Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

OR: Marijuana legalization measure makes November ballot

July 23, 2014
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CNN    

"A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than 88,500 people signed the petition, enough to place the initiative before voters on November 4. If passed, Oregon would become the third state to legalize pot after Colorado and Washington to allow recreational use of marijuana. Another 21 states, including Oregon, allow the use of medicinal marijuana." (07/23/14)

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Obama says he ended the “war on drugs.” Don’t believe him

July 21, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks  

"The Obama administration says it wants to de-stigmatize drug addiction. But no matter how hard it tries, it’s virtually impossible to de-stigmatize behavior that is still a crime. And the administration is doing little to actually de-stigmatize drug use. Despite their supposed adherence to 'evidence-based practices,' officials steadfastly refuse to consider legalization or decriminalization, even though the evidence unambiguously shows drug prohibition has been a disaster." (07/18/14)

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Feds move to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug war prisoners

July 20, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday to slash the sentences of 46,000 inmates serving time for drug offenses, the latest move by federal officials to ease decades-old policies that have clogged the nation's prisons. If the decision is not blocked by Congress, nearly half of federal prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes will be eligible for sentence reductions averaging more than two years. It would take effect Nov. 1, 2015." (07/18/14)

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IL: Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy

July 20, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Minors with epilepsy would be allowed to use medical marijuana under a measure Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed Sunday. The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's consent. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, and passed the Legislature in the spring. The original medical marijuana law had allowed only Illinois residents 18 years and older to use the drug in a four-year pilot program." (07/20/14)

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Does marijuana legalization make pot smokers employable?

July 18, 2014
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Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Last week, when legal recreational sales of marijuana began in Washington, Mike Boyer, a 30-year-old security guard, was Spokane's first buyer, having camped out for 19 hours at Green Leaf, a local dispensary. Boyer was featured in TV reports, saying things like, 'We don't line up for Black Friday; we line up for Green Tuesday.' Those 15 minutes of fame cost him his job. But not for long. Last Thursday his employer, TrueBlue, said the whole thing had been a misunderstanding." (07/17/14)

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How the drug war drives child migrants to the US border

July 14, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"Most attentive parents today rarely allow their children to go unsupervised, particularly in public. It starts with the wireless baby monitor for the crib and ends with the ever-present cell phone at college graduation. This is what makes reports from the US-Mexican border so perplexing to most Americans. It is hard to believe that parents would send their children, even young children, to travel many hundreds of miles, up to 1,600 miles without guardianship, or under the control of 'mules' who guide the children with the hope of a safe voyage to the United States." (07/14/14)

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CO: Pots of marijuana cash cause security concerns

July 13, 2014
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USA Today    

"The unmarked armored truck rumbles to a stop in a narrow alley, and former U.S. Marine Matthew Karr slides out, one hand holding a folder, the other hovering near the pistol holstered at his hip. ... Welcome to the rear guard of Colorado's rapidly expanding legal marijuana industry, where eager users pour millions of dollars -- most of it in small bills -- into buying pot, hashish, and marijuana-infused foods and drinks. All that cash adds up, and there are few places to put it: Federal regulations, which still classify pot as an illegal drug, make it difficult for marijuana producers to deposit their profits into traditional bank accounts. And those cash-heavy small businesses make awfully attractive -- and vulnerable -- targets for criminals." (07/13/14)

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Drug war, intervention and immigrant children

July 13, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The fact is that the U.S. government has converted Latin into a cauldron of violence, dictatorship, tyranny, murder, assassination, rape, detention, robberies, extortion, and corruption, all with the enthusiastic support of those compassionate 'love the poor' statists, who tell us, 'We're not responsible for the deaths of those children because we should be judged by our good intentions, not by the actual results of our policies. Send those kids back now and we'll hope for the best for them.'" (07/11/14)

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Suffering in the service of official lies: The agony of Alexis Carey

