Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

CO: Youth marijuana use hasn’t gone up since legalization

June 21, 2016
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CBS Denver 4    

"Marijuana use among Colorado high schoolers has not increased since legalization, the state Health Department reported Monday in a new batch of youth survey results. The 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey of about 17,000 middle and high school students across the state showed that 21.2 percent of high school students reported that they currently use pot. That’s just a hair below the national average, which was 21.7 percent." (06/20/16)

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/colorado-marijuana-youth-use-legalization/  

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Again, you can’t keep kosher if you insist that your diet include ham

June 20, 2016
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Here's a letter to the Wall Street Journal: You rightly celebrate recent court rulings that pushed the Justice Department to drop its unjust charge that FedEx conspired with illegal online pharmacies to transport drugs to buyers without valid prescriptions ('FedEx's Vindication,' June 20). As you note, '[t]he only way it [FedEx] could know whether packages include illegal drugs is by tearing them open and investigating the prescriptions' -- a practice not only inconsistent with good business practice but also destructive of customers' privacy. Yet because you've long championed the 'war on drugs,' you bear some portion of the blame for such outrages as this DOJ persecution of FedEx." (06/20/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/06/again-you-cant-eat-kosher-if-you-insist-that-your-diet-include-ham.html  

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OH: Kasich signs medical marijuana bill

June 9, 2016
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Cleveland.com    

"With little fanfare, Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed a law creating a strictly regulated medical marijuana program. ... The new law goes into effect 90 days after the bill is officially filed with the secretary of state, making the marijuana legal sometime in early September. At that time, patients will have an 'affirmative defense' against prosecution for marijuana possession charges if they have written permission from their doctor to use marijuana in a form allowed under the law. It could be a year or more until Ohioans can walk into a dispensary and buy medical marijuana." (06/08/16)

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/06/gov_john_kasich_signs_medical.html  

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The human rights case for drug legalization

June 8, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Uri Friedman  

"The first shot in Mexico's drug war was fired in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent 6,500 security forces to reclaim Michoacan state from feuding cartels. 'The battle against organized crime has just begun,' Calderon's interior minister declared, 'and the fight will take time.' He wasn't kidding. That fight has now taken nearly 10 years, and tens of thousands of lives. And Mexico has little to show for it, besides death and destruction. In fact, the battle is as brutal as ever. Just this week, the Open Society Justice Initiative, which advocates for criminal-justice reform, accused both the Mexican government and drug gangs of committing crimes against humanity." (06/07/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/06/lisa-sanchez-war-on-drugs/485855/  

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Obama adds 42 commutations in push to free drug POWs

June 6, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 federal prisoners Friday, as the White House intensifies its push to free nonviolent drug offenders [sic] from prisons. The president has now shortened the sentences of 348 people during his presidency, more than the previous seven presidents combined. The White House has accelerated its efforts to release prisoners in the tail end of the president's second term. The Obama administration asked the U.S. Sentencing Commission to allow imprisoned drug offenders to apply for reduced sentences in 2014, and began a program to expedite thousands of clemency requests." (06/03/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-03/obama-adds-42-commutations-in-push-to-free-nonviolent-felons  

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Police and prison guard groups fight marijuana legalization in California

May 18, 2016
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Lee Fang The Intercept
by Lee Fang  

"Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted. Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming." (05/18/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/18/ca-marijuana-measure/  

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Mexico: Judge rules “El Chapo” can be extradited to US

May 9, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman can move ahead, Mexico's Judicial Council said Monday. But the country's foreign ministry must still approve it and the defense can appeal. ... A lawyer for Guzman confirmed Saturday that his defense continues to fight the drug lord being sent to the U.S., and officials have said it could take up to a year to reach a final ruling." (05/09/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Report-Mexican-judge-rules-that-El-Chapo-7422875.php  

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The zombie drug that wasn’t

May 9, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"No one knows why Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old car wash employee, suddenly launched himself at Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man he encountered on Miami's McArthur Causeway, chewing off most of his victim's face in an 18-minute assault that ended only after a police officer shot him dead. But one thing is certain: 'Bath salts' did not make him do it. We know that because toxicological tests found no trace of synthetic cathinones, the stimulants known as bath salts, in Eugene's body. But the results of those tests were not announced until a month after the attack, which happened on a Saturday afternoon in May 2012. In the meantime, news outlets around the world, based on zero evidence aside from one police officer's speculation, attributed Eugene's savage violence to a drug he had not taken, using security camera footage of the 'Causeway Cannibal' (a.k.a. the 'Miami Zombie') to illustrate the horrors wrought by a nonexistent 'epidemic.'" (05/09/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/09/the-zombie-drug-that-wasnt  

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Obama commutes sentences of 58 non-violent drug convicts

