Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

TX: Senator files medical marijuana bill

December 7, 2016
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Spectrum News    

"A state senator filed a bill on Tuesday that would allow people with certain medical conditions to take medical marijuana. Sen. Jose Menendez was joined by several people who say they'd benefit from cannabis because of their medical conditions. Twenty-eight other states have legalized medical marijuana." (12/06/16)

http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2016/12/6/texas-senator-to-file-bill-allowing-medical-marijuana-use.html  

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James Bovard: Time to end the war on drugs

December 6, 2016
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James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"Watch FFF policy adviser James Bovard present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF's Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program." [Flash video] (12/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/james-bovard-time-end-war-drugs/  

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The cannabis exception to the Second Amendment

November 30, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If you want to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you have to fill out Form 4473, which is aimed at determining whether you are legally allowed to own a firearm. A recent revision to the form by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) underlines how blithely the federal government strips Americans of their Second Amendment rights. 'Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?' asks Question 11(e). In the latest version of Form 4473, which dealers are required to start using on January 16, that question is followed by a warning in bold type: 'The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.'" (11/30/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/30/the-cannabis-exception-to-the-second-ame  

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VA: Regime will allow anyone to obtain overdose reversal drug in response to opioid crisis

November 22, 2016
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph    

"Allowing Virginia residents to purchase a medication used to counter opioid drug overdoses was part of a declaration the state's governor made Monday about an ongoing addiction crisis. Gov. Terry McAuliffe Monday announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, had declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency. The declaration came in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to opioid use, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, was now in Virginia." (11/22/16)

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/va-allowing-anyone-to-obtain-overdose-reversal-drug-in-response/article_16cac45a-b067-11e6-b1e6-df9d99e1c682.html  

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US: Marijuana wins big on election night

November 9, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use. Of the five recreational marijuana initiatives on the ballot, three passed and one more -- in Maine -- was leading early Wednesday in preliminary vote totals. A similar measure in Arizona was trailing with 68 percent of votes counted. On the medical side, voters in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas have approved medical marijuana initiatives. A separate measure in Montana that would loosen restrictions on an existing medical pot law was leading early Wednesday with only 30 percent of votes counted." (11/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/08/medical-marijuana-sails-to-victory-in-florida/  

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CA: Evil local politicians move to continue war on citizens

November 3, 2016
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Orange County Register    

"Worried that California might legalize recreational marijuana, the state's third-largest city by population has voted to ban pot sales ahead of Tuesday’s election. San Jose isn't alone in scrambling to block the possible effects of Proposition 64, which would legalize pot but also allow local bans on sales. Dozens of cities and counties from tiny Blue Lake in the heart of Northern California's pot-growing mecca to National City near the Mexico border have either imposed or are contemplating tough restrictions on recreational marijuana sales and cultivation. However, under Prop. 64, which is winning in polls, local governments would not be able to prohibit people 21 and older from having up to six marijuana plants for personal use and possessing up to an ounce of pot." [editor's note: Of course it is not the "cities" pulling this sh*t; it's the politicians who live as parasites on the people of said cities - TLK] (11/03/16)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/cities-734144-marijuana-city.html  

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Free Kelsey Osborne!

October 27, 2016
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Madyson Osborne, Kelsey's young daughter, has suffered from seizure-like symptoms since she was 18 months old. Doctors prescribed Risperidone for the child's condition, despite its serious potential side effects. On October 4, Madyson suffered an unusually severe fit that involved vomiting and disruptive behavior her mother had not previously seen. Desperate to obtain relief for her child, and understandably concerned about the cumulative effect of the dangerous antipsychotic drug she had been taking, Kelsey made the girl a smoothie with marijuana butter -- which immediately calmed her down and helped her get to sleep. During a medical appointment the following day, Madyson tested positive for marijuana. At this point, the doctor -- acting as an agent of the state, rather than a physician bound by Hippocratic ethics to protect his patients -- contacted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which seized Kelsey's children." [editor's note: Why on earth would a doctor be testing patients for marijuana? Did the doctor ask the mother's permission to do so? - TLK] (10/26/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/10/free-kelsey-osborne.html  

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The latest excuse for the drug war

October 25, 2016
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Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"I have maintained for years now in all of my articles on the drug war that it is a monstrous evil that has ruined more lives than drugs themselves and that the costs of drug prohibition far outweigh any possible benefits. The latest excuse for the drug war has not changed my mind. The latest excuse for the drug war is the scourge of fentanyl." (10/25/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/latest-excuse-drug-war/  

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Malta: French spies die in plane crash

October 24, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A light aircraft on a French customs surveillance operation crashed in Malta shortly after takeoff Monday, killing all five people on board. ... The Fairchild Metroliner, which was taking part in an operation to track illicit human and drug trafficking routes, crashed at 7:20 a.m. (1:20 a.m. ET) Monday, officials said." (10/24/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/europe/malta-plane-crash/  

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Colorado — is cannabis REALLY legal?

