Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

The drug war is state-sanctioned theft

April 28, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"One of the biggest lies our government tells us, is that it wages the War on Drugs to keep us safe. More than 40 years after it was started, we know that it has been a colossally-expensive epic failure on its stated goals, was intentionally designed to further disenfranchise marginalized groups, and has become a full-fledged assault on our civil liberties." (04/27/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158413/drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-theft/  

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CA: US regime gangsters abduct six, steal eight tons of free market plant extracts

April 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana were seized from a cross-border tunnel that stretched from a Tijuana, Mexico, home to a San Diego, California, suburb, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. 'We believe this to be the longest tunnel that we have discovered in this district to date,' said Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. Authorities arrested six people and seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine is valued at around $22 million." (04/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/major-drug-tunnel-found-california-mexico-border-arrested/story?id=38560431  

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US regime spent $18 million destroying marijuana plants last year

April 20, 2016
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"The Drug Enforcement Administration's controversial cannabis eradication program continued apace in 2015, new numbers released by the administration show. In 2015, local, state and federal authorities uprooted roughly 4.1 million cultivated marijuana plants in all 50 states, down slightly from the haul of 4.3 million plants in 2014. Federal spending on the program remained at $18 million, consistent with levels seen in previous years." (04/20/16)

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/us_millions_destroying_pot.html  

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US House: We haven’t increased the amount of pain people suffer in a while, so it’s time to do that again

April 18, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"House Republicans will begin marking up several bills aimed at the nation's opioid epidemic [sic] next week. The health panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Friday it will hold a markup next week, though it has not yet announced which bills will be considered. The House has been under mounting pressure to take up opioid bills more than three weeks after the Senate passed its own legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act." [h/t David Klaus] (04/15/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276500-house-panel-to-mark-up-opioids-bills-next-week  

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The racist and politically motivated origins of the war on drugs

April 17, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson  

"In the cover story of this month's Harper's Magazine, author Dan Baum recounts a conversation he had with former Nixon domestic affairs adviser and convicted Watergate co-conspirator John Ehrlichman. Baum states that in 1994, Ehrlichman told him that the Nixon Administration started the War on Drugs as an attack on black Americans and anti-war protesters. ... Three additional Nixon aides have denied that Erlichman would have said such things and have instead suggested that Baum had misunderstood Ehrlichman's use of sarcasm. ... Motives aside, the real consequence of such policies has been to disrupt and greatly harm black and young people, just as Baum depicts Erhlichman as suggesting. Sadly the general trend for subsequent presidents has been to continue and the drug war to the extent that it has now become the classic example of a failed policy, not unlike the prohibition of alcohol during the 1920s." (04/17/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44553  

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MA: Pols form committee to rally support for war on patients, plants

April 14, 2016
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CBS News CBS Boston    

"Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and a number of legislators and healthcare professionals have come together in their opposition to legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. The bipartisan committee, A Campaign For A Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, was formed to oppose the ballot question that would legalize pot in the Commonwealth. It warns particularly against the harm it says legalization would cause to young people. ... Jim Borghesani, with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the new committee will not sway voters. 'They're using the same arguments, the same scare tactics, rooted in 1930s hysteria, and we don’t think voters are going to fall for it,' said Borghesani." (04/14/16)

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/04/14/anti-marijuana-legalization-committee-massachusetts-charlie-baker-marty-walsh-robert-deleo/  

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The drug war drives users to more dangerous synthetic drugs

April 12, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Benjamin M Wiegold  

"It would be one thing if prohibition actually worked to achieve its stated goals, and could therefore be considered effective, albeit perhaps misguided, domestic policy. At least in this instance the debate would be centered on the moral question, of whether or not the state has the right to tell you how to live your life. Of course, the common-sense conclusion --that the Drug War is an immoral totalitarian program designed to dictate the intimate details of individuals' personal lives -- would still be the same. But the fact of the matter is that the Drug War has been an abject failure on every count, especially in regards to whether it's achieved its explicit goal of eradicating illicit drug use altogether." (04/11/16)

https://mises.org/blog/drug-war-drives-users-more-dangerous-synthetic-drugs  

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DEA considers changing marijuana classification

April 7, 2016
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Lewiston Sun Journal    

"In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana 'in the first half of 2016.' Marijuana is currently listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that for the purposes of federal law, the drug has 'no medical use and a high potential for abuse' and is one of 'the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.' ... Citing marijuana's potentially significant therapeutic potential for a number of serious ailments, including chronic pain and epilepsy, organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have called on the DEA to change the drug's scheduling status." (04/06/16)

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/0001/11/30/dea-considers-changing-marijuana-classification/1901974  

