Sunday, March 19, 2006

Quick hits

This is a good sign. Some Canadians have brought forward a class action challenging a new civil forfeiture law there. Hope they win, for their country's sake. Forfeiture is a one way ticket to police corruption.

This is bad. Health Canada issued an advisory warning that several commonly used anti-depressants can cause persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborns of mothers who use these drugs during the last half of pregnancy. That's the thing that always gets me about the war on some drugs. They spend billions "fighting" a plant that is safer than the majority of the pharmaceuticals on the legal market.

If you're in the market for drug war lies, it appears Canada has its own meddling "focus on the family" type extremists who offer up a compendium of false propaganda and a virtual who's who of prohib profiteers in the footnotes. Know thy adversary.

And a bit of good news, Charges were dropped against two defendants busted for what was said to be the largest outdoor grow show ever on Vancouver Island. Worth clicking over just to see the shot of the plants. Funny it doesn't look like that big a grow in the picture. Yet I bet they claimed it was worth "millions on the street."

What would our law enforcement do with their time if they weren't spending so much of it chasing down plants?

[hat tip to Tim Meehan]


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