Today’s column at Rare:

“Five years of prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists,” wrote H.L. Mencken in 1925. “There is not less drunkenness in the Republic but more. There is not less crime, but more…The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”

Substitute “40 years” for five and “drug use” for drunkenness and Mencken’s 90-year-old words are a near perfect take on today’s war on drugs.

Taking a cue from Mencken, here are seven reasons to end the war on drugs that the last four decades have made all too clear.

The drug war is…

1. Expensive. I’m always amazed that fiscal conservatives aren’t the loudest advocates of ending the drug war, because it has been one pricey failure. Government has spent more than $1.5 trillion since 1970 trying to prevent people from doing drugs—at this point, we’re dropping as much as $51 billion each year (split among all federal, state, and local government). That’s no small chunk of change, but it might be a little less ridiculous if it weren’t so…

2. Ineffective. The war on drugs does many things (more on that below), but the one thing it doesn’t do is stop people from using drugs. After more than four decades of prohibition, the U.S. has the highest rate of illegal drug use worldwide. In fact, even as drug war spending ballooned, addiction rates have stayed steady at about 1.3 percent. By historical and international standards, the drug war simply doesn’t work. Unfortunately, the drug war isn’t only ineffective, it’s also…

Read the whole thing here.

Historical Awakening

You ever get a wave of enthusiasm and passion about something in history? You’re reading about it, and then, suddenly, it’s like you lived it. You feel connected, like this is your battle. I was watching a lovely prohibition documentary today; and I just felt so protective of it, almost as if I was one of those women fighting for temperance, and cheering at the passing of the Volstead act. It was then that I came to the realization that I live by those principles today. In a world of corruption; where legislating morals is seen as impossible, or perhaps plausible with the right encouragement, I’m watching from the sidelines; sipping on my coffee, reading some lovely literature, and thinking about whom I may become.


Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967)

Lol. 12:21 -

“Forget it man and get with the countdown, shake this square world and blast off for kicksville”

anonymous asked:

{1} How do you balance recognizing and respecting the stories of trafficked women without letting their stories be used to silence those of other SWs, and vice versa? Because obviously it's important to recognize that both facets exist,

{2/end} they only want to focus on trafficked victims, and it feels unfaithful and frustrating to attempt to argue over that point without sounding like I’m belittling these valid and important stories.

By realising that protecting trafficking survivors isn’t actually incompatible with sex workers’ rights! It’s only incompatible if you’re looking at it from a prohibitionist pov and believe that all sex workers need to be rescued from themselves and their own false consciousness; if you believe that sex workers are the best judges of our own lives and safety, then talking about sex workers rights is just another way to prevent trafficking from happening and enabling victims of trafficking to report it when it happens.

There are plenty of survivors of trafficking who advocate for sex workers rights, and they aren’t silencing themselves. As Tara Burns, Jill Brenneman, and Meg Munoz illustrate, and even as my anon yesterday who wanted to know how to access rape aftercare without further endangering herself, giving sex workers the protection of the law, the ability to seek health care and police protection without having to fear incarceration, that can only create a winwin situation. THE ONLY way that supporting sex workers and allowing us legal protection from assault, from nonconsensual sex, from extortion, from police brutality–the only way this seems incompatible with protecting trafficking survivors is if you truly hate sex workers, don’t care about their survival or livelihood, and don’t care about their further endangerment and are willing to further endanger them to get what you want.

Because sex work is ALREADY illegal in the US. Trafficking is ALREADY illegal. Rape, commercial sexual exploitation, imprisonment, child abuse, kidnapping: ALL ALREADY ILLEGAL.

And honestly, that conversation, it really only cares about protecting one specific trafficking victim: innocent young cis woman who is having commercial sex.

It doesn’t care about the millions of people trafficked for agricultural or domestic labour. It doesn’t care about the maid who was trafficked and imprisoned and sexually assaulted by a prominent US diplomat. It doesn’t care even though all reputable and checkable research proves these to be the exponentially more common story. There’s no funding in those rescue stories and it doesn’t negatively affect sex workers.

basically unless you are seriously invested in criminalizing sex workers, there shouldn’t be a problem in being able to listen to and respect trafficking survivors and sex workers, many of whom overlap.

The Smart Stoner

Whenever I come out as a female pot smoker, I’m always met with either admiration or total dumbfounded ignorance. People fall into these two teams when it comes to legal cannabis. The pro-weed bunch realizes that there is a huge change a’comin’ and legalization is imminent. These cool cats partake or allow others to freely partake without judgement. Most of the time these folks have “inhaled” and loved it or left it for others. I’m in love with these people and the way we are changing a harmful and outdated system. The other people, the naysayers/prohibitionists/uneducated, are in the dark. They have been brainwashed by decades of racist and classist rhetoric and have repeated Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” just enough times for it to feel like their moral imperative rather than an elitist smear campaign. I’m hopeful for this group because they can feel the change. They will either move and get out of the way or they will be able to change their minds. I’m putting my money down on that latter option.

