Thirty-six years after
the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
recommended that "simple possession" of pot be decriminalised, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has introduced a bill
, co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), to remove federal criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams (about three-and-a-half ounces) of marijuana and the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce (28.3 grams). Drug reform advocates
lit up hailed
the legislation as "an important step toward bringing federal law into line with scientific fact, practical reality and public opinion." Is America, at long last, having a collective moment of sanity?
posted by kliuless
on Apr 20, 2008 -
He laughs and leaves.
I sit alone in the room, staring at the walls, just about every inch of which is covered with more memorabilia: a photo of him with Lennon, a photo of the Beatles circa 1965, a photo of Muddy Waters.... After maybe five minutes, Richards wanders back into the room, laughing. “Sorry, mate,” he says. “I got lost. I don’t come here often!”]...
Why do you think some people live and some die..? ...there’s that line between recklessness and stupidity, and you—
"No, you bring up a good point...."
posted by Huplescat
on Mar 30, 2008 -
Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner
, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton
, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?
, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series
on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir
on Dec 17, 2007 -
may be the hidden link between hip hop
and the 1980s alternative rock group, House of Freaks
. According to the New York Post, journalist Ethan Brown
has accomplished "making the Stop Snitching movement seem reasonable"
in his new book Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice
. Brown argues that harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses
have created a "cottage industry of cooperators" and informants
who fabricate evidence, because Provision 5K1.1
of federal sentencing guidelines gives leniency in exchange for "substantial assistance to authorities." According to Brown, two of these criminal cooperators
included Ray Dandridge
and Ricky Gray
, the perpetrators of the Richmond spree murders
that ended the life of Brian Harvey
of House of Freaks, his wife, and his two children. On the other hand, Mark Kleiman
argues that the Stop Snitchin' movement has driven homicide clearance rates
so low that, in some cities, "you have a better than even chance of literally getting away with murder." [more inside]
posted by jonp72
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
was an animated drug prevention television special starring many popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Airing in 1990 and financed by McDonald's, it was simulcast on all three major American television networks. The VHS home video edition of the special also opened with an introduction from then-President George Bush Snr and Barbara Bush. And thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can watch the whole thing here
. And you really should. After all, where else are you going to get to hear cartoon characters like Garfield and Winnie the Pooh talking about smoking crack and shooting juice? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 3, 2007 -
- Yakov Spektor, a New York-based attorney, combed through two decades of US Supreme Court opinions "to discern certain trends in the Court's treatment of various issues" related to the War on Drugs. The collection of opinions are organized by case
posted by daksya
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Here's an odd unforeseen consequence of the Columbian drug trade: fishermen along Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast have been been getting rich off of "white lobster
"—cocaine dumped overboard by Columbian drug traffickers that, through a fortuitous arrangement of sea currents, washes ashore. [more inside]
posted by Weebot
on Oct 31, 2007 -
As Beijing prepares for the Olympics next year it is trying to clean up some of the shadier sides of the city. Apparently, one way of doing this is going to the popular bar street, Sanlitun
, and arresting and beating
all the men who appear to be of African decent, even if one happens to be the son of a diplomat
posted by afu
on Oct 4, 2007 -
NickCaveFilter: Fifty years ago
this very day, Nicholas Edward Cave
] crawled from the womb and started to plot. At 16 he formed his first band which evolved quickly into the Boys Next Door
]. This in turn mutated into the Birthday Party
(1980) who terrorised the post-punk soundscape in Australia and the UK [Release the Bats
| Nick the Stripper
]. The Birthday Party
relocated to England and in 1984 the band imploded in an orgy of drugs and booze. Shortly after Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
were born [The Ship Song - video
& solo live
| The Mercy Seat - video
| Where the Wild Roses Grow
], and 23 years and 11 studio albums later (not to mention a best selling book
, a great screenplay
, some acting
and several soundtrack projects) he is still going strong. But, instead of sitting on his musical laurels he decided to get back to basics and, in 2006, grew a huge moustache
and formed Grinderman
– a four piece with a primeval hybrid Birthday Party/Bad Seeds sound [No Pussy Blues
| Honey Bee
]. Fellow Mefites, I ask you to raise a glass to Mr. Cave
… And, especially if you are not familiar to his work, don’t forget to “look inside” for my primer on the enigma that is Nick Cave, one of the finest song-writers on the face of this miserable planet
. [more inside]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar
on Sep 22, 2007 -
"An open society must be prepared
to listen to those who offer a critique of its conventional wisdom—and our conventional wisdom about drugs and addiction should be no exception."
posted by daksya
on Sep 22, 2007 -
critiques the findings from the Centre For Public Health at Liverpool John Moore University report [pdf]
'Elvis to Eminem: quantifying the price of fame through early mortality of European and North American rock and pop stars.' [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 14, 2007 -
(NSFW, video). Arguably the worlds most sinister drug. Under its influence you remain lucid and articulate yet absolutely compliant to any suggestion. When your 'trip' is over, you have no recollection of what has transpired.
The "Devil's Breath" is an admixture of Scopolamine
, a chemical that was experimented with, for its interrogative properties, by both the C.I.A. and Josef Mengele. For at least the past two decades, Burundanga has been a major component of Colombia's criminal element.
posted by thanatogenous
on Aug 27, 2007 -
Dunn, Nicholas Ryan. August 5, 2007.
"Yesterday my son took his own life. He did not intend to. He did something thousands of people have and are doing, using drugs. Drugs they know nothing about. Drugs recommended and provided by friends or strangers that are not chemists that know what's in them or doctors that knew how much his body could take. My son Nick has devastated us … We also all hurt for a three year old little girl named Kylie Marie
who will grow up without her father … Those drugs do not discriminate by race, income, the status of you or of your family. These are those who care about you and those who you care about. Consider them, please! The pleasure is not worth the risks! Goodbye Nick, we love you, and will miss you."
posted by pardonyou?
on Aug 13, 2007 -