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Friday, April 25, 2008

This Week on Drugs

posted by on April 25 at 16:37 PM

South American Way: Argentine court decriminalizes drug possession.

American Way: World’s leading jailer.

Higher Educators: Teaching marijuana classes in Oakland.

Alcohol Regulators: Don’t like Weed pun on beer caps.

3000: Sentences commuted for cocaine convicts.

29: In Western Washington.

Boy Dies After Drinking Meth:

Lynnwood police may try to build a relatively unusual case of homicide by a controlled substance against a 29-year-old man who has been arrested in connection with the death of a Lynnwood teen.

According to court documents, the suspect is alleged to have punched Jamie D. Leavitt, 16, after the teen drank meth-laced water and then, while in a “drug-induced state,” repeatedly tried to hug the older man.

Junked: Bad weather kills Afghan poppies.

Skunked: Dutch police union chair calls to “legalise” soft drugs.

Confession: Of an American coca-leaf chewer.

The Pot Issue Has Two Sides? So reports the Kitsap Sun.

What the Kids Are Asking: About sex and drugs.

Fuzzy Math: LSD = Trees.

E-Bombs: For soldiers.

Pneumonia or Dementia? Options for the elderly.

Don’t Play that Song for Me: Starbucks backs off from music biz.

4/20 Is Over: Pry your lips from the bong.

Grateful Dead Sea Scrolls: Decoding the hippie lexicon.

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I love that stupid hippie name generator. I wanna show it to all the burners I know.


Lastly, I really like that the article on the 29 commuted crack sentences didn't take the angle of "Crack dealers released to rape children in your neighborhood!" that so many other news orgs have done.

Posted by NaFun | April 25, 2008 5:39 PM

I think Starbucks getting out of the music biz is a good thing.

And bring back Chantico - no, we're not kidding, we "non-druggies" need our hot chocolate drink fix ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 25, 2008 5:40 PM

@2 Have you tried the Chocolate Box? At an event I attended they were handing out free samples of their hot chocolate and it reminded me of Chantico but better.

Posted by PopTart | April 25, 2008 6:35 PM

Thank the heavens above for Carmen Miranda. First you guys give me Jem! and now this. What's a gay to do?

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | April 25, 2008 8:01 PM

The dead worb water boy's myspace is rather heartbreaking.

Posted by Ed | April 25, 2008 9:19 PM

Uh, Carmen Miranda was Brazilian, not Argentine (actually, she was born in Portugal but moved to Brazil at a young age)... could've gone with some Carlos Gardel instead!

Posted by antiuser | April 25, 2008 9:27 PM

@3 - thanks for the tip.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 25, 2008 11:05 PM

@ 6) With all due respect for your penchant for specifics, I believe you're overthinking a simple joke. The humor, if there is any, isn't that the nation in which the court ruled to decriminalize drugs and the birthplace of Carmen Miranda are the same--though that would have been clever. Rather, it's a cheap joke about the headline, "South American Way." Carmen Miranda's seemingly drugged performance of it juxtaposed with the news that Argentina court had decriminali... God, this gets a lot less amusing the more it's explained. It's a funny video... and I think it's time for bed.

Posted by Dominic Holden | April 26, 2008 2:31 AM

@8 - I didn't mean for it to come off snarky. I just thought it was funny, since I lived in Brazil for a long time, and they often make the joke that Americans know so little about the country that they think the capital is Buenos Aires... I can be a pedantic wanker sometimes but I didn't mean it to come across that way. Sorry for ruining the fun.

Posted by antiuser | April 26, 2008 7:20 AM

It's all good, antiuser. Don't put much stock in anything I write at 2:30 in the morning.

Posted by Dominic Holden | April 26, 2008 7:52 AM

Or 4:20 in the afternoon.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 26, 2008 11:47 AM

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