Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

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)

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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)

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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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US Senators unveil bill to legalize medical marijuana

March 11, 2015
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The Daily Caller    

"Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday to propose legislation to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level. The bill, termed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allow access for veterans and put a final stop to federal raids on dispensaries, among other things. This is the first time a medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate, whereas the House has seen 15 pieces of legislation on marijuana reform in the last session of Congress, according to Marijuana.com." (03/10/15)

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Ireland: Surprise court ruling legalizes street drugs

March 11, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"A top Irish court has ruled a key plank of the country's anti-narcotics laws illegal, temporarily legalizing the possession of many street stimulants and hallucinogens. The government scrambled to close the surprise loophole sic] Tuesday with an emergency late-night bill. ... Ireland's Court of Appeal ruled that an executive order outlawing more than 100 drugs was unconstitutional, because lawmakers had not voted in support of the measure." [editor's note: But of course the government said that it would continue arresting people anyway ... - TLK] (03/10/15)

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Marijuana federalism is principled and popular

March 9, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Cruz's apparent turnaround reflects a political reality that he and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will have to confront. Although most members of their party still support pot prohibition, most Americans don't, and even within the GOP the staunchest drug warriors are dying off, while Republicans in their 20s and 30s strongly favor legalization. As with gay marriage, Republican politicians face a generational shift that will leave them struggling to placate social conservatives without alienating younger, more tolerant voters. Cruz's calibration -- I don't personally favor legalization, but as a conservative constitutionalist I think the issue should be left to the states -- is the easiest way to strike that balance." (03/09/15)

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WA: House approves marijuana deals with tribes

March 6, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"The Washington state House of Representatives passed by a wide margin a bill to allow the state's Native American tribes to formally participate in the state's legalized marijuana business. ... It authorizes the governor's office to negotiate compacts with tribal groups that want to coordinate their marijuana businesses with the state's rules. ... The bill moves next to the Senate for consideration." (03/05/15)

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CO: Third anti-freedom group files frivolous lawsuit over marijuana legalization

March 5, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A third group is taking Colorado to court over its decision to legalize pot. A group of sheriffs and prosecutors from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas filed a lawsuit Thursday centered on twin claims. Those within the state say the law -- passed by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2012 -- forces them to choose between the state and federal constitutions. Those out-of-state law enforcers charge that the Colorado law is doing them undue harm."(03/05/15)

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Would a bigger police state win the drug war?

March 4, 2015
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"According to an article in the New York Times, despite a fierce, unrelenting war waged against drugs, drug use in China remains as big a problem as ever. Why is that important to Americans? Two reasons. One, it shows that drug laws are part and parcel of tyrannical regimes. It is only in genuinely free societies that people are free to ingest any substance they want without being punished by the state for it. In other words, the United States has the same type of governmental program as the brutal and tyrannical communist regime in China. Two, the China experience shows Americans that no matter how much more the federal government were to crack down in the war on drugs, it wouldn't make any difference whatsoever. People would continue to ingest drugs, even while a large percentage of them were being incarcerated or otherwise punished." (03/04/15)

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Regulate everything like tomatoes: A guide to ending the drug war

March 3, 2015
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Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Some people argue that a regulatory structure such as that adopted in Colorado and Washington, where figures are not yet released, will be the beginning of the end of the drug war. While the statistics show that arrests for cannabis possession have declined in Colorado by 84% since 2010, and arrests for distribution of cannabis have declined by 90% in the same time period, arrests for public consumption have risen by over three and a half times in only 1 year (184 in 2013 to 668 in 2014). However cannabis is only one aspect of the drug war. Aside from asset forfeiture, the other aspects of the drug war are more taboo, and less discussed in any serious manner." [Flash audio, MP3 and text] (03/01/15)

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A suicide in Brooklyn

February 27, 2015
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William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Maraschino cherry mogul Arthur Mondella put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger on February 24. He was 57. New York City's medical examiners will no doubt rule his death a suicide. But Mondella was really the latest victim of a multi-billion dollar industry: Drug prohibition. ... Mondella ran a second business behind the scenes. As with his cherry business, he provided a desired product to willing customers, leaving both parties better off than before the exchange. Unfortunately for him, that second business ran afoul of a set of evil laws maintained well past their 'okay, that didn't work' dates for the purpose of keeping government bureaucrats and 'non-profit' executives employed." (02/26/15)

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DC legalizes pot despite threats from Congress

February 26, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m." (02/26/15)

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Jamaica: Lawmakers pass act decriminalizing small amounts of pot

February 24, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Jamaica lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island. The drug has long been culturally entrenched but illegal in the Caribbean nation." (02/24/15)

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AK: Recreational marijuana becomes legal as campaign spreads

February 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States' wild northwest frontier. The Republican-leaning state, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington states in allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug, which remains illegal under federal law. Anyone aged 21 or older can now possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Alaska and can grow up to six marijuana plants, three of which can be flowering." (02/24/15)

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Indonesia: Regime transfers eight entrepreneurs to killing facility

February 16, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, will be transferred to an Indonesian prison island this week for imminent [killing] despite international appeals for clemency, an official said Monday. ... Among the eight are Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, the ringleaders of a group of nine Australians arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin to Australia from the Indonesian resort island of Bali. ... Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials met with embassy representatives from the foreign death row inmates' countries Monday to discuss the [killings]. The representatives and the Indonesian officials declined to talk to the media after the meeting." (02/16/15)

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Study: Marijuana has no significant effect on driving ability

February 12, 2015
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Los Angeles Weekly    

"A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (not the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, surprisingly), says smoking pot does not have a significant effect on a person's ability to drive. ... Reviewing over 10,000 drivers in Virginia, some involved in crashes and some not, researchers discovered that marijuana didn't pose a major factor in accidents. When accounting for the age and sex of the stoned drivers involved in crashes, marijuana posed no substantial factor, i.e., the high drivers who crashed were predominantly young and male, two factors common in many crash-causers." [editor's note: Not surprising, given that every other study on the subject has returned similar findings. IIRC, one Canadian study found that drivers under the influence of marijuana were actually safer than "completely straight" drivers - TLK] (02/11/15)

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US Senate confirms career drug thug to ONDCP gang’s top slot

February 9, 2015
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San Luis Obispo Tribune    

"The U.S. officially got a new drug czar on Monday. On a vote of 92-0, the Senate approved Michael Botticelli for the post. He had been the acting drug czar since March of last year. ... Botticelli, who cleared the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, rose to prominence as the head of the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services." [editor's note: I guess recidivism is still a problem, huh? - TLK] (02/09/15)

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Surgeon General: Data shows marijuana “can be helpful”

February 6, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has admitted that weed is beneficial in the treatment of certain conditions. It’s seemingly a small step forward, but some medical marijuana advocates think it will make all the difference in the battle for legalizing weed. On Wednesday, Murthy answered questions about the measles outbreak -- noting primarily that vaccines are safe -- but was prodded to discuss his opinion on medical marijuana. His response showed that his take on medical marijuana is open but cautious." (02/05/15)

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