Archive for September, 2010

13
Sep
10

Free the D.E.A.

Another law enforcement group – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – comes out in favor of Prop 19.

(But silly acronyms? They're A OK!)

Today’s article in the L.A. Times focuses on former Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray who’s watched the War on Drugs fail from his courtroom. Pointing out the obvious – that cops who don’t have to waste their time looking for pot could waste their time doing something else – the Judge goes on to say something else that’s pretty obvious:  Police officers, sitting judges and drug enforcement officials can’t be trusted to tell the truth, even when the truth is obvious.

Here’s the money quote:

Gray, the retired judge, said he believes that many in law enforcement support legalization but are afraid to say so because of political pressure on the job.

“They have a political job, so they can’t tell the truth,” Gray said. “People are free to speak out honestly only after they are retired.”

I'm still getting paid overtime for this, right?

Wait a minute – we pay people to lie to us, and they lie to us because we pay them?  You know, instead of voting for Prop. 19, maybe we should just fire all the cops and judges who spend most of their time incarcerating people for drug possession.  They’d finally be free to tell the truth and live honorable lives, and we’d all save tons of cash.  It’s a win-win situation.  Now how can I get that on the ballot?

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09
Sep
10

The gateway is shut

Mike Meno at the Marijuana Policy Project hammers another nail in the “Gateway theory” coffin.  He cites yet another study disproving the theory, this time from the University of New Hampshire.

Meno points out that this study – like every objective study conducted on the “gateway theory” – proves that marijuana use doesn’t lead in any causal way to the use of “harder” drugs.  What he doesn’t say, though, is almost more interesting.

Here’s the bit that I found so fascinating from the study.  It turns out that while pot smoking doesn’t predict additional sorts of drug use, there is something that does.  Ready for it?  Here’s the meaty bit from the study:

Whether teenagers who smoked pot will use other illicit drugs as young adults has more to do with life factors such as employment status and stress, according to the new research. In fact, the strongest predictor of whether someone will use other illicit drugs is their race/ethnicity, not whether they ever used marijuana.

So, race is predictive when it comes to who will or won’t go on to use harder drugs.  Which race?  I know what you’re thinking.  Or maybe I don’t.  I dunno.  Hell, I bet this guy knows what I’m talking about:

You sure don't want to light up when you're this flammable

Here’s the surprising or not-so-surprising conclusion from the study, depending upon your perspective:

Non-Hispanic whites show the greatest odds of other illicit substance use, followed by Hispanics, and then by African Americans.

That’s right, white people – it turns out that you’ve been the problem all along.   It’s your gateway.  So, stick that in your pipe and smoke it.  …And then, if you’re white, maybe you should go looking for something harder.