Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

OR: New pot laws in effect today

July 1, 2015
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"Idahoans that were hoping to drive across the border and buy marijuana legally in Oregon will likely have to wait until October and should start preparing for a long trip. That's because Oregon's Legislature passed three marijuana bills Tuesday that make significant changes to the state's recreational and medical laws, including where recreational marijuana can be sold in the state, when the state would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell dried marijuana and immature plants to recreational users and banning Idahoans with medical marijuana cards issued by Oregon from obtaining it from the Beaver State.

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The new front in the global war on drugs

June 30, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"The effort at banning synthetic psychoactive drugs is not likely to work any better than previous crusades to ban marijuana, cocaine and other substances -- or the U.S. experiment with alcohol prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. The reality is that a percentage of people will want to experience chemically induced pleasure regardless of the number, nature and severity of laws against such behavior. Indeed, people have used an array of ostensibly legitimate products, including glue and paint thinner, to achieve the desired experience. Trying to outlaw all chemical highs is akin to a dog chasing its tail." (06/30/15)

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Shona Band faces decades in prison because her son questioned anti-pot propaganda

June 23, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"During a 'drug education' program at his school in Garden City, Kansas, on March 24, Banda's son heard some things about marijuana that did not jibe with what he had learned about the plant from his mother. So he spoke up, suggesting that cannabis was less dangerous and more beneficial than the counselors running the program were claiming. That outburst of skepticism precipitated a visit to the principal's office, where the fifth-grader was interrogated about his mother's cannabis consumption. School officials called Child Protective Services (CPS), which contacted police, who obtained a warrant to search Banda's house based on what her son had said." (06/22/15)

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Synthetic drugs are very dangerous. Let’s legalize them.

June 19, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"News reports CBS News warns of a 'scary new designer drug' hitting the streets of Chicago. The Washington Post identifies a 'deadly craze' afflicting cities and towns in Alabama. And regulators are scrambling to criminalize the new chemical variants. Both the federal government and state governments are enacting broad bans that seek to cover all psychoactive synthetic drugs even if traffickers alter the chemical composition. But the prohibitionist approach to drugs is partly to blame for this development and will surely fail to stamp it out. Instead, we should adopt a harm-reduction strategy based on regulating synthetic drugs within a legal framework." (06/18/15)

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Just how cruel is Bobby Jindal?

June 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Anthony Papa  

"Bernard Noble an individual serving 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints applied for clemency and was recently denied. The reason behind the denial was he had not yet served 10 years in prison. Bernard's sentence is a prime example of the draconian nature of the marijuana laws in many states across the country. In stark contrast to Louisiana, many states have decriminalized possession of marijuana for personal use, with the offense being punishable by a fine and with no threat of jail time." (06/18/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/18/just-how-cruel-is-bobby-jindal/  

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Verboten drugs are cheaper than ever

June 4, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"When I point out the failure of the war on drugs to stop drug usages a fairly common rebuttal is that the prohibition keeps the costs of drugs high and therefore prevents many people who would be using them from using them. My observations have indicated that claim is bullshit because I know dirt poor people who use cannabis. But now there's research refuting that claim ..." (06/03/15)

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Bursting the prohibitionist balloon

June 3, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"The arrival of the UK's Psychoactive Substances Bill confirms that the war on drugs won't be stopping anytime soon. Following the official clamour for legalisation of some soft drugs a few years ago, the Tories' new, hastily drafted bill seeks to extend the reach of prohibition even further. While the new measures, cracking down on so-called psychoactive substances, were little more than an aside in last week's Queen’s Speech, they represent some of the most authoritarian and overzealous restrictions on drug-use in recent memory." (06/03/15)

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DE: House votes to decriminalize marijuana possession

June 3, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Delaware House lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would treat simple marijuana possession and personal use by adults like a traffic violation, replacing criminal penalties with civil fines. The bill passed the House by a 24-14 vote, and now heads to the Senate. Gov. Jack Markell supports decriminalization. No House Republicans voted in favor of the legislation on Tuesday." (06/02/15)

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A blanket ban on psychoactive substances makes UK drugs policy even worse

May 28, 2015
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Charlotte Bowyer Adam Smith Institute
by Charlotte Bowyer  