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HI: Judge say Native American church still covered by unconstitutional federal marijuana laws

April 6, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A federal court is ruling that a church for Native Americans in Hawaii should not be excused from federal marijuana laws despite the group's claim that ingesting cannabis is part of their sacred sacrament. The Native American Church of Hawaii had asked for relief from federal marijuana laws under the U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying they used cannabis during sweat lodge ceremonies to help people connect with their creator. A district court ruled against the claim, saying the church didn't produce enough admissible evidence about its religion other than a strong belief in the benefits of marijuana. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld the district court's decision, saying a prohibition of cannabis doesn't impose a substantial burden on their right to exercise their religion." (04/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/06/court-native-american-church-not-excused-from-cannabis-laws.html  

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How the drug warriors helped fuel the opioid epidemic

April 5, 2016
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"In a saner world, American researchers and patients would've spent the last several decades experimenting with marijuana to maximize its potential as a pain reliever. Pot use isn't without health consequences, but is much less harmful than many prescription drugs. Instead, drug warriors fought to stymie marijuana research, keep pot illegal, and stigmatize medical marijuana as a dangerous fraud, even as doctors prescribed more opioid painkillers -- that is, medical heroin. Many get addicted, and when the pills run out, they seek a street substitute." ()4/04/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/how-drug-warriors-helped-to-fuel-the-heroin-epidemic/476679/  

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Coming out of the drug war haze?

April 5, 2016
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A Barton Hinkle  

"President Obama's recent speech on the opioid overdose epidemic offers a ray of hope that the country's approach to drugs might one day adopt what has been called the first rule of American business: When all else fails, try doing it right. Noting with considerable understatement that 'treatment is underfunded,' the president proposed $1.1 billion for expanded opioid-addiction treatment. This is a good step in the right direction. But it is still $50 billion less than the U.S. will spend this year alone on its current, fatally flawed policy of the war on drugs, and only one-third of what the federal government allocates to lock up drug criminals -- whose incarceration accounts for half of the entire Bureau of Prisons budget." (04/04/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/04/coming-out-of-the-drug-war-haze  

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Whoopi Goldberg launches medical marijuana brand for women

March 31, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Whoopi Goldberg has partnered with edibles developer Maya Elisabeth to launch a female-centric medical marijuana line. The brand, Whoopi and Maya, provides women with remedies for menstrual discomfort in the form of a bath soak, rub, tincture and edible raw chocolate spread. Goldberg, 60, joins the ranks of other celebrity-turned 'ganjapreneurs' including Snoop Dogg and Bob Marley's estate." (03/31/16)

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2016/03/31/Whoopi-Goldberg-launches-medical-marijuana-brand-for-women/6831459422003/  

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Lancet Commission recommends drug legalization

March 28, 2016
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Reason    

"The report of the Johns Hopkins–Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and Health, published in the medical journal last Thursday, faults U.N. officials for conflating drug use with drug abuse, a black-and-white, all-or-nothing attitude that leads not only to vacuous slogans but to highly punitive, violently repressive policies that do far more harm than good. 'The authors of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2015 annual report concluded that, of an estimated 246 million people who used an illicit drug in the past year, 27 million (around 11%) experienced problem drug use, which was defined as drug dependence or drug-use disorders,' the commission says." (03/28/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/28/lancet-commission-recommends-drug-legali  

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The legalization cure for the heroin epidemic

March 28, 2016
posted by

Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"A heroin epidemic has been spreading across the United States, expanding enormously for the last several years. With it, the number of people dying has also increased dramatically. While politicians offer failed solutions like 'securing the borders,' the real solution is to legalize drugs." (03/28/16)

https://mises.org/library/legalization-cure-heroin-epidemic  

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Glare on Nixon’s motivations

March 24, 2016
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Drug Policy Alliance
by Melissa Franqui  

"Earlier this week, the drug policy field was set ablaze with Harper's Magazine cover page story, 'Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs,' a cutting narration of U.S. drug policies, past and present, and a call for reform to legalize drugs. Up front and center was a previously overlooked quotation from former top Nixon advisor John D. Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, but admitted in an interview in 1994 that the administration's 'War on Drugs' was actually a reprehensible scheme to target anti-war protesters and African Americans." (03/23/16)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/glare-nixons-motivations-drug-war-was-and-still-racist-policy-tool-disrupt-and-neutralize-black?utm_campaign=fy16social&utm_medium=social&utm_source=1603fbc3nixonquote  

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On the drug war, and other “mistakes”

