Reason's Best Marijuana Content (That We Can Remember)

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When it comes to sheer outrage related to law enforcement and marijuana, there's no shortage of stories that will make your blood pressure spike dangerously high. 

Reason TV has covered many of them, including the tawdry, disgusting tale of how cops in Riverside County, California tricked an autistic high school student named Jesse Snodgrass into buying pot and then arrested him. 

"This has been devastating to our family. It's a real drain on our resources emotionally, financially, physically," says [father] Doug Snodgrass. "It's exhausting, but when your child gets harmed like this, you really don't think twice about it. It's not a matter of getting even. He is messed up by this and what happened is wrong. We feel an obligation to restore him in every way possible." 

Their son was the only arrestee to be reinstated in school, largely thanks to his parents' perseverance and their financial ability to take their fight to court. The other special needs students arrested remained expelled and at least one served a year in jail. 

Our documentary, pruduced by Amanda Winkler, was released last fall. In February of this year, Rolling Stone followed up with a widely read feature story on Snodgrass' entrapment that drew more attention to the despicable nature of the police operation.

Here's Reason TV's documentary. Full text and links is online here.

As the prospects for broader legalization get brighter, Reason TV has been talking with some of the most outspoken advocates for an end to the war on pot.

In 2012, Reason TV's Tracy Oppenheimer talked with investigative journalist Doug Fine whose book Too High to Fail looked at all the ways that legalized pot and hemp could, in his words, "revolutionize" the American economy.

For a longer writeup and links, go here.

In a sign of the less-repressed times, earlier this year Reason TV's Paul Detrick traveled to Washington to interview a former Drug Enformcement Administration agent who is now working for Privateer Holdings, a venture-capital fund that invests in marijuana startups.

"The more law enforcement officers acknowledge that prohibition [of marijuana] is wrong, the better off society is going to be," said [Doug] Moen. At the DEA he specialized in wiretaps and worked on cases varying from busting heroin and methamphetamine rings to rooting out pot and painkiller dealers. "Taking that first step is often the most difficult one, it just so happened that I was the one to take it."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A clip show? I guess it was bound to happen.

  • ||

    Where is the footage of the reason staff getting baked? That's what I'd like to see. I can spot you a bud of Purple Kush or Juicy Fruit if you like to help make this happen; I have plenty.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Sullum bogarts.

  • ||

    Well, obviously. That's why you use a one-hitter with him. Or a Timmy but just make sure he's last.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    Aside, ever notice how well football penalties work as social weed smoking violations?

    Holding. Ineligible Receiver. Intentional Grounding. False Start. Illegal Forward Pass. Illegal Formation. Too Many Men on the Field. Encroachment. Roughing the Passer. Pass Interference. It can go on and on.

    I was gonna write a coffee table book about it and then..

  • ||

    Hail Mary!

  • cyrus765||

    its awesome,,, Start working at home with Google. It’s a great work at home opportunity. Just work for few hours. I earn up to $100 a day. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out.

  • Irish||

    I assume you guys have heard about the VA executives all getting 'fully successful' or 'exceptional' job evaluations on their performance evals. Well, the VA's excuse for this must be read to be believed.

    Veterans Affairs officials sought to play down the data, saying that only 15 senior executives across the entire federal government had received either of the two lowest ratings in the most recent year — suggesting that the high ratings enjoyed by V.A. officials were not out of line with those of their counterparts at other government agencies.

    15 senior executives were rated as not competent at their the last 4 years in the entire federal government.

    This has occurred at a time that saw Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the VA killing veterans, the State Department's handling of Benghazi, the State Department sex scandal which included people not being punished for actual sexual assaults, and on and on and on.

    Clearly we are in the very best of hands.

  • Hyperion||

    15 senior executives were rated as not competent at their the last 4 years in the entire federal government

    If there are currently 15 executives in the entire federal government that are competent on any level at all that would be even minimally acceptable in the private sector, then I would be amazed at that number, because I totally don't believe it.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    He left the best part out: Mostly these executives write their own reviews and send them along to be rubber-stamped by their superiors, at least if the VA is anything to go by.

    Agency executives write their own performance evaluations, which seem to receive only cursory reviews from their supervisors, several committee members said in questioning the VA’s top personnel officer.

