Marijuana: The Political Class vs. Everybody Else

Marc blogged the other day about the New York Times editorial board's endorsement of repealing federal marijuana prohibition, just months after having rejected that step. Now, this isn't quite the same as endorsing marijuana legalization - just returning it to the states - but it is a significant step nonetheless. Still, they are well behind … Continue reading Marijuana: The Political Class vs. Everybody Else

FBI Trying to Infiltrate Keene, New Hampshire

The Keene Activity Center (KAC) is a place where (mostly) young libertarians and anarchists in Keene, New Hampshire congregate to talk philosophy, plan activism (including civil disobedience), and generally relax and socialize. Apparently the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been trying very, very hard to infiltrate the KAC, judging from this account of the arrest … Continue reading FBI Trying to Infiltrate Keene, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Supports Legalizing Marijuana

An interesting new poll from Public Policy Polling shows strong support for marijuana reform in New Hampshire: For legalization (taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol, with licensed stores): 53%. Opposed: 37%. For decriminalization (replacing criminal penalties for possession of less than an ounce with a fine): 62%. Opposed: 27%. For medical marijuana (allowing seriously or … Continue reading New Hampshire Supports Legalizing Marijuana

NH GOP Kills Gay Marriage Repeal

The New Hampshire House, dominated 3-to-1 by Republicans, has just voted by an approximately 2-to-1 majority to kill a bill that would have repealed same-sex marriage and reinstate civil unions. Along with passage of marijuana decriminalization (by a single vote), this vote helps to demonstrate the increasingly libertarian, live-and-let-live character of the New Hampshire GOP.(*) … Continue reading NH GOP Kills Gay Marriage Repeal

If California Legalizes…

What will happen if California legalizes marijuana, if Proposition 19 passes as expected? The Economist runs the numbers on legalization's effects on Mexican drug cartels' bottom lines. Regardless of how the proposition turns out, Americans' changing views on the appropriate legal status of the drug are to be welcomed. Let us hope that politicians are … Continue reading If California Legalizes…

Palin on Pot – complicating the standard line

Journalists and libgressives frequently try to paint Sarah Palin as a social conservative.  But this easy (and expedient) characterization doesn't quite capture her and never has.  So her recent comments on marijuana policy reported in Politico might surprise some of them, and it certainly complicates the paint by numbers approach to politics that they take: “If we’re talking about pot, I’m … Continue reading Palin on Pot – complicating the standard line