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30 Oct

Support your local head shop

Image from public domain. One of the enjoyable parts of my law practice is going on the road and getting a chance to meet people and to have experiences beyond my doorstep. Long drives to outlying courts and to inmates preparing for trial often are soothed by beautiful mountains for...

16 Oct

Shrooms to be banned in Holland

Image from USDA's website. Many tourists to Holland make beelines to marijuana in cafes, psilocybin "magic mushrooms" (also known as shrooms), and legalized prostitution. Relying on anecdotal evidence rather than on hard scientific facts (e.g., about the varying potency of such mushrooms and their actual harmfulness rather than...

14 Sep

Drug reformer Arnold Trebach speaking September 26 in Washington, DC

DEA image in the public domain. Drug Policy Foundation founder Arnold Trebach will be speaking about drug prohibition as follows: September 26, 2007, 12:30 pm, Center for International Policy, Suite 801, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. RSVP to Abigail Poe, abigail@ciponline.org or 202-232-3317 Although I very much appreciate...

29 Jul

Don’t politicize medical marijuana

Multiple sclerosis patient obtains critical relief from marijuana. Walter Cronkite speaks plainly about the excessive costs of the drug wars. In a recent question and answer session, an audience member asked Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani about his views on medical marijuana. Predictably and sadly, Mr. Giuliani...

20 Apr

Happy 4/20

Image from public domain. April 20 has become a significant date to focus on the need to legalize marijuana. I have frequently blogged in favor of marijuana legalization, and have touted marijuana's medicinal benefits that necessitate its being legalized for medicinal use. Over the years, the marijuana legalization movement...

10 Apr

The drug war quagmire

The Bill of Rights is a victim of the drug wars. (From the public domain.) Decades ago, the Smothers Brothers lamented the "Big Muddy" that was the Vietnam war. The Vietnam war, like Gulf War II, was relatively easy for the United States government to enter, but infinitely...

09 Apr

“If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug”

Image from public domain. Emeritus Harvard Medical School Professor Lester Grinspoon started out in the 1960's to document marijuana's harm, only to discover the opposite. Last month, he confirmed: "If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it...

09 Mar

Lessons from Amsterdam

  Once upon a time, marijuana was legal in the United States. In Amsterdam, where marijuana for personal use generally is not prosecuted, we find further support that marijuana is no more harmful than liquor, and probably less harmful (marijuana is to mellow as liquor is to...

02 Mar

Students: Beware financial aid fallout from drug convictions

Convictions for marijuana and other drugs should not be permitted to cut off student financial aid. (Image from public domain.) Criminal defendants need to consider not only the direct consequences of a criminal conviction (e.g., the potential of incarceration, fines, probation, and higher sentences for any...

28 Feb

Opposing the drug war is mainstream

LEAP's compelling video against drug prohibition. Opposing the drug war is mainstream. For instance, such organizations as the Drug Policy Alliance present a reasoned counter-message of harm reduction, backed up by supporters from a wide range of the social establishment, including such board members and honorary...

22 Feb

More evidence on marijuana’s benefit as pain medicine

Marijuana remains federally banned for prescription purposes, while doctors remain free to administer cocaine and morphine for medicinal use. (The image's copyright holder permits its reposting for any purpose). Marijuana is medicine, as confirmed by many studies. In February 2007, an additional study was added to the arsenal of...

14 Feb

Marijuana – Let it grow for research

Image from public domain. Three years ago, WMAL radio interviewed me opposite a doctor from the Office of National Drug Policy, about Maryland's then-newly effective law capping marijuana possession penalties at a $100 fine plus court costs upon presentation of proof that it was for medical necessity. After...

01 Feb

Marijuana is medicine, and can even reverse munchies

Image from public domain. Marijuana is medicine. GW Pharmaceuticals is among the business world members confirming as much.  Now, ironically, the plant that brought us munchies (and, thus, vital relief to chemotherapy patients who otherwise have trouble wanting to eat and keeping food down) has been re-processed...

02 Jan

Beware Barry Cooper’s “Never Get Busted” video

At first I hesitated to discuss former police officer Barry Cooper's new Never Get Busted Again video, so as not to give more free publicity to the video than it has already received. However, more important to me than avoiding giving the video inadvertent free publicity is...

21 Dec

Would marijuana be as big a cash crop if legalized?

Following up on yesterday's blog entry entitled "Marijuana as the nation's biggest cash crop," Hit & Run's Jacob Sullum predicts that the excise tax revenue from legal marijuana would not be very significant, since legalized marijuana will be cheaper than illegal marijuana. As one commenter to...