I’ve always been pro-cannabis. I think growing up in Colorado has something to do with that. Just google “Boulder 4/20″ and you will get the idea. We are a crazy state that is a mix of serious social liberals and wild-west libertarians. That mix of Colorado Springs and The People’s Republic of Boulder makes Colorado the perfect stage for legalization. The sale of legal recreational weed isn’t mandatory. In fact, many Colorado towns have voted against recreational sale. But the majority of the state is, indeed, Rocky Mountain High… I would love for the legalization trend to spread because so many stoners are moving to Colorado. Denver has experienced wave after wave of new people coming to the city. They are driving up Rent and killing the current culture. Condo developers are swooning while the rest of us just feel crowded and irritated. Spread the love so we can all enjoy the fun.

I’ve experimented with different methods of ingestion over the years. Just like any good college kid, I’ve smoked out of cheap glass pipes, various fruits, and ultra-bongs that cost more than your share of the rent. I’ve eaten edibles, with fantastic results and with Maureen Dowd-like levels of disorientation. My favorite way to ingest has got to be the Pax. This little device is dependable, consistent, and perfect for people with sensitive lungs. I really hate smoking because I end up coughing after every hit and my throat feels positively shredded for the rest of the night. But with the Pax, I’m able to vaporize dry herb and consume without discomfort or irritation. Everybody is going batshit over this little guy and the newly released Pax 2 device. Sure, they are expensive, but they really are worth the hype. 

I’m also a fan of Sharp Stone Grinders. They work just like the name implies. They are fantastic for grinding buds into a consistent texture and perfect for use with the Pax. It comes with a screen and scraper to get the most of your grind. Beware though, the kief (or screen sifted cannabis trichomes) is potent stuff and not to be dabbled in without research and knowing your limits.

I’m very particular when it comes to strains. I’ve tried pure Indicas and hated the “couch lock” that comes with the heavy strain. I love Sativas, but I find that most can leave you spinning. This “up” energy is great for cleaning the house or for combating menstrual cramps (more on this in a later post). I like Sativa leaning hybrids but sometimes they are hit and miss. I’ve found true love in a Sativa from The Farm in Boulder. Tangerine Haze is, without a doubt, my favorite. It is heavy enough to keep you comfortable but not cloudy, while being stimulating enough to stay productive. I like this stuff for overcoming writer’s block, pain relief after a strenuous workout, and for general Netflixing. It’s excellent for migraines and has provided relief that I’ve never gotten from an OTC drug. This. Stuff. Is. Magic. Plus, it doesn’t have that skunky smell and burns with a citrus scent. 

I will be adding more posts about cannabis in the future. I love writing about this stuff and feel pretty passionate about the cause. Check out my story, “Women Pioneering Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry” for BUST Magazine.

I obviously am not condoning illegal consumption and I don’t want anyone to get into trouble. I’m simply writing about what works for me, while living in a place that has voted to legalize. If you live in a place where weed is still an illegal substance, PLEASE BE SMART AND SAFE. Someday, this country will drop these stupid laws and we can all light up to celebrate… But until then…

PA is crazy…you can’t get alcohol at grocery stores or gas stations or walgreens how crazy and prohibitionist

tami-taylors-hair replied to your post: “This isn’t actually relevant to week in links altho I got it in my…”:

working as an advocate, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my interactions with the SA and even CPD’s CAU, SVU, and SVLU. My org helps train them, and there does seem to be a genuine desire to get it right. there’s just no money. as usual.

You know who has money and energy if they could just be persuaded to redirect it?

Say Yes to Ice Cream-Flavored Beer

Last week, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and Colorado brewer New Belgium announced they would collaborate to create a new Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, billed as “an ice cream infused craft beer.”

This isn’t the first beer pairing for Ben & Jerry’s. Last spring, for example, the company kicked off a new product launch on the West Coast with a series of “frothy beer floats.”

A press release announcing the partnership noted the beer will focus on the companies’ shared efforts of “supporting sustainable agriculture” and “focus[ing] on environment awareness.”

Wonderful. Or maybe not. Neo-Prohibitionists have jumped on the ice cream maker, warning of the potential harms of pairing a food kids like with a drink adults like.

“It’s a crass, corporate greedy move to put a brand name like Ben & Jerry’s on a beer,” said Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director of the group Alcohol Justice, in remarks reported by USA Today. “It’s bad for children—who will start looking at beer as the next step after ice cream.”

