Many people want to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana and other drugs, however, few know that many U.S. states are content simply to tax
. In fact, even the federal government wants a share (middle of p. 89 of the PDF)
, and used tax stamps
in early prohibition
, but only the states have recently issued issued
cool stamps (be sure to click "exhibit")
. The point, of course, is not to actually tax the drugs, but to penalize the drug dealers for tax evasion
as well as drug sales. They have brought in some money, though
. A few interesting state government pages: Conecticut
, North Carolina
and their tax return form
, and Kansas
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Jan 15, 2007 -
Sir Paul McCartney is quoted a few posts below as having warned John Lennon against making fun of Paul's drug use. The rest of us, luckily, are free to point and laugh. This Paul McCartney Drug Timeline
should help you get started!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Jan 4, 2007 -
Web-Building Is For Suckas
(YouTube, approx. 2 mins.)... A bit of an update on Peter Witt's famous 1960s experiments on the effects of various drugs on spiders' web-building abilities (previously featured on Metafilter here
posted by amyms
on Jan 3, 2007 -
A memorial to the many dead.
Here in Oakland, California
, the murder rate has gone out of control.
The incoming mayor
has not articulated any clear plan for reducing violence. And the current one, having only seen violence increase here, is going on to become the state Attorney General
Amid the challenges Oaklanders face - gentrification
, a lack of meaningful work opportunities
, and a history of a devistating drug trade
, there are some efforts to make change: here
, here, here
, and here
posted by serazin
on Dec 19, 2006 -
GAO: Anti-Drug Ads Still Don't Work
, Drug Czar John Walters admitted that anti-drug advertising was failing and may have tempted more kids to try marijuana. He called for more rigorous testing of the ads. Now, the GAO
has released a report showing that drug ads since 2002 have been equally ineffective. Young teens and girls who saw the ads were more likely to try pot. The White House kept the results
of their latest study from GAO auditors for over a year, and Walters is now claiming
that the testing he commissioned should be discounted because the effects of the campaign can't be measured through testing. The 2007 federal budget proposes
$120 million for ONDCP anti-drug advertising.
posted by Amy Phillips
on Sep 12, 2006 -
From the guy
who brought you the Whitewater scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton
for lying about oval antics in the Oral Office, a legal push to make the Supreme Court just say no to "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."
Ken Starr's petition to the Court [PDF]
makes clear that Starr believes this is no laughing matter, but a chance for the Court to make a landmark ruling that will give school adminstrators the power to limit student speech: "This case presents the Court with a much-needed opportunity to resolve a sharp conflict among federal courts
(and to eliminate confusion on the part of school boards,
administrators, teachers, and students) over whether the First
Amendment permits regulation of student speech when such
speech is advocating or making light of illegal substances."
posted by digaman
on Aug 28, 2006 -
--as reported by BBC News, on this day in 1962 (video clip too)--her travails and travels, the law, publicity, and what happened afterwards. (more here from American Prospect
in 05: ...A Gallup Poll taken that year showed that the majority of Americans supported Finkbine, and her case was a turning point ...
posted by amberglow
on Aug 26, 2006 -
For most musicians, it's difficult to pinpoint a particular event that forever sullied their image and destroyed their popularity. For 80's rocker Billy Squier
, however, the reason
posted by starkeffect
on Aug 11, 2006 -
Inner City Youth, London
"In 2002, Simon Wheatley
began photographing London's publich housing developments...and was able to obtain a level of intimacy with his subjects that provides a true picture of the daunting project of growing up in the intimate confines of drug use, societal neglect, and poverty."
This (Flash-based) narrated slideshow features Wheatley's work, and is a look at the culture...and also the music (grime
) "as an artistic response to the place and circumstance, an expression of the violence, bleakness, and neglect..." (via Future Feeder
posted by tpl1212
on Jul 20, 2006 -
A landmark rigorous study
, 36 years after Walter Pahnke's Good Friday
study ocuments the ability of psilocybin - the chemical in "magic mushrooms" - to trigger mystical experiences. 16 of 24 participants, who had no history of psychedelic use, rated the drug episode (after 2 months) to be among the 5 most meaningful experiences in their lifetime. A longer 40-year follow-up
by MAPS on those who took LSD under the supervision of psychiatrist Oscar Janiger in the 1950s, found qualitatively the same result.
posted by daksya
on Jul 10, 2006 -
So how's the War on Drugs proceeding in Afghanistan? Barry McCaffrey, former drug czar, trumpets
, "Opium production has been dramatically slashed by 48% just in the past year
.". Oops, actually that's the acreage of opium cultivation; production went down by only 10%
, due to increased yields. In any case, that's so last year
. Instead of the socially detrimental policy
of poppy eradication, wouldn't it be preferable
to allow licensing of poppies
for legitimate medical needs? The Afghan farmers agree
, but some think the idea is flawed
posted by daksya
on Jun 16, 2006 -
Fox pussies out.
