Smoking the Field

Funny article in the Post about how the Marijuana lobbyists are "smoking" the competition in softball.

The One Hitters -- a team sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and related advocacy groups -- had by last week amassed a 13-3 record and vaulted to the top of the league, which includes teams from the RNC, DNC, Justice, Customs and Border Protection Service and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

"This effectively shatters the notion that drug policy reformers are just a bunch of lazy 'stoners,' " SSDP's Tom Angell wrote to us.

I met a few of the SSDP staff at last year's Campus Progress conference, and I thought they were doing great work. Picking an issue that gets so little attention cannot be easy, but they are working admirably to allow people with drug convictions (even for possession) to get federal student aid. Rapists are eligible; so are killers. But if you caught with a bag of flowers, you get the shaft.

The logic is absurd, and even if drug reform is not one of your major issues, now would be a good time to write your representatives and tell them to support Barney Frank's HR 685.