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Exit polls from the Sacramento Bee show that young people are supporting the measure, while old people, naturally, are against it.

Not an encouraging sign, as old people vote in large swarms, not unlike locusts.

Reason, however, is reporting that polls in San Diego State University have run out of provisional ballots. This may signal that young people are voting en masse.

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Authorities have found suspicious packages on a plane in the UK, bound for Chicago.

Federal authorities were stepping up aviation security precautions after cargo planes were grounded at two U.S. airports in response to suspicious packages that may have been part of a “dry run” for a future Al Qaeda plot.

One of the packages, found on a UPS plane at East Midlands Airport in central England, contained what looked like a toner cartridge with white powder and wires coming out of it. Another package was found at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

The UK government is considering new fright restrictions on freight coming out of Yemen.

A documentary on Al Qaeda here.

A book on the roots of Al Qaeda here.

Jason Kuznicki thinks prohibitionists views of marijuana are not reasonable.

You — the guy who smoked a few times in college, or with that one group of friends, or at that one party — you are the average pot smoker. You are not special because you escaped marijuana. You are perfectly typical. That’s what most marijuana use is like. You try it for a while, and then you stop.

Slate’s John Gravois links legalization to the past.

And like today’s movement for legalization, the push to ban marijuana revolved around fears of Mexicans.

Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo has an interesting post on how Prop. 19 could affect the drug policy in Colombia.

Blacks get arrested at significantly higher rates for marijuana possession, despite smoking less than whites. The LA Times says the answer to the problem is to arrest more whites, but Matt Welch is not convinced.

A meth lab was found, of all places, in a Georgetown Univeristy dorm room.

California is scheduled to vote on Proposition 19–which would legalize possession, use, cultivation and sale of marijuana–in just a few days. Marijuana would be illegal under federal law, but as pointed out by the Cato Institute, states have no legal requirement to enforce federal law.

That won’t stop the Obama administration, which has vowed to fight the law. Even the Russians are weighing in. Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has publicly stated that he will continue to arrest pot smokers if Prop 19 passes, state law be damned.

A good book on the drug war here.

My favorite film about drugs is available here.