Category Archives: Drugs

Back Bay, Meet Your New Neighbor

I’m guessing this new establishment to be located in Back Bay, Boston on Boylston Street between Arlington and Berkeley isn’t going to be particularly popular with the neighborhood (boldface mine): A medical marijuana business planning to open in Boston’s Back … Continue reading

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One Way to Lower Drug Overdose Deaths

In light of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent drug overdose death, this seems like a good public health initiative (boldface mine): Although opioid overdoses typically take several hours to kill, once breathing has slowed past a certain point, it takes just … Continue reading

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When Someone Claims the War on Drugs Is a War on Minorities…

…they might be right. John Ehrlichman, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon: The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand … Continue reading

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The Wrath of Dookhan: Massachusetts’ Inadvertent Experiment on Drug Decriminalization

For those of you who live outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!), you probably haven’t heard of Annie Dookhan, the drug lab chemist who was found to have falsified evidence in drug cases. Here’s a good description … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Drugs, Massachusetts

Marijuana: Arrests Versus Jail Time

While the number of people who go to prison for marijuana possession is quite small (and make up a very small fraction of prisoners), it’s worth noting that the number of arrests for possession, if New York City is any … Continue reading

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Implementing Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

In the 2012 election, Massachusetts passed a ballot question calling for the legalization of medical marijuana (and yes, it’s depressing that passed, but an assisted suicide law did not. Priorities…). As I noted the last time a marijuana-related ballot question … Continue reading

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The Mad Biologist’s Endorsements

Which will carry even less weight than newspaper endorsements, which is to say, none at all. Regular readers probably won’t be surprised, but here they are anyway (I’m not going through the whole Massachusetts ballot, because life’s too short): President: … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Drugs, Massachusetts, Voting

Why H.R. 3433 Is a Bad Bill: Because We Can Count on Republicans to Abuse It

By way of Jonathan Eisen, we learn that there is a new bill wending its way through Congress, H.R. 3433, The Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011 (pdf), the goal of which is “to provide transparency and require … Continue reading

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‘Misunderestimating’ the Political Importance of Pot

For the record, I’m not a big fan of pot: I think it’s very stinky, and I just don’t see the need for doing it. But each to his or her own. But a lot of people do seem to … Continue reading

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I Wonder What the Anti-Needle Exchange Nitwits Would Think of This Policy

Here, in the Commune of Massachusetts, the state (that is, we) has a policy that saves heroin users’ lives: Massachusetts public health officials say a program to distribute medicine for heroin addicts to take in case of an overdose has … Continue reading

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