Better Check Him for a Wire


Delmar Burridge, the New Hampshire legislator who reported a constituent to the police for advocating marijuana decriminalization, has seen the light—if not on drug policy, then at least on freedom of speech and the right to petition the government. Earlier this month, responding to an e-mail message from drug policy reformer Toby Iselin, Burridge wrote: "I am copying two members of the Keene Police Department in case you want to change your ways and act legal and save your friends. You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch." Now, after being roundly condemned online for this thinly veiled threat, Burridge says he'd like to meet with Iselin. "This is a learning process for me," he told The Keene Sentinel. "I'm certainly learning the power of blogs. … It's fascinating."

 [Thanks to NORML's Allen St. Pierre for the tip.]