Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

The Border Patrol’s unconstitutional drug dragnet

May 26, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If you want to know how Jessica Cooke ended up on her back, screaming in pain as the barbs from a stun gun delivered incapacitating electricity into her body, there are several possible answers. You could say this indignity was caused by her own stubbornness, her refusal to comply with the seemingly arbitrary dictates of a Border Patrol agent who was detaining her for no apparent reason at an internal immigration checkpoint in upstate New York. Or you could blame the agent's insistence on obeisance to his authority, which led him to assault an unarmed 21-year-old woman who posed no threat to anyone. But the ultimate responsibility lies with the Supreme Court, which has invited this sort of confrontation by carving out a disturbing and dangerous exception to the Fourth Amendment." (05/25/15)

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How to create an anarchist

May 12, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Zyrtec-D is one of those wonderful drugs that contains pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine, in addition to being effective medication, happens to be an ingredient used to make meth. Because the state is determined to fight the unwinnable drug war any medication containing pseudoephedrine is now locked behind the pharmacy counter. In order to buy it you must go up to the counter, which often involves standing in line for some time, and ask for it specifically. Before the pharmacist can give you the medication you must show your ID so it can be logged and sign a waiver that is nothing more than a threat to fine you $250,000 and/or lock you in a cage if you don’t use the medication in a state approved manner. After submitting yourself to that monkey dance you will get a box of 12 measly pills, which means you will have to repeat the entire process in 12 days unless your symptoms vanish. And before you get the crazy idea of heading to another pharmacy to get another box of allergy medication be warned that doing so is against the law." (05/12/15)

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Waste, scandal and the humiliation of the DEA

May 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Laura Carlsen  

"The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal." (05/07/15)

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The absurdity of criminalizing drug use

May 6, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski  

"Statists put forth some fairly ridiculous arguments regarding why the state must exist in the first place, from regulating simple business transactions to policing what we do in our personal lives. Out of all the regulations state-supporters say are 'necessary,' the criminalization of drug use is the most detestable. People partake in many sordid vices, but drug use is without a doubt one of the most heavily-prosecuted." (05/05/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37182  

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Puerto Rico: Padilla signs medical marijuana order

May 3, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's health secretary has three months to issue a report detailing how the executive order is being implemented, the impact it has had and what future steps could be taken. The order went into immediate effect." (05/03/15)

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Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we “do,” rather than what we “are?”

April 30, 2015
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Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"It's asserted that threatening to jail people for possessing or ingesting mind-altering plant extracts or derivatives is not 'as bad' or 'as objectionable' as threatening to jail people for being gay, transgendered, lesbian, whatever. Oppression is somehow worse, according to this theory, when the oppressor threatens to punish, jail or otherwise restrict the freedoms of people because of who or what they ARE, but somehow less bad, less objectionable, when they (we) are only threatened with having thugs burst into our homes late at night, drag us out in our bedclothes, show video of us shackled half-naked on TV, and jail us for an act we DO, which of course we are free to decide to refrain from doing at each occurrence. But the oppressors, while they are self-righteous, smug, repressive, anti-life, and thus evil, do not lack a certain suave cleverness at making themselves sound reasonable and their opponents sound 'out there.'" (04/29/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2489  

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IN: Faced with HIV outbreak, lawmakers OK needle exchange programs

April 30, 2015
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Lawmakers looking to prevent a repeat of an HIV outbreak that has rocked a southern Indiana county have sent Republican Gov. Mike Pence a measure that would allow communities to implement needle-exchange programs if they can prove they're in the midst of an epidemic tied to intravenous drug use. Pence, who opposes needle exchanges as part of anti-drug policy, said in a statement Wednesday that he looks forward to signing the legislation into law." (04/30/15)

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OH: Senate OKs bill to ban sales of pure caffeine products

April 29, 2015
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Willoughby News-Herald    

"Selling pure caffeine products would become a misdemeanor offense under a measure that has passed the Ohio Senate. With few exceptions, the legislation would ban people from knowingly selling products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that’s manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form. Senators voted 32-1 on the bill Wednesday. It now goes to the House for consideration." (04/29/15)

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TX: Senate approves drug testing for political candidates

