– Alfred McCoy explains how the history of Afghanistan’s opium problem is not only the heart of what’s so difficult about our mission there – but that it’s also a problem of our own making.
– After likely saving his own life by having a firearm in his home, medical marijuana patient and activist Steve Sarich can no longer legally purchase a firearm because of his medical marijuana use.
– The AARP is asking Idaho Governor Butch Otter to veto a bill that would allow health care workers in the state to ignore people’s advanced directives.
– New Mexico is the first state to explicitly list PTSD as a condition that medical marijuana can be recommended for, intensifying the conflict with the federally run VA system, which does not allow it (but allows other drugs that might be killing people).
– The Census Bureau will be releasing the 2010 population data in a way so that individual states can decline to count prisoners as residents of the (usually more rural) counties that they are imprisoned in. This has historically skewed the amount of representation that rural areas have had when it comes time to draw up legislative district boundaries.
– If there’s a meaningful difference between The Catholic Church and NAMBLA, I can’t seem to figure it out.
– The Drug War Chronicle covers the I-1068 campaign, which when compared to the California effort, is way smaller. But there are now well over 1,000 volunteers across the state collecting the necessary signatures to get marijuana legalization on the ballot here too.