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Ryan asked me to post this, in support of  US House Bill HR2306 to end the federal prohibition of marijuana.  It’s the first time marijuana prohibition has been debated in Congress since 1937. For more information, check out the Norml blog post on the Bill. As an observation, I don’t think number 5 is correct. There aren’t any countries where marijuana is legal, just some where the penalties aren’t enforced. Regardless, it’s a fun infographic in support of a good piece of legislation. Pedantry over, back to work…


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I’d never heard of 4/20 until I moved here, but it seems to be a pretty established day of toking celebration on this side of the Atlantic. The story of its origins are great– a bunch of high school guys in the 70s met at 4.20 every day after school to go hunting for a mythical marijuana field. The term 4.20 became synonymous, amongst their gang, for getting baked.  They happened to hang out with the Grateful Dead, so the term has spread amongst the toking community. Now 4/20 is a day to celebrate the weed. Tony Newman  of the DPA also wants stoners to take a moment today to recognize the political context of  their use.

On the radio this morning I heard that a school in Frederick County, Maryland, has banned children from bringing food in to school to share with each other after a student was taken to hospital (????) after eating a cupcake that may have been a little bit magic. Sounds like a reasonable and proportional and highly rational response to me. Idiots. As a distraction from the idiocy, here’s more idiocy: 13 ways that people around the world like to get high:

Drug Facts Infographic
Via: Medical Billing and Coding, via The Campus Socialite, and WAMU

Thanks Becky!

I tend to focus in this blog on places I have a connection with- write what you know and all that. But there is other stuff happening elsewhere. (No, really, there is.) So with today’s news that the International Harm Reduction Association is rebranding as Harm Reduction International, I’ve decided to look outside my usual ‘places I know’ perspective.

So, to Canada:

For a while they seemed to have a pretty good drug policy- back under the Liberals, before the Evil Stephen Harper, they were setting up a safe injecting site, enacting a ‘four pillar’ strategy and being all Canadian and nice and setting global standards for good practices in harm reduction. Then the Evil Stephen Harper did that traditional “tough on drugs coz it makes me look all manly” politician crap, and it’s all been a bit rubbish. But then his coalition government collapsed and now the Canadians are choosing a new government, and all the drug policy dudes are getting all excited because maybe the Liberals can knock some sense into politics and prevent the Evil Stephen Harper from introducing a crime bill within a 100 days which would criminalize EVERYTHING. None of the left wing want to appear soft on crime, obviously. Instead they’re trying to be smart on crime. (Do you see what they did there?) There’s an interesting post on how ideology has trumped evidence in recent drug policy debates in Canada here.

Things got particularly exciting this week with a judge in Ontario ruling that the country’s medical marijuana laws are so screwed, and doctors are so wary of the repercussions of prescribing/recommending/whatever process is required in Canada to get patients their weed, that the law is effectively denying patients the care they need. To address this, the Ontario Superior Court struck down two key parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that prohibit  possession and production of marijuana. From the National Post:

The court declared the rules that govern medical marijuana access and the prohibitions laid out in sections 4 and 7 of the Act “constitutionally invalid and of no force and effect” on Monday, effectively paving the way for legalization.

If the government does not respond within 90 days with a successful delay or re-regulation of marijuana, the drug will be legal to possess and produce in Ontario, where the decision is binding.

Here’s hoping for inaction on the part of the government. And good luck keeping the Evil Stephen Harper out of government too!

 

I like this. I don’t know what else to say.

via Boing Boing

The Drug War Chronicle reports that two US State level marijuana initiatives- decriminalization in Maine, and legalization and regulation in Washington, died this week. Maine, which has already decriminalized possession of up to 2.5oz, was looking to increase that to 5oz or 6 pot plants. The Maine DEA and the Maine Prosecutors’ Association lobbied against the bill.

Washington’s bill, to legalize and regulate, which had been fully endorsed by the Seattle and times and the Seattle legislative, failed to make it out of the committee stages. Reformers are currently collecting signatures for a ballot initiative for November elections.

Meanwhile in DC, the new Mayor, Vince Gray, still hasn’t signed the regulations to begin implementation of the District’s medical marijuana program, following on from legislation passed in May 2010.

Over in the UK, the UK CIA news blog reports that the  Legalise Cannabis Alliance has rebranded as CLEAR (Cannabis Law Reform) and the organization’s leader, Pete Reynolds (a regular commenter on this blog) has announced plans to field candidates in local and parliamentary elections to achieve following objectives:

  1. To end the prohibition of cannabis.
  2. To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.
  3. To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence.
  4. To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp.
  5. To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis.

I said before that I’m not sure that direct involvement in national politics is the right way forward, although I’ll be watching with interest to see what involvement in local politics could achieve. I’d also recommend that someone takes down the links  from the old LCA website…check this out: http://ccguide.org/index.php Hilarious(ly bad).

I have two new heroes in the war against the war against drugs: Kit Bramblett, County Attorney, and Judge Becky Dean Walker of Hudspeth County, Texas. Faced with the prospect of sending Willie Nelson to jail for up to 180 days for possession of six ounces of marijuana, they are instead offering him a fine if he agrees to play ‘Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain’ in court. “Willie Nelson is 77 years old and I’m 78,” Bramblett said. “He’s been my favorite artist all my life. We all know he smokes a little pot.”

via the Guardian.

thanks Charm!