Californians: Yes on Proposition 19— Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Cannabis

I have never used cannabis, or any recreational drug stronger than caffeine, and if Proposition 19 passes I have no intention of using cannabis. This shows that you don’t need to be “pro drugs” to see the grievous harm that the War on Drugs has caused. We Californians MUST lead the way in ending the tragic social and financial madness of prohibition… we must pass Proposition 19.

Some things you can do to support Proposition 19:

Previous Writing

My other relevant blog posts:

Videos

Fox News: Conservatives Against Marijuana Prohibition

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CBS 60 Minutes: The War Next Door

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2002 John Stossel Documentary on The War on Drugs in Columbia

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[part 1] [part 2] [part 3] [part 4] [part 5] [part 6]

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The Top 20 Most Dangerous Drugs

What is the most dangerous recreational drug? According to a study in The Lancet, it’s heroin— no surprise there. But according to their top 20 ranked by level of harm, alcohol and tobacco are still far more dangerous than a number of illegal substances.

As a person who has never used anything on a regular basis stronger than caffeine, and who drinks about one beer a year, I have no desire to use these drugs. But despite the danger inherent inherent in every drug, I believe the collective harm the illegal drugs on this list cause to both the users and society in general is vastly compounded as a result of their illegality. Moreover, the likely medicinal use of some of these substances is unfairly stigmatized and potentially valuable research on them is hampered. Society can only mitigate these harms effectively by legalizing, regulating, and taxing these substances. I’ve discussed these issues before here.

Documentary: Britain’s Most Dangerous Drug

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8502535628805276452

The Top 20 Most Dangerous Drugs According to The Lancet

(most to least dangerous)

  1. Heroin
  2. Cocaine
  3. Barbiturates
  4. Street methadone
  5. Alcohol
  6. Ketamine
  7. Benzodiazepines
  8. Amphetamine
  9. Tobacco
  10. Buprenorphine
  11. Cannabis
  12. Solvents
  13. 4-MTA
  14. LSD
  15. Methylphenidate
  16. Anabolic steroids
  17. GHB
  18. Ecstasy
  19. Alkyl nitrates
  20. Khat

See Also

The Drug Policy Alliance.

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Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford

Dr. Roy Walford has been a distant hero of mine since I first read his book, The 120 Year Diet quite a few years ago. Walford pioneered research into Caloric Restriction with Optimum Nutrition (CR-ON) as a means of extending the life-span of any species, including humans. A respected researcher, he was also his own most prominent subject; his gaunt, yet springy appearance the emblem of his intention to live to age 110, or beyond.

Walford died in 1994 at the age of 79, of complications related to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Whether he added many years to his life as the result of his life style is really unimportant to me— we are all individual statistical samples, and the factors controlling our individual life-spans are many. What is quite obvious is that his years were full of life.

A feature-length biographical documentary about Walford will be coming out this year. Below are a couple teasers.

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Dr. Roy Walford

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Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford

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