Doug Fine’s third book, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, is his most important volume to date. He traces the 2011 life of a single cannabis plant from cloning to harvest to ingestion by a medical marijuana user, who benefits enormously from the herb’s benign effects. Around this central story, he describes many aspects of what was at the time of writing, the biggest chink in the teetering walls of the U.S. drug war infrastructure: the cannabis industry in California’s Emerald Triangle. And he comments on the overall American war on cannabis use, cultivation, research and development. Packed within the book’s 324 pages is the most effective marshaling of logical arguments against the criminalization of this plant that may exist.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday December 8, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday December 8, 2013 8:15 am|
Because Fine’s book is one of the most important yet published on failings and stupidities of the War on Drugs, he has been in demand for public speaking engagements on legalization issues and their ramifications. He has taken a holistic approach toward how legalization, cultivation, marketing, product development and hemp-cannabis infrastructure might rationally work. In that, he is in the forefront.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am|
Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 20, 2013 12:48 pm|
The recent arrest and conviction of Rep. Trey Radel for buying cocaine is a perfect example of why the terrible War on Drugs has been allowed to continue for so long. Wealthy and politically connected people are rarely if ever targeted by drug enforcement. When they are caught up in it almost by accident, the criminal justice system treats them with the softest kid gloves.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:49 am|
If Speaker Boehner has such a blase attitude towards the use of cocaine perhaps it is time to reexamine federal drug laws, otherwise he risks looking like an amazing hypocrite and moral coward.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:40 pm|
Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving crack cocaine, which “co-conspirators” told prosecutors she had committed.
|By: DSWright Monday September 2, 2013 12:35 pm|
Apparently while the War on Terror has justified letting Afghanistan become the largest producer of opium in the world, the powers-that-be still want a massive police state here at home to combat the evils of illegal drug use.
|By: Jesse Lava Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:24 pm|
Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech. He railed then against “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” contending that the African-American was “an exile in his own land.” Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 21, 2013 4:00 pm|
Over 40 years, millions of arrests and billions dollars have been spent on this war and no one in the country thinks it has been a success.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 7, 2013 5:20 pm|
When the person charged with carrying out the drug war is publicly admitting it has serious problems, it is a real sign that reformers are successfully changing the public narrative. Admitting there is a problem is the first step towards actually solving it.