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Defining Marijuana

Weed. Grass. Ganga. Chronic. Buddha. Tea. Green. Dro. Pot. Kush. Indo. Hash. Mota. Broccoli. Cheeba. Kill. Coffee. Mary Jane. Sensimilla. 420. Purp. Jah. Grapes. Clinton’s Asthma. These are just a few of the many slang terms used for marijuana in America. Some of them are street names for particular strains, others are vernacular terms confined … Continue reading

Mexican Opium: The Wordtrack (Disc 2)

This is the second installment of a series about books that I’ve read for this blog that are at least in part about early American drug law. I’ll give a few-line overview of what the book is about, and then three quotes I found pull-worthy (because they explain something about an early law, offer a … Continue reading

Drugs? Law? How?

You can’t do research on American drug law without being 100-hand-slapped with jurisprudential musings on America’s drug policy. Some of these musings compare America’s drug laws to more liberal European countries, some rail relentlessly on the American prison industrial complex, and others, occasionally, crack deep into the marrow of the drug law debate and simply … Continue reading

Cliff Schaffer

Sometimes, the best legal work you can do involves taking something that someone has already done, and then claiming that the circumstances are tweaking this already-done thing enough to make your situation new and unique when in reality it’s damn near the exactly the same. In that spirit, I would like to point you in … Continue reading

Proposition 19 Op-Ed

The week before the people of California voted on 2010’s Proposition 19 to tax and regulate cannabis, I sent off truncated versions of my “Marijuana and the West”┬ápaper (from my first blog post) to several publications, in hopes the history of marijuana prohibition could be thrown into the debate. I was unjustly, insultingly, embarrassingly and … Continue reading

Proposition 19’s Precedents

In the Spring of 2010, I researched the historical precedents of California’s “Control and Tax Cannabis 2010” initiative, which would appear on the state’s ballots that year as Proposition 19. Going into the research, I expected to find that western states like California – relatively young states settled by those with pioneer spirits – had … Continue reading