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420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence -- and the other is not -- what are we to make of our nation's marijuana laws?

Mexican Drug Lord Officially Thanks American Lawmakers For Keeping Drugs Illegal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
David Henry Sterry

As an epidemic of murderous violence rages on the Mexican-US border, El Chapo is laughing all the way to the bank.

Drinking Good for Depression? The Possible Repeal of Religious Repression

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt, many states are now advocating an end to what many boozers and businessmen alike deem antiquated puritanical pap. The Christian Right is not amused.

Obama's New Drug Czar Couldn't Be Any Worse Than Bush's. Will He Be Any Better?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Current Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will no doubt do a better job as the nation's "drug czar" than his predecessor, John Walters, who was a fanatic enemy of science and reason.

The End of Prohibition?

Mary-Charlotte Domandi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary-Charlotte Domandi

What are the advantages and disadvantages to legalizing drugs? What would happen to international drug cartels? How would it affect the work of law enforcement?

Friday Talking Points [57] -- End Of Prohibition 75th Anniversary Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Brian Williams, NBC's talking head extraordinaire, is probably a decent guy, a guy with whom you could sit down and have a beer. [More on the alcohol...

Drinking to the Progressive Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, or the repeal of Prohibition. Tonight, throughout the land, patriots shal...

How to Fix the Economic Meltdown and Stop Terrorism: Legalize Heroin and Whores

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Henry Sterry

The bottom line, economically, is that there is a big beautiful sexy cash cow to be milked here.

The Coming Hyde Park Bar Mitzvah Ban

David Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Hoyt

If voters of the 39th Precinct of Hyde Park's 5th Ward decide to exercise their "local option" to ban the sale of alcohol on November 4, they will effectively be banning the celebration of bar mitzvahs in their corner of the neighborhood.

It's New Beer's Eve: How Do Clinton, McCain, Obama Relate to Beer?

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Tepper Marlin

The problem with a beer survey on presidential candidates is that Clinton doesn't drink much beer and the other two principal presidential candidates drink hardly any alcohol at all.

Kucinich 'Admires' Paul, Says Drug Problem Requires 'Compassion and Wisdom'

Matt Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matt Simon

In an OffTheBus exclusive interview last week, Democratic hopeful Dennis Kucinich said of Congressman Ron Paul, "He's been a fearless defender of the Constitution . . . I admire him."

Costco Starts A Barroom Brawl

BusinessWeek | Nanette Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the perceived social ills inspiring Prohibition was the owning of bars by brewers. To the Anti-Saloon League and like-minded groups, this arran...