Friday, August 24, 2007

Harshing the Mellow

I'm not endorsing drug use but being a lover of liberty, I have a soft spot for Marijuana activist. I'm not surprised that BA would have a pot culture. given its size you'd expect to. You'll find people pursuing all sorts of interests in the a megacity but I wonder how many pot smokers are in Tokyo. Are they are organized? I wonder if people in China are growing weed. Hrm.

Feature: Cannabis Culture in Buenos Aires -- Alive and Smokin', But With One Eye Peeled for the Police
Last year, the Buenos Aires Million Marijuana March was shut down by police (one that came off without a hassle in the provincial city of Rosario drew 12,000 people), but according to Sam and others, it will be back with a vengeance next year. "The Buenos Aires marches are a grand event," Sam said. "Everybody comes, and we are calling everyone out for the next one in May 2006."

Despite -- or because of -- the repression it faces on a daily basis, the cannabis movement is alive and vibrant in Buenos Aires. And it is learning a lesson Cannabis Nation everywhere needs to learn: It's not just about marijuana. Of course, the movement showed up at the conference, said Sam. "Strength through unity."

I'm happy to see that folks are not afraid to demonstrate publicly. Says something about how the state handles dissent. This bodes well for our move. Dissent is a good thing, me thinks.

Soon we'll have a better drug use data but probably not a better understanding.

USA Today is reporting
that a toxicology team have developed a method for drug testing a
city's water supply, indicating the level at which certain drugs are
being used by the population.
She said that one fairly affluent community scored low for illicit drugs except for cocaine. Cocaine and ecstasy tended to peak on weekends and drop on weekdays, she said, while methamphetamine and prescription drugs were steady throughout the week.

Can there be any doubt that something like this could be installed in a neighborhood or office building? I wonder what the detectors would report if you analyzed the sewage in and around Harvard yard. Would you let something like this be installed in your work place?

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