Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

The drug war doesn’t work abroad either

October 24, 2014
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"This is the unimpeachable rule of the war on drugs: Money goes in, and somehow the worst people benefit, and the drug trade soldiers on and on. Afghanistan is the world’s largest source of opium, and the sales of it have helped charming folks like the Taliban purchase weapons and other things most nice people would rather they didn’t possess. According to Stars and Stripes, when U.S. and NATO troops exit the country in a few months, they will leave behind 500,000 acres of poppies. This is a 36 percent increase since 2013. The amount of poppies has in fact been increasing since the U.S. invasion 13 years ago this month." (10/23/14)

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For liberty, against medical marijuana

October 23, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Kelly Kidwell  

"If our goal is to end the Drug War, we must legalize all substances, with marijuana leading the way. Legalizing marijuana for medical use does not pave the way for legalization of other drugs. While arguing for medical weed is easy, arguing for medical cocaine or medical heroin is much more difficult. Medical marijuana is a distraction, not a step in the right direction." (10/22/14)

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Obama appointee supports individual rights

October 22, 2014
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I've been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it’s nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, 'supports decriminalizing cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs, including marijuana.' It's nice to see that someone in government supports individuals' rights to make their own choices, rather than having the government tell them how they have to live their lives." (10/21/14)

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How regulation kills

October 21, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty
by Matthew La Corte  

"Drug overdoses remain a leading cause of preventable, injury-related death in the United States. The Center for Disease Control has reported that drug overdose rates have more than tripled in the U.S. since the 1980s. But prison and legal penalties are clearly not the solution to drug addiction and drug overdose. Labeling people criminals because of their addiction does not help addicts. We cannot treat drug addiction with jail cells." (10/20/14)

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US government guilty of creating heroin addicts

October 17, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"America has a drug problem. It is reflected in local newspapers such as the Herald Times Reporter (Oct. 9) that stated, 'In just two years the number of heroin deaths has increased 50 percent in Wisconsin.' It is reflected nationwide; Slate (Oct. 3) stated, 'Deaths from heroin overdoses have accelerated, doubling in just two years, according to ... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.' An under-discussed aspect is the pivotal role government has played in creating a drug problem, especially through war and returning soldiers." (10/16/14)

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The economics of drug cartels

October 10, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Harrison Dean  

"No one likes drug cartels. But does government policy play a role in creating and sustaining them? Most people have probably never even considered the question. But when we consider the economics of prohibition, it becomes clear that prohibition benefits drug cartels." (10/08/14)

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Mexico’s drug war is killing children

October 9, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Laura Carlsen  

"Many countries prohibit deploying their military for domestic law enforcement: it’s a recipe for violent authoritarian abuse. But the Obama administration’s prohibitionist drug war is funding and encouraging abuse and brutal, corrupt, mass-grave-level murders throughout Mexico and Central America -- enough that even drug-war apologists admit that the appalling increase in human-rights abuses are a result of sending the military and police into communities in the name of anti-trafficking." (10/09/14)

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Legal marijuana

October 9, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Milt Priggee  

Cartoon. (10/09/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/legal-marijuana/  

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Prohibitionist insanity across the board from Bolivia’s candidates

October 8, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Adam Dubove  

"In Bolivia, the likelihood of actual drug-policy reform looks slim. But who would have thought 15 years ago that politicians would start to recognize the need for a change?" (10/07/14)

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GA: Grand jury excuses evil thugs who disfigured helpless toddler

October 8, 2014
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WSBTV News    

"A grand jury recommends no criminal charges in the Habersham County SWAT raid that critically injured a toddler. Bounkham Phonesavah, affectionately known as 'Baby Boo Boo,' spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team's flash grenade exploded near his face. The toddler was just 19-months-old and asleep in the early morning hours of May 28. SWAT officers threw the device into his home while executing a search warrant for a drug suspect. ... There is still an ongoing criminal investigation with the U.S. Attorney's Office." (10/06/14)

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CO: In gubernatorial debate, Hickenlooper says voters are “reckless”

October 7, 2014
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United Press International    

"Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has come under fire for criticizing the state's decision to legalize recreational marijuana use, calling it 'reckless. When asked during a gubernatorial debate Monday his advice for other governors considering legalizing recreational marijuana, Hickenlooper cautioned them not to act too quickly." (10/07/14)

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The drug war’s medical quislings

October 6, 2014
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"When police dragged Felix Booker, naked and shackled, into the emergency room at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, they knew Dr. Michael LaPaglia would set aside his Hippocratic obligation to the patient and act as an agent of the State. On at least two previous occasions, LaPaglia had performed invasive, non-consensual procedures in order to extract narcotics evidence on behalf of the police. Though he was acting as a deputy interrogator rather than a private physician, narcotics investigators disingenuously insisted that LaPaglia wasn't subject to Fourth Amendment restrictions because he wasn't a sworn law enforcement officer." (10/03/14)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-drug-war.html  

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Does Obama believe he should have gone to prison?

October 1, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas  

"As President Obama has admitted since long before entering politics, he's done his fair share of illegal drugs. In his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, he wrote that he'd used marijuana and 'maybe a little blow.' Despite this, he continues to oversee a federal war against others who’ve done the same. If given the chance to confront Obama with one question in a public forum, this is the issue I would raise." (09/29/14)

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Report: In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer

September 24, 2014
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Reuters    

"Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday. Overdose deaths have climbed steadily since 1990, when drug deaths in rural areas of the state were at one per 100,000 population. As of 2011, that figure stood at 13 deaths per 100,000, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania said in the report." (09/23/14)

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FL: Idiot pols want to outlaw public use of pharmaceuticals

September 17, 2014
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Reuters    

"A southwest Florida city took steps Wednesday to ban medical marijuana users from lighting up a joint in public if an amendment legalizing the drug's limited use statewide is approved by voters in November. 'Just because one person has the right to get high doesn’t mean everyone around them has to get high,' said Ben Nelson, mayor of Bonita Springs 15 miles north of Naples on Florida's west coast. The Bonita Springs city council voted to begin drawing up an ordinance to ban the drug in public places, Nelson said." (09/17/14)

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CA: ICE gangsters, accomplices invade LA fashion district; nine abducted, $65 million stolen

September 11, 2014
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Wall Street Journal    

"Nearly 1,000 federal and local law-enforcement agents swept into the Fashion District downtown Wednesday morning as part of a long-running investigation into alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. Officials arrested nine people and seized $65 million during what was called Operation Fashion Police, federal officials said Wednesday. According to court documents unsealed on Wednesday, garment businesses allegedly aided the cartels in getting proceeds from drug sales in the U.S. back into Mexico." (09/10/14)

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The new Jim Crow

September 10, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Elizabeth Tate  

"The United States’ War on Drugs has been a colossal failure. A live feed counting the amount spent on the drug war annually stood at $27 billion at the time of this writing. It has led to death and destruction here and in Mexico. It has created a lucrative black market. It has led to mass incarceration rates higher than any other country in the world. Even after all these failures, another one looms large: The War on Drugs furthers institutionalized racism, decimating communities of color and destroying families." (09/10/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/09/10/the-new-jim-crow/  

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Drug use in a free society

September 10, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"One of the criticisms that conservatives have leveled against the libertarian idea of drug legalization is that everyone in society will soon be hooked on drugs. The implication is that the only reason that everyone isn’t taking drugs is because of drug laws. As soon as drugs are legalized, conservatives say, everyone (including, presumably, them) will immediately become a drug addict. Amplifying on this point, conservatives point to the workplace, saying that drug legalization will mean that everyone will be going to work stoned. But that’s not what how free society works." (09/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/09/10/drug-use-in-a-free-society/  

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Drug warriors claim Colorado going to pot

September 10, 2014
posted by

Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"The third report I came across was an editorial from the venerable Heritage Foundation. Given the previous reports, I was astonished to learn that in Colorado marijuana use was associated with an increase in highway fatalities, DUI arrests, underage consumption, drug-related student expulsions, college student use, and marijuana-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations. ... I began to get suspicious when I found out that the 'hard science and reliable data' were not collected, produced, or analyzed by the Heritage Foundation, but by some outfit named the 'Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' program." (09/09/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6872/Drug-Warriors-Claim-Colorado-Going-to-Pot  

