20 Apr 2010

Late Nite FDL 4/20: “Name That Pot Campaign” Contest!

Four years ago at FDL, Dickfest was immensely popular, inspiring art, a t-shirt line, and even imitators. Since that time, we haven’t felt that there has been a moment quite so poignantly appropriate to display the poetic prowess of our readers til now: We need a great name for our marijuana campaign. Submit your entries here — and remember, 5 words or less.

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25 Oct 2009

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steve Fox, Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

Marijuana has become mainstream. Breathless stories about it in TIME, Newsweek, and all major media outlets proclaim that it is either a potential savior of the economy, the scourge of teen development, or just a plant that happens to have a bad rap.

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11 Jul 2009

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ryan Grim: This Is Your Country On Drugs

Ryan Grim’s new book, This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, is a smart and sophisticated telling of the complex interaction between two opposed forces: Americans trying to alter their moods and mental states with chemicals and Americans trying to stop them.

It is a book that tries, and largely succeeds, in making sense of the apparently senseless mix of prohibition, regulation, and permissiveness

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08 Mar 2009

Pot Bust Flip-Flop in LA; Obama & Holder Must Clarify RxPot Policy Now

Via Jeralyn this morning, I learned that the United States Attorney for Los Angeles spun his wheels, and confused his staff, with a contradictory set of memos about medical marijuana busts.The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles sent a confidential memo to prosecutors last week ordering them to stop filing charges against medical marijuana dispensaries, then abruptly lifted the ban on Friday, according to sources familiar with the developments.

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16 Dec 2008

Jello Biafra Writes An Open Letter To Barack Obama

(Jello Biafra’s 1979 mayoral campaign against Diane Feinstein was the first I ever worked on, which probably says a lot. We’re proud to publish his open letter to Barack Obama — jh)

My Friends (couldn’t resist, I had to say it),

Here, by semi-popular demand, are the suggestions I sent to Obama’s Change.gov site for citizen input.

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12 Aug 2008

The Injustice of Three Strikes Laws, Mandatory Sentencing and Plea Bargaining

A man I respect a great deal once said that there were only about twenty honorable judges in the United States – those who refused to preside over mandatory sentencing cases. There is always one case that outrages the public, because someone they think deserves worse gets a light punishment at the hands of a judge.

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