Michael Douglas Tribute to Mike Gray

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Actor Michael Douglas gave a tribute to our friend Mike Gray at the memorial service in Los Angeles this week. He talked about first working with Mike on the movie The China Syndrome, and about MIke's work on drug policy reform and how the drug war has affected him and his family. You can listen to it on the Drug Truth Network here.

It was recorded by Doug McVay, who attended the memorial with Common Sense for Drug Policy. Mike was the board chair of CSDP, and Doug and I are both board members.

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He's so good, but he's got

He's so good, but he's got such a punchable face. Hadn't seen anyone do a tuck-no-hander to ice before Garrett's Deadline part, and now he has them. Good on Mike Gray for learning them, they look hard as hell, and obviously Garrett doesn't own the trick, but I just wanted to point it out.

He's so good, but he's got

He's so good, but he's got such a punchable face. Hadn't seen anyone do a tuck-no-hander to ice before Garrett's Deadline part, and now he has them. Good on Mike Gray for learning them, they look hard as hell, and obviously Garrett doesn't own the trick, but I just wanted to point it out.

Legalizing medical marijuana

Legalizing medical marijuana has large scale support, but that doesn't mean people want pot to be regulated like booze. Most of the polls I've seen specifically refer to medical marijuana and a lot of the people who say yes are thinking of grannies on chemo not stoned employees.

There is a historical

There is a historical significance to the term war in the Unites States. Americans are generally taught that we only go to war when we have the just cause. The American Revolution, the North vs the South, WW2, Desert Storm. Regardless of the actual causes, they are rarely commonly portrayed as anything other than Americans rushing in to save the day against a great injustice.

This is obviously excepting bizarre military adventures that we quite frankly don't spend any time learning about in primary school unless you go to an institution that intentionally focuses on these things. War of 1812, Spanish-American War, Vietnam, Korea, so on.

Summoning up the term "War on___" invokes some of these same feelings. We are taught to believe that we have the moral authority in these matters. That when we go to war, it is for a good and noble cause, because we don't waste out time unless it's the right thing to do.

The good news is, that in recent years this tactic has lost a lot of steam because people are getting jaded about it and it's lost its shock value. The bad news is, it still has a lot of steam left to lose.

It's great work!!! Thank

It's great work!!! Thank you!!!

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