the three-story Borders Books in downtown Chicago. Despite looking fairly extensively (though not asking), I was unable to find any books about the drug war. However, prominently displayed on the main floor were “nonfiction” books by […]