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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Last Month on Drugs

Posted by on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Today’s Marijuana Report: UW researchers Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert find:

1) Despite recent increases in marijuana arrests, the price of marijuana has dropped; its average potency has increased; it has become more readily available; and marijuana use rates have often increased during the decade of increasing arrests. It thus appears that the goals of marijuana prohibition have not been achieved.

2) Marijuana prohibition may … negatively impact society as a whole.

3) There is no evidence that the decriminalization of marijuana by certain states or the deprioritization of marijuana enforcement in Seattle and other municipalities caused an increase in marijuana use or related problems.

"Spending billions of dollars arresting, prosecuting and jailing adults for marijuana use has now been demonstrated to be completely ineffective at achieving any of the government’s goals of marijuana prohibition," says Alison Holcomb, drug policy director of the ACLU of Washington, which sponsored the research. "Specifically, the price of marijuana has dropped and the average potency has increased," she says. "Meanwhile, it had become more readily available and use rates have often increased at the same time we have escalated enforcement." The whole report is in this handy .pdf.

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Someone please tell me where I have to go in Seattle to get this readily available marijuana. In San Francisco all I would have to go to is Haight and I would have ten people offer me bud in five minutes.
Posted by elswinger on March 6, 2009 at 6:34 PM · Report this
i think its martha stewart
Posted by maxk on March 6, 2009 at 6:58 PM · Report this
groovy , man
Posted by dude on March 6, 2009 at 7:01 PM · Report this
Oh, Martha....I *heart* you.
Posted by Y.F. on March 6, 2009 at 7:20 PM · Report this
the war on drugs is not going to be ended till we understand that legions of cops conservatives prison guards etc. will lie and lie and lie to keep their jobs and turf and cred.

THEY have to be attacked as benefitting $$$wise off the suffering caused by the illegal drug trade.

They're not innocent experts. They are leeches who are dependent on illegal drugs.
Posted by PC on March 6, 2009 at 7:29 PM · Report this
Face it, right wing drug addicts high on alcohol and pain pills just want to feed their habits by jailing hard-working American citizens who take a milder drug known as pot, which isn't addictive.

But what can you expect from right-wing Welfare Queens?
Posted by Mr. Obvious on March 6, 2009 at 7:48 PM · Report this
NO!!! We must keep fighting against drugs! We cannot let them win! We're so close to a victory... just keep jailing pot smokers. Our justice will come, just be patient. We're so close to victory!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 6, 2009 at 9:32 PM · Report this
@ 2) Indeed.
Posted by Dominic Holden on March 6, 2009 at 11:25 PM · Report this
I only read your summary of the Beckett and Herbert study, but you're a fucktard for filtering it through and only summarizing the ACLU article. Spin much? What was ignored in the Beckett and Herbert study?

What kind of fucktard shitty journalist goes to the summary reading by the ACLU and doesn't read "PRIMARY SOURCE?" A journalist who loves filtered copy-paste ajennada politcs, that's who.

What did their study *REALLY* say before the ACLU got their spinning hands on it?
Posted by mb on March 7, 2009 at 5:25 AM · Report this
@ 9) Are you insane? There's a .pdf link to the full report in the post.
Posted by Dominic Holden on March 7, 2009 at 6:09 AM · Report this
somebody needs to talk to my dealer and let him know about the historically low pot prices.
Posted by taint on March 7, 2009 at 8:11 AM · Report this
@1 Step one=make friends with stoners.
Posted by Emily on March 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM · Report this
@9 Your comment (and the ostensible brain damage it reflects) is the perfect example of how pot is way less toxic to human beings than, say, sitting in traffic and high fructose corn syrup.

I think you maybe could use some prescription bud for your constrictive asshole problem.
Posted by Emily on March 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM · Report this
@1 Do you have a job or any friends? I work in the medical field and there are a TON of employees there that get stoned. A good way to find out is to make a joke mentioning pot in some fashion, Stewart style. My non-pot-using boyfriend who has lived all over the states says he never has seen people smoke so openly than here in Seattle. I live in the north end by Broadview Thompson/Greenwood and there are always people outside our apartments smoking or down at any of the local parks. Also our apartment complex hallways reek of it 24-7, to my boyfriend's chagrin.
If you are bold enough you can ask some locals on the Hill or the Ave, but I have not done anything like that since my high school days. Better off becoming "friends" with a supplier.
Posted by chronic comment on March 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM · Report this
HULK! Where's today's recipe, dammit? What am I gonna feed the folks?
Posted by Read it in the Times on March 7, 2009 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Recipe Of The Day



One (1) box Betty Crocker brownie mix
One (1) 40-oz bottle of Mickey's Malt Liquor
One (1) Metro bus pass


1. Use Metro bus pass to take the bus to The Ave
2. Walk up and down The Ave, yelling loudly, over and over, "DUDES! I WANNA BUY SOME WEED! ANYBODY GOT ANY WEED?"
3. Wonder befuddledly why no one on The Ave will sell you any weed
4. Take the bus back home
5. Pour brownie mix into large pitcher
6. Pour Mickey's into pitcher
7. Stir
8. Drink mixture
9. Pass out on couch


And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by The Incredible Sulk on March 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM · Report this
#14 I am 45 and most of my stoner friends are now parents so don't do it anymore. I am a patient recovering in a nursing home and don't have any contacts. I know no doctors who are willing to write a prescription for fear of inviting federal scrutiny. I wish it was as easy for me as everybody claims it is.
Posted by elswinger on March 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM · Report this

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