Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

In Senate hearings, Lynch proves she doesn’t understand that whole separation of powers thing

January 29, 2015
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Fox 31 Denver    

"Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch promised a better relationship with Congress during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, hoping to turn the page from her would-be predecessor, Eric Holder. ... 'I can tell you that not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization,' she said. 'Nor will it be the position, should I be confirmed as attorney general.' ... [US Senator Lindsey Graham, Taliban-SC] also asked Lynch whether she supports the death penalty, to which she responded: 'I believe that the death penalty is an effective penalty.'" [editor's note: The Department of Justice shouldn't HAVE a position on marijuana legalization or capital punishment. It's part of the executive branch, not part of the legislative branch - TLK] (01/28/15)

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Mexico: Meth-toting drone crashes near US border

January 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A drug-toting drone has crashed into a supermarket parking lot in Mexico, a couple of miles from the U.S. border. Authorities said the remote-controlled drone was toting more than six pounds of methamphetamine when it crashed Tuesday night in Tijuana, near the San Ysidro Border Crossing and about 15 miles from San Diego. Six meth packets were strapped to the aircraft with plastic webbing and black tape, police said. ... Traffickers have used drones to do their dirty work for several years, according to the Latin Times. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported that, in 2012, about 150 passes were made across the U.S.-Mexico border." (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj2o5us  

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Indonesia: Regime kills six for unauthorized entrepreneurial activities

January 19, 2015
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Time    

"Indonesia['s regime killed] six people convicted of drug crimes just after midnight Saturday, after rejecting last-minute appeals and clemency requests from foreign leaders whose citizens were among those sentenced to death. Officials confirmed that four men from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands and one woman from Indonesia were [killed] in pairs by a firing squad on Nusakambangan Island, which is just off the southern coast of Java, the Associated Press reported. Another woman from Vietnam was [killed] in Boyolali, a regency in central Java." (01/18/15)

http://time.com/3673040/indonesia-execution/  

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Marijuana victory in DC is the result of state resistance and nullification

January 5, 2015
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Tenth Amendment Center
by Shane Trejo  

"While Pres. Obama’s signature on the massive spending bill passed by Congress last month resulted in another huge expansion of federal power in many areas, the bill also shows how the states actually won a long-standing battle against federal power. A measure in the controversial Omnibus spending bill will stop Department of Justice (DOJ) sanctioned raids of medical marijuana operations legal under state law. While it remains to be seen if the DOJ will abide by this new provision, it does signify yet another federal capitulation as the failed war on drugs works its way to a close." (01/03/15)

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The five best drug scares of 2014

December 30, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The history of drug control in America is a series of panic-propelled policies, most of which have not turned out very well. Those of us who support a calmer, more tolerant approach to psychoactive substances therefore spend much of our time defusing scares aimed at justifying or expanding the government's role in policing our bloodstreams. Here are some of my favorites from the past year." (12/29/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/29/the-5-best-drug-scares-of-2014  

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Sex, spice and small-town Texas justice

December 29, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Anthony L Fisher  

"Why did the government go after The Purple Zone? The DEA says the raid was one in a series of nationwide enforcement actions carried out that day with the goal of taking down purveyors of synthetic drugs who funnel their proceeds to Middle Eastern terrorists. It also says that Lipsen was a prime suspect. But as a Jew and avid supporter of Israel, she hardly fits the profile of an Islamic terrorism financier. A more likely reason: Brewster County District Attorney Rod Ponton is Lipsen's jilted ex-lover, and has been carrying out a personal vendetta against her for the past few years. He prompted federal law enforcement agents to pursue a groundless and expensive crusade against her smoke shop, turning life for Lipsen and her family into a living hell." (for publication 01/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/27/sex-spice-and-small-town-texas  

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Mark Thornton on The Scott Horton Show

