Liberals and marijuana

Jonathan McLeod

January 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

Allow me to echo the general sentiments of my colleague, Charles Anthony, and give the Liberal Party a quick cheer for their policy resolution to legalize and regulate marijuana (though we might disagree about the regulation part). I may peruse the rest of the rump party’s policy resolutions (or I may not – I don’t [...]

Or we could blame the Drug Warriors

Jonathan McLeod

September 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Sigh. The joint you smoke today could be the bullet that kills someone tomorrow. That’s the message from the RCMP and the federal government as they roll out a national initiative Wednesday aimed at shutting down marijuana grow operations across the country. If someone decides to smoke a little weed, they’re not hurting anyone. If [...]

Officially Sanctioned Violence

Jonathan McLeod

May 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

Writing in the Huffington Post, Radley Balko has a typically excellent report on typically abhorrent police abuse. Jose Guerena was an Iraq war veteran who died while protecting his family from armed intruders one night. Unfortunately for him, those intruders were drug cops executing a no knock raid on Mr. Guerena’s house looking for drugs [...]

Happy 4/20

Jonathan McLeod

April 20, 2011 | 5 Comments

One year ago, I was working in a small office by Metcalfe St. in downtown Ottawa. I had a sliver of a window that stared up (again a sliver) of Parliament Hill. It was a nice day, so I wasn’t too surprised that people started to congregate on the lawn. However, as the day went [...]

Sunday Evening Links

Jonathan McLeod

April 10, 2011 | No Comments

Here’s some other stuff written by some other people at some other sites: Peter Jaworski suggests that some day soon, we’ll look back at the War on Drugs, marveling at the folly (and, really, think back to liquor prohibition, does it seem like it was a good idea?). Frances Woolley offers up a cost effective [...]

Week in Review

Jonathan McLeod

September 27, 2010 | No Comments

Monday monday, So good to me… Defining Populism: We had a bit of a debate about the nature and definition of populism (Bonus follow up post here) The sudden importance of paternal political relations: What is it about MPs’ dads that keeps them in the news? I’m No Fan of George Soros’ Politics, but that’s No [...]

With a Little Help from Your Friends

Jonathan McLeod

September 24, 2010 | 9 Comments

Writing in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen, Dan Gardner has a good run-down of just how much the drug laws of the the U.S. and Canada have impacted other, poorer nations.  Our wretched ‘War’ on drugs has ruined countless lives of innocent citizens; it has also led to the thousands of deaths in Mexico and other supplier [...]

I Always Liked Brandon Better than Dylan

Jonathan McLeod

August 23, 2010 | No Comments

Jason Priestley is stepping up to help out the most recent collateral damage in North America’s inane “war” on drugs, bears.  Yup, he donated money to help save the bears who were guarding a grow-op. Time to step up, Luke Perry and Ian Ziering.

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