Recently a bill passed in mexico legalizing all drugs
under certain specified quantities. The bill was promoted By Vincente Fox's party, and came from his offices. However he decided not to sign it under U.S. pressure.
There go my vacation plans.
posted by Paris Hilton
on May 4, 2006 -
. (warning, music on first link.)
The six Belgian breweries Achel (little English)
, Rochefort (unofficial site)
, Westmalle (no English)
, and Westvleteren
, along with the Dutch brewery De Konigshoeven
/La Trappe (first is English link to monastery, second is non-English brewery site.)
are the only recognized producers of Trappist beers
, although the latter
was only recently granted the appellation after several years without it. Ranging from the relatively commercial and large-scale operations of Chimay
and La Trappe
to the other extreme of Westvleteren
, who want to live quietly and don't want their beer distributed
, these beers are considered some of the best in the world
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Mar 4, 2006 -
In the "debate" over the War on Drugs, there's a lack of nice quantitative data presentation in one place. Brian C Bennett
aims to rectify that
. From trends
in alcohol initiation relative to legal age limits, to investigation
of the deaths
classified by CDC as marijuana-induced. There are lots of charts, as for cocaine
purity over the years, or treatment admissions
, or arrest
trends. The site map is your quick
guide to the 2000 charts & articles.
posted by daksya
on Feb 27, 2006 -
Drugs on the Rez.
It's a hell of a life going from utter poverty, where your mom gets you drunk so you'll stop complaining about being hungry, to being able to buy your kids toys with $100 accessories and sending them to private schools, to going back to literally not having a quarter to call your dad. In this case, the money came from Canadian oxycontin
. It's not just Native Americans who are targeted by the authorities. It's also Indians
. There's a pretty good newish book on the subject of black markets, Illicit
. Laos' opium market is apparently gone -- in favor of meth
and Afghanistan's market
is black in name only, so why keep up the facade
posted by raaka
on Feb 20, 2006 -
is the first brand of cold, flu and sinus congestion medicine to completely reformulate and remove pseudoephedrine
, the key ingredient needed to make Crystal Meth.
posted by ijoshua
on Feb 16, 2006 -
--one of the largest and most comprehensive sites written by and for cannabis growers about cannabis cultivation
, complete with user forums and immense photo galleries--along with Heaven's Stairway Seeds (hempqc.com), Cannabisworld.com, and Eurohemp.com have all been shut down
, their owners arrested in Canada,
and the servers seized. The story hasn't yet made the Canadian news, but it raises many questions about free speech online.
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 5, 2006 -
"Well, a lot of people have said DEA is in the dark on these issues, but that is a little bit much.
" (.doc; long) Despite a power outage, an FDA-lead panel discusses how to manage abuse of the infamous
opiod painkiller OxyContin
. Purdue Pharma
, its sole manufacturer, had tried to bring its more powerful successor Palladone
(.pdf) to the market, before "dosage jump" issues lead to the drug being pulled
by the FDA. Meanwhile, trucks loaded with $3mil dollars of "oxys" continue to get hijacked for a $15mil street turnover, despite GPS tracking and other high-tech security measures used for cigarette distribution. Doctors invariably shuffle pills sideways despite tamper-proof presciption pads
(long). Purdue only stops selling more profitable and addictive double-doses of OxyContin
after government pressure. On the level of the street, addicts who find themselves too tolerant to the drug find their needs more than adequately met when they can buy many more hits of heroin for the same cost. Philadelphia-based writer Jeff Deeney outlines some of these fascinating issues and more
as he looks into how race, cost, manufacturing and distribution factors in OxyContin abuse invariably drive the addict to cheaper and more easily accessible heroin.
posted by Rothko
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Tips from the Blue Devils
- Dunking the ball is a flashy move. In some instances, it can be the wrong move. Pot and cocaine are wrong moves. They mess up your thinking and can kill you instantly.
posted by sdrawkcab
on Jan 25, 2006 -