July 10, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Alexis Carey suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that has left the nine-year-old unable to speak or use the bathroom. She is subject to violent seizures that can last an hour or longer. No relief is provided by any of the FDA-approved medications available. When Alexis succumbs to a seizure – she sometimes endures sixty episodes a month -- her parents, Michael and Clare, can do little more than act as witnesses to their daughter’s agony. Dravet-induced seizures can cause permanent brain damage, and many children thus afflicted don't reach adulthood. If the Careys lived in Utah, Alexis would have access to cannabidiol (CBD), an orally administered oil (sometimes called 'Charlotte's Web') that has been very effective in treating Dravet's Syndrome and a number of other illnesses, including some forms of cancer. However, the family resides in Idaho, where CBD is illegal because it is derived from the evil communist demon weed called marijuana.(07/10/14)

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A federal schizophrenia about marijuana

June 30, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Is the Obama administration sincere in its stated intention to ease draconian drug sentences? Or is the rhetoric just that? A litmus test is to look at the federal government's inconsistent and baffling stand on the legalization of marijuana. President Obama joked with CNN in 2007 about having 'inhaled,' and he quipped 'that was the point.' This seems to indicate a casualness about marijuana. But the federal government has aggressively attacked marijuana producers. For example, Operation Choke Point is a policy through which 'undesirable' but legal businesses, such as marijuana-related ones in states like Colorado, are refused bank accounts. What is real -- the words or the actions?" (06/27/14)

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Prohibition and plunder: The respectable racketeers of Malheur County, Oregon

June 29, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"'The court should not allow this defendant to profit from the illegal delivery of controlled substances,' insisted Malheur County Deputy DA Mike Dugan as he demanded the imprisonment of William Esbensen for the supposed crime of providing medical marijuana to willing clients. This isn't to say that Dugan rejected such profits as a matter of principle; he simply believed that he and his comrades in the Malheur County Sheriff's Office should be the ones enjoying the windfall. Dugan’s desire to imprison Esbensen and his business partner, Raymond Kangas, was left unrealized: They were sentenced to probation after being found guilty of 'providing marijuana for consideration' under a statute that is no longer in effect." (06/27/14)

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Reefer Madness 2014

June 27, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J. Bier  

"Nixon declared a war on drugs in 1971, and apparently we still don't know if our drug laws make sense. Yet, according to Volkow, it's not in spite of this fact but rather because of it that we can't 'risk' changing said drug laws. And we're not even allowed to run the experiment to find out. Sorry: In both science and the law, the burden of proof is on those making the affirmative claim. And after four decades of 'risky social experimentation' with drug prohibition, I think it's fair to say the null hypothesis has not been rejected." (06/26/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/reefer-madness-2014  

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UN report: Rise in US cannabis use treatments

June 27, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Cannabis use in the United States has increased, with more people visiting hospital emergency departments over its use, a UN report says. The potency of the drug in the US appeared to have increased, making it more harmful [sic], the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's World Drugs Report added. It said it was too early to tell if the legalization of cannabis in two US states had had an impact on drug use." (06/26/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28036267  

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DC: GOP tries prevent pot decriminalization, accidentally legalizes it

June 26, 2014
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Raw Story    

"A poorly worded conservative attempt to prevent the District of Columbia from decriminalizing marijuana could have an unintended consequence: the legalization of marijuana in D.C. 'No referral for help? Not even for a 14- or 15-year-old. That’s just plain bad policy,' Harris told the House Appropriations Committee. 'This is an opportunity to stop bad policy from moving forward.' Harris sponsored a rider on a House financial services bill that would prevent the District from spending money 'to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution' of marijuana." (06/26/14)

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Children of the borderlands: A crisis created by US

June 26, 2014
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"First, understand that virtually all of these children are coming from Central America. Second, understand that US immigration law says that Mexican and Canadian children illegally entering the US alone can be returned to their home countries immediately, but children from elsewhere must be taken into US custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, meaning, apparently, that all of these Central American children are refugees. As wards of the state they can be 'resettled' with parents or relatives already living in the US or placed in foster care. So what are they refugees from? The Drug War." (06/25/14)

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The cost is too high

June 26, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"If those in favor of prohibition were honest they would have to see that those deaths cancel out any supposed benefit of the War on Politically Incorrect Drugs saving the innocent victims of drug abusers. If. But they aren't honest. Nope. They'll start pulling out numbers and statistics. None of those numbers matter to an innocent baby or grandmother who just happens to be unfortunate enough to become one more number or statistic." (06/25/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/06/the-cost-is-too-high.html  

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Catholics, libertarians and the drug war

