Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

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)

http://tinyurl.com/pl5byfw  

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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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NC: Pols, hectored by death cultists, vote to perpetuate patients’ suffering

March 25, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"An N.C. House committee unanimously rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, after an emotional hourlong hearing that pitted veterans and others who use the drugs against religious groups. House Bill 78 marks the most progress any marijuana proposal has had in the N.C. General Assembly. Two years ago, a similar bill was directed to the House rules committee, where Republican leaders allowed only four speakers before cutting off discussion and killing the bill."

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GA: Lawmakers close to allowing limited use of medical marijuana

March 25, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Georgia lawmakers are poised to legalize a non-smoking form of medical marijuana for patients with seizure disorders and other conditions under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday. A version of the bill was previously approved by the state House of Representatives, which is expected to sign off on minor changes made by the Senate. The Georgia legislation would allow patients with diseases including cancer and multiple sclerosis to use a non-intoxicating oil derived from the marijuana plant, a strain commonly known as 'Charlotte’s Web.' Patients or their caregivers would first be required to obtain a registration card from the state Department of Public Health. Their physician also must certify that they are being treated for one of the medical conditions covered by the bill. " (03/24/15)

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Is the War on Drugs a war on kids?

March 24, 2015
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Voices of Liberty
by Matthew Ensor  

"When most people think of the War on Drugs, they think of drug cartels, violent gang shootouts, and boatloads of cocaine. It isn't very often that you think of 11 year-old middle school students. But in a nation where use of substances is criminalized and turned into a moral dogma, even our children get caught in the crossfire." (03/23/15)

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The president stops laughing about pot

March 24, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"In an interview with Vice News last week, President Obama suggested that removing marijuana from the list of federally prohibited substances would represent 'progress.' At the same time, he made it clear he's in no hurry to see that happen. 'Young people,' he said, 'I understand this is important to you. But, you know, you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe, way at the bottom, you should be thinking about marijuana.' This sort of condescension is by now a familiar feature of Obama's responses to questions about marijuana legalization. It glosses over the reality of pot prohibition, which entails arresting 700,000 or so people every year in the United States, or one every 45 seconds." (03/23/15)

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An American spelling lesson: J-U-R-Y does not spell “rubber stamp”

March 23, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prosecutors hate jury nullification. It messes up their batting averages. The measure of prosecutorial effectiveness is the conviction rate. That's why 'plea bargains' are so popular. 92% of Americans charged with crimes plead guilty in return for lesser charges or lighter sentences. Of the 8% who go to trial, 3/4 are convicted. Yes, that's right -- of 50 Americans accused of crimes, 49 plead guilty or are convicted. But that one acquittal drives prosecutors nuts. So, with the cooperation of judges, they've turned jury selection into an extended interrogation with only one acceptable answer: 'Yes, I will serve unquestioningly as your rubber stamp.'" (03/22/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/664  

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DEA steals $180 million Colombian cocaine shipment

March 22, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"U.S. authorities confiscated a $180 million shipment of cocaine from Colombian drug traffickers aboard a boat on the Pacific Ocean bound for the United States, the Colombian attorney general’s office said on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found 5.28 tonnes of the drug aboard the vessel, captured in international waters off Central America, said Alexandra Ladino, director of the attorney general’s specialized police force, which cooperated with the DEA on the operation. The Panamanian-flagged boat had earlier departed the Colombian port city of Buenaventura, Ladino said. The drugs belonged to a Colombian trafficking group, which she said would not be named for fear of compromising further investigations." (03/21/15)

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The fight against drug prohibition ain’t over yet

March 20, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Nick Zaiac  

"Jose Nino recently wrote an excellent post in this space, claiming that the end of marijuana prohibition would be not only inevitable, but would come swiftly. He calls others to action to tear down the wall of prohibition with their words, to unite, to fight to end the drug war now. All of this is noble, but it is also important to be clear that prohibition will not end tomorrow. It will be a process that will take years of work by professionals who organize campaigns, who meet with legislators, who work within the government to implement the regulations that are key to public support for the end of cannabis prohibition. Energy is not enough." (03/19/15)

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Marijuana prohibition on its last legs

March 18, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Jose Nino  

"A bipartisan trend towards legalization has only become stronger in the past two years. With legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012, and recent initiatives in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, public opinion is shifting drastically, not only on marijuana but on the validity of the drug war itself. According to the latest polls from the Pew Research Center, constituent views on marijuana legalization have become more favorable in the past few years, with the younger generation leading the way. Sixty-nine percent of millennials (defined as those born between 1981 and 1996) now support legalization, as opposed to the 34 percent of millennials who supported it during 2006. The times are definitely changing." (03/18/15)

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Recent marijuana legalizations are a step in the right direction

March 13, 2015
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Benjamin W Powell Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Washington D.C. and Alaska on Feb. 26th and 24th, respectively. D.C.’s legalization has prompted some congressional Republicans to try to undermine the city’s reforms. However, the experience of states that have already legalized, and economic theory, both indicate that legalization creates more benefits than costs." (03/13/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6320  

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What’s the deal with Republicans and cannabis?

March 11, 2015
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Voices of Liberty
by Joe Erato  

"As legalization of cannabis is sweeping the nation, the Republican Party has not only taken a hard line in the anti-pot crowd. They are actively working to undermine local governments for passing pro cannabis laws. As a younger person who used to call the Republican Party home, I am deeply disturbed by this. These inconsistencies in beliefs are one of the many things that chased me away from the party. As I matured politically I, like many of my peers, started getting real sick of the rhetoric and I focused on the consistency of stances." (03/11/15)

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