Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

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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More evidence drug prohibition must die

September 13, 2016
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"It's abundantly clear that my so-called government can't be trusted to behave sanely on this issue. It must be taken out of your hands completely. Two recent aggressions against the American people by Executive Branch agencies highlight the case." (09/13/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/more-evidence-drug-prohibition-must-die  

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What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence?

September 13, 2016
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Daniel Pryor  

"What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence? ... a man who made drugs immeasurably safer? A man who clicked his fingers and spared thousands from fear, injury, or even death due to contaminated or incorrectly measured drugs. What would you say to a man who prioritized integrity, reducing suffering, and the principle of human freedom? ... Such a man exists today. He clicked his fingers  --  on a keyboard  --  and started a project that had begun to reduce drug violence, make drugs safer, and fight the systemic use of coercion by operating outside the vicious current paradigm known as the War on Drugs. The US government told him to rot." (09/12/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/12/what-would-you-say-to-a-man-who-reduced-drug-violence/  

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Philippines: 141 police workers investigated for taking crystal meth

September 12, 2016
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International Business Times    

"As the war on drugs in the Philippines intensifies, 141 of the country's police personnel are facing dismissal after testing positive for using drugs. Charges have been filed against them, Chief Superintendent Leo Angelo Leuterio, the head of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Internal Affairs Service has confirmed. According to reports, they tested positive for shabu -- the local name for crystal meth. Consequences of using shabu, which is also known as 'poor man's cocaine' include 'acute psychotic reactions, violent and destructive behaviour and recklessness' according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)." (09/11/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/141-police-workers-philippines-are-being-investigated-taking-crystal-meth-1580753#  

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Prohibition as dangerous as addiction

September 10, 2016
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Drugs can make people crazy. For proof, just look what drugs have done to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His craziness apparently doesn't come from taking drugs but from his murderous lust to prohibit them. Like so many prohibitionists in the U.S. He's a perfect role model for supporters of the stupid and evil War on Politically Incorrect Drugs. Particularly for those who have the political power to continue to impose prohibition on society." (09/09/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/09/09/mcmanigal-prohibition-as-dangerous-as-addiction/  

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The LAVA Spurt, episode 12

September 8, 2016
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
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"The DEA bans kratom as the FDA approves OxyContin for kids. Am I the only one that sees the hypocrisy of this? Thank you for joining me on the twelfth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Kratom vs. OxyContin Edition." [various formats] (09/07/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/kratom-vs-ocycontin-edition-tls012/  

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DEA declares (kr)atomic war on Americans

September 8, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Why is the DEA picking on kratom? The agency offers numerous excuses -- insufficient testing for the plant to have an approved medical use, its historical use as an opium substitute, its increasing use 'to self-treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms, with users reporting its effects to be comparable to prescription opioids.' DEA says that last bit like it's a bad thing." (09/07/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7478  

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Obama cancels meeting after Duterte calls him a “son of a bitch”

September 6, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"President Obama cancelled a meeting with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after being called a 'son of a bitch' by the leader while he spoke to reporters. In language highly unusual for any world leader -- let alone from a close ally like the Philippines -- Duterte told reporters in Manila that Obama should not use their planned meeting to critique the Philippine's war on drugs. ... The comment came after a reporter asked him how he'll explain the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, where more than 2,000 suspected drug sellers and users have been killed since the end of June. ... Obama was asked at a press conference in China at the end of the G20 summit what he thought about Duterte's comments. 'Clearly, he's a colorful guy,' Obama said." (09/05/16)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/294532-obama-cancels-meeting-with-leader-who-called-him-son-of-a-bitch  

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DEA will kill thousands banning kratom

September 1, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"This headline is not hyperbole. When the Drug Enforcement Administration outlaws kratom by making it a Schedule I substance on September 30, it will be setting off waves of overdoses and suicides that will claim thousands of lives. And they are fully aware of what they are doing. We are on the precipice of yet another new era of prohibition, but we are armed with the hard-won knowledge from decades of the failed drug war to inform our actions. Kratom users and advocates for self-ownership must act quickly and decisively to stop the U.S government from killing people for their own protection." (08/31/16)

http://www.copblock.org/165283/dea-kills-thousands-banning-kratom/  

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Marijuana legalization: Give peace a chance

August 30, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"For at least 5,000 years, probably much longer, humans used marijuana without a great deal of fanfare. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were marijuana farmers. Queen Victoria, the living symbol of moral rectitude in an era obsessed with same, drank marijuana tea for her menstrual cramps. That 5,000 years of uncontroversial and beneficial use have given way to nearly a century of war -- characterized as a war on drugs in general, and often as a war on marijuana in particular, but in truth a war on people." (08/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7420  

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How legal, branded heroin would make drugs safer

August 29, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton  

"There may be no physical difference between Heinz and Great Value, and a consumer who believes this is the case will purchase the cheaper product. But if a consumer is not familiar with the latter brand, they have to weigh the cost benefit of a cheaper brand against the risk of getting an inferior product; with the brand name product, the quality is more certain. This has important implications on the black market. In the Soviet Union, for example, brands were done away with to reduce the heterogeneity of products. Soviet citizens circumvented this by learning to read barcodes to identify which products were produced in the superior factories. Branding has particularly important implications in the area of narcotics. When goods are made illegal, smugglers will continue to trade them, but the ability to establish brand consistency is suppressed." (08/29/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-legal-branded-heroin-would-make-drugs-safer  

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Philippine anti-drug strategy: “Kill them all”