June 24, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It would be difficult to find a better example of the fundamental difference between statists and libertarians than the drug war. Statists favor having the state punish people, through fine and incarceration, for possessing or distributing drugs. Libertarians favor drug legalization. Once again, I ask the same question that I asked with respect to coerced charity: How can a Catholic support the drug war? How can he possibly reconcile what the drug war does to people and to society with Christian principles?" (06/24/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/24/catholics-libertarians-and-the-drug-war/  

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Drug legalization: A meme that continues to be in play

June 18, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by staff  

"Context is important, and so we note that Rand Paul's perspective on drug legalization founds its way into the Huffington Post, now owned by AOL. We've already pointed out that Rand Paul may be a favored presidential candidate and this is a twofer: He receives significant coverage, and he does so for suggesting a provocative public policy. This isn't just marijuana that Paul is discussing: It's a wide gamut of drugs." (06/18/14)

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Ground Hog Day in the drug war

June 13, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"A news article this week entitled 'South Laredo Trafficking Group Indicted' caught my attention. That's because Laredo is my hometown. I spent 26 years there, including 8 years practicing law, most of which was in partnership with my father. That newspaper article is about the drug war. It reports that an indictment was returned against 24 Laredoans for violations of federal drug laws. The indictment charges the defendants with distribution of cocaine, crack, and marijuana in the Laredo area. As I read the article, I got the distinct impression that I was living 'Ground Hog Day,' because this type of article was standard fare in Laredo when I was in high school in the late 1960s and then also when I returned to Laredo to practice law in 1975." (06/12/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/12/ground-hog-day-in-the-drug-war/  

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A spade a spade: The war on drugs human catastrophe

June 10, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Mariana Nava  

"Based on the history of prohibition in the United States during the 1920s, it is evident that deprivation enforcement of illicit substances fails. On the contrary, drug-trafficking organizations have had the power to manipulate the justice system and corrupt society. The consequent violence, as cartels battle for dominance in an area, and the hidden use of drugs have undermined both public safety and public health." (06/10/14)

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Jamaica mulls legalizing pot (it isn’t already)

June 8, 2014
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USA Today    

"This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean. Given the ready availability of 'ganja' (as the locals call it), many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it's not ... yet. Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay (the first country to legalize and regulate the weed) Jamaican farmers and some politicians want to capitalize on what already is a homegrown industry with an international brand." (06/08/14)

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Obama is to the right of Texas on pot legalization

June 8, 2014
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"Kids today can't understand why old folks had a problem with gay marriage. I couldn't understand how old folks had a problem with interracial marriage. My grandparents couldn't understand why Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Each generation has its blind spots. The next generation will be amazed that Obama enforced the medical marijuana laws even more vigorously than George Bush." (06/07/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/obama_is_to_the.html  

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There will be markets: The darkening of prescription drugs

June 5, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Few reading this will find it in anyway a novel insight that the Drug War has always been about control. The elimination of drugs was a useful narrative, but it’s one which has fallen into disfavor. As we learn what little threat these banned chemicals pose, all that is left is the gripping fist of the state. It will come as no surprise then that the federal government does not merely target the lives of those seeking to get high, but of anyone seeking a substance deemed prohibited. This was recently manifested by the FDA’s seizure of 19,618 parcels of 'unapproved' prescription medication. More plainly, the FDA stole people’s medication and denied them any reasonable manner of attaining it again." (06/05/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27861  

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The DIY drug prize

June 5, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Greg Beato  

"The federal government should offer prize money for the creation of a safer, better high." (for publication 07/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/06/04/the-diy-drug-prize  

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Why did baby-burning drug warriors think there were no children in the home they attacked?

June 2, 2014
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Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Last week Habersham County, Georgia, Sheriff Joey Terrell, explaining how a SWAT team critically injured 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh by tossing a flash-bang grenade into the toddler's playpen during a 3 a.m. drug raid on Wednesday, said members of the team, which consisted of his deputies and local police officers from Cornelia, never would have used such a 'distraction device' if they had realized children were living in the home they were attacking. ... But according to a lawyer hired by Bounkham's parents, Boun Khan and Alecia Phonesavanh, even the most rudimentary surveillance would have revealed the presence of children in the house near Cornelia, which belongs to the couple's relatives." (06/02/14)

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