December 22, 2014
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Mark Thornton The Scott Horton Show
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"Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute, discusses the 100 year anniversary of the War on Drugs, its firm foundation in racism and bigotry, and how it has been taxed, regulated, and legislated into a multi-billion dollar government enterprise of destruction." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/12/18/121814-mark-thornton/  

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Drug wars and neoliberalism

December 22, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs  

"If one is to believe the agencies involved in this “war on drugs” and the media that slavishly repeats their version of events, the current battle in this war is between criminal cartels involved in drug trafficking and the law enforcement and military of the nations affected. Furthermore, goes the story, the only purpose of this war is to end the trafficking of drugs. Once that is done, the war will be over. Naturally, this begs the question: what will it take to win the war? The answer to that does not exist, simply because it is a war that cannot be won. Instead, it is a war designed to go on forever, making money for those who profit from its very existence." (12/19/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/19/drug-wars-and-neoliberalism/  

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Idiot pols file frivolous suit over Colorado’s legal marijuana

December 19, 2014
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana. Citing federal antidrug laws, particularly interstate drug trafficking, Nebraska and Oklahoma said in the lawsuit that Colorado's marijuana laws have 'created a dangerous gap in the federal drug-control system enacted by the United States Congress.'" (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/muxqeuc  

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The war on drugs was born 100 years ago

December 18, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"The War on Drugs is 100 years old today. It kills thousands of people, destroys untold number of lives, and wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Plus it prevents us from using three of the most miraculous plants on the planet, even for their 'legitimate' uses." (12/16/14)

http://mises.org/library/war-drugs-was-born-100-years-ago  

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Texas cannabis conservatism faces reefer reformation

December 17, 2014
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"As a socially and politically conservative state, sometimes called The Buckle of the Bible Belt, there's little surprise that Texas can't pass a marijuana decriminalization law, a recreational marijuana law, or even a medical marijuana law. But a minor marijuana reform bill was announced Monday morning at the Texas State Capital. Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project and former Libertarian Party of Texas Membership Coordinator urged everyone on Monday to get behind a bill that would remove 'the threat of arrest, jail, and a criminal record' for possessing small amounts of the herb." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ot5vdam  

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Reduce police abuse of blacks

December 8, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"There are many good arguments for ending the war on drugs, including that drug laws constitute a grave violation of the principles of freedom, that the drug war is a manifest failure, and that the drug war has produced massive negative consequences, such as death, ruination of lives, official corruption, gang wars, kidnappings, muggings, thefts, and asset-forfeiture laws. All that would disappear with the legalization of drugs. But that’s not all that would disappear. So would the biggest excuse that cops have today to harass and abuse blacks and anyone else bigoted cops want to go after." (12/08/14)

http://fff.org/2014/12/08/reduce-police-abuse-blacks/  

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Why not pardon drug war victims in addition to turkeys?

December 1, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Prior to Thanksgiving, President Obama continued the presidential tradition of pardoning two turkeys. Too bad he didn’t use the occasion to also pardon every single victim of the U.S. government’s decades-long failed and destructive war on drugs. I’m referring, of course, to all the people who have been convicted of violating federal laws against the possession or distribution of drugs, especially those people currently serving time in some federal penitentiary." (12/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oj2trcl  

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How many people does the war on drugs put in prison?

November 12, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Most libertarians blame the massive U.S. incarceration rate on the War on Drugs. At the federal level, this is hard to deny. But the federal level remains a small slice of the pie. At the state level, drug offenses are only 16% of the story. In absolute terms, of course, that's tons of people. Drug offenders outnumber murderers. They outnumber rapists. They outnumber robbers. Indeed, they are only slightly outnumbered by all property criminals combined. But at first glance, blaming the War of Drugs for mass imprisonment runs afoul of basic facts." (11/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/how_many_people.html  

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Doobie-ous economics

November 10, 2014
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"People will buy and sell even when you tell them not to. My evidence: Everything that’s happened since the first drug law was passed. If you say that pot is legal to grow and share but not sell, you are just saying that people will continue to buy and sell illegally. They already buy and sell illegally, and a regime of partial legalization will at least reduce the risks of buying and selling, giving rise to even more buying and selling. I support partial legalization as an improvement on the status quo, because a less risky black market will probably be a less pathological one, but it will still be a black market." (11/09/14)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2014/11/09/18215  

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Cannabis and capitalism: The horror?