    While everyone was deemed at least “fully successful” in meeting their performance goals, 57 percent of top managers were rated to have exceeded expectations and another 21 percent were found to be “outstanding,” according to testimony from Gina Farrisee, assistant secretary for human resources and administration at VA.

  • Gman||

    Still having trouble keeping your bank account marijuana businesses?? Just bank offshore, its easy, and here's a list of firms (mostly brokerage accounts) that will open accounts entirely through the mail, even for Americans. They are all non FATCA participants located in solid countries with sound currencies and banking systems, and mostly in countries not regarded as tax havens and therefore not prone to arousing suspicion.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    Seems legit. I like you, GMAN.

  • Hyperion||

    They are all non FATCA participants

    Why do you think we are pulling all of the troops out of Iraq?

    That's a nice country you got yourself there, be a shame if anything were to happen to it. /US government

  • Christophe||

    Or use Bitcoin. Just sayin'.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    the movement to end drug prohibition has some serious momentum

    This is what is known as "overstating your case"

    There is some momentum building to stop rending peoples' lives so terribly over the use, sale, and possession of certain chemical compounds and plants. There is even a push to allow citizen to use one of those prohibited plants, subject to government control and taxes, of course. There are, however, no heroin vending machines on the horizon as far as I can tell.

    Given the current situation and all it's ills the progress actually being made is welcome enough as to not require statements as absurd as the one quoted above.

    /end rant

  • Hyperion||

    We're certainly winning the debate and public opinion is starting to slowly swing against prohibition.

    The problem is that our government long ago stopped giving a shit about public opinion except for when it might cost one of them their cushy job.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    We're certainly winning the debate and public opinion is starting to slowly swing against prohibition.

    Outside of MJ I'd disagree. I think public opinion is beginning to swing against the enormous costs of draconian drug prohibition enforcement, but I'm not seeing any groundswell for actually ending the prohibitions themselves. We're much more likely to see reductions in penalties, prescription regulations, and enforcement priority than any kind of outright legalization. I think that would be tremendous progress. I also believe that the government class will fight it tooth and nail every step of the way, as doing so would reduce their power.

  • Hyperion||

    It's happening (in regards to ending all prohibition), but it's subtle. I wouldn't call it a groundswell yet, more like a faint rustling sound in a slight breeze.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    OT: In other government doing totally fucked up things.

    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter.

    Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a bench warrant being issued for his arrest

  • Hyperion||

    Ignorance of where the law expects you to be at any given moment, is no excuse!

  • Christophe||

    Hindes is not allowed to appear by Skype or phone, and as with most custody cases, not being present in the courtroom often has a large impact on the outcome of the custody ruling.

    Well that's a candidate for tarring and feathering if I've ever seen one.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    So it's come to this...

    Which two popular reason figures have died in the past year?

    If you said Lou Reed and Mickey Rooney, you were wrong, they were never popular.

  • Rich||

    Well, I know 8% is not one of them ....

  • Rich||

    "Today's marijuana content is more potent."

  • Hyperion||

    Meaning that it's more bad, because drugs are bad, Mmkay?

  • ||

    "That's why instead of smoking a whole joint, I smoke a single bowl. Wow, that was complicated."

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    +2 Hit Quitter

  • Hyperion||

    But, Epi, not everyone can be expected to be able to summon your super human willpower. Don't you know that if you put a bag of weed in front of the average citizen, they will just smoke it until they think they can fly and then jump off of a building?

    Why do you hate the children?

  • ||

    You should see the bags that I have. I must be superhuman not to have smoked it all already. Maybe I should try...

  • Hyperion||

    I see what you're doing there. You're just taunting the rest of us because you know most of us can't even think the world cannabis without the risk of having out dogs shot.

  • ||

    That's partly it. I have to admit to a certain smugness that I can drive around with a bag of weed on me with zero fear. Now if I could just do that with cocaine...

  • Rich||

    Just get ripped on meth first! ;-)

  • Rich||

    Apparently you guys missed my attempt at, um, cleverness concerning Reason's editorializing.

    So, I'll wax more serious.

    That's why instead of smoking a whole joint, I smoke a single bowl.

    That's a good thing -- less lung cancer, for instance. And TPTB never similarly beat up on, say, Aleve for its "2 vs pill-after-pill" spiel.

  • RishJoMo||

    I really dont like the sound of that dude.

  • some-yahoo||

    Drew Carey for President!


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