"Building burn as rioters loot the local businesses, lighting their joints on the structure fires they set." First hand account
of the disaster unfolding
. [more inside]
Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market
Proposals likely to become law, leading to innovative policies at odds with the 'war on drugs' philosophy.
The legalization of pot in Uruguay might embolden other Latin American governments to consider similar measures
Under Mr. Mujica, 78, an outspoken former guerrilla, Uruguay has emerged as a laboratory for socially liberal policies
. A small nation of 3.3 million people, the country has also enacted a groundbreaking abortion rights law, moved to legalize same-sex marriage and is seeking to become a center for renewable energy ventures.
The White House recently opened a website
entitled We the People: Your Voice in Our Government
, "[a tool which] provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country." They have issued a response
to a petition to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol
Medical Marijuana Apartheid
-- as the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy misrepresents
) the new policy of the American Medical Association
) in regard to medical marijuana, and the U.S. Congress lifts the ban
on Washington D.C.'s Initiative 59
("the first time Congress has given its assent to a state or local law
that permits medical use of marijuana") -- one writer questions whether the "back-door
" decriminalization of cannabis has institutionalized class- and race-based discrimination.
(Some links NSFW) Any down on their luck stoner is familiar with so called, "legal bud"
Herbs of all kinds have been marketed online to the connectionless or legally restricted that offered a marijuana like high without the legal consequences. Everyone knows they are all scams.
It might surprise you, that some were not. Commonly sold under the names Spice
, mixtures of herbs sprayed with synthetic cannabinoid substances such as HU-210
have been available online for at least the past four years. [more inside]
Salon has an article up which is a pretty solid summary of why marijuana is illegal.
was a former concert pianist and systems analyst who suffered from an autoimmune disease similar to lupus for over 20 years. The disease left her in constant pain
and made her allergic to most pharmaceutical painkillers. Only medical marijuana brought her relief, but last spring the DEA seized her medicine. Unable to cope with the chronic pain any longer, she committed suicide
on October 18th
. [Via Andrew Sullivan.]
An excellent example of the consequences of the Supreme Court's Gonzales v. Raich
decision: today the United States House of Representatives voted down
a bill which would have prohibited the DEA from targeting State-authorized medical marijuana dispensaries. Almost simultaneously, the DEA raided 10 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles
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."
The War on Drugs
hasn't been working at all well. So let's make it even less sensible: harsher penalties, invasion of privacy, all that jazz. The proposal is surreal, but fits in with the rest of US Drug Policy: rapists aren't denied federal funds for post-secondary schooling, but pot-heads are; you can spend more time in jail for dealing weed than for murder; gonna deal pot, ya might as well deal speed, it's the same jailtime. And now... let's encourage dealers to sell pot with more carcinogenic tars! [link goes to NORML, possibly NSFW, danger: encourages political activism]
An article in the upcoming issue of Playboy
) examines in more detail a lethal standoff between a pot-smoking festival organizer and the government. Another attempt to drop out and do as one pleases met with another unhappy outcome
. Rainbow farms was previously discussed here
land of beautiful parks
nightlife, and as of June 6th, smoking pot
is completely legal
. What's striking
is the silent acceptance
of this by the Canadian public
, who overwhelmingly sees the current laws as archaic.
Maryland voted to reduce penalities
on folks who smoke marijuana for medical purposes. It's passed the house and is on it's way to becoming law!
Pot in Canada
may soon be a click away with the launch of a home-delivery service for medical marijuana over the Internet (more info on Canada's medicinal pot laws here
Can the current prohibition really be blamed on one guy? First he tells Congress that "marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind
" and then World War 2 comes and farmers are encouraged to grow it
. After the War, he turns around and tells Congress that it could be used by the Russians to make our men lazy and pacifistic. If he had kept his original argument, our men would be insane killers against the Russian army. What would the country be like if there never was a HARRY J. ANSLINGER
Nevada prosecutor accuses pro-marijuana group of using drug cartels for funding. A prosecutor has suggested a drug cartel backs efforts to legalize possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana in Nevada. But an advocate for the proposal says the statement is "an outright lie, slanderous and libelous."
Billy Rogers, spokesman for Nevadans for Responsible Law Enforcement (backed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), adds that Gary Booker, a chief deputy district attorney in Clark County, "ought to have his mouth washed out with soap."
Nevada looking to legalize marijuana.
And not just for medicinal use, but for recreational use as well. So far, it looks like there's a good chance it might happen.
Smoke pot, stay out of jail.
As your lawyer, I advise you to read this cartoon by Ellen Forney
. See also
Utah Judge Rules Medical Pot is In
via the Utahns for Compassionate Use. "During a preliminary hearing for three patients in Cedar City on Wednesday March 27, 2002 Judge Braithwaite bound patients over for trial and ruled that their medical marijuana arguments do count in a Utah Courtroom even though Utah has different laws than California." My question, of course, is: do you really spell it "Utahns?"
Once-Secret "Nixon Tapes" Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
Ok, I'll admit that I was amused by the fact that 420,000 people were arrested in that first year....
Phew! It's okay to drive stoned in Idaho now.
Assuming you can pass a field sobriety test, that is. To quote the attorney, "just having smoked marijuana doesn't give somebody cause to arrest you for that when driving." This seems to be a technicality, and you have to assume it's going to be overturned. If not, anyone up for a road trip to Boise?
EU Countries Soften Cannabis Policy.
This past week, experts and officials from around the EU met in the central Dutch city of Utrecht to exchange views at the European City Conference on Cannabis policy. (From Radio Nederlands)
Cannabis laws to be relaxed, maybe...
Court Finds Mr. Cannabis Guilty of Growing Cannabis
(insert similar play on words to evoke laughter here).
Man, I love Ontario.
Monday afternoon, an amazingly significant court trial ruled that possession of marijuana being criminal is unconstitutional, and that new laws need to be written.