"[T]he Queen's Speech on Wednesday confirmed that Conservatives will take the next rational step in drug enforcement, namely, to simply ban ALL OF THE THINGS. In order to automatically outlaw anything which can make people's heads go a bit funny, their proposed blanket ban (modelled on a similar Irish policy) will prohibit the trade of 'any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect,' and will carry up to a 7-year prison sentence." (05/28/15)

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The Border Patrol’s unconstitutional drug dragnet

May 26, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If you want to know how Jessica Cooke ended up on her back, screaming in pain as the barbs from a stun gun delivered incapacitating electricity into her body, there are several possible answers. You could say this indignity was caused by her own stubbornness, her refusal to comply with the seemingly arbitrary dictates of a Border Patrol agent who was detaining her for no apparent reason at an internal immigration checkpoint in upstate New York. Or you could blame the agent's insistence on obeisance to his authority, which led him to assault an unarmed 21-year-old woman who posed no threat to anyone. But the ultimate responsibility lies with the Supreme Court, which has invited this sort of confrontation by carving out a disturbing and dangerous exception to the Fourth Amendment." (05/25/15)

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How to create an anarchist

May 12, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Zyrtec-D is one of those wonderful drugs that contains pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine, in addition to being effective medication, happens to be an ingredient used to make meth. Because the state is determined to fight the unwinnable drug war any medication containing pseudoephedrine is now locked behind the pharmacy counter. In order to buy it you must go up to the counter, which often involves standing in line for some time, and ask for it specifically. Before the pharmacist can give you the medication you must show your ID so it can be logged and sign a waiver that is nothing more than a threat to fine you $250,000 and/or lock you in a cage if you don’t use the medication in a state approved manner. After submitting yourself to that monkey dance you will get a box of 12 measly pills, which means you will have to repeat the entire process in 12 days unless your symptoms vanish. And before you get the crazy idea of heading to another pharmacy to get another box of allergy medication be warned that doing so is against the law." (05/12/15)

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Waste, scandal and the humiliation of the DEA

May 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Laura Carlsen  

"The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal." (05/07/15)

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The absurdity of criminalizing drug use

May 6, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski  

"Statists put forth some fairly ridiculous arguments regarding why the state must exist in the first place, from regulating simple business transactions to policing what we do in our personal lives. Out of all the regulations state-supporters say are 'necessary,' the criminalization of drug use is the most detestable. People partake in many sordid vices, but drug use is without a doubt one of the most heavily-prosecuted." (05/05/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37182  

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Puerto Rico: Padilla signs medical marijuana order

May 3, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's health secretary has three months to issue a report detailing how the executive order is being implemented, the impact it has had and what future steps could be taken. The order went into immediate effect." (05/03/15)

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Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we “do,” rather than what we “are?”

April 30, 2015
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Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"It's asserted that threatening to jail people for possessing or ingesting mind-altering plant extracts or derivatives is not 'as bad' or 'as objectionable' as threatening to jail people for being gay, transgendered, lesbian, whatever. Oppression is somehow worse, according to this theory, when the oppressor threatens to punish, jail or otherwise restrict the freedoms of people because of who or what they ARE, but somehow less bad, less objectionable, when they (we) are only threatened with having thugs burst into our homes late at night, drag us out in our bedclothes, show video of us shackled half-naked on TV, and jail us for an act we DO, which of course we are free to decide to refrain from doing at each occurrence. But the oppressors, while they are self-righteous, smug, repressive, anti-life, and thus evil, do not lack a certain suave cleverness at making themselves sound reasonable and their opponents sound 'out there.'" (04/29/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2489  

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IN: Faced with HIV outbreak, lawmakers OK needle exchange programs

April 30, 2015
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Lawmakers looking to prevent a repeat of an HIV outbreak that has rocked a southern Indiana county have sent Republican Gov. Mike Pence a measure that would allow communities to implement needle-exchange programs if they can prove they're in the midst of an epidemic tied to intravenous drug use. Pence, who opposes needle exchanges as part of anti-drug policy, said in a statement Wednesday that he looks forward to signing the legislation into law." (04/30/15)

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OH: Senate OKs bill to ban sales of pure caffeine products

