US IN: Legalizing Pot's Cousin
Kokomo Tribune, 19 Feb 2014 - Ind. Considers Bill to Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp. Indianapolis, IN - Gregg Baumbaugh has 4,000 pounds of cannabis sitting in his automobile parts manufacturing plant. It wasn't illegal for him to import it, but it's against the law for Indiana farmers to grow the variety of cannabis he buys in bulk.
US IN: LTE: Indiana Should Legalize Marijuana
Indianapolis Star, 04 Dec 2013 - The time has come for Indiana to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis just like alcohol. Every time I read someone's name in the arrest section for marijuana possession, I am stricken with a profound sense of injustice. Indeed, if the person has driven under the influence, or has otherwise caused trouble, then on that basis they should be punished. But the simple act of possessing or using cannabis should not be a crime. If the burden were mine to justify legalization, I could fill several pages of newsprint making a persuasive case. The evidence is overwhelming. But in a nation that is supposed to be founded on freedom, it should be the burden of the prohibitionist to justify why an adult citizen should be deprived of his liberty for consuming a relatively benign natural substance. If such a case were made on the basis of harm, then the prohibitionist should be equally willing to outlaw alcohol, tobacco and nearly every form of junk food available. All of these are infinitely more harmful than cannabis.
US IN: PUB LTE: War On Drugs Is Dehumanizing
Kokomo Tribune, 04 Dec 2013 - We as a nation continue to engage in a war on drugs, which is predominately focused on arrests for marijuana, that violates our basic civil rights. In New Mexico, David Eckert was subject to digital anal penetration in order to search for drugs in his body. All from a common traffic stop and a drug sniffing dog supposedly smelling drugs on/in him. In the end he got a huge medical bill when not found with any drugs.
US IN: PUB LTE: Marijuana Laws Make No Sense
Evansville Courier & Press, 26 Aug 2013 - Gee, 90 years ago, if someone had snitched on me, I could have gotten arrested for making gin in my own bathtub for my personal use. Wow, now someone gets arrested for growing plants in their basement.
US IN: Shutting Off The Source
The Herald Argus, 28 Jun 2013 - La PORTE - Officials say it is up to the community as a whole to combat substance abuse in the area, starting with the most prevalent drug of choice - heroin. Following the recent arrests of citizens caught dealing or using heroin and the deaths of young adults following overdoses of the drug, grieving families have organized a walk for heroin awareness.
US IN: PUB LTE: Stop Pointless Arrests, Tax Legal Marijuana
The News-Sentinel, 25 Jun 2013 - Regarding Andrea Neal's June 14 column, the days when our federal government can get away with confusing the drug war's collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees.
US IN: Column: Society Can't Deem Cigarettes Health Hazard Yet Embrace
The News-Sentinel, 14 Jun 2013 - "For first time, majority in U.S. supports public smoking ban." That was the headline in July 2011 as cigarette bans swept the country. In 2000, just one major U.S. city banned smoking at work sites, restaurants and bars. As of last year, 60 percent of the 50 largest cities did, including Indianapolis. Last July, Indiana became one of 38 states with smoke-free air laws. "Majority now supports legalizing marijuana." That headline appeared this spring amidst growing debate over liberalizing marijuana laws. Although marijuana use is still against federal law, 26 states have legalized medical marijuana, decriminalized recreational marijuana or both. Indiana has flirted with the idea.
US IN: PUB LTE: War On Marijuana Is Failed Cultural Inquisition
The Times, 07 Jun 2013 - Regarding Andrea Neal's June 4 column, if the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available.
US IN: PUB LTE: Don't Smoke Dope If You Want, But Don't Jail Me
The Times, 07 Jun 2013 - Columnist Andrea Neal has quaffed heartily of the Prohibition Kool-Aid. Her column is major league jerky knee. If she is so miffed on smoking, perhaps she should peruse the writings of Donald Tashkin of the University of California, Los Angeles, while eating a cannabis medible. This is not the end of western civilization; it is but our governance slowly catching up to reality.