March 23, 2016
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Many liberals, unfortunately, are prone to describing the War on Drugs as a 'failure' -- much as the Vietnam or Iraq War was 'a mistake' -- implicitly accepting the general goals of the American state as good and well-meaning, and merely unfortunate in their execution. The liberals who frame the wars in this way, as Noam Chomsky has argued, share the hawks' view that 'America owns the world' and has the right to define as a 'threat' any country that defies its authority or attempts to undermine the global corporate order. And liberals and progressives are nauseatingly prone to referring to criminal foreign wars of aggression and domestic police wars on civil society as something 'we' did." (03/22/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44140  

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SCOTUS denies Oklahoma and Nebraska regimes’ frivolous suit vs. Colorado cannabis

March 22, 2016
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Denver Post    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Nebraska and Oklahoma's proposed lawsuit against Colorado's legal marijuana laws. The decision means the nation's highest court will not rule on the interstate dispute, and Colorado's legal cannabis market is safe -- for now. Because the Supreme Court has passed on the case, Nebraska and Oklahoma could now take it to a federal district court if they choose to, law experts say." (03/21/16)

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29665899/scotus-denies-oklahoma-and-nebraskas-proposed-lawsuit-against  

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No opiates for the masses?

March 22, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"There is no problem so bad that government-imposed remedies cannot make it worse, spawn new problems or both. A new confirmation of that phenomenon may be on the way, thanks to new recommendations from an agency intent on curbing the use of opiates." (03/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/21/no-opiates-for-the-masses  

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PA: House votes 149-43 to legalize medical marijuana

March 21, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center    

"The Pennsylvania House has passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. If ultimately signed into law, it would take another step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on on cannabis in effect. Introduced by State Sen. Michael Folmer (R-Lebanon), Senate Bill 3 (SB3) would set up a state regulatory regime that would allow medical marijuana to make its way into the hands of the sick." (03/21/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/pennsylvania-house-votes-149-43-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-foundation-to-nullify-federal-prohibition/  

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The peace dividend

March 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Has the War on Drugs actually, finally, made some progress? Well, yes ... but, really, no. 'Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn't,' explains Christopher Ingraham in The Washington Post's Wonkblog, 'taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels' profits.' Certainly 'legal marijuana' is not the drug war. It's that war's antithesis." (03/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/18/the-peace-dividend/  

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Dealing in death

March 15, 2016
posted by

Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"The United States engaged in the War on Drugs for the same reason it passed Alcohol Prohibition -- to save people from themselves. However, people still used intoxicants anyway. When these substances were purchased on the black market, people paid the ultimate price when they died from bathtub gin or adulterated drugs. Shared needles became the most common transmission pathway for AIDS as sale of sterile needles, seen as 'drug paraphernalia,' were also banned in many states. Indeed, the War on Drugs kills about 10 times as many people as drugs do, primarily because AIDS is spread this way." (03/14/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/dealing-in-death.html  

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Is drug freedom a tenet of liberalism?

March 7, 2016
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"Liberals are not in favor of drug freedom or anything close to it. Although many liberals may support medical-marijuana initiatives, marijuana decriminalization, the release of nonviolent drug offenders, government-regulated legalization of small amounts of marijuana (especially if the marijuana is taxed), drug-treatment options for first-time cocaine and heroin users, and the reclassification of marijuana as a Schedule II drug instead of a Schedule I drug, that is all still a far cry from drug freedom. The chief liberal in the country, Barack Obama, certainly doesn't support real drug freedom. And neither does the vice president or any Democratic member of Congress." (03/07/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/drug-freedom-tenet-liberalism/  

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Has DARE gone soft on marijuana?

March 7, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Like other Americans who came of age in the 1980s or '90s, I associate Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a.k.a. DARE, with the mindless 'Just Say No' propaganda of that era. I was therefore startled to hear that DARE had endorsed marijuana legalization. But that turned out to be a mistake. Likewise recent reports that DARE no longer considers marijuana a 'gateway drug' and has excised the perils of pot from its curriculum." (03/07/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/07/has-dare-gone-soft-on-marijuana  

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Nancy Reagan’s dark legacy

March 7, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Hugh Crane  

"Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016 at the age of ninety four. She leaves behind a destructive legacy that will likely be with us for some time -- Just Say No. Her unfortunate contribution to the War on Drugs seldom gets the negative treatment it deserves. Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign is often looked at as merely another variety of First Lady busy-work. It is anything but that. Though Nancy Reagan has not been a force in American culture for several decades, her use of young children as props in the government's Drug War is a lasting effect that has grown stronger with time." (03/07/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43844  

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Puerto Rico: Governor calls for legalizing marijuana

February 29, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Puerto Rico's governor has called for the legalization of marijuana during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that taking such action would lower crime and target hypocrisy. He said legislators should at a minimum approve a bill filed in 2013 that would decriminalize marijuana." (02/29/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-governor-calls-legalizing-marijuana-37294080  

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