October 20, 2016
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"My oh my. What's a cop to do? CBS Chanel 4 in Denver reports that despite marijuana being legal now in Colorado (even for -- gasp! Recreational use), the Denver Police are seizing greater and greater quantities of cannabis, and are running out of room to store the evidence. And even worse, the stuff is molding! Obviously, MJ is not really legal in Colorado -- not based on this. Only SOME MJ is legal: small amounts. It is as if you were told that 'you can only have a case or a small keg of beer, only a couple of cartons or cans of tobacco, or only a single weapon.' And if you have any more, they will (a) steal it from you, (b) arrest you and try you and seek to punish you for this awful crime. Some freedom, eh?" (10/19/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9867  

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The special interests behind marijuana prohibition

October 20, 2016
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"Prohibition kills a massive number of people in the United States every year. It does help make a few people extremely wealthy, but at the same time, it impoverishes the rest of us. This dire situation is mostly unknown, but it is not due to a simple misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about prohibition. It is because prohibition is nothing but a scam." (10/19/16)

https://mises.org/blog/special-interests-behind-marijuana-prohibition  

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A victory against drug prohibition, chance for another

October 18, 2016
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Good news! The DEA has backed off its effort to ban kratom. Remember, kratom is a supplement that could alleviate pain better than opiates, with less risk. The DEA was proposing to ban it, but ... Massive public backlash, including from DC Downsizers, has stopped the DEA dead in its tracks. Some in Congress are also responding to public opinion on a similar issue -- marijuana." (10/17/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/a-victory-against-drug-prohibition-chance-for-another  

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International Criminal Court warns Philippines on killings

October 16, 2016
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday said her office would begin to closely follow developments in the Philippines, raising concern over alleged extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on illegal drugs. More than 3,700 people have been killed by the police and suspected vigilantes since Duterte launched the campaign upon taking office on June 30. ... Duterte has insisted that he and his police forces have done nothing illegal, and that law enforcers have been forced to shoot and kill after suspects put up a fight. On Thursday night, Duterte again defended his scorched-earth policy on drugs in a speech to businessmen in Pasay City, saying 'it is not a crime to threaten criminals with death.'" (10/16/16)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2016/10/16/international-court-warns-philippines-on-killings.html  

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AR: Supreme Court OKs medical marijuana ballot measure

October 13, 2016
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The Cannabist    

"Voters will have their say on at least one Arkansas medical marijuana proposal this November, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justices sided with supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase marijuana from dispensaries. A coalition of groups, including the state Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau, had asked the court to prevent officials from counting any votes for the measure." (10/13/16)

http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/10/13/arkansas-medical-marijuana-voters-decide-plan/65293/  

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US: Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined

October 12, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says that most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They're sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can't afford to post bail." (10/12/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/12/police-arrest-more-people-for-marijuana-use-than-for-all-violent-crimes-combined/  

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DEA Kratom ban delayed indefinitely

October 10, 2016
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Inquisitr    

"In late August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced a ban on the herbal supplement kratom. Now, after much public outcry and demands made by lawmakers, the agency is reconsidering its decision. ... While the agency did not commit to a firm date, the DEA's kratom ban could have taken effect on September 30, yet the order has not been signed. According to a source familiar with the DEA's ban decision, the prohibition may not take effect until after a period of public comment and consultations with the Food and Drug Administration. Should the order be signed and kratom become illegal, it will remain prohibited for a period of up to three years, unless the agency decides to make the ban permanent." (10/08/16)

http://www.inquisitr.com/3571625/dea-kratom-ban-delayed-indefinitely/  

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Is the DEA high? The agency’s emergency ban on kratom has to make you wonder what they’re smoking

October 3, 2016
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Salon
by Conor Lynch  

"Hasty and ill-considered, the claim that kratom is an imminent public health and safety threat is enough to make you wonder whether they are getting high on their own supply over at the DEA. Indeed, policy experts seem to overwhelmingly agree that this knee-jerk measure will only worsen the current heroin and opiate epidemic in America by forcing many kratom users to turn to more dangerous and addictive drugs in treating their pain -- thus exacerbating a legitimate public health crisis." (10/02/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/10/02/is-the-dea-high-the-agencys-emergency-ban-on-kratom-has-to-make-you-wonder-what-theyre-smoking/  

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Kratom ban may cripple promising painkiller research

September 27, 2016
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Scientific American    

"Although the kratom compounds have yet to be clinically studied in humans, Andrew Kruegel, a pharmacologist at Columbia ... says the results hold promise for better designer painkillers. ... The DEA plans to place kratom and its psychoactive ingredients in the agency's most restricted controlled substance category, Schedule I, on September 30 at the earliest. That would place it in the same group as heroin, ecstasy and marijuana. All Schedule I drugs are supposed to have a high potential for abuse and harm, and to have no medical use. Scientists can obtain a license to study Schedule I drugs but they are hard to acquire and significantly slow down research, says Chris McCurdy, a kratom researcher at the University of Mississippi." (09/27/16)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kratom-drug-ban-may-cripple-promising-painkiller-research/  

