Two important stories here with food for thought. The first, by Russell Brand, is on the tragic and unnecessary death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who Brand rightly identifies as a casualty of the war on drugs:
Meanwhile as a sign of positive changes underway in the world despite the worst efforts of the drug warriors, Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for legalising cannabis:
Mujica won't win of course -- these days the prize is reserved for people like Barack Obama who make no contribution to global peace, tolerance or understanding at all, but the very fact Mujica has been nominated will send a signal with meaning and power that we do have the choice, if we only have the courage to exercise it, to make a better world.
Thanks to Thomas Jesperson for drawing my attention to the story about Philip Seymour Hoffman, and to Annie Tompkins for the link to the Jose Mujica story.