May 5, 2016
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AOL News    

"WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the prison terms of 58 non-violent drug offenders, nearly a third of whom were serving life sentences, the White House said on Thursday. 'It just doesn't make sense to require a non-violent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison,' Obama said in a blog post." (05/05/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/05/obama-commutes-sentences-of-58-non-violent-drug-convicts/21371267/  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned class warfare

May 5, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"Not only does the Drug War deliberately focus enforcement and punishment on racial minorities and the poor, it also pushes those impacted into permanent underclass status. Drug convictions limit social mobility by cutting people off from financial aid for college, legitimate employment opportunities (particularly those requiring occupational licensing), public assistance, and even drivers’ licenses in some states. The negative impact is so pervasive that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is now saying that disqualifying renters for past criminal records is a form of housing discrimination." (05/04/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158789/the-drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-class-warfare/  

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CA: Measure to legalize marijuana headed for November ballot

May 4, 2016
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Santa Cruz Sentinel    

"California voters will decide again this November whether to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, calling the looming vote a 'pivotal moment' in the national debate around pot legalization and the 45-year-old war on drugs. Newsom and other leaders of a coalition behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act announced they have collected enough signatures to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, sell or transport up to an ounce of pot. California voters rejected a similar measure in 2010." (05/04/16)

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20160504/california-measure-to-legalize-pot-headed-for-november-ballot/8  

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Former FBI agent admits to re-stealing money stolen in drug probes to buy cars and plastic surgery

May 3, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Nearly two weeks before he was to go on trial, a former FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to stealing [from the FBI] more than $136,000 in cash that had been [originally stolen by him for the FBI] during drug investigations. Former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted to using the cash to fund a lavish spending spree on items including plastic surgery and cars. The plea deal draws to a close a case that has led prosecutors to drop criminal charges against more than a dozen defendants in a case Bowman had investigated." (05/03/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-former-fbi-agent-admits-theft-20160502-story.html  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned murder

May 3, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"[T]hird article in a series on how the 'War on Drugs' is state-sanctioned theft, rape, murder, and class warfare." (05/02/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158784/drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-murder/  

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There’s something missing from our drug laws: Science

May 1, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post
by Bill Piper  

"Congress and President Obama are under pressure to reschedule marijuana. While rescheduling makes sense, it doesn't solve the state/federal conflict over marijuana (de-scheduling would be better). But more important, it wouldn't fix the broken scheduling system. Ideally, marijuana reform should be part of a broader bill rewriting the Controlled Substances Act. The Controlled Substances Act created a five-category scheduling system for most legal and illegal drugs (although alcohol and tobacco were notably omitted)." [editor's note: No, ideally, marijuana reform should be part of a broader bill REPEALING the Controlled Substances Act (and disbanding the DEA, ONDCP, et. al - TLK] (04/28/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/04/28/theres-something-missing-from-our-drug-laws-science/  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned theft

April 28, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"One of the biggest lies our government tells us, is that it wages the War on Drugs to keep us safe. More than 40 years after it was started, we know that it has been a colossally-expensive epic failure on its stated goals, was intentionally designed to further disenfranchise marginalized groups, and has become a full-fledged assault on our civil liberties." (04/27/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158413/drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-theft/  

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CA: US regime gangsters abduct six, steal eight tons of free market plant extracts

April 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana were seized from a cross-border tunnel that stretched from a Tijuana, Mexico, home to a San Diego, California, suburb, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. 'We believe this to be the longest tunnel that we have discovered in this district to date,' said Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. Authorities arrested six people and seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine is valued at around $22 million." (04/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/major-drug-tunnel-found-california-mexico-border-arrested/story?id=38560431  

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US regime spent $18 million destroying marijuana plants last year

April 20, 2016
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"The Drug Enforcement Administration's controversial cannabis eradication program continued apace in 2015, new numbers released by the administration show. In 2015, local, state and federal authorities uprooted roughly 4.1 million cultivated marijuana plants in all 50 states, down slightly from the haul of 4.3 million plants in 2014. Federal spending on the program remained at $18 million, consistent with levels seen in previous years." (04/20/16)

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/us_millions_destroying_pot.html  

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US House: We haven’t increased the amount of pain people suffer in a while, so it’s time to do that again

April 18, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"House Republicans will begin marking up several bills aimed at the nation's opioid epidemic [sic] next week. The health panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Friday it will hold a markup next week, though it has not yet announced which bills will be considered. The House has been under mounting pressure to take up opioid bills more than three weeks after the Senate passed its own legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act." [h/t David Klaus] (04/15/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276500-house-panel-to-mark-up-opioids-bills-next-week  

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The racist and politically motivated origins of the war on drugs

