Posts Tagged ‘ war on drugs ’

Follow the Silk Road

August 28, 2015
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"In October 2013, the founder of [Silk Road], Ross William Ulbricht was arrested in the United States on a variety of charges including money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics. In February 2015, Ulbricht was convicted on seven charges and was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole. Well, congrats are in order to the government for putting Ulbricht in jail, assuming they're interested in increasing instances of overdose, illness, and even deaths related to drugs. How so? Wouldn't shutting down a website dedicated to assisting people in acquiring hard drugs make people safer? Simply put, no. The reason why lies in basic economics." (08/27/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/27/follow-the-silk-road/  

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Liberty Lines, 08/27/15

August 27, 2015
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"The only thing more stupid than drug abuse is a war on drugs. Is drug abuse a problem? Of course it is. But the never-ending War on Politically Incorrect Drugs is even worse. In fact, the majority of the supposed ill-effects of drug use have nothing to do with the drugs themselves and everything to do with enforcement of the prohibition. In a 'Drug War' the drugs will always win; in large part, directly due to the effects of prohibition." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojln86c  

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The psychiatrist’s Bible: Defining “marijuana use disorder”

August 26, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Fred Gardner  

"In a case called US v. Schweider, attorney Zenia Gilg, whose client had been growing marijuana for a California collective, filed a motion challenging the plant's Schedule 1 designation as a dangerous drug with no medical use. At an evidentiary hearing the government's position was stated by Bertha Madras, a professor of Psychobiology in the Psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School. Madras cited the fact that many adolescents are in treatment for a 'marijuana use disorder' as proof that there is such a disorder. ... The definition of 'marijuana use disorder' is set forth in a book called The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) .... The double purpose of the DSM is to endow the field of Psychiatry with a facade of rigor while facilitating billing." (08/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2exc6l  

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Collateral damage

August 26, 2015
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Robert Watts Lamon  

"[T]he entire network of gangs and cartels sits on the bedrock of America's War on Drugs. This futile conflict has created the enormous illegal market, monopolized by sociopaths whose rewards are at least $100 billion annually. Their huge markups have kept street prices high in the United States, making criminals wealthy and powerful and encouraging larceny, robbery, and even murder by desperate drug users. Added to these troubles are the sufferings inflicted on the people south of the border. There, the authorities -- those who have avoided corruption -- have little means to face the enormous crime wave created by the drug cartels and their street allies, whose crimes include the wanton murder of innocent citizens, including women and children. All that I've described leads me to the obvious question -- to what extent is the 'immigration problem' simply more fallout from our War on Drugs?" (08/26/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1453  

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Cambodia: Regime thugs steal 1.5 tons of marijuana

August 25, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Cambodian police said Tuesday they confiscated nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana in what they described as their biggest seizure of the drug since they started cracking down on it 15 years ago. The head of the Interior Ministry's anti-drug unit, Gen. Khieu Samon, told reporters that the marijuana came from Laos and was supposed to be shipped to a third country that he refused to name, saying the case remained under investigation. He added that police were seeking to arrest the suspected mastermind, whom he described as a Westerner without revealing more details." (08/25/15)

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Cannabis and kings

August 24, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The over-riding reason to end the War on Drugs is to re-establish the rule of law in this country. From Nixon and Reagan to the present time, America has vastly increased the population of prison inmates, many of them for drug offenses. The 'land of the free' shouldn't boast a larger population (per capita and total) of unfree persons than any other nation on the planet. Further, in the mania to apprehend contraband drug users, producers, and traffickers, we've pretty much lost Bill of Rights protections on our lives and our property." (08/24/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/08/24/cannabis-and-kings/  

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Adventures of a pot pioneer

August 19, 2015
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Mother Jones
by Josh Harkinson  

Interview with Steve DeAngelo. DeAngelo: "[T]he racial disparity in cannabis enforcement that we hear so much about is not an unintended consequence of prohibition. It was the primary purpose of the cannabis laws in the first place. The first state laws prohibiting cannabis were passed in 1911, 1912, 1913, in border states, and it was a response to the influx of Mexican refugees who were bringing cannabis with them because it was part of the native curandero healing tradition in Mexico -- they used it as a folk medicine. If you go back and read the comments of the legislators who passed those laws, you will see there was a very clear, and by today's standards completely unacceptable, racism that was motivating that. And that simply got transferred as cannabis use became popular in the African-American community and moved across the country through the jazz scene." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfv3m9a  

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Must the war go on and on?

August 18, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"I was still a kid, but I remember: as the Vietnam War dragged on, and on, we Americans continued to receive hopeful missives about how the next assault, or regroup, or dedication of manpower and weaponry, would lead to better results. That's what came to mind as I read the latest dispatch from the War on Drugs, in the Los Angeles Times. 'White House announces push to combat growing heroin epidemic,' ran the headline. So, it's growing again? Haven't I read this about a thousand times?" (08/18/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/08/18/must-the-war-go-on-and-on/  

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MA: AG preps future gubernatorial campaign with fentanyl grandstanding

August 18, 2015
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Quincy Patriot Ledger    

"Attorney General Maura Healey and House Judiciary Chairman John Fernandes proposed legislation Monday that would create a new crime of trafficking in fentanyl, an extremely potent opiate with a high that matches heroin. The bill would allow prosecutors to charged people in possession of more than 10 grams of fentanyl with the more serious crime of trafficking, carrying a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. State law already criminalizes possession of non-prescription fentanyl as well as dealing the synthetic substance, which has increasingly popped up on law enforcement radar. A new crime of fentanyl trafficking would enable the state's justice system to levy heavier penalties against the larger players in fentanyl distribution."