I’d be surprised if ice cream-flavored beer appealed to anyone, let alone children, who are prohibited by law from buying the product. (Maybe it’s my personal bias against anything boasting a salted caramel flavor.) But let’s suppose Livingston is right, and the pairing is a gateway drug. If we assume that, why stop there? Let’s take this sort of reasoning to its logical conclusions—and look at Ben & Jerry’s ice cream itself.

Ben & Jerry’s flavors like Hazed and Confused, an homage to 1993’s weed-filled hit movie Dazed and Confused, clearly promote children’s drug use. Cherry Garcia and Half Baked do the same.

Coffee Caramel Buzz and Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! clearly promote childhood caffeine addiction.

Chocolate Therapy obviously promotes self-medicating for youngsters. Karamel Sutra, an ode to the Kama Sutra, the ancient Hindu text detailing various lovemaking positions, clearly promotes underage sex.

And with its White Russian flavor, an ode to the vodka-based cocktail of the same name, Ben & Jerry’s has been promoting hard liquor use by children—obviously—since it was introduced in 2013.

Clearly. Obviously. Okay, maybe not really. Or at all.

Alcohol Justice, which attempts to “hold Big Alcohol accountable for the harm its products cause,” urges a series of policies that target the rights of adult drinkers. For example, the group supports lowering the permissible blood alcohol content of drivers from .08 to .05. It wants to ban flavored beers, including Mike’s Hard Lemonade, because they target “youth (especially girls).” It seeks to raise federal excise taxes on alcohol. And it wants to ban Palcohol, a powdered-alcohol product I wrote about here recently.

While Alcohol Justice claims to target “Big Alcohol,” craft brewers like New Belgium, smaller competitors like Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and tiny startup Palcohol hardly fit that description, not that anybody should feel differently about Alcohol Justice’s arguments if they were simply opposed to alcohol being sold by bigger companies.

But even the littlest sellers appear to be targets of the group’s ire. For example, Alcohol Justice recently fought a bill in California that would open up farmers’ markets in the state to the scourge of wine tastings. Again, it’s because of the children.

“Kids, you go on a pony ride while I taste the chardonnay, is what you might hear a parent say at your local certified farmers’ market if AB 2488 becomes law,” Livingston remarked in opposing the bill.

Among the warnings Alcohol Justice posted about the bill, which became law last year, are that “daytime tastings, with little to no monitoring, in family-friendly settings, are inappropriate and threaten public health and safety” and that “children watching parents drinking alcohol when they shop for fruit or vegetables is a practice very damaging to impressionable young minds.”

It’s all about the children, right?

Indeed it is. Livingston had previously referred to burger chain Red Robin’s “mango Muscato wine shake” as “alcohol on training wheels.”

Alcohol Justice isn’t opposed to “Big Alcohol.” It’s opposed to alcohol, full stop. No one, including me, opposes efforts to keep alcohol out of the hands of children. But there’s no justice in treating adult consumers of alcohol like children.


Kelly has me on block and cannot see any of my many and articulate posts to her so my PERSONAL and well-considers opinion is you should reblog my posts to her so they’re unignorable.

You can also reblog my post about casa if you want since the prohibitionists I wrote it (saint-genet, gyro grrrl, Pomeranian privilege) for are ignoring it as hard as they possibly can.
I hate being ignored!

You should also NOT say anything mean to Kelly about anything that is not specifically the stupid shit she says about sex workers. She gives us AMPLE enough fodder with that alone, please do not step off the path of integrity here.

Baylen Linnekin on Neo-Prohibitionists Freaking Out About Ice Cream-Flavored Beer

Last week, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and Colorado brewer New Belgium announced they would collaborate to create a new Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, billed as "an ice cream infused craft beer.“

A press release announcing the partnership noted the beer will focus on the companies’ shared efforts of "supporting sustainable agriculture” and “focus[ing] on environment awareness.”

Wonderful. Or maybe not. Neo-Prohibitionists have jumped on the ice cream maker, warning of the potential harms of pairing a food kids like with a drink adults like. Keep Food Legal’s Baylen Linnekin dismantles the absurd claims.

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anonymous asked:

So I just looked up Terf because of that post and holy shit are they're like Neo-Nazis combined with Crayola's newest crayon color, "Prohibitionist Pink".

Yep! They basically are. And on top of that, they’re transphobic. Which is why I’m kinda scared.

Do I call this girl out on being transphobic? Do I ignore her and let someone else deal with her? Do I pretend she didn’t make this horrible turn because of the fact we were friends even though I know I should do otherwise? Do I unfollow and cut all ties with her? I’m so conflicted. I’ve never had a friend go to the darkside before.