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A reference to an article on why Marijuana was made illegal in the US just popped up on Digg, and I thought I'd link to it so those on my flist with an interest in the legalities of recreational drugs could have a read.

It's really quite illuminating, as a brief encapsulation, it seems the Senate voted in 1937 on the basis of a lie told by a member of the Senate committee reporting on the bill, who claimed the AMA supported the ban, when in fact they opposed it. The opinion of the committee was largely based on the racist lies that William Randolf Hearst printed in his newspapers. Conveniently, the ban also eliminated the competition that the production of hemp paper posed to Hearst's timber plantations, and hemp material posed to Dupont's new Nylon product, as well as creating a new market for their medicinal marijuana replacements. Of course, as usual, the USA then "exported" it's drug policy.

Whereas, in Virginia in the 1760's you could be jailed for not growing hemp, as it was an essential war material (sails and ropes for the fledgling Navy, among other uses) and people could even pay their taxes using it.
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Sometimes people joke at the amount of sugar I put in my coffee. I play along and tell them that its the sugar that more important than coffee, and that perhaps I should just have sugar dissolved in hot water as a drink. It turns out that I maybe right about that!

According to Ars Technica, a study is showing that heavy mental effort leads to eating bigger meals. But interestingly, one of the explanations is that :
The brain is especially reliant on glucose, and the blood tests revealed that both glucose and insulin levels changed during the KBW tasks, while they gently sloped off during the relaxation. The differences weren't consistent—the two KBW tasks sent the levels in opposite directions—but the instability of the levels was large for both of them. The authors suggest that the eating may simply be an attempt to give the body the chance to stabilize blood glucose.
So perhaps my desire to suck down huge amount of glucose, combined with a little coffee, maybe associated with this? It may also explain why I'm just as happy with a St. Johns Wort tea with a couple of teaspoons of honey in it. Ah, that pure crystal! Glucose , my drug of choice!

Of course, in Mega-City One, my sugar habit would make me a criminal.
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Primarily listed here for [livejournal.com profile] tatjna and her research, a list from Cracked.com of the Five Greatest Things Accomplished While High. The book I have to remember to pass on, Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception is referenced in the article.
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What might happen in New Zealand if the sort of US-based zero-tolerance shit recently advocated here by the so-called consultant Mike Sabin is brought in? This :
Frances Johnson, a 68-year-old grandmother in Washington, D.C. who faces eviction simply because her grandson was arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana. The federal government's public housing system has a "one strike and you're out" policy for any drug law violation -- even if that violation occurs miles away from home
And apparently, even if you're not the one arrested.

Luckily for us, even the prohibitionist Anderton took issue with Sabin, saying
"I must admit I always have a bit of suspicion about people who are in the business of being paid as consultants to do this sort of work, who then come along with a 'great plan'."

BZP

Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:14 am
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For those on my FList interested in the BZP bill, it was introduced yesterday, and Idiot Savant has noted that there is a declaration from the Attorney General that it is inconsistent with the BORA.

Hopefully the possibility of it being thrown out of court if anyone is charged under it due to this will give it difficulty

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