http://tinyurl.com/qfzkqx8  

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Shooting of unarmed 19-year-old highlights the drug war’s depravity

August 10, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Last Friday the Seneca, South Carolina, police department identified Lt. Mark Tiller as the officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond in a Hardee's parking lot on July 26. Hammond, who was unarmed, was on his first date with 23-year-old Toni Morton, who was eating an ice cream cone in the front passenger seat of his car at the moment of the shooting. Morton was later charged with possessing 10 grams of marijuana. According to The New York Times, police had targeted her as part of 'a sting operation.' The Washington Post says 'undercover agents set up the drug buy.'" (08/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nerrh5w  

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US regime pirates steal $180 million in free market pharmaceuticals

August 6, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The U.S. Coast Guard based in Northern California [stole] 12,000 pounds of cocaine from a vessel in the Eastern Pacific in one of the largest [acts of piracy on the high seas] of its kind. Some of the cocaine was lost when the vessel sank during towing. ... Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy says that the crew based in Alameda, California, also [abducted] four suspected smugglers. The drugs are valued at $181 million. The [pirates struck] about 200 miles south of Mexico last month. ... The names of the [abductees] were not released." (08/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgpm35g  

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Two questions for the GOP debate

August 6, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I wish the mainstream press would ask the following two questions to the GOP presidential candidates in Thursday's debate: Given more than 40 years of death, destruction, and failure in the war on drugs, as president will you seek a repeal of all drug laws and will you immediately pardon all federal drug offenders? As president, will you reject any attempt by the CIA, including on grounds of 'national security,' to delay the scheduled release by the National Archives in October 2017 of the records relating to the JFK assassination that the CIA has kept secret from the American people for more than 50 years?" (08/05/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/05/two-questions-gop-debate/  

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A bogus warrant, a burned baby, and an immoral war

July 28, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Shortly after midnight on May 28, 2014, Habersham County, Georgia, Deputy Sheriff Nikki Autry asked Magistrate Judge James Butterworth for a 'no knock' warrant to search a house on Lakeview Heights Circle in Cornelia. In her application, Autry, a special agent with the Mountain Judicial Circuit Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team, said a confidential informant 'was able to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from Wanis Thonetheva' at the house she wanted to search. She said the informant was known to be 'true and reliable,' having 'provided information in the past that has led to criminal charges on individuals selling illegal narcotics in Habersham County.' She added that she had personally 'confirmed that there is heavy traffic in and out of the residence.' According to a federal indictment announced last week, none of that was true." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmfqfj7  

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CO: Planned first-ever marijuana TV ad pulled

July 21, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The first television ad for a marijuana product, set to run on a local Colorado station Tuesday night, was abruptly pulled from the lineup over legal concerns. ... The local station had previously approved the spot, but then told Cannabrand, the marketing company representing Neos, that the ad would be put on hold indefinitely 'as ABC corporate investigates the legality of airing a 'federally illegal' substance on federal airwaves,' a Cannabrand statement said." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6xla2x  

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Why police-state tactics?

July 21, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"What do the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and campaign finance law have in common? Police-state tactics. Most folks now understand how the War on Drugs and the War on Terror can erode civil liberties -- but how does campaign finance law fit in with the other two?" (07/20/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/20/why-police-state-tactics/  

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KY: Lebowski Fest founder arrested at bowling alley

July 14, 2015
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Louisville Courier-Journal    

"As sweater-clad Dudes and jumpsuit-donning Jesuses made their way to the 14th annual Lebowski Fest, the celebration's founder left the scene in cuffs. About 5 p.m. Saturday, Will Russell ... was arrested at Executive Strike & Spare on charges of possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and menacing." [editor's note: Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? - TLK] (07/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxxznn7  

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Obama commutes sentences of 36 drug POWs

July 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 drug offenders in federal prisons, as part of his administration's effort to reform the criminal justice system. Obama's clemency to non-violent drug offenders comes as the administration is working to reduce operating costs and overcrowding in federal prisons, as well as to provide relief to inmates who were sent to prison under the harsh sentencing guidelines put in place in the late 1980s as the [regime hit upon crack cocaine as an excuse to imprison black men]." (07/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8rvvy6  

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Portugal’s experiment in drug decriminalization has been a success

July 12, 2015
posted by

Mark Thornton The Daily Bell
by Mark Thornton  

"This month, Portugal celebrates fourteen years of drug decriminalization. The grand experiment is now considered a happy success considering it was adopted out of desperation and in the face of dire warnings from proponents of the global drug war." (07/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw285ur  

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US heroin use jumps; CDC boss reaffirms state’s drug war cultism

July 8, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. ... [Centers for Disease Control director Thomas] Frieden said reversing the trend will require an 'all-society response' to improve opioid prescribing practices and expand access to effective treatment, increasing the use of drugs such as naloxone to reverse drug overdoses and working with law enforcement partners such as the Drug Enforcement Administration to disrupt the supply of heroin." [editor's note: Yeah, that's a great idea -- do more of the same idiotic control freak stuff you've been doing for a century -- never worked before, but betcha it works THIS time, right? - TLK] (07/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okyrkv6  

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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.

http://tinyurl.com/pozozpr  

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The new front in the global war on drugs

June 30, 2015
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/pgazb3b  

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

June 23, 2015
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/olcl592  

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

June 19, 2015
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/o7v7bsz  

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Just how cruel is Bobby Jindal?

June 18, 2015
posted by

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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/nntxsxn  

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