Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Roundup: Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Sheen, and The Drug Czar

By David Downs
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM

1) First, your celebrity news: Charlie Sheen — still WINNING. "Black and Yellow" rapper Wiz Khalifa - has a new single off Rolling Papers. And Kid Cudi to play High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver April 2-3.

2) When history judges 21st century newspapers, they will note very few stood up against the drug war in any meaningful way. The Seattle Times went past the invisible line drawn in editorial boards across the country when it said late Feb. that we should scrap pot prohibition. For this, they earned a visit from US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske last week.

3) Drug warriors love to quote how many people are in drug treatment for smoking pot, but they usually forget to mention how tax dollars force people into such establishments on pain of jail. According to the latest government stats on national rehab admissions: "Primary marijuana admissions were less likely than all admissions combined to be self-referred to treatment (15 percent vs. 32 percent)." (pg. 19).

4) Pot is less addictive than cigarettes or alcohol, and withdrawal symptoms are mild and medically benign. But if pot is what ails you, there's always lithium. Addiction Inbox on 'Seeking a Patch or a Pill for Pot'.

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