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Friday, June 13, 2008

This Week on Drugs

posted by on June 13 at 14:50 PM

Alchemy: In the Daily Mail.

AF Harrier jump jets have blown up the world’s biggest drug haul in Afghanistan by dropping three 1,000lb bombs on a 237-ton stash of cannabis. Officials believe the area - near to the Taliban stronghold of Quetta in Pakistan - was turning dried cannabis leaves into heroin.

Opium Brides: Poppy eradication linked to sex slavery.

High Tides: Potís better than ever.

Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.

“The increases in marijuana potency are of concern since they increase the likelihood of acute toxicity, including mental impairment,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funded the University of Mississippi study. “Particularly worrisome is the possibility that the more potent THC might be more effective at triggering the changes in the brain that can lead to addiction,” Volkow said.

Low Blows: How the media blew it.

The operative word in Volkow’s statement is “might.” The claim that higher-potency marijuana means greater risk of addiction is entirely speculative, supported by precisely zero data. That, too, was pointed out by Earleywine, but in a comment buried at the very end of the story.

[N]ot acknowledged anywhere, either by AP or most other news outlets, is the very large body of evidence suggesting that the whole “it’s not your father’s marijuana” scare story is phony.

Wet Blanket: Pot crop stunted by rain.

Clean Green: Pot activist jailed for suspected money laundering.

San Diego: Tries to overturn state law.

Bad Deal: Folks trying to get arrested to sell drugs in prison.

Getting High After Work: Court says itís groovy in Oregon.

Wake Cup: Smell of coffee is all you need.

Protein: Blocks booze cravings.

Top 10 Celerity Stoners: Jack Black to Barack Obama.

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1

celebrity stoners, honey, not celerity stoners. unless you're gettin' all intellectual on our collective asses.

Posted by scary tyler moore | June 13, 2008 3:35 PM
2

"Officials believe the area - near to the Taliban stronghold of Quetta in Pakistan - was turning dried cannabis leaves into heroin." - Maybe they were then going to turn the heroin into Colombian cocaine from 1980? Memories of Hermes Trismegistus and John Locke! These are the beliefs of the people in charge? If so, it would be so very nice of the Afghani alchemical mages to share their transmutation abilities with the rest of the world. We could learn to turn greenhouse gases into chocolate, tea into crude oil, water into wine, and ethanol back into edible corn.

Posted by E | June 13, 2008 4:02 PM
3

OK, I didn't click on the link cause I'm lazy, exactly how did they turn cannabis into heroin? Is that possible?

Posted by PopTart | June 13, 2008 4:28 PM
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Maybe "celerity stoners" is a new euphemism for tweakers? Or maybe they've managed to cross marijuana (or "heroin bush") with Celerity... who can know? Celerity sticks that get you high? ^..^

Posted by herbert browne | June 13, 2008 9:34 PM
5

Keep doing drugs,

You'll go far.

Posted by ecce homo | June 14, 2008 1:32 AM
6

@3: No.

Posted by Greg | June 14, 2008 12:11 PM

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