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Feds to ban leaf used in herbal teas

September 27, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Natalie F Danelishen  

"It seems preposterous that kratom, a plant that has been used for a thousand years in Thailand and Southeast Asia, a plant that is related to coffee in its genetic makeup; is now being compared to heroin and other hard drugs by the DEA. It has a history of uses by indigenous populations of Southeast Asia that goes back far longer then the DEA has been around. This is hardly surprising, however, since every year the government gains more and more control over our bodies." (09/27/16)

https://mises.org/blog/feds-ban-leaf-used-herbal-teas  

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Philippines: Duterte critic took bribes, felons tell congress members

September 21, 2016
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CNN Reuters    

"Convicted Philippine felons on Tuesday told a Congressional hearing they had bribed a former justice minister and fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, dealing another blow to her efforts to investigate the country's deadly war on drugs. Senator Leila De Lima has become an increasingly isolated voice since seeking to hold Duterte to account for unleashing a crackdown on narcotics in which 3,800 people have been killed since the president took office 11 weeks ago. ... De Lima vehemently denies all the allegations against her, saying the witnesses were prisoners and former prison officials with an axe to grind or people who were being pressured by her political opponents." (09/20/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/philippines-drugs-idINKCN11Q20A  

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Philippine: Duterte wants six more months of drug war

September 20, 2016
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Philippine Daily Inquirer [Philippines]    

"President Duterte on Sunday admitted that he could not stop crime and illegal drugs in three to six months. 'That self-imposed time of three to six months, well, I did not realize how severe and how serious the problem of drug menace in this Republic until I became President,' he said. ... Since Duterte's assumption to office, over 700,000 had surrendered while over 3,000 drug suspects were killed in police anti-drug operation or by assassins of drug gangs. ... 'Even if I want it to, I cannot kill them all because the last report would be this thick,' referring the third batch of public officials allegedly linked to illegal drug trade. Duterte then asked for an extension to his 'self-imposed' timeline." (09/18/16)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/816443/duterte-asks-for-another-6-months-to-stop-crime-drugs  

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“Chasing the Scream” is a powerful antidote to the drug war

September 18, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Marco den Ouden  

"Before 1914, 'you could go to any American pharmacy and buy products made from the same ingredients as heroin and cocaine,' writes Johann Hari in his monumental book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last days of the War on Drugs. Moreover, 'the most popular cough mixtures in the United States contained opiates, a new soft drink called Coca-Cola was made from the same plant as snortable cocaine, and over in Britain, the classiest department stores sold heroin tins for society women.' And yet, there was no drug problem as we now know it." (09/16/16)

https://fee.org/articles/chasing-the-scream-is-a-powerful-antidote-to-the-drug-war/  

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NJ: Christie signs bill approving the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD

September 15, 2016
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Philadelphia Inquirer    

"Gov. Christie, surprising skeptics, on Wednesday approved a bill that will allow people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana when conventional treatments fail. ... Christie had said at several town halls that he did not want to expand the medical-marijuana program. Two years ago his administration turned down a petition submitted by Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey to add PTSD to the list of a dozen ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But a month and a half after the bipartisan bill was placed on his desk, Christie signed it with a statement explaining his reasons. Christie cited statistics of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs estimating that 20 percent of veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade suffer from PTSD." (09/15/16)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20160915_Christie_signs_bill_approving_the_use_of_medical_marijuana_to_treat_PTSD.html  

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How heroin sensationalism exacerbates the war on drugs

September 15, 2016
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Liz Wolfe  

"Photos of two heroin users, passed out in a car with a child in the backseat, have been circulating the internet and news outlets for the past few days. Posted on the City of East Liverpool's Facebook page, moderators of the page added the caption, 'We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.' Of course, this sort of parenting is awful (reports confirm that the woman in the car is the child's mother) –– criminal, even. Drug abuse to this point is reasonably condemned, even by the most ardent legalization advocate. But this sort of hysteria-oriented journalism does drug advocacy efforts a horrible disservice and enables our society to stay rooted in the overcriminalization mentality." (09/13/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/13/how-heroin-sensationalism-exacerbates-the-war-on-drugs/  

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Alcohol industry bankrolls fight against legal pot in battle of the buzz

September 14, 2016
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Lee Fang The Intercept
by Lee Fang  

"The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share. On the heels of a filing last week that revealed that a synthetic cannabis company is financing the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona comes a new disclosures this week that a beer industry group made one of the largest donations to an organization set up to defeat legalization in Massachusetts." (09/14/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/09/14/beer-pot-ballot/  

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