April 29, 2015
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Willoughby News-Herald    

"Selling pure caffeine products would become a misdemeanor offense under a measure that has passed the Ohio Senate. With few exceptions, the legislation would ban people from knowingly selling products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that’s manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form. Senators voted 32-1 on the bill Wednesday. It now goes to the House for consideration." (04/29/15)

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TX: Senate approves drug testing for political candidates

April 29, 2015
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KVIA News    

"Any candidate seeking elected office in Texas would be required to take a drug test when he or she files to run, under a proposal that the state Senate approved Tuesday. But the idea may never take effect, since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturned a similar law in the 1990s. There wouldn't be any consequences for failing the test under the rule, which was included as an amendment on far-reaching ethics legislation. But the results would be posted on the Texas Ethics Commission's website. The Senate approved the ethics measure, Senate Bill 19, with a 30-1 vote after an hours-long debate. The amendment with the drug testing rule was approved 22-9. The measure now goes to the House." (04/29/15)

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The tyranny of drug laws

April 27, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It is difficult to conceive of a greater violation of the principles of freedom than drug laws -- that is, laws by which the government punishes people who possess, distribute, or ingest drugs. A free society necessarily entails the right to engage in any peaceful activity, even if it is considered self-destructive, harmful, or irresponsible. Thus, it's not surprising that drug laws are an inherent part of totalitarian regimes." (04/24/15)

http://fff.org/2015/04/24/tyranny-drug-laws/  

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Honduran narco-culture ban would trample free speech

April 22, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Elena Toledo  

"That Honduras suffers from dire insecurity due to the illicit drug trade is news to no one. The country has become a battlefield for cartels that have to cross its territory to reach the major destination market, the United States. Why have Hondurans become so involved in this illicit business? We would need an array of reports, studies, and analysis to unearth the reason, but one would think it's safe to rule out television and music, right? Not for congresswoman Kritza Perez, from Honduras' Anti-Corruption Party (PAC). She's just unveiled the 'Anti Narco-Culture' bill, which seeks to ban the broadcasting and distribution of any content featuring drug-trafficking themes: TV shows, series, soap operas, and songs. It also prohibits the sale and import of toy guns, sometimes used to carry out real crimes." (04/21/15)

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Is banning designer drugs constitutional?

April 22, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If Congress insists on telling adults what substances they may not consume, the least it can do is specify the substances." (04/22/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/22/designer-drug-dilemma  

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Radley Balko: Stop the wars on drugs and terrorism

April 22, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"The Future of Freedom Foundation and Young Americans for Liberty presented a one-day conference on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin at the LBJ Auditorium in the Lyndon B. Johnson Library on Saturday, April 11, 2015, that addressed the war on drugs and the war on terrorism." [Flash video] (04/22/15)

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Kansas activist could face felony charges because her 11-year-old son challenged anti-pot propaganda

April 21, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Today Shona Banda, a Kansas medical marijuana activist, faces a hearing at which she will try to stop the state from kidnapping her 11-year-old son. She may also soon face criminal charges that could send her to prison. All because her son dared to question the anti-pot propaganda dispensed by his school. On March 24, Banda's son spoke up during a 'drug education' lesson presented by school counselors, questioning some of their statements about marijuana. Banda, whose story was first reported by The Human Solution International (THSI), a support group for medical marijuana patients, told Ben Swann her son mentioned that she calls the plant 'cannabis' and 'he let them know how educated he was on the facts.' That small act of skepticism resulted in a trip to the principal's office and a call to Child Protective Services, which contacted the police. Banda says her son was questioned 'for hours,' unbeknownst to her." [editor's note: A whole bunch of people need to be fired -- from the school, from CPS, and from the police force -- over this - TLK] (04/20/15)

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War on drugs

April 20, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (04/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/war-on-drugs/  

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The problem isn’t synthetic marijuana. The problem is prohibition.

April 20, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Is this latest drug scare a real problem, or just another instance of the hysterical propaganda used to justify marijuana prohibition for 80 years or so? It's hard to tell. I'm inclined to think that it's for real and that 'spice' is some bad stuff. But either way, the real problem is prohibition itself." (04/19/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1042  

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