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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Last Two Weeks on Drugs

posted by on March 21 at 15:04 PM

Turning Over a New Leaf: Florida wants to smoke Salvia.

Green Light: New Hampshire house passes bill to decriminalize marijuana possession.

Magic Dragon: Peter Yarrow says Puff wasn’t about drugs.

Seven Days a Week and Twice on Sunday: Colorado repeals blue law.

Bust a Move: Cops nab alleged crack ring.

Big Time: Moms don’t say sober after giving birth.

Big House: Man gets 51 years for killing over fake cocaine.

Big Money: Judge orders Starbucks to return $100 million in tips.

You’re Next: UN Drug Czar targets Amy Winehouse for being one of the “coke-snorting fashionistas.”

The Border: Fucked.

The Drug Control Budget: Criticized by Congress.

Good Work: Drug Czar vaunts fewer positive tests for meth at workplace.

Need a Coloscope? “We’ve found a grenade launcher; we had to return that to the police department.”

Tea Time: The ACLU wants to chat about the weed.

The Last Tea Time: Suicide assistance and a bicky.

Central Intelligence: Former CIA head Jim Woosley wants to legalize industrial hemp.

Go Terps! U Maryland student edged off student senate for possessing half-gram of pot.

Please Bring Down Your Concertina: Arkansas names “drug czarina.”

The question the UN Drug Czar won’t answer.

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Marijuana possession argued before state's high court
Associated Press Writer
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The latest effort to recriminalize marijuana is now in the hands of the Alaska Supreme Court.

The high court heard oral arguments Thursday on a legal challenge to a 2-year-old state law that would make personal at-home use of small amounts of marijuana illegal.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska argues the state constitution's strict privacy provisions protect adults who use marijuana in their homes.

The state argues that marijuana is a more potent and dangerous drug than in the past and it is using findings from the 2006 Legislature to back its case.

The state appealed the case to the high court after a lower court struck down the law shortly after it was passed.

A ruling could come within a year.

Posted by hillpagan | March 21, 2008 3:13 PM

About time the US started catching up to the First World nations ...

Hey, maybe we can print our documents on hemp ... like the US Constitution?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2008 3:22 PM

amazing disconnect.

we laud the big speech on talking about race.

and we do nothing about folks in jail -- who lose voting rights -- for nonviolent drug possession.

i'd believe in the "change" thing a bit more if there were like, um, you know, actual proposals to change things.

like doing something about the large nos. of African Americans targeted by our drug laws with the result (gee whadda coinky dink) of millions of AAs losing the right to vote.

oh well, who cares. let's continue to ignore that.

it is so much easier to be hailed as a "leader" merely because you talk about your grandma, your pastor, and talk about talking more.

actually changing things?

not on the agenda.

Posted by unPC | March 21, 2008 5:15 PM

Um, dude @3, that's what decriminalization means ... what did you think they were in jail for? spitting on sidewalks?

No, it's for smoking pot.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2008 5:30 PM

if you buy drugs, you're perpetuating the violence. there isn't really any such thing as non-violent possession.

Posted by me | March 21, 2008 7:37 PM

@5 what the fuck are you talking about? You're being facetious, right?

Posted by some dude | March 21, 2008 8:09 PM

What violence?

Here in the US it's a felony. In Canada it's not. We have WAY more violence here.


Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2008 11:27 PM

I think @5 is on drugs.

But if this is 'War':

Why haven't they closed the Interstate highway system? It's a critical link in the illicit drug trade. Ditto for the electrical power grid, the telephone network, et al.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 22, 2008 9:14 AM

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