1) I ask whether a faster SWAT response would have saved lives, and suggest that better trained and more effectively deployed SWAT teams is a better response to this tragedy than more invasive government. I realize this is weird since I write about SWAT abuse a lot, but a SWAT team is absolutely the right thing to have in a situation like the Utoya shootings. They are designed to swoop in quickly and take out a threat with as little loss of life as possible – not to serve warrants or perform no-knock raids on nonviolent pot smokers. Better SWAT teams does not mean more active or abundant SWAT teams.
2) I argue that a truly free market for marijuana would put big corporations at a distinct disadvantage, much as deregulation of home-brewing has big beer corporations bleeding year after year (and thank God for that). This is why, when you go out for beers with your friends, each cup is a different color ranging from dark amber to almost black to honey gold rather than…well piss yellow.
3) I also argue – once again – that drug policy should be returned to the states.
4) On a lighter note, I have a mini-review of the new Avett Brothers song ‘The Once and Future Carpenter’.