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I wondered what the judge thought of people who make claims, like Reverend Jeremiah Wright, about the police and government supplying crack to African Americans. He then stated, “The enormous amounts of money involved in drug trafficking have directly spawned large numbers of conspiracy theories about our government’s involvement in trafficking. Even if these theories aren’t true, the fact that many people believe them undercuts the legitimacy of our government and the desire of many people to cooperate.”

I wanted to scream, “What do you mean ‘even if’?!”

When the judge was finished speaking, one guy with long hair went up and shook his hand and heaped praise on him. A tall woman went over to the empty pizza boxes looking for another slice.

I said to Judge Gray, “I enjoyed what you had to say. It seems obvious that the systems you propose would work best. But you know they’ll probably never be implemented. No politician will want to bring those things up.” He said, “Oh, no, I think you’re wrong. I think we’ll see these things get done. Nothing else has worked.” I said, “Really? Well, you don’t hear about any steps down these paths.”

He said, “Six months before the [Berlin] wall came down, you didn’t hear people talking about it. Then, it happened.”

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surfinmike April 17, 2008 @ 11:14 a.m.

Maybe the judge seems to have forgotten that in June of 1987 Regan said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

That was quite a bit longer than "Six months" before the wall fell in August of 1989. There was talk for a long time before the Wall came down.

I agree with you though. No politician will take the steps towards pot legalization becuase they are too afraid of losing their careers.

Wall = bad idea. Career politicians = bad idea.

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surfinmike April 17, 2008 @ 11:16 a.m.

oops. I meant Reagan. Can't type today.

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Josh Board April 20, 2008 @ 1:27 p.m.

Ah...who cares about little typos. My mom logged onto the Reader website the other day. She had never seen my blogs. She went nuts from one of my previous "sports shorts" ones. I type these at 2:30 a.m. right before I go to bed. And, for some reason I typed "digged up" and she sent me a long email about how my command of the English language sucks. It was hysterical. And, kinda true. But, I type 115 words per minute, and I don't usually proof read. It's one of the reasons the Reader editors probably hate dealing with my stories. But, that's why they're paid the big bucks.

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Josh Board May 7, 2008 @ 12:42 a.m.

Just got a press release on this:

SAN DIEGO, CA – SDSU students and a group of concerned parents will hold a mock graduation ceremony with 77 “missing” students today in protest of Tuesday’s announcement of a massive drug sting orchestrated by the DEA with the help of SDSU officials. Officials have described the five-month sting as a response to two recent fatal drug overdoses on campus, but those gathered today are criticizing the DEA’s show of force as counterproductive and are calling on the university to enact a life-saving Good Samaritan Policy that encourages students to call for help during a drug overdose emergency.

Today’s demonstration, organized by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), will display 77 empty chairs and graduation caps, symbolizing the 75 students arrested in the sting, as well as the two students who died recently of preventable drug overdoses. Large banners will be hoisted that read: “77 students are gone, but drug abuse isn’t” and “Save lives. Enact a Good Samaritan Policy.”

WHO: Dozens of concerned students and parents WHAT: Demonstration and press conference supporting Good Samaritan Policies and criticizing DEA sting at SDSU WHEN: 11am, Wednesday May 7th, 2008 WHERE: SDSU, Hepner Hall/Communication Building

“Sensational drug stings will do nothing to reduce the demand for drugs on campus, nor will they decrease the supply for these drugs for more than a few days,” said Randy Hencken, president of SSDP at SDSU. “ So long as students have the desire to use illegal drugs, and so long as the prohibition of drugs sustains a lucrative black market, drug stings will do little more than create openings for others to step in and supply drugs to SDSU students. This is a complicated problem that requires complex solutions but the discussion needs to start here.”

Gretchen Bergman, director of San Diego-based A New PATH said, “SDSU’s cooperation with the DEA will make students fearful of calling for help during overdose emergencies. The best way to protect our children and prevent drug overdoses is to enact a life-saving Good Samaritan Policy.” Mrs. Bergman is the mother of a graduating SDSU student who is in long-term recovery from heroin addiction.

Good Samaritan Policies protect students who call for help during overdose emergencies, and colleges across the country are enacting them in increasing numbers. Researchers found Cornell University’s Good Samaritan Policy to have dramatically increased the amount of 911 calls related to overdoses, while drug use at the school remained relatively constant. Close to 100 colleges nationwide and the entire state of New Mexico have enacted Good Samaritan Policies, and similar legislation has been introduced in Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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SunSHyn009 Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:10 p.m.

The Judge thought favorably of this article! As do I! What a great event, I can't believe you actually crashed it! Keep up good work, Josh!

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