August 29, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Thirty-three countries have laws that authorize the death penalty for drug offenses. The Philippines is not one of them. But since Rodrigo Duterte was elected president last May after promising to 'fatten all the fish' in Manila Bay with the bodies of criminals, police and vigilantes have killed hundreds of drug dealers and users. Testifying before the Philippine Senate last Tuesday, National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said cops had killed 756 drug suspects since July 1, the day after Duterte was sworn in as president, while 1,160 people had been killed 'outside police operations.' The death toll rose by 137 between Monday and Tuesday, so by now it is presumably in the thousands." (08/29/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/29/philippine-anti-drug-strategy-kill-them  

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Philippines: Senate launches probe of drug war murders

August 22, 2016
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"Philippine senators opened an inquiry Monday into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of gunning down suspects or being involved in illegal drugs. ... At least 1,779 drug suspects have been killed, including 712 who were gunned down in clashes with police, with the rest being slain in still-unclear circumstances, possibly by anti-vigilantes [sic], national police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa told the senators, adding that he did not condone extrajudicial killings." (08/22/16)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2016/08/22/philippine-senators-investigate-hundreds-of-drugs-killings.html  

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Philippines: Duterte threatens to leave UN over criticism

August 22, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to leave the United Nations in response to criticism of his approach to drug crime since taking office. The pugnacious new leader made the comments in a speech Sunday in Davao City, the southern Filipino city where he served as mayor for over two decades. 'Maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,' he said during the address." (08/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/21/asia/philippines-duterte-threatens-to-leave-un/  

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SD: Grandstanding idiot prosecutor goes after marijuana resort consultants

August 16, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Two consultants who helped a Native American tribe plan the nation's first marijuana resort entered opposing pleas Monday to drug offenses, with the attorney for the man who pleaded not guilty arguing outside of court that South Dakota's top prosecutor is proceeding under a 'legal fiction.' Jonathan Hunt, who oversaw the first crop for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy count in the city of Flandreau, which is adjacent to the tribe's reservation where the ambitious 'adult playground' never took off. ... Hagen's attorney, Mike Butler, spoke publicly for the first time Monday, blasting Attorney General Marty Jackley for charging his client because he 'couldn't go after the tribe.' 'I am yet unaware of any evidence, any evidence, that my client possessed even a gram of marijuana,' Butler said outside the courtroom." (08/15/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/adviser-tribes-pot-resort-pleads-guilty-drug-charge-41395599  

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DEA denies reality, rejects reclassification of cannabis

August 15, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"In 2011 the Governors of Rhode Island and Washington petitioned the DEA 'to reclassify cannabis for medical use from a Schedule I controlled substance to a Schedule II [substance].' It took nearly 5 years for the DEA to respond. And the response was a very wordy 'no!' ... While some are applauding the DEA on allowing expanded growth & distribution of cannabis for FDA-authorized research purposes, the DEA policies are still out of sync with laws in 25 states and the District of Columbia which allow for the medical use of cannabis, with certain restrictions." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/14/16)

http://fpp.cc/dea-denies-reality-rejects-reclassification-of-cannabis/  

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Cash, baby

August 14, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"With all of the news of corruption surround the drug war it amazes me that so many Americans are still being suckered by the claim that it's about protecting people. Using drugs certainly caries the chance of developing negative side-effects or dying. But having men with guns who are too lazy to verify an address kick in your door at oh dark thirty and shoot you is a guarantee of negative side-effects or death. And if that wasn't enough the drug war also opens the door for rampant corruption." (08/12/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/08/12/cash-baby/  

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DEA: Our Big Pharma masters said to keep insisting marijuana is evil and dangerous so we will

August 12, 2016
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Orange County Register    

"Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration planned to announce Thursday that it would keep marijuana classified as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs, similar to heroin and LSD. The long-awaited decision by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration keeps intact a 1970 law that lists marijuana as Schedule 1 drug, one defined as having no medical value. That runs counter to decisions made by 26 states that have already approved use of the drug as medicine. The DEA's ruling shocked legalization supporters, many of whom had considered Obama an ally after the Justice Department decided in 2013 to allow [sic] Washington state and Colorado to sell recreational marijuana." (08/11/16)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-725398-dea-legalization.html  

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Coca-Cola, cronyism, and the war on drugs

August 9, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton  

"By the 1930s, Coca-Cola was massively popular, which is why the US government was willing to grant them an exception for obtaining a regulated product (even without the narcotic element, the coca leaf itself was a regulated substance). As early as the 1930s, other competitors such as the S.B. Penick Company tried to get permission to purchase coca leaf flavoring ingredients from Maywood, but all such requests were declined by Anslinger. The federal government was officially working to suppress potential Coca-Cola competitors. By the United States's entry into World War II, Coca-Cola was lobbying for and receiving even more special exceptions to government regulations that its competitors did not enjoy. In 1942, a Coca-Cola executive sat on the board for sugar rationing and obtained special exemptions from the restrictions, which allowed them to open up sixty-four new bottling plants while other prospective soft drink producers had difficulty obtaining ingredients due to government trade restrictions." (08/09/16)

https://mises.org/blog/coca-cola-cronyism-and-war-drugs  

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Drug war theater: US Surgeon General tries to whip up opioid panic

August 9, 2016
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NorthJersey.com    

"The U.S. surgeon general called Monday for a national effort to tame opioid addiction by urging physicians to write fewer prescriptions and for communities to expand treatment -- a public health [sic] campaign that he said was as important as the war on smoking that drastically reduced tobacco use. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy addressed more than 400 people at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, part of a national tour to persuade physicians, policymakers and families to rethink treatment options and the disease [sic] of opioid addiction that killed more than 28,000 people in the U.S. in 2014, more than any year on record." (08/08/16)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/surgeon-general-labels-opioid-addiction-a-national-crisis-calls-for-a-battle-like-anti-smoking-efforts-1.1641530  

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