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Pot prohibitionists in Oregon use taxpayer money to fight legalization

September 9, 2014
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"This fall Oregonians will decide the fate of Measure 91, which would legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Because Oregonians vote by mail, that process begins on October 15, when ballots will be mailed to registered voters. The taxpayer-subsidized Oregon Marijuana Education Tour, a week-long series of 'public forums coordinated by prevention specialists,' begins two weeks before then. The tour, which features several prominent opponents of Measure 91, is avowedly nonpolitical, supposedly aimed merely at answering the questions of people "concerned about the impact of marijuana on youth in Oregon." But the timing and the one-sided lineup of 'marijuana experts' -- who include Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis, spokesman for the No on 91 campaign, and Kevin Sabet, co-founder of the anti-pot group Project SAM -- suggest an intent to sway voters, which is legally problematic because the sponsors receive federal grant money." (09/08/14)

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Interview: Judge Jim Gray

August 25, 2014
posted by

The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

Gray: "I saw that we were leading the world in the incarceration of our people, both by sheer numbers as well as per capita, ruining people's lives, and I decided the so-called remedy is worse than the disease -- namely, of course, drugs can be dangerous but they're made more dangerous because they're illegal so you have no quality control whatsoever, no say over the quantity sold, the place of sale, the licensing, the age restrictions, all of that. You soon learn that the term 'controlled substances' is the biggest oxymoron in our world today because as soon as you prohibit a substance you give up all of your controls, in effect, to the criminal element, to the bad guys. So who should do something about this more than a fairly conservative judge in a conservative county who's never used any form of illicit substances whatsoever?" (08/24/14)

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Of morality and failed business strategies

August 18, 2014
posted by

Wilton Alston The Libertarian Standard
by Wilton Alston  

"Some time ago, back in 2013 in fact, Richard Branson published a piece on LinkedIn, under the heading of 'Big Idea 2013: This Year the Drug War Ends' wherein he positied, among other things, that if the War on (Some) Drugs was a business strategy, it would long ago have been scrapped. He’s absolutely correct. And he’s also absolutely incorrect. The War on (Some) Drugs is not a failed business strategy, and it is dangerous to even suggest that it is. Instead, it is a failed moral strategy." (08/15/14)

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Legalize opium, not heroin

August 18, 2014
posted by

Gene Callahan The American Conservative
by Gene Callahan  

"That the war on drugs, in its current form, is a failure is obvious to all but the most blinkered observers. But the proper response to this failure is a matter of contention. Pope Francis, for instance, recently suggested we address the underlying causes of drug abuse (without ending prohibition). Others recommend treatment-based approaches. The more libertarian among us are likely to back complete legalization of all drugs. I would like to recommend a policy that does not reject any of the above as possibly the ultimate answer to this failure, but takes a measured, experimental step that, while running little risk of making matters significantly worse, holds out, I think, great hope for improving them." (08/15/14)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/legalize-opium-not-heroin/  

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NH: Hassan raises curtain on new drug war theater production

August 17, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting 'Smacked,' a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. The state of emergency authorizes public health officials to investigate stores and quarantine the product, and Hassan directed the officials to work with local police departments to do so." [editor's note: No word on Hassan calling for legalization of REAL marijuana, which is impossible, or close to impossible, to "overdose" on - TLK] (08/17/14)

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Sorry, drug legalization doesn’t solve racism

August 5, 2014
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Liberty Chat
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"Marijuana prohibition has been a massive scourge on black communities. And people are right to celebrate the end of this particular form of institutionalized racism. But we are hardly out of the woods yet. As Kelli Gulite points out for Thoughts on Liberty, the ramifications of the drug war on black communities are sure to last long after prohibition ends. Just as the impact of redlining on black wealth accumulation is felt to this day, so will the impact of systematic harassment, alienation from police protection, and criminal records continue to oppress black communities going forward." (08/05/14)

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