April 17, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson  

"In the cover story of this month's Harper's Magazine, author Dan Baum recounts a conversation he had with former Nixon domestic affairs adviser and convicted Watergate co-conspirator John Ehrlichman. Baum states that in 1994, Ehrlichman told him that the Nixon Administration started the War on Drugs as an attack on black Americans and anti-war protesters. ... Three additional Nixon aides have denied that Erlichman would have said such things and have instead suggested that Baum had misunderstood Ehrlichman's use of sarcasm. ... Motives aside, the real consequence of such policies has been to disrupt and greatly harm black and young people, just as Baum depicts Erhlichman as suggesting. Sadly the general trend for subsequent presidents has been to continue and the drug war to the extent that it has now become the classic example of a failed policy, not unlike the prohibition of alcohol during the 1920s." (04/17/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44553  

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MA: Pols form committee to rally support for war on patients, plants

April 14, 2016
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CBS News CBS Boston    

"Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and a number of legislators and healthcare professionals have come together in their opposition to legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. The bipartisan committee, A Campaign For A Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, was formed to oppose the ballot question that would legalize pot in the Commonwealth. It warns particularly against the harm it says legalization would cause to young people. ... Jim Borghesani, with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the new committee will not sway voters. 'They're using the same arguments, the same scare tactics, rooted in 1930s hysteria, and we don’t think voters are going to fall for it,' said Borghesani." (04/14/16)

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/04/14/anti-marijuana-legalization-committee-massachusetts-charlie-baker-marty-walsh-robert-deleo/  

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The drug war drives users to more dangerous synthetic drugs

April 12, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Benjamin M Wiegold  

"It would be one thing if prohibition actually worked to achieve its stated goals, and could therefore be considered effective, albeit perhaps misguided, domestic policy. At least in this instance the debate would be centered on the moral question, of whether or not the state has the right to tell you how to live your life. Of course, the common-sense conclusion --that the Drug War is an immoral totalitarian program designed to dictate the intimate details of individuals' personal lives -- would still be the same. But the fact of the matter is that the Drug War has been an abject failure on every count, especially in regards to whether it's achieved its explicit goal of eradicating illicit drug use altogether." (04/11/16)

https://mises.org/blog/drug-war-drives-users-more-dangerous-synthetic-drugs  

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DEA considers changing marijuana classification

April 7, 2016
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Lewiston Sun Journal    

"In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana 'in the first half of 2016.' Marijuana is currently listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that for the purposes of federal law, the drug has 'no medical use and a high potential for abuse' and is one of 'the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.' ... Citing marijuana's potentially significant therapeutic potential for a number of serious ailments, including chronic pain and epilepsy, organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have called on the DEA to change the drug's scheduling status." (04/06/16)

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/0001/11/30/dea-considers-changing-marijuana-classification/1901974  

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HI: Judge say Native American church still covered by unconstitutional federal marijuana laws

April 6, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A federal court is ruling that a church for Native Americans in Hawaii should not be excused from federal marijuana laws despite the group's claim that ingesting cannabis is part of their sacred sacrament. The Native American Church of Hawaii had asked for relief from federal marijuana laws under the U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying they used cannabis during sweat lodge ceremonies to help people connect with their creator. A district court ruled against the claim, saying the church didn't produce enough admissible evidence about its religion other than a strong belief in the benefits of marijuana. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld the district court's decision, saying a prohibition of cannabis doesn't impose a substantial burden on their right to exercise their religion." (04/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/06/court-native-american-church-not-excused-from-cannabis-laws.html  

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How the drug warriors helped fuel the opioid epidemic

April 5, 2016
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"In a saner world, American researchers and patients would've spent the last several decades experimenting with marijuana to maximize its potential as a pain reliever. Pot use isn't without health consequences, but is much less harmful than many prescription drugs. Instead, drug warriors fought to stymie marijuana research, keep pot illegal, and stigmatize medical marijuana as a dangerous fraud, even as doctors prescribed more opioid painkillers -- that is, medical heroin. Many get addicted, and when the pills run out, they seek a street substitute." ()4/04/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/how-drug-warriors-helped-to-fuel-the-heroin-epidemic/476679/  

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Coming out of the drug war haze?

April 5, 2016
posted by

A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A Barton Hinkle  

"President Obama's recent speech on the opioid overdose epidemic offers a ray of hope that the country's approach to drugs might one day adopt what has been called the first rule of American business: When all else fails, try doing it right. Noting with considerable understatement that 'treatment is underfunded,' the president proposed $1.1 billion for expanded opioid-addiction treatment. This is a good step in the right direction. But it is still $50 billion less than the U.S. will spend this year alone on its current, fatally flawed policy of the war on drugs, and only one-third of what the federal government allocates to lock up drug criminals -- whose incarceration accounts for half of the entire Bureau of Prisons budget." (04/04/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/04/coming-out-of-the-drug-war-haze  

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