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Reason Writers Around Town: Jacob Sullum on Medical Marijuana Raids

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Over at AOL News, Senior Editor Jacob Sullum assails the Obama administration's continued violation of the president's promise to stop interfering with state laws that let patients use marijuana as a medicine.

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  1. “Reason Writers Around Town: Jacob Sullum on Medical Marijuana Raids”

    Why is Jacob going on medical marijuana raids? Did he turn to the darks side?

  2. I expecting some weasel-wording about “in compliance with state law”, but I’m still kind of surprised at how blatantly the raid policy hasn’t changed at all, and now Obama’s appointing the same bitch who supervised the California raids under Bush to head the DEA. I don’t understand the political calculus- it would literally cost Obama nothing to stop the medical marijuana raids, because it would for the most part be a non-event and conservatives have much bigger priorities to focus on. Continuing the raids, on the other hand, does have the potential to hurt him with his young, civil libertarian base. Sadly that appears to be only potential so far, though I hope reason keeps pushing this story.

    The other day I got into a discussion about all this with someone who had both an Obama ’08 and an “End the Drug War” sticker. By the end of the conversation, he ripped the Obama sticker off his car. This is potentially fertile ground for libertarians, particularly those not too excited about cuddling back up to the once-again faux-libertarian GOP.

  3. Pretty much everything Sweetin said to justify this action contradicts the approach Obama promised and supposedly put into effect.

    Has anyone asked Obama about this?

    Poor Bartkowicz, went from living the dream to living the nightmare. I guess if talking to reporters is what flagged him, then that at least gives others a guideline for avoiding the same fate, but it still ain’t supposed to be that way.

    1. Study me.
      Learn my ways.
      Never forget them.
      I must go now.

  4. Tenure may be great for letting one ease back a bit, but it doesn’t ward off angry cops in New Jersey.

    PolitckerNJ and Mercer County College’s College Voice newspaper have reported that elected county Sheriff Kevin C. Larkin entered Prof. Michael Glass’s West Windsor campus classroom during a lecture, called him by his first name, took him out in the hall, had a little chit-chat with him, marched him back in, and got the good professor to apologize for talking about Larkin, who stood real close to him the whole time. Even then, he left saying “this isn’t over.”

    Strangely, this incident was about the only thing worldwide in the past 24 hours not to have made it onto YouTube. That perhaps tells you how free the students felt in the presence of a guy so apparently insecure that he has to emulate Bull Connor. Here is what Prof. Glass said about his experience:

    I was surprised to see him show up at the classroom, and … I was wondering if it was appropriate for him, one, to be there, and two, to want to be in the class …. I didn’t feel it was the time or place to discuss it, but since he was physically there, I reacted in the way that I did. … Yes [I felt intimidated] …. I thought … he’d have a clear understanding of what any given professor, whether it’s me or anybody else, can or can’t say in a classroom.

    So what was Glass talking about? A public report in the Trenton Times that Sheriff Larkin is getting a salary and a pension for the same job, to the tune of nearly $215,000 a year. Of course, it is important to keep public information like that suppressed. It’s bad enough when journalists tell everyone that you are legally double-billing the public. It’s completely unacceptable when a professor mentions it in a political science class on the state budget. Golly, that requires some serious action, like putting a jackboot through nine-hundred years of academic freedom.

    http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000143.html

  5. Nothing like a little police intimidation to set a NJ professor straight
    Peter C. Hansen (February 19, 2010, 6:49 pm)

    Paging Prof. Sabrin! Better call your office to make sure it’s safe to show up ….

    Tenure may be great for letting one ease back a bit, but it doesn’t ward off angry cops in New Jersey.

    PolitckerNJ and Mercer County College’s College Voice newspaper have reported that elected county Sheriff Kevin C. Larkin entered Prof. Michael Glass’s West Windsor campus classroom during a lecture, called him by his first name, took him out in the hall, had a little chit-chat with him, marched him back in, and got the good professor to apologize for talking about Larkin, who stood real close to him the whole time. Even then, he left saying “this isn’t over.”

    Strangely, this incident was about the only thing worldwide in the past 24 hours not to have made it onto YouTube. That perhaps tells you how free the students felt in the presence of a guy so apparently insecure that he has to emulate Bull Connor. Here is what Prof. Glass said about his experience:

    I was surprised to see him show up at the classroom, and … I was wondering if it was appropriate for him, one, to be there, and two, to want to be in the class …. I didn’t feel it was the time or place to discuss it, but since he was physically there, I reacted in the way that I did. … Yes [I felt intimidated] …. I thought … he’d have a clear understanding of what any given professor, whether it’s me or anybody else, can or can’t say in a classroom.

    So what was Glass talking about? A public report in the Trenton Times that Sheriff Larkin is getting a salary and a pension for the same job, to the tune of nearly $215,000 a year. Of course, it is important to keep public information like that suppressed. It’s bad enough when journalists tell everyone that you are legally double-billing the public. It’s completely unacceptable when a professor mentions it in a political science class on the state budget. Golly, that requires some serious action, like putting a jackboot through nine-hundred years of academic freedom.

    http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000143.html

  6. Goddamn squirrels

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