April 29, 2015
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KVIA News    

"Any candidate seeking elected office in Texas would be required to take a drug test when he or she files to run, under a proposal that the state Senate approved Tuesday. But the idea may never take effect, since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturned a similar law in the 1990s. There wouldn't be any consequences for failing the test under the rule, which was included as an amendment on far-reaching ethics legislation. But the results would be posted on the Texas Ethics Commission's website. The Senate approved the ethics measure, Senate Bill 19, with a 30-1 vote after an hours-long debate. The amendment with the drug testing rule was approved 22-9. The measure now goes to the House." (04/29/15)

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The tyranny of drug laws

April 27, 2015
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It is difficult to conceive of a greater violation of the principles of freedom than drug laws -- that is, laws by which the government punishes people who possess, distribute, or ingest drugs. A free society necessarily entails the right to engage in any peaceful activity, even if it is considered self-destructive, harmful, or irresponsible. Thus, it's not surprising that drug laws are an inherent part of totalitarian regimes." (04/24/15)

http://fff.org/2015/04/24/tyranny-drug-laws/  

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Honduran narco-culture ban would trample free speech

April 22, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Elena Toledo  

"That Honduras suffers from dire insecurity due to the illicit drug trade is news to no one. The country has become a battlefield for cartels that have to cross its territory to reach the major destination market, the United States. Why have Hondurans become so involved in this illicit business? We would need an array of reports, studies, and analysis to unearth the reason, but one would think it's safe to rule out television and music, right? Not for congresswoman Kritza Perez, from Honduras' Anti-Corruption Party (PAC). She's just unveiled the 'Anti Narco-Culture' bill, which seeks to ban the broadcasting and distribution of any content featuring drug-trafficking themes: TV shows, series, soap operas, and songs. It also prohibits the sale and import of toy guns, sometimes used to carry out real crimes." (04/21/15)

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Is banning designer drugs constitutional?

April 22, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If Congress insists on telling adults what substances they may not consume, the least it can do is specify the substances." (04/22/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/22/designer-drug-dilemma  

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Radley Balko: Stop the wars on drugs and terrorism

April 22, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
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"The Future of Freedom Foundation and Young Americans for Liberty presented a one-day conference on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin at the LBJ Auditorium in the Lyndon B. Johnson Library on Saturday, April 11, 2015, that addressed the war on drugs and the war on terrorism." [Flash video] (04/22/15)

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Kansas activist could face felony charges because her 11-year-old son challenged anti-pot propaganda

April 21, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Today Shona Banda, a Kansas medical marijuana activist, faces a hearing at which she will try to stop the state from kidnapping her 11-year-old son. She may also soon face criminal charges that could send her to prison. All because her son dared to question the anti-pot propaganda dispensed by his school. On March 24, Banda's son spoke up during a 'drug education' lesson presented by school counselors, questioning some of their statements about marijuana. Banda, whose story was first reported by The Human Solution International (THSI), a support group for medical marijuana patients, told Ben Swann her son mentioned that she calls the plant 'cannabis' and 'he let them know how educated he was on the facts.' That small act of skepticism resulted in a trip to the principal's office and a call to Child Protective Services, which contacted the police. Banda says her son was questioned 'for hours,' unbeknownst to her." [editor's note: A whole bunch of people need to be fired -- from the school, from CPS, and from the police force -- over this - TLK] (04/20/15)

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War on drugs

April 20, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (04/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/war-on-drugs/  

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The problem isn’t synthetic marijuana. The problem is prohibition.

April 20, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Is this latest drug scare a real problem, or just another instance of the hysterical propaganda used to justify marijuana prohibition for 80 years or so? It's hard to tell. I'm inclined to think that it's for real and that 'spice' is some bad stuff. But either way, the real problem is prohibition itself." (04/19/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1042  

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NYC: More than 120 ER visits in one week linked to fake marijuana

April 19, 2015
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Forbes    

"According to the Health Department in New York City, over 120 persons made trips to the emergency department over the past week as a result of adverse effects or reactions after using synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana -- an herbal product sprayed with powerful and sometimes unknown chemicals -- was officially banned and labeled a Schedule 1 drug in late 2010 by the DEA, and is illegally sold at head shops, bodegas, and small grocery stores." [editor's note: Of course, not a single mention in the story of the obvious solution ... abolishing the ban on the real thing! - TLK] (04/18/15)