November 10, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Starting with the observation that legalizing marijuana production and distribution entails legalizing marijuana producers and distributors, Sabet warns that such businesses will make money by producing and distributing marijuana, meaning they will have a financial incentive to sell as much as they can. That is all completely true, but it is scary only if you view consumers as the slaves rather than the masters of people trying to sell them stuff. Most Americans do not see the businesses that supply them with useful and enjoyable goods and services as the enemy, and I suspect the people most inclined toward that view are also the ones who are most inclined to favor legalization of marijuana, for cultural reasons that don't make a lot of sense but nevertheless have an impact on how people vote." (11/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lscpk3d  

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Will marijuana legalization in DC survive Congress?

November 10, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Jonah Bennett  

"Federal lawmakers still have the unique chance to crush legalization in D.C.. Voters went to the polls in droves, with the end result being a major victory for pro-legalization supporters. The final tally was 69 percent in support, and only 31 percent against, extending the city’s decriminalization legislation to cover up to three marijuana plants and two ounces of pot for personal use. ... However, it will still be months before pot is officially acceptable because of a Congressional review process, but officials are unsure if the procedure takes 30 days or 60 days. Sale or taxation is not provided for in the legalization initiative, causing mayor-elect Muriel Bowser to say that she will not allow legalization to come into play until authorities have a coherent plan to tax and regulate the drug. Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris joined the fray by saying that he’ll use all available means to keep the drug out of the public’s hands because of the danger it poses it teenagers." (11/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mwk5cla  

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Burn the f****ng system to the ground

November 6, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Clark  

"'I'm a good judge' ... said by government employee and judge Gisele Pollack who, it seems, sentenced people to jail because of their drug use ... while she, herself, was high on drugs. But, in her defense, 'she's had some severe personal tragedy in her life.' And that's why, it seems, she's being allowed to check herself into rehab instead of being thrown in jail." (11/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qde862l  

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Cannabis: The coming legal storm against prohibition

November 5, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by staff  

"We've been predicting this for a while. Once cannabis decriminalization and legalization became a trend, the entire underpinnings of this questionable enterprise would begin to unravel." (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oghtgum  

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Has Colorado gone to pot?

November 5, 2014
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Opponents of drug legalization often argue that the legalization of drugs would lead to rampant drug use, increases in crime, and higher rates of overdose. In 2012, Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver stated if Colorado legalized marijuana, 'I believe there will be many harmful consequences. Expect more crime, more kids using marijuana and pot for sale everywhere. I think our entire state will pay the price.' A large body of literature, however, counters these claims, illustrating why drug legalization is likely to decrease crime, decrease overdose deaths, and decrease the use of hard drugs like heroin and other opiates. Colorado provides a unique opportunity for a natural case study." (11/05/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/11/05/has-colorado-gone-to-pot/  

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DC, Oregon, Alaska vote to legalize marijuana

November 5, 2014
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Rolling Stone    

"As numerous statewide marijuana reform laws went to a vote across the country at the midterm elections on Tuesday night, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all voted in favor of legalization to varying degrees, while those in Florida found the state's citizens opposing a medical marijuana measure." [editor's note: Actually, a clear majority of those voting (58%) in Florida were for medical marijuana ... but as a constitutional amendment it needed 60% to pass - TLK] (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3l8z4g  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/q3kujj5  

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For liberty, against medical marijuana

October 23, 2014
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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)

http://tinyurl.com/q62hkzy  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/ppfvpfz  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/oxt3rrc  

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