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The federal government fails its constituents on marijuana

April 17, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"One model of political statesmanship is figuring out where you want the country to go and persuading the people to follow in that direction. Another is figuring out where the people are going and hustling to get in front of the parade. Then there is the third and most baffling model: watching the people stride resolutely in one direction and then giving them the bird as they go. The first two square with our democratic ideals. The third doesn't. Unfortunately, it's the one being followed for federal policy on marijuana." (04/16/15)

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How NSA surveillance was birthed from the drug war

April 8, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"The drug war is something that wouldn't even exist in a rational, mature and intelligent civilization. Not only is it ineffective, invasive and brutish, but we now know that the almost religious zealousness with which it has been pursued by its proponents has led directly to the current unconstitutional surveillance state. If not for our acquiescence to the 'war on drugs,' would the authoritarian statists amongst us have been able to usher in the even more dangerous but similarly endless 'war on terror?' Personally, I doubt it." (0)4/08/15)

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The drug war litmus test

April 7, 2015
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Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"The drug war is a great libertarian litmus test. No one who supports government at any level having any kind of a war on drugs is even remotely a libertarian. It doesn't matter what else he believes about foreign policy, the welfare state, the warfare state, or the surveillance state. No one can 'lean libertarian' and support such a gross violation of individual liberty, personal freedom, property rights, a free market, and a free society as the war on drugs." (04/07/15)

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Obama frees drug war prisoners

April 6, 2015
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Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Obama's latest batch of commutations, which doubled his total in a single day, suggests that the president, whose clemency record during his first term was remarkably stingy, is beginning to make up for lost time. Last year the Justice Department signaled a new openness to clemency petitions, laying out criteria for the sort of applications the president wanted to see. An unnamed 'senior administration official' told Yahoo News the new guidelines could result in commutations for 'hundreds, perhaps thousands' of federal prisoners by the end of Obama's second term. The president will have to pick up the pace to reach that goal. But his avowed interest in ameliorating the egregious injustices inflicted by federal drug laws seems to be more than rhetorical." (04/06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/06/obama-frees-drug-war-prisoners  

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Poll: Swing state voters support legalizing marijuana

April 6, 2015
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Time    

"A majority of voters in three key swing states support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll. The Quinnipiac survey out Monday shows that 55% of voters in Florida, 52% in Ohio and 51% in Pennsylvania support allowing adults to 'legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.' Legalizing medical marijuana is even more acceptable to swing state voters, with 84% of Floridians, 84% of Ohioans, and 88% of Pennsylvanians supporting medical pot." (04/06/15)

http://time.com/3771958/marijuana-pot-legalization-swing-states/  

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Indonesia: Court rejects last-ditch appeal against planned state killings

April 6, 2015
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"An Indonesian court has rejected Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's appeals against president Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency. Mr Widodo had controversially ruled out granting mercy to the two Australians, who are due to face the firing squad on the Nusakambangan prison island. ... The pair were convicted in 2005 of being the ringleaders in a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia." (04/06/15)

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Pirates steal 5,200 kilos of cocaine bound for USA

April 6, 2015
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San Jose Sun    

"The US Navy and Coast Guard have intercepted a narcotics-trafficking vessel off Central America with 5,200 kilograms of cocaine on-board. The seizure is the largest in the eastern Pacific since 2009 and was carried out by San Diego-based frigate USS Gary, Coast Guard cutter USCGC Boutwell and the Canadian Navy ship HMCS Whitehorse." (04/06/15)

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An old new way to stop AIDS

April 2, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"By signing a religious freedom bill that provoked a hail of criticism, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did a brilliant job of diverting attention from something deserving of commendation. That same day, he took a wise step to contain an outbreak of HIV infections in southern Scott County. ... taking a brief respite from antagonizing gays and everyone else, he declared an emergency and approved needle exchange in Scott County. The area abounds in people who abuse a prescription opioid painkiller called Opana. Many have been infected with HIV, and when they share syringes with other Opana users, they have a very high probability of spreading the virus. Drug addicts may not be famously fastidious, but they don't use dirty syringes because they like to. They do it because it's cheaper than buying new ones -- which in Indiana also requires signing a register." (054/02/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/02/an-old-new-way-to-stop-aids  

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